The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a structure. The chimney tends to not receive the thought or the concern usually accorded other alarming household systems. Chimneys perform several essential functions and their simple appearance misrepresents their complex construction and performance requirements. Damaged or deteriorated flue liners of masonry chimneys will become soft, cracked or otherwise deteriorated – such that it/they no longer have the ability to control and contain the dangerous by-products of combustion.
Incorrectly lined chimneys can cause a number of pricey structural and cosmetic issues for the consumer and also create potentially important safety hazards. Expressway repairs weakening to all parts of your fireplace or chimney. Whether a homeowner needs a chimney repointing, chimney repairs to missing or loose bricks, repair of a leaking chimney crown, broken flue liner or other chimney complication. While most stone is not affected by water penetration, large amounts of mortar are required to bond the stone rightly. A lot of masonry materials are porous and can absorb large amounts of water. Installing chimney caps and dampers may protect your chimney and maintain a safe chimney damper. Caps and dampers keep out the weather, all animals and most debris – all while keeping sparks from leaving the chimney which might ignite nearby combustibles like your roofing shingles, siding or nearby trees. For a metal, brick or fabricated chimney repair estimate call or text us at 631.388.7555.
One of the least expensive parts of the chimney venting system is the one that may prevent some of the most high-priced trouble. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call us for an estimate now! Every chimney craftsmen knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. The job of the chimney cap is to stop rain from entering the flue and to stop pests from building nests in your chimney or using the chimney for a doorway into your residence. In especially windy areas chimneys also may prevent downdrafts by blocking crosswinds from entering the chimney. Our chimney sweeps could recommend the best solution for your chimney. When closed, the damper serves as a chimney cap and with a slight pull of the chain it releases the spring-loaded top into the open position when you’re ready to enjoy a nice fire. Even just falling leaves can build up without the correct chimney cap in place.
Rain is moisture and moisture is an enemy of a healthy fireplace and flue. Chimney liner tiles and mortar may crumble and crack leading to pivotal issues. 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 may slow down wear-and-tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair expenses.
Our chimney repair and installation technicians are very knowledgeable about numerous types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water initiates more leaks than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and erodes at the mortar. A chimney cap that covers all flues could protect you from immoderate repairs. Chimneys may block proper ventilation and even enter your house, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids could keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace may 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 part of all of our chimney caps.
The method chosen or recommended for your chimney can depend on the type of deposits. A flue lining in a masonry chimney is defined as “a clay, ceramic or metal liner. Thermocrete has undergone rigorous UL Listing and it’s an approved liner for gas and oil. 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 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 structure 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. Liners provide a rightly-sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a correctly-sized flue to perform precisely. Our obvious function is to remove flue deposits and evaluate the total condition of the chimney system.
The required cleaning frequency can depend on amount of use, the type of installation, the type of fuel and the burning habits of the consumer. Chimneys should be cleaned when accumulations of soot and creosote approach or exceed 1/4 inch. Accumulations of glaze in excess of 1/8 inch could be removed. Our technicians employ many cleaning systems to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney consultations are the only way to know when the chimney is in need of help.
Several of the usual chimney cleaning plans 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 home. 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’s 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 will remove all of the soot, creosote and blockages from your flue liner, smoke chamber and shelf, firebox and damper. Heat, moisture, creosote and gases will be either removed and replaced, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved product that might resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature appropriate to the class of the chimney project.
Chemical cleaning: This requires two visits – sometimes even three – if necessary. Our chimney masons could usually be done in less couple of hours and might make sure your structure does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. We pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch project by doing a great job with minimal interruption to an 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, 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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