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Don’t Forget Your Dryer Vents!

Why It Is Good to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

Is your dryer taking more time circling around but not actually performing the task of drying your clothes? Do you also hear banging noises inside your dryer? Does it heat up more quickly that it should? If you notice these things happening in your dryer, it only means that it’s time to have them inspected and cleaned.  We at Clean Sweep & Air Ducts of Michigan Company are here to help.

Dirty dryer vents can and do cause house fires. They also waste time, money and energy.

Dirty dryer vents can and do cause house fires. They also waste time, money and energy.

Most homeowners pay little attention to their dryer, other than cleaning the lint out periodically. We just expect it to do its job. Unfortunately…just like everything else, all appliances require maintenance. Before you start shopping for a new dryer, you should have the vents cleaned to see if this eliminates the issue.

Failing to routinely have your vents cleaned puts you at risk for possible house fires.  The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2010, 16,800 structures and properties were destroyed by fire, due to clogged or blocked dryer vents. Simply said, you may lose much all because you did not take the time to have your vents cleaned – something I’m sure you wouldn’t want to happen, right?

So here are the advantages of having your dryer vents cleaned:

It saves money

The more time spend in drying clothes, the more money you contribute to your electric bill. Yes, it can unnecessarily drain your budget if this cycle goes on for months at a time. Also, having your vents cleaned may mean not having to invest in a new appliance.

It saves time

Since your vents are clean and unclogged, tendencies are, drying is done much more quickly and this means more time for you. While doing the laundry, you can do other things without having to worry about your dryer not functioning well. Saving money and saving time; that alone is worth it.

It prevents fire

To top it all off, because all is well and good inside and outside your dryer vents, you minimize the chances of fire due to your dryer. This gives you the assurance that you are doing all within your power to care for your home and family.

Our certified technicians are here and ready to answer any questions you might have. Let us help you find peace of mind.

Common Chimney Repairs

Help! My Chimney Needs Repairs!

Since every chimney is different, every chimney problem is different. And whether your system is smoking, leaking or cracking, the most appropriate response to a chimney issue is a thorough inspection, not only to get a close look at the obvious damage, but to seek out the cause or causes that led to that damage.

Many common repairs cost much less money when caught early. Early interventions also reduce the risk of fire.

Many common repairs cost much less money when caught early. Early interventions also reduce the risk of fire.

Over more than three decades, Clean Sweep of Michigan techs have come across just about any problem you can imagine, from masonry that’s so eroded that moss pretty much takes over the structure, to flues so caked with third stage creosote that a chimney fire was a foregone conclusion. Check out some of the worst horror stories on our Chimneys Gone Wild page.

More often than not, though, repair needs are a little more routine, and fall into some common categories, usually around the parts of the system that get the most wear and tear from the elements and/or the heat in your firebox.

A few of the most common chimney repairs:

Repairing Leaky Flashing

Flashing protects one of the most vulnerable points around your chimney: the area where the chimney and roofline meet. So if the flashing fails and can no longer shuttle moisture away, leaks are sure to follow. Installing, repairing or replacing flashing is custom work — the metal pieces that make up chimney flashing are specifically sized for every individual chimney — so it’s exacting work that requires an experienced hand. If you have a leaky chimney, Clean Sweep techs can inspect your system using our 25-point approach. If the problem’s with your flashing — or any other part of the system — we can make the right repairs.

Replacing Chimney Caps

At the top of your flue, a chimney cap is keeping a lot of what you don’t want in your chimney out, rain, snow, debris and animals included. But caps that aren’t properly installed can fly off with bad weather, and galvanized metal caps can begin to corrode and rust over time. So damaged or missing chimney caps often lead to leaks or animal infestations, and they should be replaced as soon as possible.

Repair Or Replace Chimney Damper

A properly functioning damper needs to be in place to close off the flue when it’s not in use, but it’s not uncommon for older throat dampers to rust, corrode or get stuck. At best, you’re left wasting energy — at worst, a stuck damper can make your chimney unfit for use. We repair damaged dampers and can also replace them with superior top-sealing dampers.

Seal, Repair Or Rebuild Chimney Crown

The chimney crown, built at the top of your chimney, is another common leak source. Since crowns get regularly battered by sun and moisture, cracks can be pretty common. We regularly repair small crown wash cracks with a waterproof sealant, and repair or rebuild more significantly damaged crowns.

Masonry Repair, Including Repointing

Bricks almost always last longer than mortar joints, so it’s not uncommon to see eroded, receding or cracked joints in a chimney with bricks that still have plenty of life left in them. To get chimneys like those back to proper working order, repointing — or removing those damaged joints and replacing them with new mortar joints — is usually the best course of action.

Repairing Or Replacing A Damaged Flue Liner

Your flue liner offers a lot of protection — it helps to keep dangerous gases contained, protects your masonry and nearby materials from extreme heat and moisture and can help ensure proper draft, too. So a damaged or failing flue liner seriously affects your chimney’s performance. Clean Sweep regularly installs HeatShield, which can be a great choice for restoring damaged chimney liner. Our techs can tell you whether HeatShield might be the right choice for your chimney.

Whatever type of repairs you need, Clean Sweep can help. And we back our repairs — all come with at least a one-year workmanship warranty, and many carry a 10-year to lifetime warranty. Give us a call — we’re here when you need us!

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