Sweep flue free of creosote buildup, remove debris and inspect for repair issues or potential hazards. (Service does not include emptying of ash pit/dump). We will examine the accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and other accessible parts of the appliance and chimney connection. We look for basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. We will also conduct a safety inspection and verify the chimney is free of any obstructions and combustible deposits.
Just like every hearth needs a home – every chimney needs a cap. If your chimney does not have a cap the interior is subject to deterioration from snow, rain, and other elements. Without a cap water can run down the inside of the flue and damage the walls of the flue and other chimney areas – water can penetrate the smallest of cracks and mortar joints, when it freezes and expands the cracks continue to worsen. Chimney caps also prevent birds, rodents, and other wildlife from entering your chimney. We can properly install or replace a chimney cap or furnace flue cap for you so your chimney is protected.
We provide quotes on several repair services to help keep your chimney properly functioning and aesthetically pleasing:
• Chase covers and caps
• False flues?
• Crown repair and rebuilding
A chimney crown is the roof or lid of your chimney which covers everything except the flue. The crown protects the chimney from weather and has sloped sides to allow for water runoff. An overlapping chimney crown has a lip that overhangs the brick to act as an umbrella which allows the water to fall off the crown without direct contact with the upper chimney. The visible condition of the crown is a reliable indicator of the overall health of the chimney and should be inspected annually.
• Firebox repair
The firebox is the area inside your home that contains the fire. Flames are in direct contact with the firebox so it is very important to ensure that it is properly maintained – you should have it inspected regularly for signs of disrepair. Cracks or damage to the firebox can allow combustible materials and flames to seep into the walls which could result in a house fire.
• Flue tile repair – is this the relining part?
Loose mortar or cracked mortar joints can allow water to seep behind the brick which can inflict serious damage and threaten the stability of the chimney structure. Tuckpointing is the process by which deteriorating mortar between the bricks is replaced. We grind out the old and weakened mortar and apply new mortar in a color that matches the old mortar.
We will come to your home to evaluate the work needed and provide a quote for you, complete with pictures of problem areas – quotes are free.
Dryer lint is the most flammable material in your home. Regular and thorough cleaning of the dryer vent and ducting system is critical. We will clean your dryer duct system from the lint trap compartment inside the machine, through the entire length of the duct, to and including the outside vent. When your dryer venting system is dirty your machine has to work harder and longer to perform its function which decreases energy efficiency and increases the risk of fire. The more often you use your dryer, the more often the venting system should be cleaned.
• If dryer venting system is long or has multiple and/or sharp turns, it should be cleaned more frequently
• Dryer vents should be cleaned every 500 loads or so or inspected every 2 years at a minimum.
• Clean out your dryer’s lint trap after every load of laundry