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Spring Is the Time for Dryer Vent and Chimney Cleaning

Did you know that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 Safety Standard suggests that people get their vents and chimneys cleaned at least once a year? One of the reasons for this is because the winter is tough on ventilation systems. Heating your home can leave your vents vulnerable to messes and clogs, potentially leading to fire and toxic gas hazards. That’s why we at Old Smokey’s believe that the spring is an excellent time to schedule your annual vent and chimney cleaning.

Dryer Vents

Dryer vents are used to channel hot air created in your dryer outside of your home. Although you have a lint trap in your dryer, little pieces of lint can still make it past the trap and get lodged in your dryer vent. Over time, lint can build up enough to actually clog your dryer vent. This can greatly lower the drying efficiency of your clothes dryer, raising your energy costs. Clogged dryer vents can also be hazardous, with one of the most severe possibilities being having toxic carbon monoxide gas leak into your home, instead of venting outside. Furthermore, since warm air isn’t able to leave your dryer, it can easily become overheated, starting a lint or dryer fire.


Your chimney can accumulate a fair amount of creosote over the winter. Creosote is formed when non-combusted gases produced from burning wood condensate on chimney walls, creating a blackish tar. This tar is called creosote. As more and more creosote accumulates, it can start to affect your chimney’s airflow. This can cause poor burning fires and may lead to smoke entering your home. Creosote is also combustible and could start a dangerous chimney fire that is almost impossible to put out.

Hire a CSIA-certified chimney sweep

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) suggests having your chimney and vents inspected and cleaned by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep annually. Only a CSIA-certified chimney and vent technician has the knowledge and experience to properly inspect and clean your chimney and dryer vents. At Old Smokey’s, we require that all of our technicians be CSIA certified. This is because we know that the safety of your family is on the line, and we want our technicians to have the best training possible.

Spring is just around the corner and now is a great time to have your chimney and dryer vents inspected by a CSIA-certified chimney technician. Let us help you with your spring cleaning! If you are ready for an appointment, please call Old Smokey’s at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online today!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Some dangers and risks are obvious, like a fire or tornado. Others are more hidden, like cancer or other diseases. Carbon monoxide poisoning falls into the second category. Carbon monoxide, or CO, poses serious health and safety risks in the home. It’s something we at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney understand. We’re eager to share our expertise on this important matter.

CO is an odorless and colorless gas.

That makes it a silent and stealthy threat, a potentially deadly one. Despite being odorless and colorless, CO is detectable. CO monitors in homes offer some protection from the health risks associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. But you really want to prevent that CO monitor from ever going off in the first place. It’s important to identify and remedy the source of any CO intrusions. Old Smokey’s can help with that.

Sources of fuel combustion can pose a threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a normal by-product of combustion, whether it’s from a fireplace, a stove, an oven, a hearth or a furnace. The use of either central heating or a space heater can bring a health threat from CO. To pose a health risk, carbon monoxide can either escape from your heating appliance or not be vented properly.

At Old Smokey’s, we are not medical experts, but we do know heating appliances. We are experts when it comes to fireplaces and hearths. We can help you stay safe and healthy in your home as you enjoy the benefits of firewood or gas heating.

Exposure to CO.

Induces symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea or irregular breathing. Again, we are not healthcare providers, but we suggest that you be alert to these warning signs.

As for carbon monoxide sources in the home, Old Smokey’s typically targets furnaces, wood- or pellet-burning fireplaces or stoves, and gas appliances. We verify that your venting system is free of any obstructions that would prevent CO from being properly emitted to the outdoors.

Old Smokey’s employs CSIA-certified professionals. This means we adhere to rigorous standards and practices, not only regarding carbon monoxide poisoning but in all health and safety matters related to your fireplace and chimney.

For more than 20 years, Old Smokey’s has served homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. We serve folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south.

Trust In Us.

Old Smokey’s CSIA-certified professionals have the skills and tools to service your fireplace and chimney according to the strictest standards and practices. More importantly, they know the ins and outs of combustion practices in the home to look for silent sources of risk like carbon monoxide poisoning.

Call us at today 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online.

Let Old Smokey’s help you add a layer of comfort and assurance as you enjoy a properly working furnace, fireplace, or chimney.

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