The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a house. Your chimney tends to not receive the attention or the concern usually given other obstructed household systems. Chimneys are far from the quiet, passive black holes that are ‘just there’ that most property managers assume them to be. Regular chimney maintenance is key to prevent damage, deterioration and future preventible, high-cost chimney fixes.
The complication is that a lot of masonry chimneys were not designed to handle the venting requirements of modern high-efficiency heating appliances burning natural gas and oil. Many of masonry chimney materials (except for authentic stone) suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. A stone chimney acts and seems to be like a brick chimney and it should also be protected from the effects of water penetration. Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a consumer might employ to prevent water penetration and weakening to the chimney. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. Our pros may advise an owner in your own special situation what is best for you. For a metal, brick or fabricated chimney repair inspection call or text us at 631.388.7555.
One of the least expensive parts of the chimney venting system is the one that will prevent some of the most immoderate trouble. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Expressway Roofing & Chimney for an estimate now! Every chimney expert knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Most chimney caps are made from copper or stainless steel. In especially windy areas chimneys also might prevent downdrafts by blocking crosswinds from entering the chimney. Our chimney masons could recommend the best solution for your chimney. It is the perfect upgrade for fireplace chimneys in older houses that almost never have a damper. It is sometimes hard to think how dextructive animals and birds might be over the summer crafting a wonderfully cozy nest right inside your chimney.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all can suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar might crumble and crack leading to serious complications. The chimney cap cover deflects the rain and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. Of course, right chimney cleaning and maintenance are still recommended annually.
We can be happy to come out and make a recommendation for you and provide a written estimate to install a new chimney cap, chimney damper or guard on your chimney. Water starts more issues than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and degrades at the mortar. It’s such a common dilemma , raccoons, squirrels, birds and bats try to make their property in your chimney. Chimneys can block the right ventilation and even enter your residence, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids will keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace can spew sparks out into the environment, onto the roof or nearby flammable materials. Stray sparks might be stopped cold by the meshing cover that is a part of all of our chimney caps.
The method chosen or recommended for your chimney could depend on the type of deposits. The Thermocrete process coats the inside of the chimney from top to bottom with a highly durable ceramic sealant. A lining cleaning is cost-effective and the most ideal for your fireplace chimney and in chimneys serving gas, oil, wood or coal burning appliances. It conforms to any shape, size and length of the chimney and become a non-destructive chimney lining system which is corrosion-proof, flame and heat resistant, airtight liner with a rigidity of a steel. A stainless steel chimney liner is air and water tight.
This unique alloy is designed specifically to resist acids coming from gas appliances in the flue and extreme stresses of hot and cold cycles. Liners in chimneys serve three main functions. Liners protect the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. The flue gases are acidic in nature and literally eat away at the mortar joints from inside the chimney. As the mortar joints wear away, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide could leak into the living areas of the property. The chimney is responsible for not only allowing the products of combustion a way out of the house, but the draft generated by the chimney also supplies the combustion air to the appliance. An improperly-sized liner might lead to other creosote buildup in wood burning stoves and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.
The required cleaning frequency may depend on amount of use, the type of installation, the type of fuel and the burning habits of the customer. Chimneys should be cleaned when accumulations of soot and creosote approach or exceed 1/4 inch. Accumulations of glaze in addition to 1/8 inch will be removed. We employ numerous cleaning plans to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney estimates are the only way to know when the chimney requires to be addressed.
Several of the usual chimney cleaning techniques that we provide follow:
Standard Sweep. This is the standard or normal cleaning method and involves the use of brushes to clean the flue. A powerful, well filtered vacuum is used to prevent soot and creosote from entering the residence. This type of cleaning is effective for soot and ordinary creosote deposits but has little effect on glaze deposits.
Mechanical Sweeping. Mechanical cleaning involves the use of wire brushes, plastic cables or special chains rotated at high speed by an electric motor. Mechanical cleaning is often employed to remove hard creosote or glaze deposits. In some cases where it is impossible to sweep the flue by standard or mechanical sweeping it is necessary to use chemicals that help loosen and dissolve heavy creosote and glaze deposits. These cases are seldom the case – but necessary in some situations, a clean sweep of your chimney could remove all of the soot, creosote and blockages from your flue liner, smoke chamber and shelf, firebox and damper. Heat, moisture, creosote and gases may be either removed and replaced, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that can resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature exact to the class of the chimney job.
Chemical cleaning: This needs two visits – sometimes even 3 – if necessary. Our chimney sweeps may usually be done in less couple of hours and will make sure your house does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our technicians pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch job by doing a great job with minimal interruption to you.
What do other clients have to say about Expressway’s chimney team? Check our Google reviews right here. Our pros are proud of them. Expressway Chimney give you a free consultation, no-obligation quote and the chimney estimate report to do with as a homeowner wishes.
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Expressway Roofing And Chimney has been fixing, servicing and doing broken chimney repairs, dangerous deck repairs, fixing leaky skylights and leaky gutters, installing new exterior siding, cedar roofing, decks and other cedar products and roofs in Nassau and Suffolk county for over 22 years. Long Islanders have been trusting us with their skylight problems, quality roofing installations and home construction repairs since 2001. We are proud to work with, work for, serve and support the following local Long Island businesses in their respective industries. construction, masonry, travel, contracting, design, lumberjacks, home improvements, and halfway houses. We agree that we are all in this together. Call Expressway today at 631.388.7555.
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