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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Clean Your Chimney?

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How Much Does It Cost to Have Your Chimney Swept?

Do you have a fireplace in your home? If you do and use it with some measure of frequency, you’re going to want to acquire some basic maintenance skills. Treating this important foundation structure properly is key to house maintenance. According to a survey of almost fifteen thousand nationwide homeowners, the average chimney sweep cost is approximately $228. This average is based on an average of numbers, with the price vacillating between $125 and $332.

If you have a wood fireplace, it is highly advisable that you keep regular maintenance. Build-up from years of neglect could total as much as $800. While using a wood-burning fireplace in the winter can lower your electric bills, smoke in the stack leaves remnants of ash and carbon residue. This residue needs to be extracted at least annually because it can lead to chimney fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and a troubling lack of airflow.

Is it Safe to Clean Your Own Chimney?

When safety precautions have been put in place, and with a repertoire of handy knowledge, a safe cleaning can be accomplished. It is advisable to clean your chimney in the fall, before the burning season begins. Whether or not you choose to undertake chimney cleaning in Bridgewater, NJ yourself is ultimately up to you. There are a series of considerations to take under advisement. First of all, never clean your chimney with an active fire. The chimney should be cool, and no fire should be present. Also, wear protective eye and mouth gear, such as a dust mask. This is because you do not want to breath in these pollutants. DRX Duct Cleaning has the correct tools to get this job completed successfully.

Do Chimney Sweeping Logs Really Work?

Creosote is the name of the filmy residue that is deposited in a flue by burning wood. When a sweep commences, creosote is the substance that needs to be removed. Creosote is a huge fire risk. Creosote sweeping logs are available on the shelves of many big-box stores. You may be wondering, as a consumer, if these logs really work. The verdict is in: yes, creosote logs work, but only up to a point. Creosote sweeping logs dry up the creosote in the fireplace. Once the creosote dries up, soot particles naturally fall into the fireplace. Burning a creosote log makes the next fire safer, and the next chimney sweeping easier.

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How Often Should You Sweep Your Chimney?

this really depends on how often you use your chimney. The job of the chimney sweeper is to remove soot, built up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and damper. Even if you only have minimal use of your fireplace, you should get an annual chimney inspection to make sure that all your systems are in working order. The National Fire Protection Association states that, “fireplaces shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

The CSIA, Chimney Safety Institute of America, has a more specific requirement, stipulating that fireplaces should be cleaned when there is an eighth of an inch of soot build-up found.

Common Issues

While it may not seem necessary to clean your chimney often, expect the following issues if you don’t:

  • Birds, squirrels, and raccoons making your chimney a makeshift home.
  • Blockages caused by branches, leaves, and outside debris. These blockages can cause critical problems.
  • Creosote possibly igniting a fire in your chimney due to the presence of build up.

Once again, creosote is a dangerous substance containing a high percentage of soot. The first layer of creosote can be removed with a chimney brush. If your chimney catches on fire, it is not a stretch for that fire to spread to your home, and for further damage to occur.

Metal roofing practically eradicates the chance of your roof catching on fire. Consult with a local, trusted roofer to begin a conversation to see if you would benefit from a metal roof.

What is Your Chimney Made Of?

In order to find out what it’s made of, let’s first diagram what kind of fireplace you have. There are two main types of fireplaces – masonry fireplaces and factory built fireplaces. A masonry fireplace possesses a firebox built of individual, generally yellowish firebrick, with a brick chimney above the roof. A prefab, or factory built fireplace generally has a firebox of cast refractory panels and generally speaking there is some metal visible in the room around the firebox.

Masonry composites are primarily made of brick and mortar. They usually have some sort of internal liner to protect the flue from damage. In factory made chimneys, the flue is made completely out of metal, and resembles a pipe or tube. This liner can be made out of clay tiles, aluminum or steel, or a cast-in place material.

The Flue

A flue is a duct, pipe, or opening that conveys exhaust gases from a fireplace. Flues can also transmit gases from a furnace, water heater, boiler, or generator to the outdoors.

How Do I Clean My Liner?

Cleaning a liner is a time-consuming process, but can be done. The first thing you need to do is remove the rain cap. Next, you will select the proper size nylon, poly, or natural bristle chimney brush to clean the liner. You will need to make sure that the brush head passes throughout the complete length of the liner, including the connectors, terminals and tees. Next, you will need to connect the cleaning brush to the end of the cleaning rod. Insert the brush down the flue from the top of the chimney. Guide the chimney brush up and down the flue.

You will want to add more cleaning rods to extend further down the chimney. After sweeping, use a shovel to remove the ash and creosote that has fallen from the flue.

The Brush

When choosing a brush for your fireplace, be sure to select a brush that fits accordingly with the size and dimension of your fireplace. The material of a chimney brush is usually composed of metal wire or polypropylene, and will suit the masonry or factory built origin of your fireplace. For masonry chimneys, metal wire brushes will be the ideal instrument for chimney cleaning. Likewise, for factory built chimneys, polypropylene, which will not be too harsh on the metal liner.

If you live in the North Plainfield and Bridgewater, NJ area, consult the professionals at DRX DUCT LLC for all your chimney needs. Call today!

Dealing With Squirrel Damage to Your Home

Squirrels are creatures that can be cute until they directly affect your home’s wear! They are naturally opportunistic scavengers that are always prepared to take the necessary measures required for food and shelter. Unfortunately, if they see the opportunity arise, they can also take residence in your home! It’s not unheard of to see a nest of birds in your gutters or eaves, with squirrels however you may find them in any nook or cranny of your home that has an opening. If they are in your attic or other places in your home were it can affect your home systems, squirrel damages may cause you problems.

Squirrel in Residential Home

Squirrels can infiltrate any home if they see they are able to maintain reliable shelter & have available sources of food nearby.

Does homeowners insurance cover squirrel damage?

Generally speaking, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover rodent damages or removal. However, if you carry comprehensive insurance you probably are covered. Depending on the company you’re with, if damages are unexpected and sudden, repairs can be covered versus if it has occurred gradually over time (in which case they wouldn’t be.) If you undergo regular annual home inspections as recommended, you’ll be able to spot signs of damages earlier on.

What does squirrel damage look like?

Squirrel destruction to homes can range from exterior to interior damages that can affect your home’s structural make-up or systems.

Here are Signs of Squirrel Damage to Homes:

Squirrel Home Exterior Entry Point

Squirrels can enter from exterior damages of your home in order to create a burrow, make sure to have the necessary repairs done as a preventative measure!

  • Chewed up fascia boards
  • Chewed attic insulation
  • Chewed wires
  • Exterior or interior damages such as holes or tears indicating entry points
  • Wood chips in unexpected places
  • Torn shingles (Shingle Roof Repair)
  • Odors of urine, feces or dead animal
  • Rotting floorboards, siding or drywall
  • Unexpected damages to personal property
  • Torn up gardens or damaged bird feeders

Are squirrels dangerous?

Squirrels can carry diseases in their urine (Leptospirosis,) feces (Salmonella bacteria) and ticks (Lyme Disease) that can be detrimental to human health. Rabies is also a possibility for all rodents. Finally, the risk of Tularemia can come about from the handling sick or dead animals.

As far as immediate dangers from squirrels, if they have rabies they may be more aggressive. Generally speaking, a bite from a rabies infected squirrel won’t transmit the virus to a human but it can transmit it to your pets.

Can squirrels chew through walls?

Squirrels have a chewing drive due to their teeth that never stop in their growing process, that’s why they always need to be chewing on something in order to grind them down. When a squirrel gets stuck in a home and they are not finding sources of food, they will chew on anything in it’s way (besides harder material like metal) to get what they want. That being said, tearing through the inside of a sturdy wall from one side directly to the outside can be a feat. If there are already vulnerable areas such as cracks or holes, it would be easier for them to chew around it and make an opening for them to crawl through. They can also chew around plumbing vents, chimneys, ridge vents, shingles and ducts (Duct Cleaning.)

How do you get rid of squirrels naturally?

Chili Pepper Water Natural Squirrel Repellent

Diced chili peppers in water is a natural squirrel repellent to spray around your home due to the irritant of capsaicin!

The best squirrel repellents are irritation (like offensive odors) or taste based. A natural squirrel repellent for example, can include diced chili peppers with added water in a spray bottle. The capsaicin in the pepper will create a burning sensation around the nose and mouth much like it does to humans. Spray it around your home and for upkeep make sure to spray it after it’s been raining. Another option can be dropping peppermint oil onto cotton balls or placing peppermint plants around your garden or home. Lastly, mothballs placed in wire mesh or nylon stockings around affected areas are great repellents too.

Squirrel Prevention

  • Remove food from your yard as that is the likely attraction.
  • If you have a bird feeder, squirrel proof it.
  • Place bird nets, chicken wire and fence stakes around plants they like to eat.
  • Seal any openings around your home with caulk and steel mesh wire.
  • Fill or cover roofing gaps with sheet metal flashing and a new shingle.
  • Make sure there are metal hardware clothes firmly behind and around the edges of soffits, gables, power vents and caps on chimneys gables, soffits, and power vents in the attic.

Squirrels naturally like to stick around environments where there is constant availability of food or shelter. As long as you take basic upkeep measures around your home or undergo home inspections, you’ll be able to prevent a squirrel infestation and the subsequent squirrel damages that come with it!

If you require duct cleaning in North Plainfield and Bridgewater, NJ call
with DRX DUCT LLC! If you want to remedy or prevent squirrel damages through your ducts or vents, this is a great option for you!

How Much Does Air Duct Cleaning Cost?

Examining Vent for air duct cleaning service

Make Sure Your air duct cleaning service Technician is NADCA Certified.

There are a lot of companies out there that promise a professional air duct cleaning service for a low amount of money. Chances are if it is too good to be true, it probably is. These companies are called “bait & switch” companies. They promise low prices and once they’re in your home they’ll find other problems or issues and up the price astronomically (most times without completing the job thoroughly). Also, try and stay away from companies that charge per vent. Most companies that pull these types of schemes are not certified by NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). Even if you are hiring a company that claims to be certified by NADCA, be sure to ask whether a NADCA certified technician will be on site during the time of your service.

The fact of the matter is that the cost of an air duct cleaning depends on the home that you live in. A small home with one system will cost less than a larger home with more than one system. The least amount of money that you will pay to have your ducts cleaned properly is anywhere from $400-$500 and the most that you’ll wind up paying is around $1,000.

What’s Included With Air Duct Cleaning

THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A PROFESSIONAL DUCT CLEANING SERVICE:

  • Supply vents
  • Return vents
  • Trunk lines (both of them)
  • Visual inspection of major components in your furnace
  • Visual inspection of your evaporative coil
  • Wipe down the furnace cabinet and the surfaces inside

There are a few things that wouldn’t necessarily be included in a regular duct cleaning service. Sometimes the furnace will need a more in-depth cleaning than the standard wipe down that is included in a duct cleaning service. The more in-depth cleaning would entail taking out the blower from the furnace- although, some furnaces you cannot take the blower out of. Another would be an evaporative coil cleaning; this coil sits on the top of the furnace, which should be inspected at the time of your duct cleaning service.

Essentially, it’s in your best interest to find a trustworthy company that is NADCA certified. Be sure to visit the NADCA website and see the full list of certified technicians in your area. For more information about air duct cleaning service, or to schedule yours, call us today at .

NJ’s Most Exclusive Duct Cleaning Company Offers First Class Service

 

Duct Cleaning Company Offers First Class Service

Duct Cleaning Company Offers First Class Service

DRX Duct Cleaning Company is located in New Jersey and is a family-owned ran operation. Our team has over 75 years of combined experience. We have performed more than 50,000 duct cleaning jobs in NJ. Our foundation is built on honesty, integration, and loyalty. Our company is kept small so we can overlook every job and be in connection with every customer. We supply quality service, and there are never any tricks or hidden charges. Our individually NADCA certified technicians symbolize our full commitment to providing you with the most thorough and professional services available. We are one of the very few companies who can guarantee an NADCA certified technician on site at every job every time. Our strict quality control standards ensure that you, our valued customer, receive complete and unconditional satisfaction. Call us now at 908-755-2950 for a no obligation free estimate, or for any questions or concerns regarding your indoor air quality.

What to expect when we arrive at your residential home in NJ.

While every job is unique, here is a general overview of our typical air duct cleaning process.

1. First, we will “zone” the HVAC air duct system’s supply and return sides. We use zone bags in order to get this done.
2. The vacuum will then be connected by using whats called a connection collar, and then the vacuum will be turned on.
3. All supply registers will be closed off to maximize the negative pressure. At that point, we will then clean one duct at a time using this method: All supply ducts will be cleaned using our viper whip system where we snake down 20 plus ft inside every vent. This will disturb and dislodge all dust and debris in the main trunk lines.
4.When the supply branches are cleaned out, the main trunks and the plenum drop will be cleaned using high-pressure air compressed agitation air whipping tools.
5. When the supply side is cleaned completely, we will then start to work on the return side of the system. Like the supply side, the return side will also have a hole cut into it, with the vacuum being connected using a connection collar and the vacuum is turned on.
6. All return ducts will be cleaned using our viper whip system where we snake down 20 plus ft inside every event. This will disturb and dislodge all dust and debris into the central truck lines.
7. After all ductwork including the main truck, lines has been cleaned; the ductwork can then be sanitized or disinfected.
8. We then air wash cleaned the furnace, squirrel cage, and blower motor.
9. Finally, when the air ducts have been completely cleaned, all of the holes will be closed using high-quality sheet metal sealing off any leaks, making it easier to access the ducts for future cleanings.
10. A final walk through is performed ensuring everything is clean before leaving.

You will not find another duct cleaning company in NJ who is as committed to professionalism and customer satisfaction as DRX Duct Cleaning! Our Google reviews speak for themselves. Give us a call today. Don’t let anyone but the best into your home! Contact us at 908.755.2950 for the best duct cleaning company in New Jersey.

Why One Size Air Duct Cleaning Pricing Does Not Fit All

Why One Size Air Duct Cleaning Pricing Does Not Fit All

Not All Air Duct Cleaning Pricing Is Created Equal.

One size fits all works great for some things, but air duct cleaning is definitely NOT one of them! Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a great deal. For example, what if our property taxes were one size fits all, and you all of a sudden had to pay the same as your neighbor whose taxes are $1,000 more than yours? Would you think one size fits all is a good idea then? Would you want to trade utility bills with the guy down the street who has an entire additional floor to his home, which contains a home office, and master suite? I think not. Surely one cost fits all is a bad idea when it comes to things that have so many variables, such as our homes! That being said, the same is true for duct cleaning pricing.

A customer with a 3 bedroom ranch style home with 1,300 sq feet should not be charged the same duct cleaning pricing as the owner of a 5 bedroom 2 story colonial with 2,200 sq feet. For example, $350 may sound great to the guy in the 5 bedroom colonial – but at that rate, the owner of the ranch is getting ripped off. DRX knows that every home is different, and our customers have a variety of unique needs for their NJ air duct cleaning. That is why we offer a number of custom pricing options to fit YOUR individual needs, not the other guys. So leave the one size fits all to the novelty T- Shirts, and make sure you’re getting a FAIR price on your NJ air duct cleaning. Go with the pros at NJ’s most exclusive duct cleaning company, DRX! Call DRX Duct today at 908.755.2950 for duct cleaning in New Jersey.

Comparing Duct Cleaning Companies?

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A NADCA CERTIFIED COMPANY TO PERFORM  DUCT CLEANING???

-NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) sets the standards and codes for proper procedures in the duct cleaning industry. Choosing a company solely based on price & not their level of experience, training, and certifications could cost you much more in the end.

-A certified company represents honesty. We won’t bait and switch you on the price. The estimate you receive is the same price you’ll pay on the day of service.

-A certified technician will use the safest & most effective tools and methods to perform your air duct cleaning in accordance with the EPA. DRX DUCT never uses inferior equipment, products, or procedures not authorized by the EPA to perform our services.

-All certified technicians go through a strict training process and testing to ensure they have a proper understanding of the correct way to execute air duct cleaning procedures.

IN CONCLUSION …. Choosing a NADCA certified technician like the ones found at DRX DUCT LLC insures that you will receive a thorough cleaning, fair & transparent prices, and service preformed by a technician who is both thoroughly versed in his trade & using the proper equipment to service your air duct system. Call us now at 908-755-2950 or visit our website at www.njairduct.com for more information.

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