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Don’t forget about dryer vent cleaning!

People used to tie a string on a finger to keep them from forgetting something. How would that work? What if looking at the string served to remind them of SOMETHING, but they forgot what it was they were supposed to remember?

How’s this? To remind yourself of the need for dryer vent cleaning, place those little plastic dryer balls around the house.

Dryer vent cleaning is important enough that reminder tricks might well be worth it, no matter how eccentric. Here at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney dryer vent cleaning is a key part of our business.

Let’s review why this relatively straightforward task is prudent and smart.

First, it’s the safe thing to do. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean. (Incidentally, here are some tips the NFPA offers regarding dryer vent safety.)

What is this “failure to clean”?

Dryer vents tend to get blocked or clogged over the course of time and repeated use. If the dryer vent is not cleaned, lint and other debris collected there can start a fire. The lint is dry and flammable. It poses a fire risk. These vents need to be professionally cleaned.

Old Smokey’s has the trained professionals and equipment to properly clean your dryer vent. Our experts will clear clogs and remove blockages to allow air to ventilate and flow freely – and safely. Old Smokey’s knows how to professionally clean your dryer vent, including the vent line, the lint trap, and connections and fittings.

A dryer vent cleaning yields several benefits.

You save money because your dryer is more efficient. (Plus, you won’t have to take as long to dry clothes.) You can reduce health risks by ventilating carbon monoxide to the outside. And you can lessen the likelihood that lint buildup can create conditions for mold to form.

We at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney suggest that you have your dryer vents inspected annually by a qualified professional. In line with that annual inspection, have your vents professionally cleaned to clear away any potentially fire-inducing lint blockages.

Call Old Smokey’s today!

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 to set up a dryer vent inspection and professional cleaning. Or schedule an appointment online.

Our 30+ years of experience testifies to the trust Old Smokey’s has built throughout northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, and mid-south Michigan. We are proud of the thousands of satisfied customers we have capably served.

To everything – especially wood – there is a season

Selecting, and burning, the right firewood yields multiple benefits for you and your fireplace or stove. As experienced experts, we at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney are pleased to share our lessons learned on firewood. Basically, “use seasoned firewood” is our simplest and most direct advice. Seasoned firewood has several characteristics that will serve you well. For one thing, seasoned firewood tends to light more easily. And seasoned firewood typically burns more readily and efficiently.

Seasoned firewood has approximately 20 percent moisture content. How do you season firewood? Generally speaking, stack it and dry it for at least six months before you burn it in your fireplace.

Your choice of the type of seasoned firewood also affects the quality and type of fire you have in your fireplace or stove. Old Smokey’s recommends hardwoods such as oak, hickory, and elm because hardwoods produce a longer-lasting fire.

While we are speaking of the right type of firewood, it’s a good time to discuss burning responsibly. Old Smokey’s endorses responsible burning that produces low emissions and minimizes impacts on air quality. By using a late-model fireplace or stove, your wood-burning appliance will most likely comply with EPA recommendations and requirements that restrict the amount of particulates that enter the atmosphere. Talk to the pros at Old Smokey’s. We can confer with you on possibly upgrading your fireplace or stove — for more efficiency and cleaner burning. And we can discuss how the use of wood, a biomass fuel, can result in good environmental stewardship. (Check out this informative article on “responsible wood burning” from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, or HPBA.)

Come on in and talk firewood with us. Old Smokey’s understands what works best with your particular fireplace or stove. We can walk you through what the best selections of firewood are, so that you have a solid return on investment when it comes to heating your home.

For more than 20 years, Old Smokey’s has been a go-to fireplace and chimney resource for homeowners like you. People think of us as family — rightly so, because that’s how we treat our customers. It’s a feeling we like to convey.

Our service area covers northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. We are glad to serve customers from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south.

Old Smokey’s has received Super Service Awards from Angie’s List, and we are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We are highly trained, dedicated professionals who are pleased to look for chances to improve customer satisfaction. Your challenge is our opportunity.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment.

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