Chimney Repair after Earthquake

This is a Chimney we repaired after damaged from the earthquake.

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Lucky Sully Chimmney and Duct Cleaning Wins Super Service Award

ssa_badge_2013Lucky Sully Chimney and Duct Cleaning has won the Angie’s List’s Super Service Award in the following category(s):

  • Chimney Sweep
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Chimney Caps
  • Chimney Repair
  • Fireplaces

This is the highest honor given annually to the top 5% of qualifying businesses on Angie’s List.

Vintage Chimney Crown

These show a before and after chimney crown. This type of chimney was built in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and into the 70’s. It is a typical problem we see on chimneys of this vintage. The repair is fairly inexpensive and comes with a 15 year warranty on material.

Crown in Disrepair Crown Repaired

Fireplaces of the 80’s

Fireplaces installed in most homes in the 80’s til now are no longer masonry. They are called zero-clearance or factory built fireplaces. They have a metal firebox and metal flue and typically a stucco chimney with a metal chase cover. In the business, they are often, derogatorily, called temporary fireplaces, especially if they are located near the ocean. What happens is that the salt air and higher humidity causes the chase cover and cap to rust and decay fairly rapidly. When they deteriorate they allow water inside the chimney, causing more problems. This is a replacement we did in Manhatten Beach, using copper which in time will patina that lovely shade of green.

Custom Decorative Shroud

Factory Built Chimney Flue

These before and after pictures of a factory built chimney flue. That ugly matierial you see in the before is creosote. Creosote is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of wood, typically most prevalent when first starting a fire and when burning unseasoned wood. Creosote is very flamible and where large deposits accumulate in a chimney, a chimney fire is very possible and extremely dangerous. The normal temperature in a chimney during a regular fire would be around 500 degrees. When a chimney fire occurs the temperature can go as high as 1800 degrees. When they occur, they can destroy the chimney and set the house on fire. Removing the hazardous creosote and inspecting the chimney for safety and integrity are the two main purposes of a chimney sweep.

Factory built flue dirty Factory built flue cleaned