As the temperatures outside go down, it’s time to flip the switch up as we prepare to heat the inside of the home for the autumn months. Chimney fires are the number one cause of fires in homes. Experts have a checklist several pages deep to regularly check and maintain your chimney, regardless of whether […]
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Chimney Bricks and Crown Repair, before and after photos.
This was a severely rusted and leaking chase cover. Home is near the beach. Lucky Sully Chimney Sweep replaced it with heavy gauge copper, which won’t rust out.
It was reported recently that fireplaces or chimneys cause about 25,000 house fires per year in the U.S. The damage is mostly due to flames migrating upward to crack, warp or melt the masonry or metal chimney walls. How can you prevent chimney fires? 1. Minimize creosote (soot) build up by getting chimneys swept regularly. […]
Old leaking chase cover and cap, due to rust. Replaced the leaking chase cover with a new one.
Chimney was cracking due to moisture penetration of bricks. Got the rebar wet, rusting began and iron when rusts, expands and breaks bricks and concrete. Removed broken, loose bricks, cut out rusted rebar, and rebuilt the chimney and crown, aka mortar cap.
New chimney chase covers and shrouds are Stainless Steel and colored aluminum. These will hold up near beach cities better than galvanized.
Before and after pictures of a custom chase cover and shroud that we recently replaced.
Many homeowners think that chimneys do not require maintenance and last forever. However the age of a fireplace is very relevant to how safe it is to use. Most fireplaces and chimneys have an average life expectance of 30 to 40 years. Water, acids, carbon, and high temperatures all cause erosion and decay. Eventually, that […]
This prefabricated chimney had refractory panels which had large cracks but on examining chimney flue, it was discovered that it was very rusted and hazardous to use. Anyone with an older chimney and fireplace of this type should take pictures up the flue to check if there are issues of this type with their chimney. […]
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