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Most Common Chimney Problems

HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE MOST COMMON CHIMNEY PROBLEMS AND REPAIRS IN THE DC VA MD AREA
SMOKE AND DRAFT PROBLEMS

Chimney SmokeThe effect that pulls up the smoke, gases, and debris is called the draft. If the byproducts of the combustion do not exit the home, it could swell back into the room, making it dangerous. The causes of draft problems could range from construction problems and chimney physics issues such as negative pressure and stack effect.
Draft problems are very common but also difficult to diagnose. Our chimney experts have the experience as we can fix any draft problem, offer smart solutions and will never suggest redundant repairs.

CHIMNEY CAPS

Chimney CapsA chimney without a cap is not going to last without problems. Caps keep chimneys in working condition throughout the year preventing not just the destructive effects of rain but also debris or critter problems from damaging your chimney. Our lifetime warranty Stainless steel will protect your chimney and add visual appeal to your house, and the price will not burn your pockets.

CHASE COVERS

Chase CoversA chase covers is a metal cover that is placed over chimney chase to avoid water from entering the chimney. Chase cover problems happened because chances are the builder used the install the cheapest quality chase covers which allow water to be accumulated leading to rust formation, debris and nests and allowing a free way for smoke and gas. The stainless steel chase covers are the best way to protect your chimney. We provide cost-effective and long-lasting stainless steel chase covers.

WATERPROOFING

A chimney takes severe beating due to weather conditions throughout the year. Water entering into the chimney is the most common reason for deterioration and damage. Chimney waterproofing is a simple way to extend the lifespan of the chimney. Regular Sealers can trap the moisture, thus damaging the bricks. Instead, we use water repellent that does not trap the moisture and allows the surface to breathe, thus keeping the water at bay might not kill you, but lead to several health problems.

DAMPERS

A damper seals off the flue from the top, thereby not allowing heat and air loss. But, when the hearth is functional, the damper needs to be open. As a result, the air can easily get in and result in heat loss. We use Lock-top-damper system that eliminates downdrafts, seals water from entering and prevents entry of pests. We can repair or replace chimney dampers at the bottom of the chimney and top sealing.

FLASHING

Notice a leaked ceiling around your chimney? Then you need to get your flashing checked. Chimney flashing is a metal plate situated where the chimney and roof meets. This metal plate prevents water from entering the house. Over a period of time, the metal plating, due to exposure to various elements, can get damaged, thus leading to mold formation, wall damage and rotting of wood. In case you notice water leaking from your chimney, we use ice and water shield onto the shingle underpayment and use step and counter flashing to seal the leakage.

CHIMNEY CROWN

Damaged chimney crowns are one of the major common problems. If your chimney crown is cracked, not constructed properly, or bricks are falling apart — letting water penetrate —we’ll repair or rebuild a concrete crown. Our chimney crew will seal it with a flexible sealant as it will protect the interior of the chimney from water, rain and snow. The price depends on the size of the crown and degree of repair and rebuilding.

CHIMNEY FLUE CRACKS AND CHIMNEY RELINING

A liner keeps the heat of the flue gases within the chimney so that the chimney does not overheat the combustible material, like the walls of the house. A secure lining system will ensure proper draft by not allowing the flue gases from expanding and cooling more than required.

Reasons for lining or relining your chimney include:

1. Properly sizing (by reducing) the chimney flue. Proper sizing assures better draft, other edges along with less creosote

2. Cracks or defects. Having a lining within your chimney assures the fire will remain in a tightly sealed tube – and additionally transfer less heat through the wall of the chimney to nearby framing and combustible material.

3. Some older chimneys were constructed free of liner of brick – and some newer chimneys have broken and deteriorated clay liners. Both of these pose safety risks.

Why does a chimney need cleaning and inspection?

Before you spend money, we think you should also know: Can a chimney really catch fire?

When you use your chimney, you are burning a fire inside of your house. So, your chimney needs to be in safe working conditions to prevent fire dangers.

Why does a chimney catch fire?

When you burn wood in the fire-place it creates deposits of soot and creosote inside the chimney flue. Over time this flammable build up will eventually ignite and cause a chimney fire.

Chimney Sweeping MarylandWhat happens when a chimney catches fire?

A Chimney in perfect conditions can handle a flue fire. So, what is the danger then? Well, a chimney is prone to have construction defects and easily develop cracks and other damages over time. A chimney that has not yet been inspected may have problems which may allow an eventual fire to escape into the house

What you will get when you choose Airwiz Chimney Cleaning Services:

From the time you call, Airwiz takes care of with our signature old fashion, personal customer service style.

• You will get a thorough removal of soot, creosote, and debris to ensure no fire can ignite.
• NO MESS, NO MESS. It’s like we were never there! We invest in the most powerful chimney cleaning equipment, we cover your floor and we spend time making sure we can do a good job while keeping your house clean at the same time.

• Honesty! Inspections without upselling: very important! We specialize in cleaning and inspection, not in up selling repairs!

See how we do it, our process in action:

• We are hardworking professionals by day and by night and weekends we are proud home owners raising beautiful families just like you.
• We pay our employees so well that most of them have stayed more than 10 years in our family of chimney sweep professionals.

• What does it mean to you? To you it means that you will get a happy to go to work, courteous and experienced true professional who understand what your needs are and respects your house. Just like it was back in the 60s and 70s.

* And don’t forget, our techs are not paid commission to sell you any chimney repairs like it is common practice. We are cleaning people not sales people.

Dryer Vent Problem List Will Help You Understand Dryer Vent Problems

Do you have a dryer vent problem? The list will help will understand your dryer vent problems.

Longer drying times are an indication that airflow in your dryer vent is constricted. Inadequate airflow can be the result of a clog or obstruction in your dryer vent system. Excess dryer lint is a major fire hazard, it can cause your dryer to become damaged and reduces the efficiency of your dryer.

Lint behind dryer

It’s usually the vent not your dryer. An accumulation of excess lint behind your dryer can be the result of a clogged dryer vent. Since a clogged vent restricts airflow so that the air cannot move the lint to the outside of your home, it forces the lint into the area behind your dryer.

Dryer repeatedly stops, turns off during a cycle.

If your dryer stops repeatedly during a normal drying cycle, it is typically due to the dryer overheating. A dryer vent clogged with lint or other obstructions will force the dryer to work harder, causing the unit to overheat. The overheat shutoff is the dryer’s last attempt to prevent a fire.

There is excess lint left on your clothing.

Excess lint on clothing after a dry cycle is a sign of accumulation of lint in your dryer vent. A dryer vent clogged with lint is a fire hazard and an energy hog.

Clothes are very hot after a dry cycle.

The cause for this problem could be poor ventilation caused by a dryer vent clogged with lint, a bad vent connection, or a dryer vent joint that is not secure. These problems are not only a fire hazard, but also the overheating can damage the clothing as well as the dryer.

Clothes have a moldy smell after dry cycle.

When a dryer vent is clogged, the humidity removed from your wet clothes cannot exhaust through the vent so it back is out in the and collects in the duct creating the perfect growing conditions for mold and mildew. If you notice a moldy smell in your laundry room, have your dryer vent inspected immediately.

Water stains in the wall near the dryer appliance.

If the dryer duct runs behind the wall where you see water marks, it could be a clogged duct and condensation is leaking through the duct connections.

Complete list of dryer vent problems symptoms of a full of lint dryer vent is:

Dryer is getting warm or hot to the touch, the problem is NOT your clothes dryer.
Clothes taking longer to dry
Clothes still damp after a cycle
Appliance stops working during cycle
Laundry room gets hot or humid
You see lint around or behind the dryer,
lint screen gets full quickly

But your dryer is at a greater risk if:

Clothes are hot but still damp after one cycle.
If your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry
Dryer is hot to the touch
Laundry room is humid or warm when dryer is in use
Musty smell coming from dryer

From dryer vent cleaning to inspections, and repairs to new vents – we are the certified experts that do it all!
Airwiz is a licensed, insured and Certified Dryer Exhaust expert company (CSIA – C-DET) and will come to your home or business to clean out your dryer vent and fix any problems. Including small or major repairs, we can even rebuild entire dryer vents up to code.

Feel free to call 301-871-2250 with any questions.

How do I know when it is time to clean my dryer? And how often do I need my dryer vent cleaned?

You can ask that question to Robert DeNiro!


Robert De Niro’s Central Park West apartment went up in flames when lint in a clothes dryer caught fire a few years ago.
“Right above my head these 12-foot-tall flames exploded out of the 5th floor window,” said Nathan Bear, 23, who was outside moving his car.
The fire started around 2 p.m. in a pricey high rise near West 68th Street and took firefighters an hour to get under control, officials said.
“The dryer in 5W caused the fire that spread through the entire 5th floor,” said Battalion Chief Mike Meyers.
Meyers, a firefighter at the scene said, “Some of the lint [in the dryer] caught fire.”
The 5th floor had extensive damaged from the fire, smoke and water, fire department officials said. The 4th and 6th floor apartments were also damaged in the all hands fire, Meyers said.

Did you know that dryers cause more fires than chimneys?

There is no way to know when a fire can sneak up on you, that’s why the manufacturers and fire departments recommend early cleaning and inspection as the only prevention.

“I clean out the lint screen every time I dry clothes. Why isn’t that enough?” It’s not enough, most of lint gets past the lint screen and accumulates in the air ducts.

Dryer vents require regular service for safety assurance. But your dryer is at a greater risk if:

• Clothes are hot but still damp after one cycle.
• your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry¬
• Dryer is hot to the touch
• Lint accumulates around/behind dryer. ¬¬
• Laundry room is humid or warm when dryer is in use
• Musty smell coming from dryer

In average there are about 12,700 clothes dryer fires a year resulting damages, 330 injuries, and 20 lives lost.

Dryer Vent FireSigns your dryer vent cleaning is overdue:

• Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle
• A musty odor noticed
• Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a drying cycle
• More than a year has passed since the last dryer vent cleaning service
• Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening
• Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration
• Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated
• Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation
• A visible amount of lint and debris is noticed behind the appliance
• Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle

Regular dryer vent cleaning will also help your dryer to run more efficiently drying faster and economically.

Looking for a free estimate? Call us to set up an appointment at (301) 871-2250.