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Maintaining A Gas Fireplace

There’s no doubt that gas fireplaces are the ideal pick for someone with a busy lifestyle. They are extremely easy to use, they produce a lot of heat, and they don’t require much cleanup. All you do is flip a switch, and you’ve got yourself a cozy place to relax at the end of the day!

Many assume that because gas fireplaces burn cleaner and require less upkeep, they don’t need as much professional attention as their wood-burning counterparts. This is not the case! Gas fireplaces need regular check-ups, too. They also need to be cleaned and swept from time to time, too.

Learn more about why these steps are so important in keeping your household safer, warmer, and more comfortable year after year by reading below. Then, call on us for advice, answers, and unbeatable customer service! At Lords Chimney, we’ve got your back!

Benefits Of Professional Care

By investing in regular professional care, you guarantee the best results from your gas fireplace. For one thing, you’ll avoid excess build-up. Just because you aren’t burning wood, doesn’t mean debris doesn’t accumulate, and it needs to be cleaned out on a regular basis to ensure things run smoothly. Putting this maintenance off will result in clogs and deterioration, both of which trigger poor air flow and gas leaks.

When you get an expert’s eye on the job, they can also spot any necessary repairs. If cracks and holes are present, you’re much more likely to come into contact with some toxic fumes, such as carbon monoxide. This gas is nearly impossible to detect, and it can be fatal if not treated right away. Lower your risk of exposure by having a professional inspect your system on a regular basis, and be sure to install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, too!

With the help of a pro, you can ensure safer and more efficient functioning with every passing season. It’s an investment you’ll be glad you made and, trust us when we say, that it’s the right move for saving money down the line. It’s always better to pay for affordable fixes sooner, rather than intricate and expensive ones later. You’ll save time, money, and a whole lot of stress! Call us in right away.

Schedule An Inspection

So, what’s one way of ensuring things run smoothly year after year? Schedule an annual inspection! Most homeowners use their fireplace a lot more near the end of the year, when the holiday season is in full swing, so schedule an inspection sometime before your burning period begins each year to guarantee optimal efficiency.

At Lords Chimney, our CSIA certified team has everything necessary to get the job done right! Count on us to for all your chimney and fireplace care. Our team won’t let you down!

Ready To Enjoy Your Fireplace During The Holidays? Schedule Today!

Anyone with a fireplace knows how much they enhance the atmosphere of any holiday gathering. A fireplace adds something special to any room. It also enhances the cheerful and festive mood that every homeowner seeks throughout the holiday season!

That being said, it’s important to take the proper precautions to ensure your appliance runs safer and more efficiently all season long. That’s why it’s vital to get your annual inspection on the books now, before your start throwing get-together’s and inviting guests over. Call the staff at Lords Chimney today, and we’ll get an appointment set up right away!

Running A Safer Fireplace

If you’re lighting fires in your home, you want to ensure your fireplace system is functioning as safely as possible. Keeping guests and family members safe is always the top priority, so your chimney needs to be in tip top shape throughout your entire burning season! By investing in annual inspections, you ascertain that no necessary repairs and/or sweepings are needed before you start lighting fires. And neglecting this regular maintenance could land you in some serious trouble!

One issue that may occur is the build up of creosote. Creosote forms as fires burn in your wood-burning fireplace, and it’s a highly flammable substance. Since it’s prone to catching fire, you want to make sure it doesn’t accumulate. Otherwise, you may be dealing with a chimney fire before you know it!

Chimney fires not only weaken the entire structure of your chimney. They make it unsafe for everyday use, too! Gaps will quickly form, leaving your home and roof vulnerable to stray flames. The worst part is, many of these fires occur unnoticed. You could be using your fireplace, without even realizing you’re at risk! It’s not worth putting off this important maintenance – call us in today.

Ensuring Efficiency

Besides making sure that everything is running safely, annual inspections help enhance the efficiency of your appliance overall. You wouldn’t want to run a fireplace that is only providing minimal heat output, would you? That’s not cost effective at all, and it makes for a frustrating evening! All parts need to be in good condition in order for everything to work together cohesively. Call us in, and we’ll make sure you’re good to go!

Avoiding Expensive Repairs

Repairs that go unaddressed will only get worse over time and, if things weaken too much, your chimney may settle or collapse. Cracks, holes, and other issues in your chimney’s structure need to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further (and more costly) issues down the line. Inspect in affordable maintenance now to bypass expensive repairs down the line!

Along with this, repairs take time and, with the busy season underway, we want to make sure we have the time and manpower to address every one of our customers’ issues. Call us at Lords Chimney today, so we can be sure to get any other required services done before your next holiday party or event. We can’t wait to help you out soon!

Own A Rumford Fireplace Today!

Own a Rumford Fireplace Image - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyLords Chimney takes pride in promoting the best fireplace options around. If you are in the market for a new fireplace, we would suggest investing in a Rumford. A Rumford fireplace heats more effectively, while portraying the classic beauty that every homeowner desires. When it comes to high-efficiency and all around satisfaction, this design cannot be beat. Guests will comment on your great taste, while enjoying themselves by a cozy fire. Learn more below!

About The Creator

Benjamin Thompson was born in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1753. He spent the majority of his life working for the Bavarian government, and he eventually received the title “Count of the Holy Roman Empire.” He was widely knowledgeable in heating and worked tirelessly to see how he could make fireplaces run more efficiently. His new design and his essays regarding it are now being studied and applied to fireplaces everywhere.

Popular Throughout Time

Rumford fireplaces go way back and have been used in countless homes ever since the late 1700s. They are designed to send smoke up the chimney and out of the home, while preserving large amounts of heat. Since maintaining warmth was (and continues to be) a struggle for fireplace owners everywhere, this concept was truly revolutionary.

The popularity of Rumford’s design spread and was even promoted by some famous names, including Thomas Jefferson and Henry David Thoreau. Their widespread approval intrigued individuals all throughout the area and people were highly impressed with Rumford’s insight. Everyone wanted to take advantage of this ingenious design and they became a staple in homes everywhere.

Unfortunately, the concept died out when inconsistencies began to appear. People continuously misinterpreted the design and there was no true definition as to what qualified a fireplace as a Rumford. No one seemed to be able to grasp the concept that Rumford intended, meaning any new units did not work as they were supposed to. This confusion led to their decline and homeowners chose to invest in products that proved to be more stable in their designs.

Making A Comeback

Despite their drop in popularity, Rumfords are now making a comeback. Modern manufacturers are diving into Rumford’s old essays in an effort to master this more efficient design. Now, people are recognizing the brilliance and beauty of these fireplaces once again, and sweeps everywhere are hearing more requests than ever for Rumfords.

If this sounds like the right investment for your home, contact the professionals at Lords Chimney. We specialize in installations and our customers will assure you that our top of the line services and professional approach cannot be beat. We have been serving residents in this area for 10 years, and we can help you out, too. Give us a call today!

Do You Need A Fireplace Grate?

Fireplace Grate Image - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyAs a homeowner, you likely know the importance of regular fireplace maintenance and upkeep. There are various steps you can to improve your chimney’s health. Scheduling an annual inspection and cleaning with a professional is a must, and you will want to ensure all necessary repairs are addressed in a timely manner.

There are also accessories you can acquire that improve the overall functionality of your chimney and fireplace. One thing we recommend purchasing is a fireplace grate.

What It Does

If you are wondering what a fireplace grate is and how it helps everything run more efficiently, then you are not alone!

These products are placed inside the mouth of the fireplace and hold the wood you intend to burn. Not only does this keep your fuel firmly in place, but it keeps it off the fireplace floor, as well. This helps your burn stronger fires and puts less wear and tear on your fireplace, as a whole. Learn more below!

  • Better Air Flow: The way air flows through your chimney can make a huge difference for multiple factors. First of all, your fires will be easier to start. Once they get going, they will burn hotter and more efficiently as the air will be able to circulate underneath them. Lastly, because of the great air flow you gain, the smoke and other toxins will be sure to escape up and out of the chimney, rather than back into your home.
  • Protects Fireplace Floor: Fireplaces are durable, but that does not mean they will not break down over time. Minimizing wear and tear as much as possible will keep your chimney strong for years to come and reduces the need for costly repairs. A fireplace grate will protect your chimney floor by keeping that intense heat off of it.
  • Keeps Fuel In Place: Those who have experience lighting fires know what happens when the bottom logs burn up – the entire stack shifts. This not only opens the door for hot logs rolling out, but calls for readjustment on the part of the homeowner, as well. A fireplace grate will keep all of your wood secured in one spot, eliminating the need to mess with a hot fire. Stay out of harm’s way by investing in a fireplace grate today.

If you have decided that this is the right investment for you, then remember that the heavier the grate, the better off you will be. A sturdy grate, made of stainless steel or cast iron, will be your best bet and will last much longer than the lighter weight options. It will be well worth the extra costs when you have a product that can stand the test of time.

Lords Chimney has all of the chimney accessories you need to keep your fireplace looking great and staying strong. Check out our products today and feel free to call with any questions. Thanks for choosing us!

Air Flow and Your Fireplace

The way air flows through your fireplace is a key component in whether or not it runs efficiently. Proper ventilation is vital for both chimney health and the health of people living within the home. If you find yourself facing issues, there are many reasons why your chimney may not be circulating air properly. Check out just some of these reasons below!

Air Flow and Your Fireplace - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyYour Chimney Is Dirty

A dirty chimney is a major cause for bad ventilation. Soot and other substances can accumulate quickly. Also, animals are known for dragging nesting materials and other items into chimneys. All of these things cause blockages which need to be taken care of before any fires are lit.

The consequences of running a dirty fireplace can be detrimental to the health of your chimney, your home, and your loved ones. If the toxins cannot escape, they turn around and enter your home. This means anyone inside is exposed to a variety of harmful gases and nasty fumes. On top of this, creosote and other flammable build-up could easily catch fire. This puts your family in danger and could cost you thousands in repairs.

Your Home Is Too Tight/Loose

The way your home is insulated can have a lot to do with ventilation, as well. While a well-insulated house may seem like a good thing, it can block the outside air from entering. Thus, it hinders your fireplace’s ability to run as efficiently. This affects how well your fires burn, and it could cause a build-up of carbon monoxide within the home too.

Carbon monoxide is odorless and very hard to detect, so be sure to install a detector for it today! Also, if you find that your home is too tight, try opening a window for a temporary fix. Do this until you can ask a certified sweep about a more permanent solution.

If you know your house is not too tight, then it may be too loose. If too much air is escaping your home, the current may overtake the air flow your chimney needs to function appropriately. Try to seal windows as tightly as possible to help maintain a better flow through your chimney.

Practice Safety

As stated above, be certain that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working before lighting any fires. These devices are simple to set up and could make all the difference in ensuring your family is breathing in clean air. Also, smoke detectors often offer the first warning signs that your home is danger. They are known for saving lives, so get one installed today.

Another step in making your home safe and getting your fireplace ready for regular use is to hire an expert to do a thorough inspection and cleaning. Both of these tasks can have intricate processes and it is vital that the proper tools and chemicals are used to ensure the job is done right.

At Lords Chimney, we offer countless chimney and fireplace services, and we are more than happy to stop by and check things out. Contact us today, so that we can get you in before the holiday season begins!

Smoking Fireplace

Fireplaces Bad Smoking Image - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyNothing can ruin a fire more than smoking problems. Whether smoke is blowing back into the room, the fire is burning sluggishly, or a smoky odor remains hours – if not days – after the fireplace has been used, smoking problems may be to blame.

Because there are a number of different causes of smoking fireplaces, there is no one easy answer or solution. Instead, a CSIA certified chimney sweep can use tools such as a chimney inspection to identify the underlying cause of the smoking problem.

Causes of a smoking fireplace

There are as many as 15 different causes of draft issues and smoking fireplaces. The following are four of the most commonly seen smoking problems.

  • Flue blockage: Flue blockages occur when debris or buildup constrict or block air flow through the flue. This blockage causes the smoke to back up into your home instead of drafting up and out of the chimney. Two of the most common causes of flue blockages are debris such as leaves and sticks and animals and their nesting materials. A quality chimney cap along with regular chimney sweepings and inspections can help remove and prevent future blockages.
  • Burning the wrong firewood: The type of wood you use has a surprisingly big impact on the quality of your fires. The best wood for indoor fireplaces is seasoned hardwoods such as birch, oak, or ash. Freshly cut or green wood has high moisture content and should be avoided; this causes the wood to smoke excessively as well as burn sluggishly with less heat.
  • Improperly sized flue: A flue that is too large or too small for the fireplace cannot draft properly. If the flue is too large, the chimney pulls down too much air and smoke blows back into the room. likewise, a flue that is too small is unable to quickly draw smoke up the chimney, leading to smoke that lingers or sits in the home. Draft issues caused by an improperly sized flue are most commonly seen in homes where the original fireplace has been replaced. To avoid this, check with your chimney professional to see if you need to have your chimney relined if a new insert or stove is installed into an existing hearth.
  • Negative air pressure: Chimney height, nearby buildings, and trees can all affect the air pressure around your home. For both safety and drafting purpose, standard building codes require chimneys to be at least two feet taller than any structures within a 10 foot radius. Building an addition, adding a second story, or allowing large trees to grow nearby can create a negative air pressure and prevent the chimney from drafting correctly.

Let us fix your smoking fireplace!

You don’t have to live with a drafty fireplace, smoky odor, or soot-covered furnishings. Let the expert chimney technicians at Lords Chimney uncover – and repair – the cause of your smoking chimney. Contact us today to help resolve your smoking chimney and enjoy your fireplace this winter!