Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I have my dryer vents cleaned?
Blocked/restricted dryer vents are responsible for thousands of house fires each and every year, and because of all of the long vent paths in many newer homes, lint is even more likely to settle and cause problems. Additionally, dryer vents can be blocked by nesting birds and animals. Dryer vent cleanings are important because they remove flammable and vent-restricting lint.
Many dryers also run on natural gas and produce carbon monoxide, which means if blockages occur in the vent, those inside of the home could be exposed to this deadly gas. Keeping your dryer working efficiently and preventing house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning is as simple as keeping up with annual dryer vent inspections and cleanings.
When should I have my chimney cleaned?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 standard states that every chimney, used or unused, should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep each and every year, and cleaned as necessary. You may need to have your chimney cleaned more than once in a year or biennially, but by scheduling annual chimney inspections, you’ll never be uninformed — you’ll always know when it’s time.
Are chimney cleanings messy?
Chimney cleanings can be messy, but they aren’t with SirVent Lexington. Our drop cloths, powerful vacuums, and practices ensure a clean chimney and a clean home — guaranteed.
What happens during a chimney cleaning?
When you have your chimney cleaned by SirVent Lexington, we’ll remove any soot or debris in the smoke chamber, firebox, smoke shelf, flue, and damper. We’ll also check the entire chimney — top to bottom — for any damage or concerns, so you know if anything else needs to be done to keep your chimney as safe, durable, and effective as it can and should be.
Do I need to have my gas appliance regularly cleaned and serviced as well?
While gas appliances are typically lower maintenance than wood or pellet appliances, you’ll still need to have your gas fireplace, stove, or log set inspected annually and serviced/cleaned as recommended by your chimney sweep. Because gas appliances produce carbon monoxide, you want to be confident that everything is clean and working as it should, so don’t neglect your gas appliance.
Is there anything I need to do before my chimney cleaning appointment?
24 hours before your scheduled chimney cleaning, discontinue use of the appliance being cleaned, whether it’s a gas stove or a wood fireplace. If you have a wood-burning appliance, you’ll also want to remove any ash from the firebox prior to our arrival. Other than that, we simply ask that you remove any fragile items from the area in front of your fireplace and keep pets at a distance for their safety.
What is carbon monoxide and why is it dangerous?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that enters the blood faster than oxygen. Exposure can cause anything from headaches and nausea to vomiting and, in some cases, death.
What are the signs or symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can include things like flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and sleepiness.
What creates carbon monoxide in homes?
Carbon monoxide can be created by any gas appliance in the home, including gas fireplaces, gas dryers, and gas furnaces.
Where in my home should I install carbon monoxide detectors?
Every floor of your home should have at least one carbon monoxide detector, preferably near or in every sleeping area. For more specific instructions, we recommend reading the manufacturer’s manual when you purchase.
Have any questions we haven’t answered here? Give us a call at 859-241-1182. We’d be more than happy to answer them for you!