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We Clean Dryer Vents!

Is your dryer vent dirty, damaged, or worn down? Whether you need a good cleaning or installation help, our team of experts are here to help! A clean and well-functioning dryer vent makes all the difference when it comes to the safety and efficiency of your appliances, and we’re here to ensure yours is running smoothly year after year. For all of your chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent needs, Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is the one to call!

Dirty Vents Cause Fires

We Clean Dryer Vents - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney IncIn the United States, thousands of fires are caused by dirty dryer vents every year. When your appliance overheats, a fire could start right away, and when you combine this potential with the flammable lint, you’re looking at a dangerous situation! We want to make certain all homes throughout Littleton and its surrounding areas are safer, which is why we encourage everyone to invest in yearly dryer vent cleanings with our team of professionals.

Lower Your Risk Of Gas Leaks

Clogged vents can also create harmful fumes like carbon monoxide. This poisonous gas could enter your home without your knowledge and cause illnesses or even death when not treated soon enough. The fumes that your appliance produces need a clear pathway to escape, and when they can’t, the only option is for them to reenter your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and cannot be heard, which means detecting it is impossible. It’s crucial for homeowners to prevent from inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you notice any signs of exposure to carbon monoxide, it’s vital to see a medical professional right away. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include nausea, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If you suspect there is a gas leak in your home, get out of the building immediately and call the proper authorities right away!

All homes should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to avoid this concern. This is such a valuable solution, and it has saved countless lives throughout the years. If your home is missing these devices; you should have them installed right away!

Our Education & Experience Is Unbeatable

In this industry, staying up-to-date and educated on the latest techniques and developments is very important. When you work with our expert crew, you can rest easy knowing that we are incredibly knowledgeable and continue to take advantage of learning opportunities all year long! Our team is CSIA, NFI, and FIRE certified, and we are ready to tackle any job!

For more information, or if you have any questions, please give us a call!

By Jake Johnson on April 16th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Clogged Dryer Vents Are A Fire Hazard

When it comes to protecting our homes and families against fire, most of us follow basic safety rules. However, there is one appliance in your home that could be hiding a hidden fire hazard: your dryer. Even if the dryer itself is in good condition, clogged dryer vents can cause a fire that can quickly spread to the rest of your home.

 
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that clogged dryer vents are responsible for more than 15,000 dryer fires each year. These fires cost homeowners more than $200 million in damages, as well as hundreds of injuries.

 
Thankfully, the risk of dryer fire can be greatly reduced – if not eliminated – through regular dryer vent cleanings. Having your dryer vents professionally cleaned can give you the peace of mind that you and your family are protected against dryer vent fires.

How clogged vents cause firesClogged Dryer Vents Are a Fire Hazard - Evergreen, CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney Inc.

Everyone knows the importance of removing lint from the lint trap after every dryer load. However, far fewer know that the same lint that accumulates in the lint trap is also in your dryer vents, lines, and hoses.

 
Over time, lint and debris can accumulate inside dryer hoses and vents. When this happens, it begins to constrict the airflow to the dryer. In order for the dryer to continue operation, it is forced to produce hotter and hotter air to compensate. The worst the clogs get, the hotter the air the dryer produces; if allowed to continue, the superheated air can cause the extremely flammable lint to ignite and start a fire.

 

Cleaning dryer vents

The best way to remove any lint or debris accumulation from your dryer vents and hoses is to have them professionally cleaned . Professional dryer vent cleaning not only ensures that your hoses and lines are free from lint, but also checks for problems such as crushed, kinked, or knotted hoses.

 
In addition to helping your dryer operate more safely, having your dryer vents cleaned can also help your dryer run more efficiently. Clogged vents can overwork your dryer, sometimes to the point of it seeming like the dryer is no longer working properly. Instead of heading to the store to find a new dryer, call a professional to clean your dryer vents. It can renew your dryer’s efficiency and help you save money on monthly energy bills – as well as the cost of a brand new appliance.

 

Signs your vents may be clogged

As long as they’re emptying the lint trap, most homeowners assume their house is protected against dryer fire. However, your dryer may be giving you signs that its vents need to be cleaned. The following are five signs that it is time to have your dryer vents cleaned.

 

  • Clothes take longer than one full cycle to dry completely
  • The clothes or the exterior of the dryer are too hot to touch after use
  • The interior of the dryer or clothes have a noticeable musty odor
  • More and more lint begins to accumulate in the lint trap each load
  • Lint or other debris can be seen around dryer vent openings

 

Most of us cannot remember the last time we had our dryer vents cleaned – if ever. Take the steps to protect your family against dryer vent fire by calling Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.

 

 

 

By Jake Johnson on December 30th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Improve The Efficiency Of Your Dryer With A Dryer Vent Cleaning

A clogged dryer vent is a dangerous dryer vent

A clogged dryer vent is a dangerous dryer vent

Our dryers are one of the appliances we rely on to work well day in and day out. Because of this, if our dryers start taking longer to work or clothes come out still damp we often think there is a problem with the dryer.

Luckily, there may be another solution instead of spending hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on a new dryer. Clogged dryer vents can significantly impact dryer performance. If it has been over a year since you’ve had your dryer vents cleaned, clogged vents could be causing your dryer to not work well.

The importance of cleaning dryer vents

One of the earliest lessons we are taught about dryer maintenance is to empty the lint trap after every use. What many homeowners do not realize, however, is that the lint that gathers in the lint trap is also accumulating in the dryer vents. Clogged dryer vents can not only impact your dryer’s performance – they can also create a safety hazard for you and your family.

Dryer vents and dryer fires

Because lint is so flammable, clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer fire. As lint and other debris accumulates in the dryer vents, it constricts the air flow. The constricted air flow forces the dryer to produce hotter and hotter air; it is this super-heated air that can cause dryer lint to ignite. The fire caused by the flammable lint can quickly spread to surrounding areas in the home, causing significant property damage and endangering the lives of you and your family.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, clogged dryer vents cause more than 15,000 house fires each year with as much as $200 million in damages. However, the risk of dryer fire can be greatly reduced by having dryer vents regularly cleaned.

Dryer vents and dryer efficiency

The same clogged dryer vents that can cause dryer fire can also impact your dryer’s performance. When the dryer vents are clean, air can easily flow in and out of the appliance. This allows the dryer to run efficiently, drying clothes completely and in one cycle.

However, the more lint and debris that accumulates in the dryer vents, the harder the dryer has to work to keep running. This results in longer dry times or incomplete loads – and can even be seen in increased power costs on your energy bill. When this occurs, most homeowners assume their dryer is faulty, too old, and needs to be replaced. However, this can sometimes backfire; without clean vents, even a new dryer will not work well.

If your dryer takes more than one cycle to fully dry a load of clothes, has loads that last longer than 45 minutes, or becomes extremely hot when in use, it may be time for your dryer vents to be cleaned. Most homes need to have the dryer vents cleaned once per year; however, depending on the age of your dryer and how often it is used, the vents may need to be cleaned more or less often. If you live in and around Littleton, CO, schedule your dryer vent cleaning, with Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney here today!

By Jake Johnson on June 28th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Safety Saves You Money!

The primary reason that Mountain-area homeowners have their chimneys swept each year is safety – none of us want to put our homes at increased risk as the result of a hostile chimney fire.  Of course, it’s also important to remember that it saves you money to keep your hearth appliances well maintained and operating at maximum performance and efficiency!

If you don't have a chimney cap installed, it is imperative that you act now to divert water from your chimney. Over the long-run, water rots your chimney from the inside; costing considerably more money.

If you don’t have a chimney cap installed, it is imperative that you act now to divert water from your chimney. Over the long-run, water rots your chimney from the inside; costing considerably more money.

Here are some fundamental ways to stay safe and save money at home this Spring:

1.  If you don’t have a chimney cap, get one.  Without a cap, rain and snow enter at the top of the chimney – not too much differently than having a hole in the top of your house.  Moisture in the flue not only damages the interior liner (either eroding the mortar joints or causing rust on the steel components) but it washes some of the combustible soot and creosote down the side of the flue.  Now that it’s warming up again, critters like a quiet place to have a litter away from predators.  All of these conditions are going to cost you some serious money to get fixed, but simply having a properly sized cap will prevent this from happening.

2.  If you have a chimney cap, make sure it’s not getting plugged.  Modern chimney caps have a wire screen to act as a spark-arrestor.  This is a valuable part of the chimney system, but also the first place that gets plugged with creosote.  Check for these two signs; if you’re having difficulty getting a fire started when it used to be easy, it’s likely that your chimney cap is partially plugged.  If the cap is blocking the airflow at the top of the chimney, the draft in the flue will be reduced.  Restricted airflow means lower flue temperatures and increased creosote buildup – and it means poorer efficiency.  A poorly operating hearth appliance means extra money spent on fuel and extra emissions entering the atmosphere.

3.  Don’t forget your dryer vent.  Much like their hearth appliance brethren, dryer vents rely on an unplugged venting system for good airflow.  A common symptom of a dryer vent that needs to be serviced is clothes that take extra cycles to get completely dry – and that means spending extra money for each load of clothes.  Obviously it’s costing you extra money if you have to run your dryer longer to dry the same clothes.  A simple mistake many of our customers make is to assume that their dryer vent will get serviced when they have a new dryer installed.  In fact, it’s rare for an appliance installation crew to remove the lint and debris from anywhere other than inside the room containing the dryer.

4.  Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas created by the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons – including cord wood, natural gas, pellet fuel and propane.  Medical research has shown that long term exposure to levels of CO once thought to be ‘safe’ can cause serious health problems including memory loss and lung damage.  The best way to prevent CO production is to have all heating units regularly serviced as part of an annual system of inspection and evaluation.  The best way to detect CO after its production is with a CO Detector.

To receive a Free Copy of the CSIA Bulletin: The Facts About Chimney Fires: Causes and Cures and/or a chimney cap brochure, or for more information about heating with wood, gas or pellet products or for service on all makes and models, call us today at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney – (303) 679-1601. Semper Fi!

Dryer Vent Safety

Dryer vent cleaning is an important and oft overlooked checklist item that improves your home’s energy efficiency, reduces costs and can extend the life of your dryer. Let the service pros at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney handle all of your service needs.

With things like carpools, soccer practices, and other family-related activities with which to contend, it should come as no surprise that some things, often through no fault of our own, take a back seat to everything else that’s going on. Please don't let having your dryer vents cleaned become one of those things!

With things like carpools, soccer practices, and other family-related activities with which to contend, it should come as no surprise that some things, often through no fault of our own, take a back seat to everything else that’s going on. Please don’t let having your dryer vents cleaned become one of those things!

By Jake Johnson on May 10th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment