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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

In 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

Considering Upgrades For Your Chimney?

Is your chimney overdue for some upgrades and replacement parts? Now is the time to get these jobs done! Whether you are looking for a new top-sealing damper, a replacement chimney cap, new flashing, crown repair, a chase cover, or something else, we can help you out, and springtime is the ideal time of year to get in the books!

We are always excited to help homeowners make their fireplaces and chimneys look great and run strong before the cold weather comes back around. And we want everything personalized to your specific tastes! Learn more about the many benefits of scheduling this maintenance now, then give us a call today to make your appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!

More Scheduling Freedom

Most people put their fireplaces to more frequent use when fall and winter roll around, meaning we stay really busy during these cold months. As people gear up for the holidays and family get-togethers, they want to ensure their appliances are all in the best condition possible and, of course, safe for regular use.

That’s where we come in! We get so many calls for last minutes repairs, inspections, and cleanings that finding time for everyone can be a challenge. That means setting appointments at times that aren’t always ideal for the customer. Yet, if you work with us now, when our schedule is more open, it gives you the freedom to book a time that works best for you.

Ideal Temperature Range

When we do chimney repairs and new installations, we use the best products available. Yet, these materials need the opportunity to properly cure in order to do their job effectively. If temperatures are too hot or too cold, this becomes impossible, and your new products will not likely stand the test of time.

That’s why we always push our customers to schedule this type of maintenance in the spring – so we can do the job as efficiently as possible.

Safer Working Conditions

Without our great staff, we wouldn’t be anywhere! That’s why we ask our loyal customers to help us maintain the safest working conditions possible. If we are doing intricate work on your roof and chimney, we would much prefer to do it in the springtime. This way, we can avoid slippery snow and ice, and our team is at less of a risk for injury.

We appreciate all that our customers do to make our business a success, and we want to serve you the best that we can. Schedule your chimney repairs and upgrades now!

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about what we offer we encourage you to visit our website or simply give us a call. Our staff is ready and willing to help you out with whatever you may need, and we have a full list of services that we are CSIA trained and certified to perform. When it comes to your chimney and fireplace care, you can count on us!

By Jake Johnson on May 22nd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Benefits Of Having A Chimney Cap

Does your chimney need more protection? Here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we can set you up right! We offer crown repair services, waterproofing products, inspections, sweepings, and a whole lot more! All of these things do a lot for your chimney, but there is one thing we’d really like to focus on today – chimney caps.

Here are some reasons why you should have a chimney cap installed as soon as possible!

Reduce Water Intake

Too much moisture can turn into a big problem when it comes to maintaining the health of your chimney. When your brick absorbs water, you start to see lots of issues arise such as rot, rust, stains, and more! These things all wear on your chimney, leaving you with a big mess and lots of costly repairs ahead of you.

Chimney caps sit overtop your chimney and prevent water from running down the inside of it. Heavy rains won’t be something you have to worry about anytime soon. Invest in one today!

Prevent Animal Entry

It’s common knowledge that birds, squirrels, and other woodland critters love to set up camp in chimneys. And we can’t blame them! It’s warm, cozy, and they’re completely surrounded by a strong, durable structure. Unfortunately, their nesting materials can cause blockages and fire hazards, and it puts the animals themselves in a dangerous situation, as well.

Chimney caps prevent animal entry so that there is no risk of something getting in, only to discover there’s not an easy way out. Having one installed will do wonders in keeping your home and family as safe as possible.

Minimize Chances Of Fire

Chimney caps are known to go by a different name, spark arrestors, from time to time. That’s right, these metal devices can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your roof protected. When stray flames, sparks, or embers make their way up your chimney, your chimney cap will put them out before your roof potentially catches fire.

Do The Right Thing – Work With Us Today!

Chimney caps are a necessary component for allowing your fireplace to function as efficiently as possible. In fact, the Underwriters Laboratory requires that a chimney cap is installed in order for a chimney lining system to meet their highly reputable list of standards.

Whether you need a new chimney cap installed, your old chimney cap replaced, or you simply need a few repairs done on your current one, the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney cap help! No matter what type, size, or material you’re chimney is, we have the right products for you!

We are trained and certified to meet all your chimney and fireplace needs. Give us a call today!

By Jake Johnson on May 8th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

The Science of Combustion

What are the elements that make up a well-lit fire? How do you keep the flame alive? These can all be answered by the science of combustion.

By knowing how the combustion process works, you are guaranteed safety, efficiency, and comfort.

By knowing how the combustion process works, you are guaranteed safety, efficiency, and comfort.

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

All About Chimney Liners

The flue and flue liner of your chimney system is one of the most critical components.  According to the CSIA, problems in your chimney’s flue can present serious risks to your home and family, as it’s no longer able to perform its primary function: to safely contain and vent the byproducts of combustion to the outside of your home.

Every chimney needs a working liner to usher the deadly byproducts of the combustion process out of your home.

Every chimney needs a working liner to usher the deadly byproducts of the combustion process out of your home.

By Jake Johnson on April 25th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Fire Safety 101

Does everyone in your household know what to do in case of a fire? Are you taking all possible steps to prevent this? This should help you get prepared.

Get ready and stay ready. Don't risk your home or your loved ones.

Get ready and stay ready. Don’t risk your home or your loved ones.