Masonry chimney fireplace issue repaired

The purpose of your chimney is to properly vent the products of combustion (smoke) form your home. However, if the integrity of a chimney is compromised, say from a crack, this can be an issue.

If smoke and combustion materials are not vented away from your home they can build up in said cracks, thus causing fire hazards.

Cracks are one of the most common masonry chimney issues!

Chimney masonry repairs

We can repair most problems with chimneys including relining the flue, replacing a damaged damper with a top damper, repairing cracks in the fireplace, replacing gas lines, rebuilding the chimney crown and fixing exterior cracks in chimneys.  It is important to get minor problems repaired before they become major expensive repairs.

Chimney Masonry Repair

Chimney restoration

Perhaps you have a fireplace but you haven’t used it in years or even decades, and it may be in such a state of disrepair that you are afraid you might never get to use it again. We can restore that chimney, see our before and after masonry repair job below.

Masonry chimney repairs are important

It is important to repair your chimney as soon as cracks appear. Here is a before and after of a masonry chimney repair we did.

Masonry chimney repair

Chimney Masonry Repair

Here is a chimney masonry repair we recently did. See the below before and after photos.


Chimney Repairs

We recently completed some chimney repair jobs and below are the before and afters.

chimney repair before and afterchimney brick repair

40 Year old home with 3 cracked chimney flues

This is a video of a home in San Juan Capistrano that is approximately 40 years old.  All 3 chimneys had severe cracks and gaps in the chimney flue.  This is a severe fire hazard if the fireplaces are used to burn wood or gas fires.  If you are purchasing a home that was built over 20 years ago, don’t take a chance that the chimney will not have gaps.

Approximately 40% of the homes that were built in the 1980s and earlier have cracks and gaps within the chimney flues.  Regular home inspectors do not inspect the chimneys with a video camera and as a result most of the cracks are not detected.  Approximately 15,000 homes per year in the U.S. have home fires which start in the fireplace/chimney.

Chimney repair

Here is a recent chimney repair we did.

Chimney repair before & after

Home inspectors do not usually inspect chimneys

Chimney cracked crown on inspectionWould you want to buy a home with a fireplace and then burn down your home the first time you burned a fire because you had never gotten the chimney inspected?

There are approximately 15,000 house fires a year caused by fires that start in the chimney.

Most home buyers do not want to spend to have fireplaces and chimneys inspected, but home inspectors do not usually inspect chimneys.  If there are obvious cracks on the outside or in the fireplace, they will note those, but they will not usually get on the roof and look down the chimney, much less put a video camera down it.  Most good inspectors will suggest you have a chimney professional examine the chimney, especially if the home is older or it is a pre-cast Rampart General fireplace which are known to have structural issues. Read more

Cracked Chimneys

Cracked chimney falling apartMost people don’t think about their chimneys and fireplaces.  Often they never even look at the outside of their chimney, or even the inside of their fireplace.

We have even had people tell us that they burn wood in their fireplace all winter, but have never had their chimney cleaned in 25 years.  Creosote (soot) is highly flammable and if the buildup is enough, a house fire may result.  You may think the fire in your fireplace is out, but meanwhile, a fire is going inside your chimney which may spread into your house beams. Read more