Monday, March 30, 2015

Why Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Chimney caps provide protection from water intrusion damage, animal entry, spark escape (spark arrester), down drafts, etc. Much like the sidewalk & street, water intrusion with expansion & contraction causes cracks. This is undesirable in the firewalls of your chimney.

Below is a list of the benefits of chimney caps:

  • A rain cap keeps out rain & snow - eliminating chimney linerSuperior chimney raccoon saturation, frost, & ice formation.
  • Chimney caps keep animals and their nesting out of your chimney.
  • The spark arrestor of a chimney cap stops stray sparks from leaving your chimney.
  • Chimney caps help to eliminate & minimize wind downdrafts that can cause fireplace smoke backup.

Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Angie's List Super Service Award 2014

We're proud and excited to announce that we've been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award for 2014. Superior Chimney Services, Corp. has won the Angie's List Super Service Award every year since 2006. You're all the best - we couldn't have done it without all of our great customers - THANK YOU!

Friday, February 6, 2015

FAQ: Do I Need to be Home for the Appointment?

Yes, chimney sweeps and full inspection of fireplace chimney, furnace flue, and dryer vents require interior home access. Most importantly, if something comes up during the inspection, your presence and our certified technicians visual equipment will give you first hand knowledge of what, where, when, why, and how to rectify the issue.

Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FAQ: Can I Prevent Future Costly Chimney Repairs

Yes, preventative maintenance is the best kind! We've found that water is a chimney's worst enemy. As odd as it may seem, chimney leaks cause more damage to masonry chimneys than fire. (Chimney leaks cause costly fireplace chimney repair needs - Waterproofing saves you money!) There are many services & applications, which prevent water penetration & absorption into your masonry chimney. They will help to preserve & maintain its existing integrity & appearance. Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Monday, December 29, 2014

What is a Clothes Dryer Vent Sweep?

Also known as dryer exhaust sweeps, dryer duct cleanings, or dryer vent sweeps – Dryer vent cleanings remove the lint buildup in your vent, which bypasses the lint trap of your dryer unit. This shortens your dryer unit life, extends dry times, and may cause a dryer fire.

Lint Buildup Takes More Energy (Money) To Dry Your Clothes: If your dryer isn't drying your clothes like it used to, you probably don’t need a new dryer (big relief!) – just a standard or pressurized mechanical dryer vent cleaning! A dryer vent clogged with lint reduces airflow so your dryer can't dry clothes as efficiently or quickly as it used to. An inefficient dryer uses more energy, thereby costing you more money. Dryer vent cleanings save you money.

Dryer vent cleaning prevents dryer fires: Dryer fires have been of the leading cause of home fires throughout recent years. A dryer vent clogged (fully or partially) with lint reduces airflow escape. This causes heat build up and then ignition (a dryer fire). Lint is a boy scouts favorite material for starting fires; after all, it is highly flammable! Dryer vent cleanings prevent dryer fires and save lives.

Contact Superior Chimney Services, Corp today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to complete a clothes dryer vent sweep.

Friday, November 28, 2014

How Often Do I Need My Chimney Cleaned?

We know, we've posted about this topic before, but it's very important and stands to be reiterated.

Chimney cleaning intervals are based on usage. The more wood burned the more creosote accumulation within. It is recommended to sweep your wood-burning chimney after every face chord of wood burned. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." Annual inspection with a fireplace chimney sweep as required. This is the National safety standard!

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fireplace Firebrick Heat Reflector Shields

Today we want to explain what Fireplace Firebrick Heat Reflector Shields are and what they do.

Over time, with use, your firebox rear firewall will crack, pit, fireplace mortar joints begin to fail & recede, and firebricks start to loosen up as a result of direct combustion heat expansion & contraction exposure and/or water intrusion. If not repaired and/or protected, fire worthiness & integrity compromise will soon occur causing the need for fireplace chimney repairs.

Advantages of the heat reflector shield:

    20-40% more heat radiated into your home.
    Prevent expensive fireplace chimney repairs to fireplace mortar & firebricks.
    Preserve & maintain remaining & restored fire worthiness of fireplace mortar & firebricks.
    Covers soot stained rear firewalls improving overall fireplace appearance.

Crack, pit, fireplace mortar joints begin to fail - In an unprotected fireplace, heat is absorbed into the firebox back wall which causes the firebricks to crack and the fireplace mortar that holds the firebricks together to breakdown, leading to expensive fireplace chimney repairs.

Direct combustion heat expansion & contraction exposure - when burning a fire, the fire requires oxygen to burn.  So it draws air in from the room.  As the air is drawn into the firebox, it pushes the heat and flame towards the rear firebricks of your firebox. This causes an immense amount of expansion of the firewall. Then, as the fire dies out, your firebricks begin to contract (cool).  This process is repeated every time you use your fireplace.
Water intrusion - your rear firewall will also crack as a result of water leaks coming down from the top of the fireplace chimney.  Firewalls & firebrick are very porous as they are intended to withstand the very high temperatures of combustion.  This means that they are very absorbent of water. Water saturation combined with direct combustion exposure is a recipe for a very fast progressive rate of fire worthiness and integrity breakdown. Superior Chimney's heat shield will protect & aid in fireplace chimney repair prevention.

Worthiness & integrity compromise - If your firewall is beyond repair and preservation, it must be replaced or rebuilt. The heat reflective shield is a recommended install after fireplace chimney repair or reconstruction of the firebox to aid in prevention of fire worthiness & integrity loss re-occurrence.

Superior Chimney's heat shield protects the rear firebricks and fireplace mortar of your firebox from needing fireplace chimney repairs. It prevents direct combustion heat expansion & contraction exposure, which greatly minimizes expansion & contraction of firewall firebricks and fireplace mortar. Furthermore it helps to preserve & maintain remaining & restored integrity.  Your back firewall will no longer absorb all of the heat because the heat reflective shield will radiate the heat back into your home, where it should be!

A fireplace with Superior Chimney's heat reflector shield protecting it; the back wall of the fireplace is exposed to 1/3 less heat.  The heat is radiated into the room where it should be and damage to the fireplace mortar and firebricks is significantly reduced or stopped! You'll feel the difference!

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.