Getting Gas Logs for Your Fireplace

Increasingly, people have been turning to gas logs for their fireplaces. At Advanced Chimney Sweeps, we’re more than just your Marietta, GA chimney sweeps. We also offer a selection of gas logs that you can purchase, and installation for gas logs you’ve purchased from us or someone else. Read more to learn what you need to know about getting gas logs set up in your fireplace.chimney sweep in marietta, ga

The Two Types of Gas Logs

When you’re looking to purchase gas logs, there are two options you can choose from. So how do you choose which one is right for you? Vented gas logs require your chimney flue to be open while they’re on and operating. Vented logs are the right choice for you if you’re wanting a natural look. They appear the most like a natural wood fire.

Vent-free logs don’t require your chimney flue to be open while they’re operating. They also don’t appear as natural as those that are vented. However, these provide the most heat. If you definitely want your gas logs to be your primary heat source, not just an aesthetic feature, vent-free logs are probably the better option for your home.

RH Peterson Gas Logs

At Advanced Chimney Sweeps, we carry RH Peterson gas log kits for customers’ homes. They’re a leader in gas logs that look natural, even for vent-free logs. Their logs are made of high-quality ceramics to ensure that they’re going to be durable and last a long time. Many of their logs are offered in multiple sizes and burner systems, like natural gas and propane.

Gas Log Installation

Whether you’ve got your log kit from a hardware store or from our site, Advanced Chimney Sweeps offers installation services. These kits are able to be installed in most existing or new fireplaces in your home. There are a few things you can do to help the installation go smoothly when we come to assist.

First, make sure both your chimney and firebox are clean. We can also perform our chimney sweeping service before installing your gas logs to ensure it’s free of creosote buildup and other debris. Make sure the area around your fireplace is free of clutter. Our installers will need a bit of room to work, so move furniture and other items that are close to the fireplace.

You’ll also want to make sure you have a sufficient amount of propane if you’re using propane as your fuel. Our installers will want to test and check the system to make sure you aren’t going to have any problems with leaks.

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We offer a variety of services to give you the best fireplace and chimney we can. If you’re interested in gas log installation, or any of our other services and products, call us or contact us online for a free estimate!

Problems With Chimney Smoke?

Is smoke coming into the room from your fireplace? This is something that needs to be investigated. Advanced Chimney Sweeps, a chimney sweep in Marietta, offers inspections so that we can discover the problem that’s causing this smoke issue in your home. Below are some common problems with chimneys that can lead to smoke blowing into the room.marietta chimney sweep

Causes of Chimney Smoke Problems

There are many reasons why smoke may be coming into the room instead of going up the chimney. It almost always has something to do with the physics of your chimney and something being off with it. Below are common causes of chimney smoke problems:

Chimney Height

There’s a possibility that the installers of your chimney didn’t make it high enough. Chimneys have to be built according to a certain formula for them to work correctly. If any of the dimensions aren’t correct, you have problems with your fireplace. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can examine your chimney and see if they’re able to extend it. If not, there are other techniques to help if this is your issue.

Clogged Flue or Chimney Cap

If you don’t have your chimney cleaned regularly, buildup can happen. This impacts the flow of the smoke being able to get out through your chimney. One of our experienced chimney sweeps can do a thorough cleaning, making sure buildup and other debris are removed. Things like birds and their nests, wasps nests, and even leaves and sticks can get down into the chimney. All of these things impact the way your chimney functions.

Temperature

If it’s hotter outside than it is inside, you may have a downdraft. This will push smoke down through the chimney and out through the fireplace. Also, it’s important to prime your fireplace on really cold days. Cold, damp air is heavy and it may be hard for the smoke and hotter air to rise up and out. 

Lots of Wind

When the wind is blowing hard outside, it can create a downdraft and blow down into the house. There are specific chimney caps available to help with this if you find yourself living in a windy area and dealing with this frequently. 

For many of these problems, a smoke guard installation can be helpful. These are installed on the top of the entrance of the firebox an allow more time for smoke to go up the chimney, instead of blowing back into the room.

Your Marietta Chimney Sweep

Advanced Chimney Sweeps is here to help you with any problems you’re having with your fireplace. We also offer products and other services, such as dryer vent cleaning. Call us or contact us online today!

Why Do I Need a Chimney Liner?

Do you know if your chimney is lined? If you have an older home, it may not be. Chimney liners can also be damaged or failing. What is a chimney liner and why should you have one in your home? Advanced Chimney Sweeps, an experienced chimney sweep in Marietta, explains what a chimney liner is and why they’re a necessity.chimney sweep in marietta

What is a Chimney Liner?

Many fire codes across the country make it necessary for you to have a chimney liner. They line the inside of the chimney and can come in various materials, such as stainless steel, clay, and ceramic. There are many reasons why they’re helpful, but particularly it helps prevent gases from the flue from entering the home.

Why Do I Need a Chimney Liner?

Aside from making sure gases don’t get in your home, chimney liners have many other uses. These gases aren’t harmful to just the people in your home. The gases are acidic and can wear away at the mortar when the chimney isn’t lined. This means more maintenance and the chance that your chimney can fail. It helps the overall structure, both by protecting the mortar and having a second, sturdy layer inside your chimney.

Additionally, it helps to make your chimney and fireplace safer. Without a liner, heat can move through the chimney extremely fast. If you have combustible materials around your fireplace, there’s an increased chance of them catching on fire without a liner. They can go up in flames extremely fast, causing danger to both your house and all of its inhabitants

Lastly, having a chimney liner can improve fuel efficiency. If you have a modern stove or furnace, it also requires a specific-sized chimney. With wood-burning stoves, you can get a large buildup of creosote in the chimney, which is dangerous. With other fuels, carbon monoxide can be produced, which is never something you want.

How Do I Choose a Material?

With a variety of materials available, Advanced Chimney Sweeps can recommend which one would work best for your setup. Clay is common because it’s one of the most cost-effective options. They can usually perform well if the fireplace or stove is maintained properly. However, in the long term, they can crack from being unable to evenly distribute the heat from the fire.

Stainless steel is another option. They’re a quality material to use for chimney lining and can be used for almost any type of stove or furnace. No matter what your fuel type is, stainless steel is ready to take it on. While this is definitely more expensive than clay, it may work best for you in the long run.

Last, your Marietta chimney sweep offers cast-in-place-liners. They’re made in the chimney, fitting smoothly. The material used is similar to cement. While they’re ideal for all fuel types and can be a permanent solution, the complicated installation can lead to a jump in price.

Chimney Liners from Your Chimney Sweep in Marietta

Do you need a chimney liner to improve your setup? Call us today or get a free quote online to get started!

 

Does My Dryer Vent Need Cleaned?

Your dryer vent may not be something you ever think about. However, there are about 15,500 fires each year that are associated with dryer vents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Should you schedule a dryer vent cleaning along with your chimney cleaning in Woodstock? Advanced Chimney Sweeps answers that question.chimney cleaning in woodstock

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

In short, yes, your dryer vent probably needs to be cleaned. If you haven’t thought about it in a while, let alone cleaned, it’s almost definitely something that’s needed. You clean out your lint filter when you’re doing laundry. You know how much lint can be produced by a dryer. That lint is getting built up in your dryer vent over time, causing poorer airflow as the lint accumulates.

Lint traps aren’t a foolproof solution. While they can trap a large amount of lint, a lot still ends up in the dryer vent. Lint particles can be extremely tiny. This means they can get through the holes that are in your lint trap. The trap can only catch so much, so it’s important to realize how much is actually getting through.

Usually, homes have plastic or foil dryer vents that have ridges similar to accordions in order to promote flexibility. However, these ridges are also asking to be filled with lint. If they’re moving frequently, it’s easy to get every ridge packed full as it moves while the dryer is running. Both plastic and foil are also flammable. Between this and their tendency to collect lint, they’re an extreme fire hazard if they aren’t cleaned regularly.

If you have a do it yourself cleaning kit on your dryer vent, you may also be doing more harm than good. These devices usually aren’t successful at removing all of your lint. You may also be compacting the lint. This means that there’s a chance that blockages can be formed of this compacted lint. This can cause further problems to your dryer and vent.

Advanced Chimney Sweeps Offerings

While we often focus on Woodstock chimney cleaning, we offer numerous services besides that and dryer vent cleaning for your home. We also provide chimney service and repair, leak and smoke solutions, and accessories for your chimney, such as chimney caps and rain pans. We also offer installation of gas logs for your new fireplace.

Are you ready to make your house a safer home for everyone in it? Call us today or request services online!

Tips To Prepare Your Fireplace This Winter

Finally! It is the time of year that you can begin to use your fireplace due to the dropping temperatures outside. Your fireplace can be the centerpiece in your home for new memories to be made during the holiday season. You are going to watch to make sure that your fireplace is ready to operate properly and safely when the time comes to use your fireplace in the winter. Fireplace safety in Woodstock is crucial to keeping your family and home safe. We have listed a few tips below that can help you ensure your family will be safe and enjoy your fireplace to years to come!fireplace safety woodstock

Chimney Sweep

  • This is a service that is recommended to be done annually as a chimney sweep will remove any dangerous soot and debris that may have been leftover from last season, as well as any debris that may be stuck in your chimney from the spring, summer, or fall.

Check Your Chimney Cap

  • A chimney cap is used to prevent animals such as birds from entering your fireplace, as well as keep out any unwanted debris such as leaves from entering your chimney. During the summer months, we tend to get some pretty mean thunderstorms that roll through, and before using your chimney for the winter, it would be a great time to check for a damaged or missing chimney cap.

Inspect For Damages

  • Typically at the end of the summer, we are prone to some severe thunderstorms, so prior to firing up your fireplace for the winter, you want to physically inspect your chimney for any damages that may need to be repaired prior to use. Some typical damages to look for would be missing mortar, loose bricks, or cracks in the mortar. These are pretty typical things that happen to your chimney and need to be addressed.

Do Not Overload Your Fireplace

  • While you may be thinking that the more firewood in your fireplace, the bigger and warmer the fire will be, it will more than likely end in disaster if you overload your fireplace. Make sure to use the correct amount of firewood for the size of your fireplace. Large, high heat fires can damage your chimney liner and your home.

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Contact us today if you need any of the above-listed services or need some help preparing your chimney to be used this winter. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can be reached at 770.884.6475 or you can request a free quote online today.

What Is A Chimney Pan and Do I Need One?

As an experienced chimney sweep in Marietta, Advanced Chimney Sweep recommends using a chimney pan to keep your chimney dry. Learn more about why you should prevent your chimney from getting wet and how a chimney pan can help.What Is A Chimney Pan and Do I Need One?

If you are an experienced chimney owner, then you know how important it is to keep your chimney dry and to prevent leaks. If you are new to having a chimney in your home, then you will learn very quickly how important it is to keep your chimney dry to prevent the growth of black mold in your chimney. This can create a toxic environment for you and your family. 

What Is A Chimney Pan?

  • A chimney pan will cover the surface of the top of your chimney which is also known as the flue. A chimney pan, unlike a chimney crown, is made of stainless steel that prevents water from penetrating the masonry of your chimney. Cement is porous, which means that if water seeps into it, it can deteriorate the structural integrity of your chimney. 

What Problems Can Arise If I Do Not Have A Chimney Pan?

  • If you have a damaged chimney pan or do not have a chimney pan at all, then your chimney walls will be exposed to water. Most likely, you have a chimney made of cement or brick, which is porous. This means that water can seep into the cement, causing a wide range of problems such as black mold. 

What Is Black Mold?

  • Black mold is toxic to breathe in and can be very dangerous to yourself and your loved ones if it is breathed into your body. If black mold settles in your chimney, it is difficult to detect and needs to be professionally removed. Black mold will continue to grow and can affect the structure of your chimney and can spread to the beams in your home and drywall. If you notice any signs of black mold, contact us immediately. 

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Contact us today if you notice that your chimney pan has been damaged or if you do not have one, or if you notice any type of black mold or damage to your chimney. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can be reached at 770.884.6475 or you can REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Cleaning Tips That You Can Do For Your Fireplace

Just about everything that you deal with on a regular basis needs proper maintenance and cleaning and the same goes for your fireplace. Proper cleaning of your fireplace will not only help ensure that your fireplace will remain working safely as it should, but will also look as new as it should. 

You may think that you need to be a fireplace professional to simply clean your fireplace; however, it is actually quite the opposite, and we have made an easy to do list at home that you can do before calling a professional to inspect your fireplace.  With proper home cleaning and inspections, you can rest assured that your fireplace will look and operate as intended for many years to come.

Self Inspection

  • Make sure to inspect your chimney and lining for creosote build up. Anytime the creosote builds up over 1/4 thick or more, than a cleaning is mandatory before your next use as it is combustible and can catch fire if not cleaned out and removed.

Sweep

  • Make sure that your flue is open during the sweeping process as the creosote and soot are not healthy to breathe in. If your vacuum has a brush attachment available on it, then that may be a good option for you as it will help eliminate any debris from entering the air you breathe. Make sure to sweep/vacuum under the logs as well while doing this step.

Check Outside

  • It is always good to make sure that your chimney cap is still installed properly and has not been knocked off by anything. Same goes for the mesh around the sides of the cap as this serves as fire prevention on your fireplace. Also, if you have any lingering branches or bushes around your fireplace, you will want to trim or remove those to help prevent any type of damage or fire to your home.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred or if you have any questions about keeping your fireplace running at peak condition at 770.884.6475 or Request an appointment online.

Why You Should Upgrade Your Fireplace This Fall

Whether you already have a fireplace in your home or are having a home built, you will probably wonder how you can upgrade your fireplace. We are going to explain why upgrading your fireplace is important.

 
 You Are Having A Home Built With A Fireplace
 
  • First off, congratulations on having your home built to your liking. Chances are the builder will attempt to sell you some upgrades for your fireplace, and you are going to want to pay close attention to what they are installing in the fireplace. The goal is to keep the cool air inside during the summer, and warm air inside during the winter. Upgrading your fireplace on average cost between two and three thousand dollars, and your typical home mortgage is for thirty years, which breaks down to just about five dollars per month. Making it affordable and worth every penny!
You Already Have A Fireplace In Your Home
 
  • Just like if you are having a home built, you do not want a builder’s grade fireplace in your home, and the materials are usually cheaper and not the best. In fact, a builders grade fireplace is more like a decoration rather than an alternative heat source for your home. Upgrading the components on your fireplace is crucial to the efficiency of your fireplace and even keeping animals outside of your home entering through the fireplace.

 

Appearance
 
  • More than likely if you have a fireplace, it is in your family room, and the fireplace is the focal point of that room. A builder’s grade fireplace will often have basic building materials on the outside and some sort of fabricated stone attempting to give it a certain look. However, after time, these inexpensive materials will begin to wear and not look appealing. Just like your kitchen, your fireplace could use some natural stone, and some woodwork that is professional. This will help set off your main room, and most likely be a conversation starter every time someone new views your fireplace.

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Contact us today if you are interested in upgrading your fireplace, inside or outside, at 770.884.6475 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

Tips For You & Your Fireplace This Summer

Fireplaces are wonderful and can provide much-needed warmth for your family on a chilly summer night. It can also be around an area where you and your family use to socialize after a busy day. As wonderful as a fireplace can be, it can also be the source of some problems as fireplaces can be complicated and difficult to maintain. With that being said, we have made a list of essential tips to use that relate to the use of your fireplace.

The Wood

Choosing the right wood to burn can be more important than you may realize. Here are some tips for choosing the correct wood for your fireplace.

  • Make sure to not use wood that is wet or damp. A good tip to make sure that your wood is properly dried is that when you buy wood, store it in a dry place for use the following year. Properly dried wood will burn more evenly in your fireplace.
  • Do not use chemicals to start your fire. Only use wood, newspaper or maybe a pinecone. Make sure to refrain from using lighter fluid or gasoline to start your fire as they can let harmful toxins enter the living space of your home.

Check Your Chimney Cap

Your chimney cap is located on top of your chimney and needs to be checked on a regular basis.

  • The first thing to check is that your chimney cap is still on your chimney and secured tightly and centered over your chimney. Make sure that there is not enough room for debris or an animal to get in there.
  • Next, make sure to clear any branches or debris away from your chimney cap as it is an obvious fire hazard due to your chimney cap getting hot when a fire is lit.

Always Keep A Fire Extinguisher Handy

We hope that you never need to use it, but it is important to make sure that you have a non-expired fire extinguisher near your fireplace in case of an emergency.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred or if you have any questions about keeping your fireplace safe for you and your loved ones at 770.884.6475or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.

What To Know About A Chimney Swift

What you need to know about chimney sweeps Advanced Chimney SweepsIf you have a chimney at your home, then you are probably aware of chimney swift, and why they choose chimneys as a preferred nesting spot. You are also probably aware of what to do and what not to do when you hear birds chirping inside your chimney walls. 

What Is  A Chimney Swift?

  • A chimney swift is a small bird that is rather oddly shaped, with a rounded wings and small round head. The head is so small that the beak is barely visible. Both males and females are of the same size and weight.

What Is The Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

  •  Way back in 1918, the USA decided to federally protect this bird from becoming an endangered species by placing the chimney swift under this act. What this does for the chimney swift is punishes anyone that is caught moving, disturbing or destroying a chimney swift or their nest that contains eggs with hefty fines.

Why Do They Choose My Chimney For Their Nest?

  • The chimney swift is actually looking for a nice quiet hollowed out tree for their nest. However, as our trees become more limited due to new construction and growth, these birds will be forced to settle for your man-made chimney. Your man-made chimney resembles a hollow tree as it is dim and enclosed.

What Can I Do Once I Hear Them Chirping or Is It Too Late?

  • Unfortunately, due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, you will not be able to do anything about the Chimney Swift’s until they have their babies, and leave your chimney for the winter-time. Then you can act by giving us a call, and we can come in to remove the nest, and any bird mites or fecal matter that they may have left behind. We can also prevent them from returning next summer by installing preventative items on your chimney, such as a new chimney cap.

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Contact us today for a free chimney estimate on damages that may have occurred if you have been paid a visit by some Chimney Sweep’s, at 770.884.6475 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.