The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted components of a structure. The fact that chimneys may do their job well, even when ignored, contributes to this misnomer that ‘it’s probably fine’. Chimneys are far from the quiet, passive black holes that are ‘just there’ that most customers assume them to be. Harmful or deteriorated flue liners of masonry chimneys may become soft, cracked or otherwise non-functioning – such that it/they no longer have the ability to control and contain the serious by-products of combustion.
Incorrectly lined chimneys can cause a number of expensive structural and cosmetic issues for the client and also create potentially imperitive safety hazards. Hundreds of masonry chimney products (except for real stone) suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. While most stone is not affected by water penetration, large amounts of mortar are required to bond the stone correctly. Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a consumer will employ to prevent water penetration and issues to the chimney. Installing chimney caps and dampers will protect your chimney and maintain a safe chimney damper. Our technicians can advise the owner in your own unique situation what is best for you. For a metal, brick or fabricated chimney repair consultation call or text Expressway’s chimney experts at 631.388.7555.
One of the least expensive parts of the chimney venting system is the one that could prevent some of the most upscale nightmares. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your chimney, stop reading and call Suffolk County’s local roofing experts for an estimate now! Every chimney pro knows that a safe chimney cap is a must. Most chimney caps are made from copper or stainless steel. Chimney caps also come with spark wire to prevent stray airborne particles that are still burning from exiting onto your roof. Chimney dampers might help prevent water penetrations, heat loss and keep you warm and saving you money. This damper attaches to the top of the chimney’s flue tile liner, providing a tight, gasketed fit that seals in heat and seals out weather, insects, birds and animals. These blockages might cause fire hazards and smoke back drafting into the house.
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 critical damage. 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 technicians are very knowledgeable about the many various types of chimney caps, guards and dampers. Water starts more weakening than any other element. It soaks into porous bricks and eats away at the mortar. It’s such a common problem , raccoons, squirrels, birds and bats try to make their structure in your chimney. Chimneys can 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 might 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. 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 beneficial for your fireplace chimney and in chimneys serving gas, oil, wood or coal burning appliances. 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. 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 way out of the house, but the draft generated by the chimney also supplies the combustion air to the appliance. An shodily-sized liner may lead to other creosote buildup in wood burning stoves and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.
Our aim is to provide recommendations that will 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 might be removed. We employ multiple cleaning techniques to remove chimney deposits. Frequent (at least annual) chimney checks are the only way to know when the chimney is in need of to be addressed.
Several of the normal chimney cleaning techniques 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 residence. 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 should remove all of the soot, creosote and blockages from your flue liner, smoke chamber and shelf, firebox and damper. Heat, moisture, creosote and gases might be either removed and replaced, repaired or relined with a listed liner system or other approved material that will resist corrosion, softening or cracking from flue gases at temperature necessary to the class of the chimney service.
Chemical cleaning: This calls for two trips – sometimes even 3 – if necessary. Our chimney pros can usually be done in less couple of hours and could make sure your structure does not get soiled or messy around the areas worked in. Our experts pride ourselves on “no mess” top notch job by doing a great job with minimal interruption to you.
What do other clients have to say about Expressway’s chimney corps? Check our Google reviews right here. Expressway’s guys are proud of them. Our contractors provide you with a free inspection, no-obligation quote and the chimney inspection 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, 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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