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The Importance Of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Are you running your dryer two or three times only to realize your clothes still aren’t getting fully dry? Do you smell a smokey/musty odor when running your dryer? When your dryer turns off does a humming noise come from the appliance? All of these are clear-cut warning signs that your vents, as well as your booster vent and terminations, may need some attention. Here at Lords Chimney, we’re qualified to help with it all.

What Is A Booster Vent?dryer vent in ceiling

Not sure what a booster vent is exactly? If you have a duct system that is long or has lots of turns, then it’s very likely you have a booster vent in place. It is designed to suck exhaust from the dryer vent, thus ensuring your dryer is not forced to work nearly as hard as it would normally have to.

Clearly these devices play a very important role in keeping your appliance functioning as safely and as efficiently as possible, but unfortunately, not many homeowners owners know much about maintaining them. In fact, some hardly notice they’re even there! The truth is that these pieces of equipment actually need to be cleared out at least once every two to three months, and if not given regular attention, they’ll force your dryer to work overtime. There’s also a hose that helps with the pressure system that is prone to fall apart, and if damaged will need replacing right away.

As you can imagine, the harder your dryer works, the fewer years it will last, and you could be looking at some expensive damages down the line, too. Along with this, a clogged up booster vent creates a huge fire hazard! In the end, some routine maintenance now is a lot more affordable than buying a new dryer or paying for home restoration work after a fire. Combine all that with increased energy bills and a higher clothes budget (since all those tumbling cycles are sure to wear down your wardrobe in a hurry), and you’ll be looking at a big dent in your bank account.

It’s a no-brainer – call on our team to check things over today. We’ll ensure you’re set up right in no time!

All About Terminations

Another area we are happy to help you with is terminations. These are the spots where your vents end and the fumes from your dryer then safely escape out of your home. These are located on either the side of your home or the roof, and every single one of them should have a backdraft damper. These ensure air can effectively escape, as well as prevent animals, debris, and backdrafts from getting in.

In regards to terminations, we recommend investing in metal devices that do not have a screen. Metal options simply last longer and stand the test of time against the elements, and if you don’t have a screen or mesh, then you don’t run into scenarios where lint and other things are building up and creating clogs.

Also, if possible, we urge all of our customers to invest in the rooftop terminations over the ones on the sides of your home. Why? Well, these are known for creating no back pressure, which then makes your dryer’s job much easier. In the end, your system will face less stress, which will help it last longer, and it won’t have to run as long to get your clothes dry, which will then have a welcome effect on your energy bills. These devices cost a bit more upfront, but in the end, they’re a much smarter investment than their on-the-wall counterparts.

What Risks Do I Face If Maintenance Is Avoided?

All in all, your vents, terminations, and booster vents need to be cleared out regularly, and investing in professional care is the only way to ensure the job gets done right. Avoiding these services puts your home at serious risk, and we can assure you that you’ll wind up paying a lot more down the line for repair services and replacement parts than you would for a simple and affordable cleaning now.

What could happen if maintenance is avoided? The main concern is dryer fires. Thousands of dryer fires occur across the country every single year, and these result in hundreds of injuries, multiple deaths, and thousands of dollars worth of damage. Needless to say, combining flammable lint with a system that’s overheating doesn’t result in a good scenario.

Another concern is carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide could easily pour back into your home if your vents are backed up, and this colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas is impossible to detect with basic human senses. This deadly substance is known as a silent killer, and many are hospitalized due to exposure. Avoiding it at all costs is vital!

Investing in professional care is a surefire way to prevent mishaps and dangerous scenarios, and you’ll definitely appreciate the added efficiency you gain. We also urge our customers to invest in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for their home. These should be placed on every level of the property, as well as outside of all bedroom doors to ensure everyone inside is alerted at the first sign of trouble.

Need professional care? The team at Lords Chimney is ready to be here for you every step of the way. Give us a call today.

Is Your Chimney Protected?

The rainy season is upon us here in Houston, and as we move into spring, this rainfall will only continue. Because of this, it is imperative that you ensure your chimney and fireplace are protected! Water leaks are all too common in the world of chimneys. Many homeowners fail to realize that this is actually one problem that is easily avoided if the right measures are taken.

The biggest reason homeowners face problems with leaks and water damage is simply a lack of maintenance. If the chimney cap is missing or the chase cover is cracked or rusted, water will easily work its way in. By then, it is too late.

Get the scoop on chimney caps and chase covers below, then rely on our team to help you out with it all. Owner and CSIA Master Chimney Sweep, Lee Roff, is ready and eager to keep all of Houston and its surrounding areas protected. Lords Chimney is definitely the company you want to trust!

The Importance Of Chimney Capsmasonry chimney with proper flashing, crown and cap

How vital is a chimney cap to the overall function of your fireplace? Well, without a protective covering over the top of your chimney, it is left completely open and vulnerable to whatever wants to enter. Whether its rain, animals, or outside debris, it has an easy way to access your home. If water enters your flue, it won’t be long before your metal components start to rust, and your masonry will start to crack and crumble, too.

Water will also break down your liner which leaves you vulnerable to gas leaks and house fires. Using a damaged system is really dangerous, but many fail to realize that they are even experiencing issues. This is why investing in regular inspections are so important!

Chimney caps also work hard to keep out birds and curious woodland critters. One common animal that loves to set up camp in chimneys is the chimney swift. These birds nest on vertical surfaces, and the warmth and protection your chimney offers is ideal. Unfortunately, their numbers are in decline, which is why they are now protected by law. What does that mean for you? Well, it means you’re stuck with them until they leave on their own. In fact, trying to remove them will land you with some hefty fines.

Avoid Chimney Swifts

Like most other birds, these will eventually migrate away from their nest, but don’t think your troubles are over then! They’re known to come back to their same nesting grounds when they return. Fortunately, we have a solution – a chimney cap. With one of these affordable devices in place, you won’t have to worry about any animals entering.

Raccoons, squirrels, and other creatures are also known to work their way into your chimney. In fact, we’ve seen raccoons have babies on the smoke shelf. If your damper gets left open, they could find their way into your home! All in all, getting these animals out and getting your chimney opening sealed up is vital for keeping your chimney, home, and family safer! Now is the time to get your cap installed, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our crew today.

All About Chase Covers

Chase covers, or chase tops, cover the opening of prefabricated units. These models have grown in popularity over the years since they are easier and cheaper to install. They also don’t require the commitment of actually building a permanent fixture in your home. Unfortunately, the flues on the units have been proven to attract even more birds than those of masonry chimneys.

Because of this, they need a protective covering, and that’s where your chase cover comes in. Nesting materials can clog things up in a hurry, causing draft and airflow issues. As nests are made of flammable materials, this also creates a fire hazard for your home. The smartest, safest, and most cost-effective route to take is to have a chase cover installed before any of these issues start to occur.

Unfortunately, a lot of these prefabricated models come with a chase cover that is made of weaker materials, which means it will rust and corrode before you know it. An ideal cover will be designed with a slight slope, ensuring water does not pool on top, and they should be made from strong products, such as galvanized metal, so you won’t need to worry about it breaking down any time soon. Ready for us to helpt? Reach out now – we’re more than happy to help.

We Are Dedicated To Our Customers

We go above and beyond to ensure our customer base is satisfied, and we are certain there is no better team than ours to trust throughout the Houston area. Our award-winning sweeps are certified with the CSIA and the NFI, and we’re members of the NSCG, too. We always use the high-quality tools and products we know you deserve, and you can trust that we never cut corners or take shortcuts.

The protection you’re looking for is a phone call away. Get in touch with us now!