The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted components of a home. The fact that chimneys could do their job perfectly, even when omitted, contributes to this aura of ‘it’s probably fine’. Chimneys are far from the passive black holes that most property owners assume them to be. Problematic or deteriorated flue liners of masonry chimneys can become soft, cracked or otherwise non-functioning – such that it/they no longer have the ability to control and contain the scary by-products of combustion.
Each year there are thousands of cases of carbon monoxide poisonings due to incorrectly lined chimneys. Expressway repairs harm to all parts of your fireplace or chimney. Whether the owner wants a chimney repointing, chimney repairs to missing or loose bricks, repair of a leaking chimney crown, broken flue liner or other chimney threat. Water in the chimney also causes rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts. Quite a bit of masonry materials are porous and can absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior. Caps and dampers keep out the weather, all animals and most debris – all while keeping sparks from leaving the chimney which may ignite nearby combustibles like your roofing shingles, siding or nearby trees. 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 might prevent some of the most upscale complications. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Hampton Bays’s local roofing experts for an estimate now! Every chimney expert knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Chimney caps come in all different varieties, shapes, sizes and products. Chimney caps also come with spark mesh to prevent stray airborne particles that are still burning from exiting onto your roof. Our chimney technicians could recommend the best solution for your chimney. 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. Even just falling leaves will build up without the most apt chimney cap in place.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all could suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar might crumble and crack leading to pivotal damage. The chimney cap cover deflects the rain and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. A properly fitted chimney cap or guard might slow down wear-and-tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair expenses.
Our chimney repair and installation masons are very knowledgeable about a large variety of types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water begins more problems than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and eats away at the mortar. A chimney cap that covers all flues might protect you from immoderate repairs. Chimneys may block the right ventilation and even enter your house, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids will keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace could spew sparks out into the environment, onto the roof or nearby flammable products. Stray sparks can 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 will 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 most beneficial 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. 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 wear away, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the living areas of the structure. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a exactly-sized flue to perform exactly. An erroneously-sized liner will lead to new 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 homeowner. 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 should be removed. Our pros employ several cleaning plans to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney estimates are the only way to know when the chimney is in need of to be addressed.
Several of the normal chimney cleaning practices 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 house. 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 clean the flue by standard or mechanical sweeping it’s necessary to use chemicals that help loosen and dissolve heavy creosote and glaze deposits. These cases are rarely 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 should 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 appropriate to the class of the chimney service.
Chemical cleaning: This calls for two trips – sometimes even three – if necessary. Our chimney experts can usually be done in less couple of hours and might make sure your house does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our pros pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch job by doing a great job with minimal interruption to the owner.
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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 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.