Diagnosis Chimney

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Diagram of a Chimney

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Stainless Steel Relining

Smoke Chamber & Parging

Water Proofing

Why do we recommend waterproofing every chimney built with brick and mortar? Did you know brick and mortar are both porous and allow water to soak in every time it rains and snows? This is true and over time it will allow moisture to cause damage and even spalling to your chimney’s brick. The high grade siloxane sealant that we apply onto the outside of your chimney will greatly reduce the water penetration and can prevent most water leaks caused from damaged bricks and cracked mortar. Please request further information to be sure your chimney(s) is protected.

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Caps

When it comes to chimney caps, we carry and source a variety for the best application and style. We can install custom, black, stainless steel, copper, lock-top, and pre-manufactured for lined chimneys. The caps we supply and install have bird guards and critter control expanded metal to insure that you will be allowing smoke to leave without inviting any unwanted visitors to come in. It’s always a good decision to have the right cap for your chimney. A good cap like this one will make all the difference.

Crown

Often misunderstood as a “cap”, the crown is the cover at the top of a chimney chase, not the cap itself. It is very important to maintain this covering at the top of the chimney for its structural integrity and to prevent water damage from occurring inside of the chase. We have several specialized tools and products to provide your crowns with long term results. We can also resurface or replace metal chase covers where needed on prefabricated chimney chases. Here is masonry crown that needed to be recoated for moisture control and to prevent further deterioration.

Stainless Steel Relining

The inside of your chimney is one of the following; unlined brick, terracotta lined, stainless steel lined, or in the case of a prefabricated fireplace it could be a flu pipe. In any-case our number one concern is that your chimney liner is safe for the application you are using it for (wood burning, vented gas logs, etc.). We are able to inspect, service, repair, and provide solutions of all your flu needs. This is a before and after of a stainless steel liner installed to provide a safe flu for a wood burning application.

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Smoke Chamber & Parging

The smoke chamber area of a fireplace is from the top of the firebox to the bottom of the flu. This area is one of the most important and potentially dangerous areas in a chimney and must be properly addressed for the application it is being used for. The smoke chamber is often not up to current code standards and could pose potential fire hazards. It can often be made fire ready for both wood or gas fires with a parging of the smoke chamber. Using material, tools, and techniques this parging of the smoke chamber will cover the corbeled brick, cracks, and gaps. This can increase safety while decreasing the turbulence of the smoke path in your smoke chamber. You can see here where it can make a big difference!

Tuck Pointing

The majority of a chimney is very important for safety and the safety of your home but it’s not always very visible. However, the firebox is one part of the chimney that is seen every time you have a fire, so be sure you like the appearance of your firebox. Also, have us inspect it for cracks and gaps because this area tends to get the most ware and tare. Often we find lintel or face gaps that have occurred due to settling of the chimney; or loose mortar and bricks from loading the fireplace. Great masonry work is a form of art but thankfully we have incredible masons that understand this to get the job done with incredible results. This firebox was rebuilt and painted for safety and to allow better visibility of the flames.

Shoulder Repair

Often overlooked the “shoulder” of a chimney may be hiding outside on the rear or side of your home and probably gets very little attention for years at a time. However, this neglect can lead to debris, moss, or even plant growth on the shoulder of the chimney. This often leads to damage to the brick or mortar, and can also lead to increase water moisture penetration getting into the smoke chamber and firebox inside your home. We can prevent and repair this with a number of methods and products as seen here.