The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted features of a house. The chimney tends to not receive the attention or the concern usually accorded other alarming household systems. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather might be a potential safety hazard. Regular chimney maintenance is key to prevent trouble, deterioration and future expensive, high-cost chimney fixes.
Imprecisely lined chimneys might cause a number of ritzy structural and cosmetic worries for the property owner and also create potentially serious safety hazards. Expressway repairs issues to all parts of your fireplace or chimney. Whether the owner wishes for a chimney repointing, chimney repairs to missing or loose bricks, repair of a leaking chimney crown, broken flue liner or other chimney problem. Water in the chimney also initiates rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts. Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a property owner should employ to prevent water penetration and weakening to the chimney. Installing chimney caps and dampers will protect your chimney and maintain a safe chimney damper. Our masons only send fully-trained chimney cleaning professionals to your structure that could live up to the guidelines of the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) and the NCSG (National Chimney Sweeps Guild), the two regulatory organizations for the chimney industry in the United States. For a metal, brick or fabricated chimney repair consultation 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 inordinate problems. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call us for an estimate now! Every chimney mason knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Most chimney caps are made from copper or stainless steel. In especially windy areas chimneys also might prevent downdrafts by blocking crosswinds from entering the chimney. Chimney dampers might help prevent water penetrations, heat loss and keep you warm and saving you money. It is the perfect upgrade for fireplace chimneys in older houses that hardly ever have a damper. Even just falling leaves can build up without a proper chimney cap in place.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all will suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar might crumble and crack leading to serious leaks. The chimney cap cover deflects the rain and the side mesh areas prevent pests and leaves from entering the chimney. Of course, correct chimney cleaning and maintenance are still recommended annually.
Our chimney repair and installation masons are very knowledgeable about the many various types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water causes more issues 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 will block the correct ventilation and even enter your structure, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids might keep even the most determined animals out! Your fireplace will spew sparks out into the environment, onto the roof or nearby flammable materials. Stray sparks might 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. 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 locks in moisture and flue gases in your chimney and keeps them out of your home.
This unique alloy is designed specifically to resist acids coming from gas appliances in the flue and extreme stresses of hot and cold cycles. Liners in chimneys serve three main functions. 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. The flue gases are acidic in nature and literally eat away at the mortar joints from inside the chimney. Liners provide a correctly-sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a correctly-sized flue to perform correctly. An faulty-sized liner might lead to additional creosote buildup in wood burning stoves and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.
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 should be removed. Our technicians employ multiple cleaning methods to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney checks are the only way to know when the chimney needs repairs.
Several of the usual 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 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 is impossible to sweep 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 could remove all of the soot, creosote and blockages from your flue liner, smoke chamber and shelf, firebox and damper. Heat, moisture, creosote and gases may 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 proper to the class of the chimney service.
Chemical cleaning: This calls for two trips – sometimes even 3 – if necessary. Our chimney sweeps can usually be done in less couple of hours and can make sure your residence 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 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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