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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What is Glazing..and What is De-glazing?

glazingAfter you burn a fire the wood will eventually cool down. When it cools down, you create creosote. Creosote is a liquid that gets attached (or condenses) to the inner wall of your flue or connector pipe.  The creosote will dry out and become hard and become one of 3 stages. Stage 1 (velvet soot), Stage 2 porous and crunchy in makeup or Stage 3, shiny, rock-hard chimney glaze. The more fires you have, the more build up you are creating.

If this happens to your chimney you will need to have a De-glazing done. This is a two steps process. Mike’s Mobile uses a product called ACS (Anti Creosote Spray). We recommend that our effected customers make a few fires over the course of a few weeks and spray this the ACS into their fire. ACS changes the chemical make up of the creosote and weakens it. We can then come out to your home and clean your chimney.

What is a Chimney Liner?

linerThe liner in your, masonry, chimney is built with terra-cotta clay tiles that are stacked on top of each other and mortared together. Once in place the liner is a gas-tight and heat-resistant insulator that protects the masonry chimney. If the liner is absent or has cracks there would be heat transfer and gas leaks to combustible materials which could cause a fire and/or seepage through the brick and mortar.

Another type of liner is a stainless steel liner. These are often found attached to a furnace, woodstove or fireplace. Your heating source will vent up through the stainless steel liner. The liner is housed inside of your existing brick structure. New liners give a homeowner efficient chimneys that are safe to use and solve most issues regarding drafting.

Christmas Tree Safety

safetreeThings to consider about Christmas Tree Safety

Picking The Tree
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing The Tree
Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk.

Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces radiators, candle, heat vents or lights.

Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting The Tree
Use lights that have the label of an independent test laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use

Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

10 Tips For The Heating Season

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  1. Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified professional.
  2. Have your chimney and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
  3. Make sure your wood for your fireplace is dry and seasoned.
  4. Check to see if your fireplace screen or heat tempered glass is in good condition and securely in position.
  5. Keep a covered metal container ready to use for disposal of cooled ashes (Keep this at least 10 feet from your home).
  6. Inform children to stay 3 feet away from the fireplace or wood stove.
  7. Make sure that space heaters have an automatic shut off.
  8. Make sure to have space heaters directly plugged into an outlet (Do not use an extension cord) and place them at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  9. Inspect and test your smoke alarms
  10. Inspect and test your carbon monoxide alarms

Why You NEED a CO and Smoke Detector

Beginning July 1, 2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention act (Senate Bill SB1483) requites all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms. As well as per building code 310.9.1of California all residence must have smoke alarms.

As reported by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Approximately 200 people are killed by accidental CO poisoning with an additional 5000 people injured. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also reported that three out of five fire deaths are the result of no smoke alarm present in home.

Smoke alarms should be installed in the following locations:

  • Each bedroom
  • Immediately outside the sleeping rooms and areas
  • On each level of home and basements (not including crawl spaces) and livable attics.
  • In dwellings with split-levels that have a door between adjacent levels, an alarm shall be located on each level.
  • Smoke alarms are not required in garages

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms (CO) should be installed in the following locations:

      • Immediately outside the sleeping rooms an areas.
      • On each story, including basements and livable areas.
      • They are not required in garages.

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What Causes a Chimney Fire?

 
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Chimney fires are usually caused by the accumulation of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a natural by-product of burning wood. It accumulates in the flue over time and is highly flammable. Creosote is especially likely to accumulate when wood is not burned at the proper temperature. Since creosote is flammable, when it accumulates on the walls of your flue, hot flue gasses can ignite it. The result is a chimney fire. Depending on the condition of your chimney, such a fire can pose a significant threat to the rest of your house. Flames from the fire can find their way through cracks in your clay chimney liner or mortar and ignite framing around the chimney. They can also spill over onto the roof and cause a fire there.

Getting Started With Fire Building

fireplace safetyThink small when it comes to starting a fire. First be sure that your chimney is ready for a fire. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. Once you have determined that you can safely burn a fire, you will need to prepare the fireplace. Make sure that your damper is completely open.

Pick small pieces of wood and make sure that the wood is not over flowing your fireplace grate. This will ensure that you have enough room between the fireplace and the grate on all sides.

Listen carefully. Sizzling is a sign that the wood that you are burning still has water. This will cause extra smoke that can enter into your living room area.

Pick out proper wood for burning fires. Make sure that your wood meets the following criteria:

  • Seasoned Firewood (Excess Moisture Takes Energy Out of a Fire)
  • Proper size (Pieces Must Not be Oversized or Hanging Out of Your Fireplace)
  • Pieces may need to be cut to fit properly