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  • Mar 12 / 2018
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Have A Fireplace Consider This Tips To Keeping Heat In Your Home

When the autumn advances and the air begins to cool, it is the moment when we begin to feel like taking refuge in the candor of our house, probably in front of the cozy fire that gives us the fireplace, an excellent way to warm our home and our spirit . Because certainly among all types of home heating, the fireplace is the most pleasant, as well as being a very good way to heat the house economically.To heat the house in winter , a good modern built-in fireplace, with a good installation and a good functioning can heat a home of 100 m2 perfectly, or if we prefer, be a good complement to another type of heating, helping us to save money from the heating bill.
Your home has a dirty little secret – the fireplace that is designed to heat your home is doing the opposite and is costing you more than hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
Do not worry, investing a little time and money, you can turn that inefficient fireplace into a powerful heater that will reduce your energy bills and add more charm to your fireplace.

Tips to keep heat in your room
1. The upper chimney air regulators replace the lower regulators and are placed on top of it. The upper regulator acts as a hermetic door keeping the hot air inside the house and the cold air from outside – outside. This principle works all year, both to heat and to cool the house. This product can be obtained online and you can easily install it on your own or ask a technician to do so.

2. The protection sheet
It is a cast iron plate that is placed on the back of your fireplace. Its function is to protect the back wall from any damage and usually come with designs that add to the home’s decor. The sheet improves efficiency as it absorbs heat from the fire and radiates it back into the room.

3. A fireplace heater takes fresh air from the room, circulates it through a chamber that is heated by the fire and then returns the warm air back to the room. These heaters come in closed systems, so it prevents the smoke from the chimney from invading the house. Depending on which type you buy, these heaters can make a difference in the temperature of your home, they can even heat a room completely. The heaters can be installed with glass doors which will also help you save.

4. Tempered glass doors
For fireplace, they are the biggest investment, but you can reduce a bit of the cost by doing some work on your own. There are several chimney doors that can be obtained by Internet that come with instructions to install them easily. The glass doors form a barrier between the room and the fireplace, in addition to reducing the area that your fireplace has to heat. This is already a good reason to install them, but know that it is not the only reason. The glass doors in turn offer security by protecting children and pets from fire.
If you are practical, all these suggestions will be easy for you. In addition, all products, while not easy to obtain locally, can be found on the Internet.

  • Mar 05 / 2018
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Chimney Fire Prevention How To Prevent Chimney Fire

 

The most frequent reason why fires occur in chimneys, is the lack of cleanliness of the duct through which the smoke and other waste produced in the combustion rise, these create a sticky and odorous layer on the walls of the ducts. , which is also highly flammable.

If the hygiene of our chimney is not good enough, the circumstance that favors the start of a fire may occur.

Start and development of a chimney fire

No chimney fire originates and develops in the same place and way, because it influences aspects such as construction, length, travel, joints, obstructions, or type of creosote of the chimney.

In any case, the fire is usually initiated by a violent initial deflagration, accompanied by a characteristic sound and pressure waves, which can lead to deterioration of the flue pipe.

Subsequently, the fire will move along the entire conduit, burning the deposited creosote, generating a great pressure inside and a blowtorch effect at its exit with characteristic sound – roar

Defects caused by fire and pressure waves can be considerable. However, there are cases in which the fire occurs in a slow manner and with hardly any signs that indicate that a fire is occurring inside the chimney.

How to prevent Chimney Fire

Cleaning

Chimneys that are lit regularly must be conditioned and cleaned thoroughly, fundamentally, the chimney draft. It is important to remove the creosote (resin) adhered to the walls of the duct, since this is what ignites and causes the flames inside the duct.

Start the fire

The use of dry wood is recommended. Dry wood burning produces less creosote than wet wood. Likewise, woods of species such as oak or holm oak are preferable, which are harder and have a higher calorific value because they produce less creosote than softwoods such as poplar or fir. On the other hand, the use of high combustion products is discouraged until it is in perfect condition, and do not use gasoline or products that accelerate combustion to ignite the fire.

Good ventilation

They also offer a good measure of prevention, ventilation in the rooms where the fireplace is located, since the fire consumes oxygen and generates carbon monoxide. Good ventilation improves the draft or natural movement of smoke inside the duct and facilitates the removal of carbon monoxide.

Furniture

It is advisable not to place carpets, furniture or clothes in front of the fireplace, because they can burn due to the heat received by radiation. All combustible materials must be kept more than one meter away from the home.

Unattended shutdowns

It is discouraged to leave the fireplace lit when we go to sleep because it is dangerous in the event of a possible outbreak of fire. It must be turned off when the house is empty.

Fire detector

An excellent preventive measure in those houses that have a chimney, is the installation of a fire detector.

  • Mar 05 / 2018
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5 Reasons You Should Install A Chimney Cap

Chimney cap, is more than a decorative element. Protects the interior of the fireplace from rain and other inclement weather, curious animals and damage caused by strong winds.

In addition, the air loss is slowed down through the upper part of the chimney, keeping the atmosphere warmer in winter and cool in summer.

Fireplace tops are typically made of metal, which can receive a beating when exposed to the elements.

Chimney cap protects your home by transferring hot combustion gases to the outside air. For this reason, chimney caps are a measure highly recommended by most professionals.

In this blog post, we are going to cover top 5 reasons why you should install a chimney cap/cover whatever you say if you have not already done so.

Prevention of water damage

As we discussed in a recent blog post, when water enters a chimney and undergoes freeze-thaw cycles it can wreak havoc of your chimney. In addition to compromising the masonry of your chimney, the penetration of water can cause more severe structural damage throughout your home. The cover of a chimney prevents water from entering the chimney and protects your home from damage.

Protection against debris and animals

Your unprotected chimney tends to collect leaves, dirt, and other debris, and it’s pretty common issue. This garbage clogs your fireplace, obstructs the writing of your chimney and could cause a dangerous fire also. A chimney cap prevents the fireplace from becoming, essentially, a giant garbage can.

In addition to waste, it is likely that birds and other animals find their way to an open fireplace. The warm and dark fireplace offers the perfect environment to build a nest. For the safety of these animals and their home, the best option is to install a chimney cap.

Keeping the chimney lining

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By protecting your chimney from unwanted water and debris, a chimney cap helps preserve the life of your chimney liner. Some elements can seriously deteriorate their coating, particularly a clay lining of your chimney. Your coating is essential for the optimal performance and safety of your chimney. Installing a smoke cap is a much simpler and more cost-effective procedure than repairing or replacing a damaged coating.

Spark Containment

When your chimney is in use on a regular basis, large sparks may appear in your chimneys. If those sparks are hot enough, there is a chance that they can get out of the fireplace and light patches of grass or nearby leaves. A chimney cap or spark arrest or will keep these sparks as they die, protecting you and your neighbors from potential hazards.

Improvement project

A chimney cap helps increase the draft of your house chimney. Without proper wording, the smoke and noxious gases can re-enter your home, creating an unpleasant and dangerous situation. The installation of a chimney cap will improve your draft and ensure the proper functioning of your chimney.

As you can see, installing a chimney cap is a simple but effective measure that is worth taking. A lid preserves and protects the overall life of your useful and necessary chimney. And when it protects your chimney, it protects your home also. If you have any query of installation of chimney cap,   Contact us today to schedule an installation.

  • Jan 24 / 2018
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Powers CM’s Chimney Checklist to Make Sure You’re Ready for the Cold

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Winter is officially here, and if you take a look at what’s happening on the East Coast with the extreme cold, we thought we’d put together a quick post to help our customers determine if they’re chimneys in good shape to handle the extra chilly times that seem to stretch between January and February in Seattle. Here’s a quick checklist from Powers CM to make sure your chimney is up to snuff for the Seattle winter.

Check the Chimney Cap

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Check it if you got it! If you don’t, you should absolutely opt for Chimney Cap Installation. Chimney caps keep moisture, debris, and (nastiest of all) critters out of your chimney.

Check the Flashing

The flashing is that thin strip of metal that wraps around the seam where your chimney and roof meet. Take a look to make sure the flashing is fully intact. If it’s damaged or warped, make sure to have it replaced or repaired. Flashing that isn’t up to snuff will cause leaks and damage to the masonry.

Check the Damper

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Make sure your damper opens and closes completely and creates a tight seal. Dampers often become rusted and damper seals can become warped or damaged from normal use. A bad seal or damper will allow cool outside air in, increasing your energy costs.

Check For Creosote or Heavy Soot

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Left behind by ash and smoke vapor, soot and creosote are unavoidable by-products of chimney use. They are also the leading causes of chimney fires. When either of these accumulate on the inside of your chimney to ¼-inch in depth, it’s time to call in a professional chimney sweep.

Check for Any Damage

Damage to any part of your chimney or chimney components needs to be addressed immediately if you plan to use your fireplace this winter.

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Keep an eye out for rust in metal flues, cracking in clay flue liners, and poorly installed clay-tile chimney liners. Concrete left between clay-tile joints will inhibit a thorough cleaning and can lead to further damage or leaks.

Check for Debris (Animals, Branches, Other Obstructions)

If you live in an older home, or, especially, one without a chimney cap, check your chimney and flue for debris. Debris in your chimney are very dangerous and can cause chimney fires.

Check Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard it, but hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Make sure all of the necessary safety precautions you should have as a homeowner with a fireplace are up to snuff.

Call Your Local Seattle Chimney Repair Specialist

It’s great to run through the checklist on your own, but, when it comes to your chimney, it’s best to have an expert get their hands dirty and their feet on a ladder. At Powers CM, we’re ready to provide all of the care and know-how your heart of your home needs.

Give us a call today if you have questions or chimney repair needs.

  • Oct 30 / 2013
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Fall Is Here: Is Your Chimney Ready?

Fall is finally upon us here in the Seattle area, bringing cold temperatures. The low fall temperatures have many homeowners stocking up on firewood as they prepare to build cozy fires in their fireplaces. But is your chimney ready for another season of constant use?

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Schedule Your Annual Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

Chimneys should be inspected once a year for damage that could be potentially dangerous to your home. In addition, chimneys should be cleaned once a year so that sooty buildup from past use does not accumulate enough to become a fire hazard.

Remember that as you use your chimney, smoke residue called creosote builds up on your chimney’s inner surfaces. This residue must be removed by a professional with the tools and the expertise to get the job done right. Another benefit to ensuring your chimney receives routine cleanings is a longer-lasting flue system.

By scheduling your annual cleaning and inspection now, you can ensure that your chimney will be ready for use throughout the cold months, and you can rest assured that it is not a hazard to your home or family.

Trust Powers Chimney & Masonry

Looking for a chimney sweep and masonry professional? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. Powers CM is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our services.

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