It’s recommended that chimney’s are inspected every year. Almost everyone waits until the fall, so it’s difficult for the chimney sweep to service everyone well.
It really makes a lot more sense to do them at the end of the burning season in the event there are any repairs that need to be made before the unit may be put back into operation.
The last thing you want to hear the week before the big holiday party is that there are repairs needed to your fireplace before you can use it.
We recently did a chimney repair job. Below is the photos of the chimney repair.
Here is a chimney repair we did where the chimney was broken and falling apart. We repaired it to like new. See before and after photos below.
Here is a before, mid and after photo of a fireplace that had some cracked bricks that we replaced. Click photo to enlarge
Here is a before and after of a Chimney Cap we replaced in Southern California.
Here is a before and after of a fireplace where we added doors for safety.
Here is a Chimney cap we repaired. Below pictures are before & after. This is very common in Souther California. Inspect your chimney top and if you need it repaired or replaced, call us.
Chimney repair before, during, and after.
Here are two chimney caps we recently installed!
Chimney caps near the beach tend to rust out very fast due to the moist salt air that is prevalent there in the evenings. These types of caps are on most houses built since the early 1980’s.. They are called zero-clearance or factory built chimneys or laughingly called temporary fireplaces, because they tend to rust out after a few years, and are not as durable as masonry chimneys. The rusting you can see in the pictures poses quite a problem for homeowners. If and when it ever rains, the holes in the chimney caps caused by rusting will now come down inside the chimney and often will get the walls above and around the fireplace wet. I get calls, regularly, where people hear water dripping on metal. That is a sure sign of something wrong. Notice in the second picture that the neighbor’s chimney cap is severely rusted. These caps are custom caps and can be manufactured in different materials. Copper will last the longest and will product that lovely patination. Also, available are stainless steel and a paint grade “galvanized” material.