Chimney Crown / Wash:
This is the mortar bed found at the top of the chimney. It should
gently pitch away from the flue tiles. Many times the crown will be
cracked & deteriorated, allowing water & ice penetration
into the chimney.
This will eventually cause the bricks & mortar on the chimney to deteriorate.
Clogged or Plugged Chimney:
As the CDC states. Your chimney or flue for your hot water heater,
furnace or boiler should be inspected annually
by an experience certified professional. Clogged chimneys occur quite often with
gas and oil-fired units. The lining of the flue deteriorates due to acidic
condensation and the debris falls to bottom of the chimney flue clogging the
breeching or smoke pipe.
DO NOT THINK THAT ALL HEATING, COOLING OR UTILITY
COMPANIES THAT YOU HAVE SERVICING YOUR FURNACE, BOILER OR HOT WATER HEATER
ALSO INSPECT YOUR FLUE FOR THIS POTENTIALLY FATAL PROBLEM-- THEY DO NOT!
Certified was called out several times this year right after a large utility
company in the are had connected a hot-water heater and a furnace to a clogged
flue and left the house with the units running and spilling flue gas emissions.
Please see our photo documentation of these and other problems.
Generally made of some sort of metal and exists anywhere the chimney
intersects the roof. When chimneys are not counter-flashed properly
degradation, sheathing rot and the emergence of mold & mildew can occur.
This type of leak create a lot of damage.
Cap Missing or Broken:
Can cause water leaks, which consequently cause firebox & smoke chamber
damage, rotted dampers and animal & pest infestations. Certified can
install lifetime guaranteed stainless steel caps to prevent these unnecessary
Missing, Broken or Rusted Out Damper:
Can cause heat & energy loss out of the chimney, creating a cold & drafty
feel around the fireplace. Our damper top system keeps the chimney warm
and the weather out, preventing the loss of heat & energy.
Cracked, Broken or Missing Flue Tiles:
Can cause hazards during operation of your fireplace or heating system.
As the National Fire Protection Association 211 Codebook states: "liners must not
be cracked, broken, deteriorated or missing". Certified Craftsmen can
eliminate the hazard of bad lining systems by relining it with lifetime
guaranteed insulated stainless steel alloy relining systems.
Leaning or Failing Chimney Structure:
Certified Craftsmen can tear down and
rebuild virtually any residential
Rusted-out Metal Heat Form Fireboxes:
These pose a significant hazard. Certified Craftsmen can help by torching &
rebuilding them and also installing a new damper system.
Certified Craftsmen will inspect & evaluate the problem and offer solutions.
Rusted Out Metal Chase Tops:
A chase top is the cover that exists on top of some chimneys.
Field-installed galvanized chase tops frequently rust & rot out, causing damage
to the firebox and eventually destroying it. Certified Craftsmen can
replace these tops with lifetime warrantee stainless steel or copper chase tops.
Gas / Oil Furnaces, Boilers or Hot Water Heaters:
It is vitally important that the masonry lining system & smoke pipe /
breeching be inspected annually by a certified professional. When these
systems fail they pose a significant carbon monoxide hazard (for more important
information, click here).
Call us for an annual inspection of your fireplace chimney, furnace, boiler
or hot water heater flue. This should be part of the yearly maintenance on your
Annual inspection fee: $95.00
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What is a chimney fire?
Caused by a build-up of exhaust
byproducts (creosote) due to insufficient
combustion that when heated up, ignite
in the chimney. Temperatures can often
exceed 2000 degrees during the fire-- flames can
leap out of the chimney and travel through
cracks and chimney walls. These flames can
ignite framing within the walls as well as
bushes & trees outside the home. This
excessive heat damages chimney liners, cracks
chimney walls and can damage many types of
factory-built metal chimneys.
often should I clean my chimney?
do I need a cap?
Often should my dryer vent be cleaned?
often should I clean my air ducts?
does my chimney leak?
There are many reasons why your chimney may
leak, such as: missing cap, a cracked &
deteriorating crown/wash, deteriorating mortar
joints, leaking flashing, a bad roof, missing
did my furnace or boiler chimney get clogged?
The exhaust byproducts can be very acidic and
when mixed with condensation, which commonly
occurs, can create an acid mixture which will
deteriorate your flue lining. Pieces of
flue lining and chimney will accumulate at the
base of the flue where the breech from your
furnace or boiler is made. When this
occurs, your chimney is clogged-- and now
exhaust byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, are
contaminating your living space.
This is why all heating plant flues, including
hot water heater flues, should be
a year by a certified professional.
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