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.

Why Should You Clean Your Pellet Stove Annually?

pelletPellet stoves are extremely efficient and can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet. Fans inside them maximize their efficiency. The fans deliver warm air back into the home, but also present a problem on the other side. Pellet stoves require more maintenance than traditional fireplaces and insert wood burning stoves because the fans push air and soot around to all of the nooks and crannies of your pellet stove. There are several parts to a Pellet stove which makes it prone to malfunction if not cleaned annually. The parts include: A hopper, an auger system, blower fans, main control box and a firebox. Pellets are loaded into the hopper and then the auger system moves them to the firebox where they are burned. Blower fans take in the cool air from the room to provide fuel for the fire, while another fan blows the warm back out into the room. An exhaust fan pushes the soot out of the back to a vent system known as a T-connection. This T-connection has a built in safety feature called the “catch can.” While this safety feature is a good thing (short term), the soot piles up and will eventually present a problem. Soot will clog the vent (T-connection) and will burn out the fan. Fan motors cause costly repairs for homeowners.

Having your Pellet stove serviced each year by a chimney professional is important and will ensure efficient operation. This kind of consumer vigilance will result in being able to enjoy the efficiency of your pellet stove for years.

How Do I Know If I Really Had My Chimney Cleaned Properly?

proper chimney cleaningProper chimney cleaning is very important. Mike’s Mobile Screen & Chimney Service trains our technicians to adhere by CSIA standards when cleaning your chimney. This means you, as the homeowner, will get unmatched service and a thorough cleaning and inspection. All of our chimney cleanings come with a Level I inspection. Our technicians start from the inside and inspect the firebox. At this time we will make sure your damper seals shut. If it doesn’t we will tape up the opening of your fireplace with tarps to avoid any mess to your home.

Once we have taken the proper precautions, and inspected the firebox, our inspection and cleaning moves to the roof of your house. Our technicians check for flashing, water damage, and the structural integrity of your chimney. Mike’s Mobile systematically checks your chimney and fireplace to make sure you have a complete inspection.

How Often Should I Have My Chimney Cleaned?

chimney_sweepSo how often should I have my chimney Cleaned? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (Source: NFPA), ” a yearly inspection and cleaning and repairs done as necessary. Freestanding woodstoves or fire place inserts used to heat the home should be inspected and cleaned if needed every year. Regular, open fireplaces need to be maintained and cleaned on a consistent basis as well. Usually, a cleaning is needed for every cord of wood burned or at least 2-3 years.”

Time to think about gutter cleaning!

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Gutter Cleaning Services by Mike’s Mobile Screens and Chimney Services helps you to keep your gutters functioning properly and your home safe from water damage.

Although your gutters may not seem as important as your home’s roof, it definitely comes close. Properly functioning gutters direct water away from the structure of your home. Clogged gutters can cause water to collect around your home’s foundation, weakening the soil. Repairs made to a home’s foundation can cost thousands!

The American Homeowners Association states that the weight of water, twigs and other debris can loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from their attachments.

The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. If you live in a wooded area, you may want to have your gutters cleaned more often.

Now get your head out of the gutters and call in the pros. Our insured and bonded technicians have the know-how and the experience needed to make sure your gutters are cleaned safely and effectively.

Have your gutters professionally cleaned by Mike’s Mobile today!

Call us toll Free (877) 520-3595

Introducing Our New Security Window Screens

Bill H. from Stockton decided that for his windows, he wanted maximum security without gaudy iron security bars detracting the beauty of his home. With our new security window screens we were able to help him achieve both of these goals without compromise. Bill H. picked out a combination of quick escape and fixed security window screens in a white frame finish along with our Viewguard and sliding security door for total home protection.

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Our screens are made of high tensile strength stainless steel allowing for a clear view of the outside from your home while saving you money on energy with 60% UV blockage and secure protection. Unlike traditional bars on your windows, our security screens allow for an easy exit from the inside, high resistance to impact and tampering from the outside, and an appealing design with unobstructed air flow throughout your house. These screens are available in 9 different frame finishes with several options to match your current home style.

To get security screens for your home today give us a call at (877) 520-3595

For more information on our security window screens, visit our website: Security Window Screens

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Getting a Viewguard is as Easy as 1-2-3

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If you’re like Joyce F. of Sacramento you might just order not 1 or 2, but 3 at once. Joyce had 2 separate doorways that she wanted secured. She had a single door and a French door at her home. She also took advantage of an unpublished discount about ordering multiple items at once! (Until now. Oops!) Be sure to ask about a discount when you buy 2 or more Viewguard security doors at the same time.

Joyce, Thank you so much for choosing Mike’s Mobile. We think your doors look amazing. Do you agree? Tell us what you think.

Are you thinking of getting a Viewguard door for unparalleled security and airflow? Give us a call today at (877) 520-3595 and get your doors started.

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Can I Order Screens Straight From Your Shop?

Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service Screen Shop

YES, you can order screens directly from our shop! We can repair your damaged screens or make you new ones. If you need new screens, and, are confident in your measurements you can call in your order and pick up screens straight from our shop located in Stockton, CA. We have the quickest turn-around in town (usually just 1-2 days) and our shop prices are about 1/2 of our mobile prices!

Please be confident in your measurements or bring in old old screens for us to copy if possible. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for wrong measurements on your part.

If you need help with your measurements, you can watch this video for a quick tutorial:

Don’t DIY Chimney Cleaning

Why You Shouldn’t DIY

Your Chimney Cleaning 

 

In the past few years there has been a lot of hype in regards to DIY (Do It Yourself). There are some websites and blogs such as Pinterest that say a homeowner doesn’t need a chimney sweep to perform a chimney cleaning and post videos that teach you how to perform a chimney cleaning.

Many posts online (such as Pinterest) say homeowners can clean out their own chimneys.

 

However there are certain things that homeowners’ shouldn’t take it upon themselves to do, such as cleaning their home’s chimney. There are some homeowners that may do a good job in maintaining their chimney but that’s only to a certain degree (no pun intended). Things such as creosote buildup, a damaged flue, live/dead critters, etc. can be overlooked when DIYing a chimney cleaning, which is why a chimney sweep needs to be called in.

3rd Stage Glazed Creosote

Damaged Flue Liner

 

Chimney Sweeps are certified trained professionals who while cleaning your chimney also look for anything that may be wrong with your chimney. They also use the proper tools and equipment needed to clear out your chimney completely without creating any new problems along the way.

So before trying your hand on chimney cleaning, call one of our professional chimney sweeps today at 1 877 520 3595! or schedule an appointment with us online at mikesmobile.com/chimney-services/!

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