The following is a list of the services we perform as relates to fireplaces and chimneys:
Chimney sweeping – The primary reason to have the chimney swept is to minimize the chance of a chimney fire. A chimney fire may do no damage at all or it may completely burn down the house structure and potentially harm the occupants.
Sweeping the chimney on a regular basis increases the efficiency of the fireplace, reduces smoking problems and reduces the risk of carbon monoxide entering the home.
Fireplace/chimney inspections – It is very important to have your chimney inspected on a regularly basis. Inspections can reveal minor problems that can often be repaired at the time of the inspection and often prevent costly repairs down the road.
Minor and major repairs – Over time parts of the fireplace system wears out or need attention. Loose and/or cracked mortar in the firebox area can be easily repaired. Failure to repair could result in a costly firebox rebuild. Cracked panel in a prefabricated fireplace system can often be repaired prolonging the life of the panel, again preventing costly repairs to replace the panel. There are numerous type of repairs that we can perform, far too many to list here. This is one reason the fireplace/chimney system should be inspected on a regular basis.
Fireplace/chimney restoration – Most chimney restorations are on older homes, homes about 100 years old and older. The restorations can be performed with modern materials or we can match the original materials. We match the original materials by taking samples of the chimney structure and sending them to an out of state laboratory. The lab determines the exact mixture and color of the materials and manufactures materials to the exact same materials used in the original construction.
Many homes on the historical list can be made functional as a wood or gas burning fireplace without changing the external appearance.
Caps and dampers– In most cases chimney cap/spark arrestors are required by code. Chimney caps prevent sparks from leaving the chimney and possibly landing on the roof or neighbor’s roof. The spark arrestor part of the chimney cap also prevents birds and animals from entering the chimney. Caps also prevent water entering the chimney, Water is the number one leading cause of premature failure of a chimney system.
Dampers can save you money on your energy bills. A properly functioning damper prevents warm/cold air from leaving the house and escaping through the chimney. A “Top Sealing Damper” is the only damper with a 100% seal. This could potentially save the homeowner up to 30% on their energy bills.