The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a property. The fact that chimneys may do their job perfectly, even when discounted, contributes to this theory of ‘it’s probably fine’. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather can be a potential safety hazard. Damaged or deteriorated flue liners of masonry chimneys can become soft, cracked or otherwise broken – such that it/they no longer have the ability to control and contain the scary by-products of combustion.
Haphazardly lined chimneys can cause a number of immoderate structural and cosmetic problems for the consumer and also create potentially critical safety hazards. Hundreds of masonry chimney materials (except for genuine stone) suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. Water in the chimney also starts rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts. A lot 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. We can advise the 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 might prevent some of the most expensive nightmares. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Expressway Roofing & Chimney for an estimate now! Every chimney craftsmen knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Chimney caps come in all different varieties, shapes, sizes and materials. Some caps could actually help facilitate the updraft function of the chimney as well by virtue of their special design. Our chimney technicians might 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. These blockages can cause fire hazards and smoke back drafting into the residence.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all will suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar may crumble and crack leading to pivotal problems. The chimney cap cover deflects the rain and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. A rightly fitted chimney cap or guard may slow down wear-and-tear on your chimney and lining, potentially saving you from large repair expenses.
Our masons 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 initiates more leaks than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and erodes at the mortar. A chimney cap that covers all flues may protect you from costly repairs. Chimneys could block the correct ventilation and even enter your structure, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids may keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace can 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 can 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 fitting 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.
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 property is safer for yourself and your family. The liner protects the house from heat transfer to combustibles. Liners protect the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. 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 properly-sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances. The 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. Our principal job 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 client. 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 should be removed. Our pros employ several cleaning systems to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney consultations are the only way to know when the chimney requires fixing.
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 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 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 hardly ever 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 material that can resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature necessary to the class of the chimney job.
Chemical cleaning: This calls for two visits – sometimes even 3 – if necessary. Our chimney masons might usually be done in less couple of hours and may make sure your property does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our masons pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch project by doing a great job with minimal interruption to the owner.
What do other customers have to say about Expressway’s chimney corps? Check our Google reviews right here. Our pros are proud of them. We provide you with a free consultation, no-obligation quote and the chimney estimate report to do with as the owner 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 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.