The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted elements of a home. The fact that chimneys could do their job well, even when damaged, contributes to this aura that ‘it’s probably fine’. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather may be a potential safety hazard. Regular chimney maintenance is key to prevent leaks, deterioration and future dangerous, high-cost chimney fixes.
Improperly lined chimneys could cause a number of ritzy structural and cosmetic complications for the customer and also create potentially serious safety hazards. Masonry products deteriorate quickly when exposed to the extreme freeze/thaw processes of Dering Harbor, in which moisture that has penetrated the materials periodically freezes and expands causing undue stress. A stone chimney acts and appears like a brick chimney and it might also be protected from the effects of water penetration. Chimney caps have long been recognized as an important chimney safety and complication-prevention part. Defective mortar joints or the use of imperfect mortar or brick may greatly increase the tendency to absorb and convey water to the interior of the masonry chimney. Our masons may advise an owner in your own unique situation what is best for you. For a metal, brick or fabricated chimney repair estimate call or text Expressway at 631.388.7555.
One of the least expensive parts of the chimney venting system is the one that can prevent some of the most immoderate complications. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Expressway Roofing & Chimney for an estimate now! Every chimney pro knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Chimney caps come in all different varieties, shapes, sizes and materials. Some caps can actually help facilitate the updraft function of the chimney as well by virtue of their special design. Chimney dampers will help prevent water penetrations, heat loss and keep you warm and saving you money. This damper attaches to the top of the chimney’s flue tile liner, providing a tight, gasketed fit that seals in heat and seals out weather, insects, birds and animals. These blockages may cause fire hazards and smoke back drafting into the property.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all will suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar will crumble and crack leading to serious issues. The chimney cap cover deflects the rain and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. A precisely fitted chimney cap or guard could slow down wear-and-tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair costs.
Our pros will 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 begins more trouble than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and weathers at the mortar. A chimney cap that covers all flues might protect you from costly repairs. Chimneys can block proper ventilation and even enter your residence, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids might keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace could spew sparks out into the environment, onto the roof or nearby flammable materials. Stray sparks will be stopped cold by the meshing cover that is a component of all of our chimney caps.
The method chosen or recommended for your chimney could depend on the type of deposits. A flue lining in a masonry chimney is defined as “a clay, ceramic or metal liner. A lining cleaning is cost-effective and the best possible for your fireplace chimney and in chimneys serving gas, oil, wood or coal burning appliances. Composite chimney lining system that gets inflated into the chimney flue and steam pressure is added to harden the resin, turning it into hard composite liner. A stainless steel chimney liner locks in moisture and flue gases in your chimney and keeps them out of your house.
Stainless steel liners have been UL Tested under the most extreme conditions including multiple simulated chimney fires exceeding 2100F so you’ll sleep soundly at night knowing that your house is safer for yourself and your family. The liner protects the house from heat transfer to combustibles. In the NBS tests, unlined chimneys allowed heat to move through the chimney so rapidly that the adjacent woodwork caught fire in only 3 1/2 hours. In the tests, it was determined that if the flue gases were allowed to penetrate to the brick and mortar, the result would be a reduction in the usable life of the chimney. As the mortar joints erode, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide could leak into the living areas of the property. A chimney is responsible for not only allowing the products of combustion a passage 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 new creosote buildup in wood burning stoves and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.
Our objective is to provide recommendations that could improve the safety and efficiency of your appliance and venting system. Chimneys should be cleaned when accumulations of soot and creosote approach or exceed 1/4 inch. Accumulations of glaze more than 1/8 inch may be removed. We employ multiple cleaning plans to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney estimates are the only way to know when the chimney needs to be addressed.
Several of the normal 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 structure. 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’s impossible to clean 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 should remove all of the soot, creosote and blockages from your flue liner, smoke chamber and shelf, firebox and damper. Heat, moisture, creosote and gases shall be either removed and replaced, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that might resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature exact to the class of the chimney project.
Chemical cleaning: This needs two trips – sometimes even three – if necessary. Our chimney sweeps will usually be done in less couple of hours and can make sure your home does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. We pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch service by doing a great job with minimal interruption to you.
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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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