Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Is Here: Is Your Chimney Ready?

Fall is finally upon us here in the Seattle area, bringing cooler temperatures that have many homeowners stocking up on firewood to build cozy fires in their fireplaces. But is your chimney ready for another season of constant use?
Annual Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

Schedule Your Annual Chimney Inspection and Cleaning

Chimneys should be inspected once a year for damage that could be potentially dangerous to your home. In addition, chimneys should be cleaned once a year so that sooty buildup from past use does not accumulate enough to become a fire hazard.
Remember that as you use your chimney, smoke residue called creosote builds up on your chimney’s inner surfaces. This residue must be removed by a professional with the tools and the expertise to get the job done right. Another benefit to ensuring your chimney receives routine cleanings is a longer-lasting flue system.
By scheduling your annual cleaning and inspection now, you can ensure that your chimney will be ready for use throughout the cold months, and you can rest assured that it is not a hazard to your home or family.

Trust Powers Chimney & Masonry

Looking for a Seattle chimney sweep and masonry professional? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and we're a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our services.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Why Summer Is a Good Time for a Chimney Sweep

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When summer rolls around, your home’s chimney is often the last thing on your mind. Why worry about any type of heat source when you’re trying to keep your home cool? You may not be aware that summer is the perfect time to schedule a Seattle chimney sweep in preparation for the area’s chilly falls and long winters.

Timing Is Everything

Timing a chimney sweep for summer will help ensure you can beat the rush on chimney sweep services that can occur during the first cold snap of fall. It may become more difficult to schedule a timely chimney service once every home on your street decides they need one at the same time.

Scheduling a chimney sweep in advance of fall can give you peace of mind that your chimney will be ready for routine use as early as you need it to be. In addition, a trained chimney professional will inspect your chimney and notify you of any problems with your chimney’s structure so that you can schedule repairs before it starts seeing heavy use again. After all, you don’t want to have emergency maintenance right when you need your fireplace the most, and you never know if a summer thunderstorm caused significant wear and tear on your chimney.

Why Should I Get My Chimney Swept?

Getting your chimney routinely swept is important because a layer of smoke residue called creosote begins to build up on the surfaces inside your chimney as you burn wood in the fireplace. Creosote is highly flammable and can cause a full-out chimney fire if too much of it builds up in your chimney.

Having your chimney swept regularly can also extend the life of your flue system. Since creosote and soot contain corrosive chemicals, they can combine with moisture buildup to prematurely corrode your flue system. Routine chimney sweeps can help mitigate this risk.

Powers Chimney & Masonry 

Looking for a chimney sweep and masonry professional? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. Powers CM is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our services.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dryer Vent Cleanings Help Prevent House Fires

Did you know that your clothes dryer poses a fire hazard if the dryer vent is not cleaned regularly? The lint that builds up in your dryer vent is highly combustible, and can become the perfect fuel for a raging fire if the dryer vent becomes clogged to the point where the dryer overheats.

Each year, approximately 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported to the nation’s fire departments in residential buildings, resulting in an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The top factor leading to these clothes dryer fires was failure to clean, FEMA noted.

Dryer Fires Are for the Birds

Other surprising factors that can lead to dangerously clogged dryer vents are birds’ nests and other types of animal nests. When animal nests keep vents from exhausting properly, a fire can result.

A Matter of Efficiency

Aside from being a fire hazard, clogged dryer vents keep your clothes dryer from running efficiently. Not only does this mean your clothes will take longer to dry, but your dryer will become an energy drain, which contributes to higher energy bills.

Powers Chimney and Masonry Can Help

Powers Chimney and Masonry offers dryer vent cleaning in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and surrounding cities. We can help your dryer run more safely and efficiently. Our other services include masonry, chimney cleaning and chimney repair. Contact us by phone at 206.909.0166 or 360-691-9828 or via email to schedule a service.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Whitehouse Chimney Sweep, Jeff Schmittinger

Those who think the life of a chimney sweep is mundane and thankless have not met Jeff Schmittinger, official White House chimney sweep.

A Job that Would Make Mary Poppins Proud

For the past 19 years, Jeff Schmittinger has served as the official White House chimney sweep. After hearing one of President Clinton’s addresses to Congress regarding the state of the federal deficit, Schmittinger became determined to do his part to help America save money. According to an article by Business Week, “he [Schmittinger] called the White House and offered to clean the 35 chimneys at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for free”. On his first visit, Schmittinger discovered that the White House chimneys were in such bad shape that he had to bring two full vacuums to clean up the residue from his sweep.

Business Outside of Whitehouse Chimney Sweeping

While his White House pro bono job has not brought in the flood of new customers that one might expect, Schmittinger notes that the Chimney Sweeping industry is recession proof. According to the article, “With energy costs rising every year, a fireplace seems an especially good investment. And hiring somebody to scrape away the creosote that builds up on a chimney wall, which causes most chimney fires, is a small price to pay for the savings in heating”.

The Life of a Modern Chimney Sweep

If you think the White House project is the only exciting part of Schmittinger’s work life, think again. In the article, Schmittinger notes that he is constantly followed by the “chimney sweep stereotype” and admits to keeping “a full chimney sweep costume in his trunk”. He also serves as the official mascot at the German Fest in Milwaukee and mentions how, “In the German culture, a chimney sweep is about two steps below God”. He is even frequently asked to attend weddings due to the urban legend that seeing a chimney sweep on one’s wedding day is a sign of good luck.

About Powers Chimney and Masonry

Feeling inspired to have a chimney cleaning for your own chimney? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. We may not be the chimney sweep at the white house, but we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our chimney and masonry services.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chimney Damage and the Importance of Summertime Maintenance

As summertime approaches, chimney maintenance is often the last thing to come to mind. However, just because your chimney is not in use does not mean it is immune to damage and weathering during the summer months. The good news is that now is the perfect time to repair and protect your chimney. Don’t wait until winter to realize that your chimney needs repairs. 

What Causes Chimney Damage?

Damage usually occurs gradually from routine use or from the effects of inclement weather such as rain storms and high winds. In rarer cases, the damage can arise suddenly due to earthquakes, tornadoes, or other severe weather phenomena. Damage can also be exacerbated by a broken or ineffective weather cap that leaves your chimney and masonry vulnerable to the elements. Keep your chimney in the best shape possible and have it inspected routinely by a trained masonry professional. An improperly sealed or damaged chimney can even be a fire and toxic gas hazard.

Is Chimney Damage Reversible?

Yes, masonry professionals can do chimney repair tasks like replacing broken chimney liners, installing new weather caps, chimney cleaning and repairing the chimney itself through a process called tuckpointing.

Powers Chimney and Masonry

Looking for a chimney sweep and masonry professional? Trust Powers Chimney and Masonry. Powers CM is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National chimney Sweep Guild and the NFPA. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our services.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Choose Masonry for your Next Home Improvement Project

April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also bring mold, fungus, and weather damage to your home. Considering a home improvement project like patio work or installing stonework for a BBQ? Then masonry is the way to go.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Entertain With a Custom Fire Pit

Enjoy a Fire Pit All Summer Long

Start your summer off right and be the envy of your neighbors with a one-of-a-kind outdoor fire pit or barbecue. What better way to entertain your friends and family than with a delicious barbecue right in the comfort of your own backyard? Powers Chimney and Masonry will provide you with the highest quality,  affordable, reliable Seattle masonry services in town. Best of all, Powers Chimney and Masonry fire pits and barbecues are fire, weather, and pest-resistant. It's a great idea to plan summer projects now so you can be roasting marshmallows by the time summer has arrived. 

Why Masonry?

Masonry provides strength and durability while also offering an environmentally-friendly way to beautify your home. The art of masonry dates back to historic Egyptian pyramids, Greek Temples and Roman cities. In fact, many of these structures are still standing today and serve as a testament to masonry’s durability. At Powers Chimney and Masonry we use natural products and pride ourselves on being environmentally friendly.

Custom Patios, Barbecues, Chimneys and Much More

Fire pit not your style? We also build beautiful patios and barbecues that are custom-designed to fit your space and needs. Estimates are always free. We even feature a one year warranty on all standard work for your piece of mind. Read actual testimonials from our customers or check out some of the custom-built fire pits from our gallery:
fire pit Seattle

another fire pit installation

Another view of the same installation

Fire pit in the evening

Contact us for more information.