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Fall Chimney Maintenance & Sweepings

The leaves are starting to fall, temperatures will cool down soon here, and before we know it many of us will be engaging in apple picking, pumpkin carving, and all types of fun fall activities. Here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re gearing up for fall weather too by helping homeowners all throughout our service area prepare their chimneys for the holidays that are fast approaching.

Investing In Your Annual InspectionFall chimney maintenance

First things first, you’ll need to have an inspection done. The CSIA recommends investing in at least one inspection per year, as this will minimize the risk of further damage or troublesome issues that could put your home and family at risk. This is an easy step to take – all you have to do is call us and schedule an appointment!

Once we check things over, we can let you know of any further work you may need to have completed. We’re CSIA certified and qualified to perform level 1, 2, or 3 inspections so, no matter what state your chimney is in, we can set you up right. When you work with us, you get nothing less than the best!

Do You Need A Sweeping Or Repairs?

Should our inspection reveal further issues that need addressing, our team is more than ready to handle it all. Many times there are cracks, holes, and other forms of deterioration that need to be properly addressed before homeowners can safely light their first fire of the year. In these cases, we will utilize our best tools and materials, ensuring a job well done, so you can feel confident moving forward with your burning season.

Other times, we take note of excess creosote within a chimney system. Creosote can be very harmful when it accumulates and, no matter the texture or amount, it should be addressed promptly before any further issues arise. Creosote is known for being very flammable, so your chances of experiencing a chimney fire increase significantly when a lot of it is present.

In these cases, a thorough sweeping will be necessary. Our team stays up-to-date and trained on all of the latest technologies and techniques in this industry, so you can rest easier knowing we’ve got you covered from top to bottom.

There’s No Time To Waste

Fall weather is upon us, so don’t put it off any longer – give us a call today! As you can imagine, we get really busy this time of year, as many homeowners get eager to put their fireplace to use. We want to ensure we can fit you in during a time that works well for you and that we can address any extra maintenance in a timely manner, so you’re not forced to put off that first fire of fall.

Please give us a call, and we’ll get you set up right in no time!

By Jake Johnson on September 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Tips To Increase Fireplace Efficiency

A well-run fireplace can set the perfect mood for these winter months ahead. During a time where everything seems dark, cold, and gloomy, having a cozy, warm fire to sit by in the evenings can make any bad day turn into a great night. That’s why Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is so passionate about bringing you the best chimney and fireplace services around! We love making homes throughout the area better, brighter, and safer!

That being said, a malfunctioning fireplace can ruin any good vibe pretty quickly. Clogs, deterioration, cracks, holes, and more can cause some pretty big issues, sending smoke into your living room and making your system unsafe for regular use. Luckily, we’re here to help you solve any and all of your fireplace problems! Count on us to set you up right!

Invest In A Sweeping

If your fireplace is drafting poorly, pouring smoke into your home, not giving off good heat, or giving you some other stressful issue, you may be wondering just what is going wrong. Well, more often than not, chimney problems can be solved with a simple sweeping! This is the best case scenario, and it’s a solution that we can handle for you in no time.

Every year, you should be investing in an annual inspection. Inspections are a key component in maintaining a well-functioning fireplace and, in these inspections, your sweep can spot whether or not a sweeping is necessary. You’ll definitely want a CSIA certified expert on the job, so call in our team of professionals today, so we can assess your needs.

If clogs, dirt, twigs, leaves, or any other excess debris is clogging things up, we’ll get it all out in a jiffy! And you won’t have to worry about all of that nasty creosote, either. We’re trained and ready to handle even the worst creosote jobs. Once we’re through, your system will be back to normal and looking great. Chimney sweeping is a worthwhile investment and, trust us when we say, it’s one that will save you tons of time, stress, and money down the line!

Don’t Put Off Repairs

Another problem that can cause inefficiency is the need for repairs. Whether it’s your liner, damper, chimney cap, crown, or something else, we’re qualified to fix it up! A broken piece of your chimney’s structure will negatively affect fireplace’s performance and make your appliance unsafe for use.

Once we locate the issue, we’ll patch it up. We take on all kinds of repairs, and we’re confident that we can get you up and running again in no time. Trust in our team of experts today, and gain that peace of mind you deserve!

Dial Our Number – We’re Here For You!

There’s no reason not to pick up the phone and set up your appointment with us today. You’ll feel a lot better knowing your chimney and fireplace are in the best hands around! Give us a call now!

By Jake Johnson on January 19th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Prevent Cold Drafts From Coming Down Your Chimney

There’s no denying that cozying up to a warm fire is the best way to spend cold evenings. It’s an easy and effective way to warm up your living space, and it’s a great way to bring loved ones together night after night. Unfortunately, once that fire is out, it’s all too easy for the cold winds of winter to swoop down your chimney and enter your home. The last thing any homeowner wants is a freezing house, and those downdrafts can bring in some pretty unpleasant odors with them, too!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re here to help you out. We have the tools and expertise necessary for stopping downdrafts in their tracks, so they won’t be an issue for you or your family members any longer. Learn more below, then count on us to handle your regular chimney maintenance year after year!

Have A Chimney Cap Installed

One surefire way to stop downdrafts from occurring is to have a chimney cap installed. If you’re missing a chimney cap or if your current one is broken down, cracked, or rusted, then it’s time to call in our CSIA certified staff! Chimney caps seal the top of your flue, so that harsh winds and bad weather can’t enter your chimney and lower the temperature in your home.

Chimney caps are also great for keeping out excess moisture, blocking sparks and embers from landing on your roof, and keeping out pesky animals and debris. There’s no reason not to have one installed right away – and they’re extremely affordable, too! You’ll save yourself tons of stress, time, and money down the line… trust us when we say, chimney caps are a more than worthwhile investment!

Reline Your Chimney

Another issue that causes drafting problems is an improperly lined chimney. Chimney liners play a vital role in helping your system function efficiently, and they protect your interior parts from fire damage and excess heat, too! If your chimney is not properly lined, you’ll need to have it professionally relined as soon as possible to avoid expensive and potentially dangerous issues down the line. And once the job is done, downdrafts will be a thing of the past!

Schedule An Inspection

If you’ve tried time and time again to figure out your drafting issues, but can’t seem to find a solution, call us in for an inspection. From cracks to holes to problems with the damper, any number of things could be causing your system to malfunction, and we want to help you fix whatever problems are present. When you work with our expert team, you can trust that we’ve got your back, no matter what! Give us a call today!

By Jake Johnson on January 5th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Don’t Wait! Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Today

Chimney Sweeping Scheduling Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceThe holiday season is fast approaching and homeowners everywhere are getting excited to put their fireplace to more frequent use. When cold weather hits and snow begins to fall, nothing is more idyllic than cozying up to a crackling fire with loved ones. Yet, ensuring the proper steps are taken to keep your home and family safe is vital when you own your own chimney and fireplace.

Now is the time to schedule your regular sweeping and inspection. Chances are, your fireplace has been in the back of your mind throughout the Spring and Summer months, which means a few steps need to be taken to ensure it is safe and ready for regular use.

Chimney Sweepings

Dirty chimneys are a leading cause of chimney fires. Not only do they damage the health of your chimney, but they put your home and family at risk, as well. Fires spread quickly, and one could easily work its way through the rest of your home.

Chimney fires put your fireplace through a lot. Too much heat causes the various parts to break down at a rapid pace. Cracks and holes will form and the mortar and other materials will break down quickly. The more wear and tear your chimney faces, the more potential danger your home is in. These damages will likely lead to a collapse or settlement, leaving you with a big mess and countless costly repairs.

The reason dirty chimneys are more vulnerable to fires is due to the build-up of creosote. Creosote forms as your fireplace is put to use and it is highly flammable, so excess accumulation is not good. This is why having your fireplace professionally cleaned is so vital! Experts know where to find this debris and how to remove it with the proper tools and chemicals, so schedule your appointment today!

Chimney Inspections

Inspections are another important aspect of pre-Winter chimney maintenance. After months without much attention, your chimney and fireplace will likely need some tuning up before you start building fires. An inspection offers you peace of mind, knowing that everything is working great and ready to operate. Should a sweep find anything abnormal, they will know how to proceed forward with the necessary repairs and leave you with a great looking and well-running fireplace.

Inspections are also good for making certain no blockages or build-up will cause venting problems. Birds, squirrels, and other critters often deem chimneys and pipes ideal spots for building homes and storing their findings. Unfortunately for you, these materials not only trigger fires, but prevent smoke and other toxins from properly escaping. The last thing a homeowner needs is dangerous gases backing up into their home, affecting the health of friends and family. Schedule an inspection today to ensure you are good to go before building any fires.

At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, our customers continue to turn to us for all of their chimney and fireplace needs. Call us today to schedule your sweeping and inspection and to get the service you deserve. We look forward to working with you!

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