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.

Trust In HeatShield To Restore Your Liner

Is your chimney liner in bad shape? Often times, people assume that a faulty liner calls for a full relining job, which can be costly and time consuming. Before jumping into anything, we encourage you to contact our crew, as you might just need some repair work. This would take a lot less of your time, money, and patience! Ask our team of CSIA-certified experts about how we can help you out using HeatShield, a durable product that will keep your chimney standing strong for years to come!

Why Is A Well-Functioning Liner Important?

The CSIA promotes three main functions of your chimney liner, and trust us, they make a big difference in how safely and efficiently your appliance functions! First of all, it guards the rest of your home from the high temperatures your fireplace produces. Without a properly working liner in place, it’s only a matter of hours before adjacent woodwork could catch on fire, putting your home and family at serious risk.

Secondly, a chimney liner will protect your masonry, keeping it in better health for years to come. If damages are present, the heat will wear down your brickwork and mortar, eating away at your chimney until it’s no longer safe for use. This also opens pathways for harmful fumes, like carbon monoxide, to enter the home and affect the health of you and loved ones.

Finally, when your liner is fitted appropriately, it ensures your fireplace and chimney function as efficiently as possible. It keeps your air flow in check and helps prevent creosote from accumulating at a more rapid pace, ensuring everything runs properly.

We Have Two HeatShield Methods

We provide our customers with two different methods for HeatShield chimney liner repair, so we can offer the best option based upon your specific needs. Our technicians will use a camera to thoroughly inspect your system, so we know exactly what the problem is and how to address it. We’ll even be able to show you what we see, so you’re in the loop throughout the entire process!

If your system needs gaps, cracks, and holes repaired, we can use specially designed tools to fill them up, leaving you with a smooth and seamless surface at the end of it all. After this is complete, we’ll re-inspect your system to ensure we didn’t miss a thing! Now, that’s satisfaction guaranteed.

Other times, the entire chimney liner needs resurfacing. In these cases, we’ll prime the liner by removing any dust, then we’ll apply HeatShield to the entire system. The entire surface of your liner will be good as new, and we’ll verify no damages are present with a video scan. There’s no better way to feel peace of mind!

Not Gonna Cut It – I Need Relining Work!

If repairs aren’t gonna do the trick, then relining it is. We can reline your system with a stainless steel liner, so you know you’ll have years of protection and stress-free enjoyment of your fireplace.

No matter what the issue is, let our team take a look. We’ll find the right solutions for your unique circumstances, so you’ll be up and running again in no time! Trust in our crew today.

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!

We Are CSIA Certified & Ready To Serve You

At Lords Chimney, we hold and maintain CSIA certifications because they help us better serve you! The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit organization striving to educate sweeps and serve the public. We are proud to associate with them with every passing year.

Check out some reasons why we and countless other chimney companies throughout the country trust the CSIA!

High Ethical Standards

We Are CSIA Certified and Ready to Serve You - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyOne reason we take such pride in holding CSIA credentials is due to their strict code of ethics. The founders of the CSIA feel it’s important to ensure homeowners can trust their sweeps to act professionally and be honest. In order for a sweep to complete their CSIA training, they must agree to use what they’ve learned to bring fair and helpful services to the areas that they serve.

The CSIA also wants homeowners to hold their sweeps accountable! If you hired a certified sweep, but feel that they are either lying about their certifications or that they aren’t living up to CSIA standards, report the sweep to the organization right away. Thanks to the CSIA’s commitment to the public, they’ll ensure corrective action is taken, so that you don’t have to face these issues again down the line.

A Mission For Safety

Another great aspect of the CSIA is it’s desire to promote education and fire safety in homes everywhere. It’s not just about keeping sweeps informed and up-to-date on fireplace knowledge… they want homeowners to be aware of these facts, too! The more a person knows about their fireplace, the less likely they are to experience a big disaster, such as a fire or gas leak. And the CSIA aims to avoid accidents like these at all costs.

Knowing more about your fireplace and chimney will also ensure that you don’t get scammed down the road. If you hired a sweep, and things just don’t seem to be adding up, the CSIA wants to make sure you’re not paying more services you may not need. By staying informed, you’ll be able to spot a scam artist from a mile away!

Standing The Test Of Time

The CSIA is also known for their longevity. This is an organization that has truly stood the test of time, and they continue being successful with every year that passes. They continuously search for ways to improve. In addition, they never fail to provide techs with new technology and techniques for better serving the public.

Since 1983, the CSIA has maintained its ethical standpoints and mission to keep homes throughout the country safer. When it comes to fireplace maintenance, they really know their stuff! And there’s a reason why they haven’t lost momentum in all these years. They never fail to receive support, and they are publicly promoted in various forms of popular media on a regular basis. When you hire a CSIA certified, you can bet that you’re in good hands!

The Advantages of Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping Appointment

The Advantages of Forward Scheduling Your Sweeping Appointment Image - Houston TX - Lords ChimneyIn the hustle and bustle of our day to day lives, it can be easy to let minor home maintenance go by the wayside. No matter how frequently or infrequently your use your fireplace, however, it is important to have it swept and inspected at least once per year. Because of this, many customers find it easiest to forward schedule their future chimney sweeping appointments.

What is forward scheduling?

Forward scheduling is as easy as setting your next appointment at the time of your current appointment. While most of us are used to doing this for annual physicals or dental checkups, it can also be done for your chimney services! Forward scheduling your chimney sweeping allows you to pick the date and time for you next services and “set it and forget it!”

Advantages of forward scheduling your chimney services

Although it may seem odd to schedule chimney maintenance six months – or more – in advance, there are a number of advantages to forward scheduling your sweeping appointment.

  • Pick the most convenient appointment time. Scheduling several months in advance gives you the advance when choosing days and times for appointments. With schedules that are typically wide open, you can find the day and time that best work with your schedule instead of being at the mercy of the next available opening.
  • Make the appointment when it’s fresh in your mind. In the weeks and months after your chimney has been swept, scheduling your next appointment can become an afterthought. By forward scheduling, you can set up your next appointment at the time of your current sweeping, guaranteeing important annual maintenance will be done year after year.
  • Less stress and worry. Once your appointment has been schedule for the next year you can sit back, relax, and rest assured that your fireplace maintenance will be taken care of.

 

Benefits of annual chimney sweeping and maintenance

Regular yearly chimney sweepings and inspections are the best way to keep your fireplace and chimney burning safely and efficiently. Chimney sweepings remove soot, ash, debris, blockages, and the harmful and flammable byproduct of combustion creosote from the flue. Sweepings also help you get the most out of your fireplace by extending its lifespan. Likewise, chimney inspections can be used to help evaluate efficiency, look for signs of damage or deterioration, and uncover the cause of long-term chimney problems such as draft issues or leaks.

“A chimney inspection is like an annual dental check-up,” says Chimney Safety Institute of America Director of Education Ashley Eldridge. “It’s preventative maintenance that helps minimize potential hazards.”

With family, friends, jobs, kids, school, and more, it can be easy to forget to schedule your annual chimney sweeping. By forward scheduling your future appointments you can rest assured your chimney will be professionally maintained year after year. For more information on forward scheduling or to schedule your next chimney sweeping, contact Lords Chimney today.