Missing mortar, cracks or holes inside the chimney can
cause heated air to blow against wooden surfaces and can ignite a fire in the
walls or attic. When interior damages are found on video or smoke tests we can
repack the missing mortar between the flue tiles or reparge interior plaster and
repair cracks and holes up inside the chimney.
Minor Chimney Repairs
Most fireplaces and chimneys have some minor damage or cracks that can "run" or
cause further damage if not repaired. We are the experts to handle them. Our
vans are stocked with many different types of materials to repair all kinds of
Some cracks are repairable. Others call for major
rebuilding, our trained technicians can tell which is which. We are the masonry
Firebox Rebuilds and Repairs
The firebox is the area where the wood is burned. The three firebox walls can
deteriorate from rain water entering the chimney. You may notice cracks and
loose mortar, especially on the back wall. It is important to repair or prevent
Chimney Caps Installed
A chimney cap is a spark arrester with a lid on top
that keeps out the rain water. When rain water enters the chimney, it mixes with
the soot which contains acid, this acid deteriorates the chimney interior and
firebox areas causing cracks and loose or missing mortar. A chimney cap is the
best spark arrester and also stops the rain water damage! We sell and install
custom caps too!
A damper is a door that you close when not using the
fireplace. About 50% of the dampers we inspect are either missing or installed
improperly causing them to be very leaky and in need of replacement. (Installing
a new ENERGY SAVING damper can save you hundreds of dollars a year in lost
energy from heating costs and even more money saved from air conditioning costs.
Replacing an old damper with a new ENERGY SAVING damper pays for itself in one
Heat Reflectors Installed
Most fireplaces lose about 90% of the heat they
generate up the chimney. Only about 10% stays in the house. A heat reflector
reflects the heat inside, warming the home an additional 20-40%! They also
protect the firebox back wall from damage and intense heat.
We will restore and revitalize your chimney
by putting UL listed Stainless Steel and insulation between your chimney flue
and defects in your chimney wall. This will add to the safety of your home and
family. And it will increase the resale value of your home. These chimney
relining systems are warranted for as long as you own your home. So if you have
an old chimney that may be unused, deteriorated or even unlined, play it safe
and have it relined.
Masonry Water Repellent
Water is the biggest enemy of fireplaces. More damage
is caused by water than by any other natural source (except earthquakes). The
exterior water repellent we use is guaranteed to repel water for up to ten
years. It is the only product that repels water and still allows the masonry to
breathe. (Note: Do not use "Thompsons Water Seal" on a chimney. It seals the
pores of the brick so that it can't breathe, which traps the water inside
causing even more damage. It only lasts about one year then flakes off.) We use
Chimney Saver Water Repellant.