CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS, CLEANING, and REPAIR
One of our core fireplace services is traditional chimney cleaning. We brush the flue with stiff bristle brush to remove the soot and then we vacuum it up with a soot vacuum. Annual cleaning of the flue is a must for regular users of fireplaces and wood stoves in order to maintain proper flow of the flue gases and correct combustion.
When you buy a new home, you may not know when the last owner cleaned or inspected the chimney. In this case, it’s important to schedule a sweep and scan before you burn. This gives you a current benchmark on the health of your chimney, and you’ll be informed if there is need for current or future repairs for safety and optimal performance of your system.
Read here about why its important to have chimney inspections & cleaning...
Chimneys are often one of the most neglected, undetected, or misdiagnosed systems in the modern American household. This is unfortunate, since the safe operation of our fireplaces and wood stoves requires a properly working chimney. During your annual chimney inspection, our certified chimney sweeps will be able to determine the condition of your chimney and offer solutions for chimney repair and maintenance should it be required. Most chimney venting complaints are the result of poor draft, excessive water vapor and corrosion inside the flue resulting in blocked flues.
Our chimney services include:
• Chimney Crown Repair
• Leaky Chimneys
• Chimney Masonry Problems
• Tuck pointing
The common repair items done to masonry chimneys are inside the firebox and up on the roof. The reason for this is simple. The harsh heat of the direct flame deteriorates the mortar and brick within the firebox, and up on the roof, the freeze-thaw cycle deteriorates the top of the chimney. After years of exposure to harsh elements and the by-products of combustion, the masonry material of your chimney can begin to deteriorate. Our chimney sweeps are skilled in masonry repair and tuckpointing (which is the repair of mortar joints) both inside the firebox and outside up on the roof. We can restore the look of your masonry chimney so that it looks and functions well again. The tuck pointing process includes chipping out loose mortar and pressing in new refractory cement mortar between the bricks. Common repairs on the rooftop portion of the chimney include both masonry repair and sheet metal work. Chimney flashing that is loose, cracked, or broken can allow water and moisture to seep into the wood framing of your roof, chimney, or attic causing serious and expensive water-damage repair. Because water damage requires extensive repair, it is best to take preventative measures to avoid this situation. Masonry chimneys often require tuckpointing of missing mortar joints above the roof line, as well as crown repair, flashing seal, and applying a quality water resistant coating.
Chimney Repairs for Damaged Areas
The chimney crown is the part of the chimney that keeps water from entering the chimney structure.
It acts as a shed-style roof that diverts water away from the flue opening, protecting the inside of your chimney from moisture damage.
If the chimney crown is cracked or damaged, water will seep into the internal chimney components potentially causing extensive damage.