Chimney Sweep in Sacramento

Mike's Mobile Screen 7 Chimney - Sacramento

Getting a chimney sweep in Sacramento, and surrounding areas, is as easy as giving us a call at (916) 372- 8783 or sending over an email. Our team will work with your schedule and set you up an appointment in a few short minutes.

As the cold weather approaches, getting your chimney ready to burn in is important. Annual safety checks are highly recommended as well as cleanings after ever cord of wood that is burned. Stay up to date and be informed. You can visit www.sparetheair.com or check in with our blog to receive important updates and information regarding this burn season.

Custom Viewguard Installation Done Right!

Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service - Custom Viewguard

Our featured customer this week is Andrea from Patterson California. Congratulations on your new Viewguard!  Her Viewguard install has some custom features that might interest a potential customer.

The first issue was the handle side. Usually the handles of the existing wood door and Viewguard are on the same side, but as you can see in the pictures that wouldn’t work great here. We changed the location of the handle set and saved her a lot of space. Andrea has small children so it was important for her to have safety in mind. We were able to mount the deadbolt higher than usual to keep her children from possibly opening the door. The last issue was solved by adding a pneumatic door closer. This will ensure that the door closes automatically, even when the family is in a rush. Her family’s safety was at the top of her list and we were able to add some custom features to make this door work.

Congratulations on the new Viewguard again! Thank you for choosing Mike’s Mobile Screen. & Chimney Service

Window and Door Covering Specialist!

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Mike’s Mobile Screen & Chimney Service your window and door covering specialist! These pictures our from a customer that did her entire home with Solar Screens and had a Viewguard Security screen door installed on the front door. This customer will now enjoy savings on their energy bill! Call us today and ask about how we can save you money! Call Toll Free (877) 520-3595

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Sliding Security Doors Are Here!

Sliding Security Doors - Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service

THEY ARE HERE! Mike’s Mobile Screen & Chimney Service now offers Sliding Security Doors! This nifty door takes the place of a sliding screen door and offers you and your family much more security.

These doors are also available in several different styles. Pictured on this page is a recent install at a customer’s home. Margaret loves her door and was very pleased with the installation. She chose the Single Door with Stainless Steel mesh. What isn’t pictured, (Coming soon) is the Double Door. The Double Door offer a secure Stainless Steel mesh on the stationary side as well as the moving door side.

Also available are the Single and Double versions in Amplimesh (Similar to what is on the Tru-Frame Door). No matter what the application calls for we have you covered!

More information will be coming soon and we will have it up on our website as soon as possible. For now please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to have one of these awesome Security Sliding Doors installed on your home.

Waterproofing to Avoid Efflorescence

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What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence comes from a French word meaning “to flower out.” In chemistry, and in the real world, efflorescence is the loss of water (or a solvent) of crystallization from a hydrated or solvated salt to the atmosphere on exposure to air.

Where does it happen? 

While efflorescence can occur in natural settings it is most commonly seen on built structures. It is especially visible on porous materials like brick. If you do not know what efflorescence is, you may think that it is purely cosmetic. It will appear as a chalky residue on the outside of the brick structure.

What causes efflorescence?

Simply put, if you see efflorescence you have water intrusion. Once water penetrates the brick it will “flower out,” (remember the French definition?) Once water has entered your structure it will freeze and expand causes the integrity of the structure to come into question

What can you do to protect against efflorescence?

Although brick is very durable, extreme weather can have an adverse effect on it over time. Waterproofing your brick/veneer structure will help ensure that your brick work lasts as long as possible. Your brick and your home can benefit tremendously from waterproofing.

“Most sealants are made with siloxane, which chemically bonds to the material and prevents water from passing through it. This type of brick waterproofing sealant is clear, so it does not change the appearance of the building. In fact, rather than staying on the surface of the structure, brick sealant penetrates the material. It will need to be reapplied to older brick structures about every four to seven years, and newer buildings approximately every five to ten years.”

How to Start a Fire

Steps to Start a Fire in your Fireplace

How to start fire steps

1. Before you doing anything else and start fire, be sure to open the damper! You don’t want to accidentally fill up your house with smoke. Hold up a piece of burning, rolled up newspaper in the open damper for about 10 to 15 seconds by using the poker tool. Then light the tinder.

2. You’ll need three things to start your fire: Tinder, Kindling, and Fuel.

You can use small twigs, pine needles or pine cones as tinder. However, old crumbled up newspaper makes the very best tinder when starting a fire in your fireplace.

Kindling such as large twigs, small branches and splits of wood that range from 1/4″ to 1″ in thickness will do.

When fueling your fireplace only use well-seasoned hardwood such as ash, hickory or oak. If you really need to burn soft wood (cedar, fir or red pine) make sure that they are well-seasoned. Signs of seasoned wood are loose bark and cracks at the end of the wood. If you see bubbling liquids in the burning logs, DO NOT BURN!

3. To start the fire begin by arranging 2 (small to medium sized) pieces of firewood on the grate. Between the logs, place the tinder of your choice and cover it with several pieces of kindling.

Don’t be afraid to be generous with the kindling. Place two more pieces of firewood on top of the kindling and two more pieces of firewood at a right angle. Leave some spaces in between for air circulation.

Now you should have a nice burning fire, warming up your home!

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Customer Satisfaction is Our Goal!

Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service - Security Door

Mike’s Mobile Screen & Chimney Service is second to none with customer satisfaction! Sometimes a customer will have an idea. This idea is sometimes a very custom one. Jose came to us and needed some added security to his home. Our friendly staff showed him several options of Security Doors. Jose wasn’t sure about which style of Steel Security Door to get. He asked if he could have something more custom. A door that he would design and we could make. Sure! We’ve done several doors that have custom components and we’ve always had really great outcomes.

Jose sent us the design for his door. We were able to draw the door and send him back a proof. He quickly approved it and we began fabricating his door. When the door was installed Jose was in shock. The physical door not only met his expectations, it exceeded them. Jose was very ecstatic about his new door.

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What kind of a handle set do your security doors come with?

C5376BL-003Our Tru-Frame and Tru-View doors come with a proprietary slim line handle and deadbolt set. Our Viewguard and Steel security doors accept a standard lock-set. We at Mike’s Mobile recommend the homeowner buy their own lock set when ordering a door. Our technicians will be happy to install it for you when we come back out to install your door. We recommend this so there isn’t additional markup on the handle set and so you have time to buy the exact handle set you want for the door. Normally it Is best to get a set that matches or is at least the same brand as the set on your existing door for ease of re-keying.