The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a home. The chimney tends to not receive the redress or the concern usually accorded other obstructed household systems. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather may be a potential safety hazard. Regular chimney maintenance is essential to prevent harm, deterioration and future expensive, high-cost chimney repairs.
Each year there are thousands of cases of carbon monoxide poisonings due to imperfectly lined chimneys. Masonry materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the extreme freeze/thaw processes of Medford, in which moisture that has penetrated the products periodically freezes and expands causing undue stress. A stone chimney acts and seems to be like a brick chimney and it can also be protected from the effects of water penetration. Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a property owner could employ to prevent water penetration and weakening to the chimney. Defective mortar joints or the use of shoddy mortar or brick can greatly increase the tendency to absorb and transport water to the interior of the masonry chimney. We may advise you 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 can prevent some of the most immoderate leaks. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Medford’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. Some caps can actually help facilitate the updraft function of the chimney as well by virtue of their special design. Chimney dampers could help prevent water penetrations, heat loss and keep you warm and saving you money. 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. It’s sometimes hard to believe how industrious animals and birds might be over the summer crafting a wonderfully cozy nest right inside your chimney.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all might suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar could crumble and crack leading to critical trouble. 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 masons are very knowledgeable about numerous types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water initiates more issues than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and weathers at the mortar. It’s such a common dilemma , raccoons, squirrels, birds and bats try to make their house in your chimney. Chimneys can block proper ventilation and even enter your house, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids can 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 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. The Thermocrete process coats the inside of the chimney from top to bottom with a highly durable ceramic sealant. Thermocrete has undergone rigorous UL Listing and it’s an approved liner for gas and oil. 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 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 home 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 correctly-sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a properly-sized flue to perform exactly. An faulty-sized liner will lead to more creosote buildup in wood burning stoves and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.
The required cleaning frequency might 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 excess of 1/8 inch might be removed. Our technicians employ numerous cleaning plans to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney estimates are the only way to know when the chimney needs to be fixed.
Several of the normal 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’s 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 rarely the case – but necessary in some situations, a clean sweep of your chimney may 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 product that will resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature correct to the class of the chimney project.
Chemical cleaning: This requires two trips – sometimes even three – if necessary. Our chimney experts could usually be done in less couple of hours and can make sure your house does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our pros pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch project by doing a great job with minimal interruption to the owner.
What do other property owners have to say about our chimney team? Check our Google reviews right here. Our experts are proud of them. Medford’s chimney experts offer you a free estimate, 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.