When the bricks face starts to flake off or "spall" the proper recommended repair is to rebuild the chimney. Rebuilding is the dismantling of the chimney brick work and relaying new brick with masonry cement. The top or crown of the chimney is finished off with a new precast concrete crown for small chimneys. Larger chimneys require a 4" thick poured concrete crown with a two-inch drip ledge overhang.
There are many reasons for the damage to your chimney and all of our technicians are trained to help determine the cause of your chimney deterioration to help prevent this situation and hazard from happening in the future.
According to NFPA Code 211 all chimneys shall have a flue liner that can contain and exhaust all by products of combustion including heat, dangerous gases, creosote and condensation. When the flue liner can no longer perform this intended purpose it shall be repaired or replaced.
In most instances this is accomplished by using a metal pipe inserted from the top of the chimney down to the appliances. We are trained to know what type and grade of pipe is best for your chimney's needs.
Flashing is the sheet metal that seals out water where your chimney meets or passes through the roof. It is a critical seal in making certain your chimney is weather tight. Proper flashing will be imbedded into the chimney masonry and consist of both step and counter flashing along with an ice and water shield membrane underlayment.
Flashings are custom made at the job site to insure a proper tight fitting seal between your roof and chimney. When done properly by our experts, this flashing will keep water out of your house for many years.
The by-product of incomplete combustion of any fossil fuel such as wood, oil, or coal. When it builds up between 1/8 to ¼ inch it can ignite and cause a fire within the chimney. When this happens it can cause severe damage to the chimney and the surrounding structure. Some chimney fires create such an updraft that it has been described as a jet airplane or a train going through your living room. If the creosote catches fire on only one side of the flue, it may sound like the howling wind outside, but can still cause severe chimney damage. The purpose of the chimney is to exhaust smoke and by-products of combustion out of the house as well as provide a draft for the fireplace or appliance, not to contain chimney fires and their extreme temperatures.
The primary job of a chimney service professional is to aid in the prevention of fires related to fireplaces, wood stoves, gas, oil and coal heating systems and the chimneys that serve them. Chimney sweeps install, clean and maintain these systems, evaluate their performance, prescribe changes to improve their performance, and educate the consumer about their safe and efficient operation.
In doing their primary job of inspecting and sweeping chimneys, chimney professionals also function as on-the-job fire prevention specialists. They are constantly on the lookout for unsafe conditions that can cause home fires or threaten residents with dangerous or unhealthy indoor air quality.
includes the sweeping of the cap, flue, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, damper, and firebox area. The cleaning is all done with brushes on fiberglass poles. A runner is laid down up to the fireplace as well as drop cloths so nothing is tracked on any carpeting at all. The heart of the sweeping system is a SootSweeper chimney vacuum running during the sweeping for proper dust control. While it is being swept the chimney is inspected for any cracks or defects and you are given a written evaluation report listing any areas of concern.