May 7th, 2012

Off season services
Although the winter is over, there’s still plenty you can do to maintain your chimney and fireplace, usually at a lower price than those offered during the peak season. Here are a few ways you can invest in your chimney or fireplace this spring:

Chimney cleaning and inspection. Don’t wait until next fall to clean out the soot and ash leftover from last season’s fires. Creosote and soot that coat the inside of chimney flues can lead to “chimney breath”, a sour smell that permeates your entire home when the temperature and humidity levels rise. By getting the routine maintenance out of the way early in the year, you can make sure your chimney and fireplace will be ready as soon as the cold weather returns.
Cap installation. Spring is the mating season for most species of animals, meaning they will be looking for a place to settle down with their “families.” Unfortunately for homeowners, chimneys are an appealing location to escape the wild. Chimney experts recommend having a chimney cap installed in early spring to keep pesky critters from accessing your chimney. Caps also keep twigs and leaves from getting inside your chimney,and keep water from washing out the mortar and doing damage from the inside out so they are a valuable investment for any homeowner.
Exterior waterproofing. With early spring comes increased rainfall. It’s crucial for homeowners to protect their chimneys from the effects of rain that can collect on top of the roof and cause water leaks. FLAME-TECH has a number of solutions for waterproofing the exterior of your chimney.Save yourself the hassle of repairing water damage this summer.
It’s common for homeowners to neglect their chimney and fireplace during the spring and summer. This can be dangerous and lead to serious damage in homes, however, so taking the time to schedule routine maintenance or specialized service now, before the summer gets into full swing, would be worth your time and money.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; call FLAME-TECH today to schedule an appointment. We can offer more flexible scheduling and special deals that you won’t find during the peak season!

Chase top replacement

April 16th, 2012

Rusty Chase Top

 

Look Up!

Now is a good time to look up at the top of your chimney. Do you have a rain/animal cap? We can add a cap to your brick chimney to keep rain and animals out. Keeping the rain from running down the inside of your chimney will extend the life considerably. You should consider installing a stainless steel cap with a lifetime warranty during your annual chimney sweep. This is a great time to have the general condition of your chimney inspected.

Key findings
Heating equipment was the leading cause of reported home fires in the 1980s and has generally ranked second since then. It is the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Fireplaces, chimneys or chimney connectors were involved in more than one-third (37%) of reported home heating fires in 2005-2009. Failure to clean was a factor in more than half (53%) of these incidents.
A sticky combustible substance, creosote, is created when wood does not burn completely. It can build-up inside the chimney and catch fire. Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.

Don’t have a “brick” chimney?  If your chase top looks anything like the one pictured here, it’s time for replacement! Not only is the rust staining your siding, but water may be leaking in through the top! This can lead to mold and mildew inside your home as well as premature damage to your home and fireplace.

 

Spring is a great time to focus on your fireplace issues. Many service companies and chimney sweeps offer discounts during this time of year.

The Fireplace Experts!

April 9th, 2012

Welcome to the first installment of The Fireplace Expert’s Blog. We are FLAME-TECH The fireplace Experts. Don’t know what we do? Well you soon will. In 1998, we saw a need for professional fireplace service and repair. We worked with many local fireplace retail companies that did not have a service department. We became highly trained in gas log repair and service. Gas, wood and pellet stove service and repair. We studied the difference between natural gas and propane to better advise our clients. We spent quite a bit of time traveling to manufacturer training courses to better serve you. We learned very quickly that you wanted more. Because you asked for it, we became a retailer of your favorite brand names including Heatilator, Regency, Mendota, Heat-N-Glo, Majestic and many more. We offer the Delaware and surrounding areas only in-home sales. We will come to your place and help you decide what hearth appliance (fireplace, stove or gas logs) is right for you. We can help you chose from direct vent gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts, to wood stoves and pellet stoves. We will properly size the unit to your home heating needs and offer you the best after care and maintenance plans available.
At FLAME-TECH, all of our installers, technicians and sales staff are NFI certified as required by the states licencing procedures. We are also factory trained and certified by many major manufacturers.
If you need gas log repair, gas fireplace repair, wood stove cleaning, chimney sweep, pellet stove cleaning, pellet stove repair or any other hearth appliance needs we can help.
Watch this spot for news and info about fireplace service, sales and installation!

FlameTech – Blog

March 8th, 2012

Welcome to FlameTech’s Blog! Stay tuned for information about fireplace installation, tips, ongoing promotions and specials.