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5 Tips For Preventing House Fires

It is an unfortunate fact that thousands of house fires occur every single year in the United States. These disasters leads to countless injuries, multiple deaths, and millions of dollars worth of damage.fire That being said, many of these were entirely preventable, meaning you can take steps towards preventing them from occurring in your home.

Ready to learn more? Read below. Then, count on the team at Lords Chimney to handle your fireplace, chimney, and venting maintenance, ensuring you stay as safe as possible in the years ahead.

Schedule A Dryer Vent Cleaning

If your dryer vents are clogged up and filled with debris, it won’t be long before things overheat. As you can imagine, when the high temperatures produced by the appliance combine with your flammable lint, a fire could easily ignite. An annual cleaning will ensure your system stays free of lint build up, and it should guarantee a better functioning appliance, too. It’s a win-win!

Be Vigilant

Leaving things like candles and fireplace fires unattended can increase your risk of fire significantly. It is also important to keep flammable items away from these things. We know how tempting it can be to decorate your mantle or place candles throughout your holiday decor, but these items can easily catch on fire before you even realize anything is wrong.

This is also goes for your cooking habits! Don’t leave pots, pans, or boiling water on a heated stove unless you are there to keep an eye on it. It only takes a second for something to go awry.

Invest In Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

Sometimes a fire will start, but can be stopped immediately with the appropriate preventative measures. Smoke detectors are known for preventing countless fires and for keeping homeowners and their families safer, as well. Along with this, a fire extinguisher can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing further damage. Invest in yours today!

Keep An Eye On Cords & Wiring

Frayed cords and wiring should always be repaired or replaced right away to decrease the chance of a fire starting. Also, never hide them under rugs, curtains, or furniture, as the heat from the electricity produced can cause harm, as well.

Invest In Annual Chimney Inspections

An annual chimney inspection is CSIA recommended, and it can make a big difference when it comes to operating a safer and more efficient fireplace. If you live in Houston or any of its surrounding areas, the team here at Lords Chimney can help you out! When you call us in, we can check for any flammable obstructions, such as birds nests or twigs, and we can look for excess creosote, too, which is known for triggering chimney fires.

Chimney inspections also allow us to spot chimney damages that could be putting your home at risk. Ready to get yours scheduled? Call our certified crew in today.

Our Busy Season Is Almost Through, So Get Our Schedule Now!

With our busy season coming to a close, now is an ideal time to get your inspection, sweeping, or repair work scheduled. There are countless benefits to schedule chimney care this time of year, so get in touch Lords Chimney right away. We are always happy to help you out!

Scheduling At Your ConvenienceOur Busy Season Is Almost Through, So Get Our Schedule Now!

If you feel that free time is something that is hard to come by in your family, then you are not alone. We understand that your to-do list is long and many struggle when it comes to scheduling regular professional chimney care. Unfortunately, putting this maintenance on the back burner can lead to some serious risks.

That’s why we always aim to come at a time that is convenient for you, which is why we suggest getting your inspection in now while our schedule is more clear. This availability means you will have the freedom to schedule your appointment at a time that works well for you. No need to rearrange your hectic schedule! Just let us know what works, and we can schedule it.

Addressing Your Repairs Fast

Another big advantage of scheduling your chimney maintenance now is that we will be able to tackle any repairs right away. During the fall, repairs may need to be put on hold until our scheduled clears up. Throughout fall and early winter we stay very busy, so addressing repairs can take more time than usual, putting off your burn season. If we spot damages we can repair them now so you will be able to light up a fire early! While others are struggling to get maintenance completed, you will be ready to enjoy nights by a fire.

Importance Of Annual Inspections

All in all, regular inspections are never something to put off, and now is an ideal time to get yours completed. Skipping this maintenance could land you in some trouble when the time comes to light a fire. Using a system that is damaged or clogged increase your chances of experiencing chimney fires, gas leaks, and house fires.

Along with this, a chimney that is well cared for will run more efficiently, guaranteeing you more heat and a more pleasant aesthetic, overall.

Guarantee yourself a safer and more comfortable home by getting the care you deserve right away. The team at Lords Chimney is experienced, CSIA certified, and eager to provide you with top-notch customer care. Schedule an appointment online today. We’ll be happy to help you out right away!

We Are A HomeShow Radio Pro!

The HomeShow Radio Show with Tom Tynan is a well-loved and -respected program that many enjoy on a regular basis. Thanks to Tom and his extensive knowledge on architecture and home construction, a number of homeowners throughout the Houston area look to him for great tips and advice every Saturday and Sunday morning. And with over two decades of experience building custom homes under his belt, you can rest easy taking his instructions to heart – Tom knows his stuff!

Well, one thing this show is known for is designating a select number of businesses as HomeShow Pros. As you can imagine, there are a large number of business throughout Houston and its surrounding areas, so to be given this honor is quite an accomplishment! Lords Chimney is proud to hold one of these titles, and Tom Tynan himself feels that we are a great team to trust with all of your chimney and fireplace needs.

Schedule An Inspection With Us Today

Now, with the holidays fast approaching, you want to work with a team that puts you at ease when it comes to chimney care. Based on our reputation, experience, and dedication to further education, we’re confident that we can handle anything you need done! Start off by scheduling an inspection with us. We’re CSIA trained and certified, so we can handle your annual maintenance, no problem.

An inspection is a surefire way to give you that peace of mind you’re hoping for as you dive into holiday festivities this season. There’s nothing like a crackling fire to light up some Christmas spirit, but you need to ensure your system is functioning safely before putting it to use! Otherwise, you could easily be faced with uncomfortable and dangerous scenarios, such as smoke back-up, chimney fires, gas leaks, and more.

We’ll do a thorough overview of your entire structure, and let you know if there are any issues that need our professional attention. We can offer advice and tips for moving forward, and before you know it, your system will be performing in tip-top shape.

Save yourself stress and hassle this Christmas by depending on us for it all!

We’re The Team For You!

From big to small, we can handle anything. Whether you have a minor leak, excessive creosote accumulation, or some major restoration work to get done, we’re the team trusted throughout Houston and all of its surrounding areas. Set your home up right for the holidays by putting your fireplace in our hands!

Time is running short and our schedule fills up fast, so if you’re hoping to get a nice fire going for all of your parties and get-togethers, then don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us. There’s no time to lose! Give us a call today, and we’ll set you up right.

What’s Causing That Bad Smell From Your Fireplace?

Is There A Bad Smell From Your Fireplace?Summer heat and humid weather have reputations for causing some pretty bad smells to travel down your chimney. When the air conditioning gets turned on, these odors get roused, causing your home to stink and making everyone inside of it uncomfortable. Fortunately, the team at Lords Chimney has solutions for you!

When Was Your Last Inspection and Sweeping?

One very effective way to remove odors is to get rid of excess creosote. Creosote is known for producing some pretty awful smells, and the more build up you have, the worse things will be. Removing it is sure to help out significantly, and you’ll greatly reduce your risk of chimney fires, too. It’s a win-win!

If you have yet to schedule your annual inspection, call us in right away, so we can look things over and see if a sweeping might be necessary. This is an easy way to resolve odor issues – all you have to do is give us a call!

What Type Of Damper Do You Own?

When it comes to blocking these terrible downdrafts, another effective method is to have a top sealing damper installed. Every chimney system should be equipped with a damper, but most have only had experience with a throat damper. While these have done a good job over the years, there’s now something better on the market that’s sure to seal up the system and keep out odors, rainwater, and downdrafts for good – a top sealing damper.

Top sealing dampers are placed right at the top of your flue, and they close tightly with a rubber gasket, so you don’t have to worry about the inefficiency associated with a metal on metal seal. If you need a new damper, we strongly urge you to consider this highly effective upgrade. You won’t regret it!

Have Animals Entered Your Chimney?

Sometimes, the issue doesn’t lie with high temperatures or humid days at all. It’s not uncommon for animals to nest in your chimney, especially if you haven’t used it much lately, and sometimes these animals wind up stuck. If a critter passes away in your flue or chimney, you’ll definitely face some serious odors. If your system has been recently cleaned, and you know everything is sealed up tight, consider this option.

Fortunately, there’s an easy, affordable, and effective way to ensure animals stay out for good. By having our team of experts install a chimney cap, you guarantee yourself high-quality protection at a price that won’t break the budget. Chimney caps are placed over the flue, so no animals can work their way in, and they are known for keeping out water and excess moisture, too.

If you need a new cap installed, count on our team today!

We’ll Work Hard To Find You Answers

No matter the issue at hand, we’ll find you the answers you need to guarantee an odor-free home. Dealing with fireplace stink is never ideal, but with a team like ours to count on, it’s not something you’ll have stress about for long! Call today, so we can get you back to where you need to be in no time.

How To Fix A Smelly Fireplace

Have you been noticing some bad smells coming in from your fireplace? This is obviously less than ideal, but fortunately there are solutions out there to get your home smelling fresh and good again. Check out some options below, then give us a call so we can figure out the issue and resolve it together. The team at Lords Chimney is ready to serve you!

Schedule That Sweeping

The CSIA recommends scheduling an inspection at least once per year to ensure your chimney is functioning properly, often times, these inspections can lead to the discovery of excess creosote. If you have yet to get your inspection done for the year, give us a call now so that we can check things over! Creosote buildup can cause significant odors to sweep through your home, and if we detect an issue, we can get a sweeping scheduled so you don’t have to suffer any longer.

A good sweeping ensures your fireplace and chimney stay cleaner and safer for regular use, so why not give us a call right away? Rest easier this spring and summer knowing you’re good to go!

Do You Have A Top Sealing Damper?

If you don’t have a top sealing damper, then now may be the time to have yours installed. While throat dampers have done a good job for homeowners over the years, there’s simply no denying that a top sealing option works wonders for keeping your home free from outside air and improving its energy efficiency. And, as you can imagine, they are great for keeping the stink out!

So, how do they work? Well, they are installed at the top of your chimney and work with your chimney cap to keep out downdrafts, water, animals, and excess debris. They also come with a rubber seal, so outdoor air will stay outside where it belongs, and your air conditioning and heat won’t have the opportunity to escape. They’re easy to use, extremely efficient, and they’ll keep those bad odors away, for sure!

Avoid Water Issues

Excess moisture and water in your chimney can trigger some big issues and bad smells, so taking the proper precautions and investing in preventative maintenance beforehand may help eliminate bad odors. There are lots of things we can do to keep water away for good. Replacing your chimney cap, fixing your flashing, rebuilding your crown, tuckpointing, and waterproofing are all effective services that stop moisture from entering your chimney system.

Let us look things over to see what you may need. Our CSIA-trained and -certified experts will be able spot any issues and resolve them before they get worse, giving you the peace of mind you deserve when operating your fireplace. What are you waiting for? Give us a call now at 281-497-4000!