FAQs

FAQs2018-02-20T16:35:42+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

At MJL Services, we want to make sure our customers are safe. Maintaining a fireplace and dryer vent is a huge responsibility, and since any number of things can go wrong when they are not maintained properly, it’s important to learn as much about your chimney/fireplace and dryer vent as possible.

Let us answer some of our most popular questions below, and be sure to give us a call if you have any further concerns.

Q: I have water on the floor where my dryer connects to the wall?2018-02-20T16:30:38+00:00

A: You most likely have an impaction causes by years of buildup or an animal or bird that has built a nest the duct line. You should have this inspected and cleaned immediately! A bird and rodent guard should be installed to prevent further or potential issues in the future.

Q: What are the benefits of regular maintenance?2018-02-20T16:32:48+00:00

A: Regular maintenance improves efficiency, reduces dry time, energy costs, and reduces the chance of fire. See dryer facts from the NFPA here! DryerFactSheet

 

Q: How often should my dryer vent be cleaned?2018-02-20T16:28:27+00:00

A: Dryer vents should be cleaned on a regular basis or when you notice an increase in “drying time”

Q: MY FIREPLACE STINKS, ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER. WHAT CAN I DO?2018-02-20T16:28:08+00:00

A: Many things can happen, including flue fires, poor ventilation, smoke inhalation, build-up of sulfur deposits in the soot residue, animals and parasites nesting in the flue, increased deterioration of flue lining, and sickly odors.

Q: WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF PROBLEMS ARE NOT CORRECTED?2018-02-20T16:27:59+00:00

A: Many things can happen, including flue fires, poor ventilation, smoke inhalation, build-up of sulfur deposits in the soot residue, animals and parasites nesting in the flue, increased deterioration of flue lining, and sickly odors.

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CHIMNEY PROBLEMS?2018-02-20T16:27:48+00:00

A: Chimney flues often get blocked by creosote, animals, and other obstructions. Some other common problems include cracking settling in the tiles and moisture buildup.

Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I NEED TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY OR FIREPLACE CLEANED?2018-02-20T16:27:32+00:00

A: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says; “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.” It is important to have cleaning and maintenance done when necessary, because even if you don’t use your chimney often, animals may build nests in the flue or you may have other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.