Venting Safety 2010 / 2011 Season Is Here
We are now in full swing for the 2010 / 2011 Venting Safety Season.
Perhaps you have also noticed a number of fire related mishaps that have been in our local Vermont news in recent days.
We like living up to our motto "We've Got Your Back" (which is our approach to our client's family safety!)
Please enjoy the following facts, tips and hints that should help keep your family healthy and safe!
Fireplace & Wood Stove Chimney Fires Don't Have To Happen.
We say that because when you are using your venting systems for wood burning :
1. Using seasoned woods only (dryness condition is more important than the hard wood versus soft wood considerations) will slow down, fire causing, venting system build up.
2. Building smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke will extend your chimney's interior protection.
3. Never burning cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; to reduce the ignition (sparking) of a chimney fire potential.
4. Installing stovepipe thermometers to help you monitor your flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, will allow you to adjust your burning practices as needed.
FYI We answer questions live 9-5 PM - 872-1023
When You Have A Fireplace, Wood-burning Stove Or Oil Appliance:
You also have a dirty chimney - the two simply are inseparable and go hand in hand during this Vt. Venting Safety Season.
That's because as wood burns, the combustion process produces solid byproducts that build up in your chimney or flue pipe. (You'll spot it as a black, sticky layer that is highly combustible, and the only way to get rid of it is through regular cleaning & chimney maintenance *.)
*Chimney system cleaning is a matter of physically brushing the inside of the chimney & stovepipe to dislodge the built-up material.
How often you do this depends in large part on your burning habits:
If you habitually damp the fire down and deprive it of oxygen so that it will burn longer, the result is a lot more smoke that contains a far greater amount of partially burnt solids.
These solids will build up rapidly, so you should check (inspect) your chimney system at least twice per month during the Venting System Safety Season.**
**Shiny glazed deposits can be hazardous if they approach 1/8 inch and should be removed.
On the other hand, chimneys that see hotter fires that burn the wood more completely may need cleaning less often but it's still very prudent to check them bi-weekly.
Chimney Cleaning During The Venting System Safety Season Is Not a technically difficult task, but it can be physically tiring and even dangerous - tall chimneys, taller ladders, steep roofs and icy conditions can make for a hazardous combination.
If your chimney needs cleaning but undertaking the work is not your idea of a fun weekend,
call us 872-0123.
Have You Guessed Yet?
The Best Time To Have Your Venting Systems Swept & Maintained?
When Venting Safety is on your mind!
That doesn't mean right away, necessarily, (you could book your appointment for a future date) but because of hectic daily schedules, doing it while you are conscious of it's necessity is the secret to guarantee a healthy safe home year round.
First because we're in the 2010 / 2011 Venting Safety Season and you probably have a post it note somewhere reminding you to get around to checking your stove pipe buildup.
Secondly, by now you know of a number of fires and mishaps that have been in our local VT. news (almost daily) recently.
If you had asked the victims before hand;
"Have you checked your stovepipe and chimney in the last couple weeks and are your venting systems safe and up to date?"
None of them would have said;
"No - well I don't know - but I don't care!"
How about you?
When was the last time anyone at home took a look at your chimneys?
"Are ALL your venting systems safe and up to date?"
If we've posed this question before any personally experienced mishap...Then all the better, wouldn't you say?
We have many new things scheduled for 2011 but for now...
We want to introduce you to our new Advance Sign-up "Systems Maintenance" Discount Program... of which one feature is:
Preferred Pricing For Advance Notice Scheduling!
With advance notification appointments we can better utilize our resources to be more efficient with our personnel and assets (how and where we allocate them). When we're more efficient we control costs better and realize increased savings.
Let us share those savings with you!
Simply call us - 872-0123 - and make a 2011 Venting Safety Season cleaning appointment (anytime between now and April 10th) and not only will you keep your weekend (stovepipe cleaning) projects more fun BUT you'll save money too!
Book now and get 25 Brickliners Dollars OFF.
CALL 872-0123 weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM and mention code fwd_vs
to save $25 even if you're scheduling as far away as 4/10/2011!!
** Be among the 1st 25 appointment scheduled and get a BONUS of a FREE stovepipe thermometer...just mention code fwd_vs when scheduling!
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