Carbon Monoxide

January 13, 2019 | A Day in the Life

  Let’s talk about a very serious topic, Carbon Monoxide (CO). Carbon Monoxide is a odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that can be deadly to humans and animals. Carbon Monoxide is a natural byproduct of combustion and one of the purposes of why things such as fireplaces, gas dryers, and furnaces have venting systems to get deadly gases out of the home. According to the CDC, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional Carbon Monoxide poisoning, 20,000 visit the emergency room, and over 4,000 are hospitalized. This a a staggering number that could be drastically reduced with the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors in the home. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning – Dizziness – Feeling weak – Headache – Upset stomach – Vomiting – Confusion – Chest pains Symptoms are often described as “flu-like” and sleeping or drunk individual are more likely to die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning … Continued

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2019 for Mike the Chimney Guy

January 6, 2019 | A Day in the Life

So anyone who knows me is aware that I am a little bit obsessed with training and certifications. I typically spend a few thousand dollars a year and several weeks of my time on education and obtaining new certifications. 2019 will finally be the year for one of the most difficult certifications of all – The NFI Master Hearth Professional. A MHP has passed and is currently certified in all three of the major NFI categories: -Gas -Wood -Pellet Stove Until this year I haven’t put much effort into mastering the installation and maintenance of pellet stoves, we really do not see them down South! 2019 will finally be the year so time for me to get studying.

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Let’s talk about flashing!

December 22, 2018 | A Day in the Life

Sorry to disappoint you but particularly counter flashing for masonry chimneys. Counter flashing is designed to be pointed into the mortar of the chimney and ensure a water tight seal of your chimney at roof level. Sounds easy enough, but this has become a issue between roofers and chimney professionals over how it should be done. In the recent years, roofers no longer point the counter flashing into the mortar and instead attach and seal it over. Does it meet current code? Yes. Will it eventually leak? Very likely. Florida is a very harsh environment for sealant, or any material for that matter, so the typical outcome after a few years is deteriorated sealant and water intrusion into the home. Above is what I typically see with counter flashing a few years after installation, not good! So the next time you are having your roof replaced I highly recommend having … Continued

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Tip of the day – Pooling water

December 21, 2018 | A Day in the Life

Water intrusion can be a costly headache but avoided if caught in time. This morning I inspected a chimney system with pooling water and deteriorated sealant around the flue termination. Have a look: [wpvideo jRWiTEOA ] While it may not look like much from above, check out what is happening below: Water makes it’s way past the deteriorated sealant and down the outer flue liner. The result is moisture that can enter through the attic, ceiling, and/or on top of the fireplace. It is always important in Florida to keep everything sealed and maintained, even those hard to reach places 😀.

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The daily life of a Chimney Sweep

December 9, 2018 | A Day in the Life

This blog is meant to be a peek into the daily encounters, training, and dangers of a Chimney Sweep. Enjoy and reach out anytime if you have any questions or have any additional input on the posts! “Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise“. – Frank Ocean

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