The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted elements of a residence. The fact that chimneys can do their job well, even when forgetten about, contributes to this notion that ‘it’s probably fine’. A chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather may be a potential safety hazard. Troublesome or deteriorated flue liners of masonry chimneys may become soft, cracked or otherwise leaky – such that it/they no longer have the ability to control and contain the serious 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 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 threat. While most stone is not affected by water penetration, large amounts of mortar are required to bond the stone properly. Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner should employ to prevent water penetration and problems to the chimney. Defective mortar joints or the use of faulty mortar or brick can greatly increase the tendency to absorb and deliver water to the interior of the masonry chimney. Our technicians may advise a homeowner in your own unique situation what is best for you. 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 may prevent some of the most immoderate harm. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Ocean Beach’s local roofing experts for an estimate now! Every chimney craftsmen 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 will prevent downdrafts by blocking crosswinds from entering the chimney. Our chimney sweeps might recommend the best solution for your chimney. It’s the perfect upgrade for fireplace chimneys in older houses that almost never have a damper. It’s sometimes hard to see how dextructive animals and birds can be over the summer crafting a wonderfully cozy nest right inside your chimney.
Metal fireboxes, liners and dampers all can suffer rust and deterioration. Chimney liner tiles and mortar could 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 prices.
Our chimney repair and installation craftsmen are very knowledgeable about numerous types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water begins more damage than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and degrades at the mortar. It’s such a common dilemma , raccoons, squirrels, birds and bats try to make their structure in your chimney. Chimneys can block the correct ventilation and even enter your residence, potentially spreading disease and wreaking havoc. Our strong mesh and lids might 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 may 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. 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.
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. As the mortar joints wear away, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide may leak into the living areas of the property. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a properly-sized flue to perform exactly. Our major function is to remove flue deposits and evaluate the complete condition of the chimney system.
Our goal is to provide recommendations that could improve the safety and efficiency of your appliance and venting system. Chimneys should be cleaned when accumulations of soot and creosote approach or exceed 1/4 inch. Accumulations of glaze more than 1/8 inch can be removed. Our pros employ multiple cleaning practices to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney consultations are the only way to know when the chimney requires repairs.
Several of the most common 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 property. 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 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 should be either removed and replaced, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that might resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature proper to the class of the chimney project.
Chemical cleaning: This requires two trips – sometimes even three – if necessary. Our chimney craftsmen can usually be done in less couple of hours and may make sure your structure does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our technicians pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch service by doing a great job with minimal interruption to the owner.
What do other property owners have to say about Expressway’s chimney contractors? Check our Google reviews right here. We are proud of them. Ocean Beach’s chimney experts give you a free consultation, no-obligation quote and the chimney estimate report to do with as a homeowner 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, 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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