Chimney cleaning is the process of removing soot, debris, and other blockages from the inside of a chimney. Over time, soot and creosote build up inside the chimney, which can create a fire hazard and reduce the efficiency of the chimney. A chimney cleaning involves a professional chimney sweep using specialized tools to clean the chimney from the inside, removing the built-up debris and ensuring that the chimney is safe to use. This process involves removing any build-up or debris from the flue, as well as providing a NFPA level 1 inspection of the chimney and hearth system. It is recommended to have a chimney cleaning and level 1 inspection done at least once a year to ensure the safety and efficiency of your chimney. All of our chimney cleanings automatically include a NFPA level 1 inspection at no additional cost to the client.
A NFPA level 2 chimney inspection is a more in-depth evaluation of a chimney's condition than a NFPA level 1 inspection. It is required before changing any major part of a system; this could include adding an insert, installing gas logs, changing out a fireplace, or other situations. A level 2 inspection is also recommended when a property is being sold or transferred to a new owner or if there is a known issue or damage to the system. We highly recommend that all new clients who have never had their system inspected should have a level 2 inspection performed to ensure that their hearth system is up to code and in the best condition before moving forward with using it. We cannot endorse the usage of your hearth system without a current & proper level 2 inspection by a CSIA certified chimney sweep.
During a level 2 inspection, a certified chimney sweep will perform a visual and physical inspection of all accessible portions of the chimney, including the interior and exterior of the chimney, the chimney flue, and the chimney crown. The inspection also includes the use of a camera to inspect the interior of the chimney flue.
The chimney sweep will look for any signs of damage, such as cracks, deteriorating masonry, or missing mortar joints. They will ensure that all standards & safety codes are met, such as clearances to combustibles, proper masonry thickness, and appropriate venting. They will also check for any blockages, such as debris or animal nests, and ensure that the chimney is properly lined and ventilated.
After the inspection is complete, the chimney sweep will provide a report detailing the condition of the chimney, any recommended repairs or maintenance, and whether the chimney is safe for use. If any issues are found, it is important to address them promptly to avoid potential safety hazards or further damage to the chimney.
Chimney leak detection is the process of identifying and locating any water leaks in a chimney system. A leaky chimney can cause significant damage to the structure of the chimney, as well as to the home or building it is attached to. When water leaks into a chimney, it can cause deterioration of the masonry, rust on metal components, and mold or mildew growth. A professional chimney sweep can perform a visual inspection of the chimney, as well as use specialized equipment such as moisture meters or camera equipment to identify the source of the leak. Once the source of the leak is identified, the chimney sweep can recommend the appropriate repair to prevent further water damage. The best way to fully diagnose a leak issue is with a level 2 inspection.
Did you know that a typical brick can hold 1 1/2 cups of water? Having your chimney properly waterproofed can help to protect this water from infiltrating and damaging your hearth system or home. Chimney waterproofing is the process of applying a water repellent sealant to the exterior of the chimney. The sealant creates a barrier that prevents water from penetrating the masonry, but still allows water to expel from the masonry. Waterproofing can greatly extend the lifespan of the chimney by protecting it from the damaging effects of water. A professional chimney sweep can apply a waterproofing sealant to the chimney, which should be reapplied every few years to ensure continued protection.
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Chimney relining is the process of installing a new liner inside an existing chimney. The liner is designed to protect the chimney from the corrosive byproducts of combustion, as well as to provide proper ventilation and draft to the fireplace or stove. Over time, chimney liners can become damaged or deteriorated, which can compromise the safety and efficiency of the chimney.
Before a chimney relining, a professional chimney sweep will conduct a NFPA level 2 inspection. If the existing liner is damaged or deteriorated, the sweep will then recommend the appropriate type of liner based on the size of the chimney, as well as the type of appliance and fuel being burned. The most common types of chimney liners are stainless steel, aluminum, and clay tiles.
Once the appropriate liner has been selected, the chimney sweep will install the liner inside the existing chimney. The installation process will vary depending on the type of liner being installed, but typically involves attaching the liner to the top of the chimney and then lowering it down into place. The liner is then secured in place and connected to the appliance or stove.
Chimney relining is important for ensuring the safety and efficiency of a chimney system. A damaged or deteriorated liner can allow combustion gases, such as carbon monoxide, to leak into the home as well as increase the risk of a chimney or house fire. By installing a new liner, the chimney can be properly ventilated, protected from the damaging effects of combustion byproducts, and can help protect the home from chimney fires.
A fireplace "rip and replace" is the process of removing an outdated or hazardous fireplace system and replacing it with a new system. This process may be necessary if the old fireplace is damaged beyond repair, has outlived its lifespan, or if the homeowner wishes to upgrade to a different type of or more efficient fireplace.
The process typically involves the following steps:
1. Removing the old fireplace: The existing fireplace is completely dismantled and removed, including the firebox, flue, chimney, and any associated components.
2. Preparing the space: The area around the fireplace is prepared for the installation of the new fireplace, including any necessary structural changes or repairs.
3. Installing the new fireplace: The new fireplace is installed, including the firebox, flue, chimney, and any associated components. The type of fireplace installed will depend on the homeowner's preferences and needs, as well as the local building codes and regulations.
4. Finishing touches: Once the new fireplace is installed, any necessary finishing touches are made, such as adding a mantel, tile surround, or hearth.
A fireplace rip and replace can be a complex and expensive process, and should only be undertaken by a professional who is experienced in fireplace installation. It is important to carefully consider the type of fireplace being installed, as well as the cost, efficiency, and safety considerations associated with the installation.
A pool opening is the process of preparing a swimming pool for use after it not being used over the colder months, and is typically done during the spring season. This involves cleaning the pool, balancing the water chemistry, inspecting and servicing the pool equipment, and starting up the pool system. By having us open your pool, you can ensure that your pool is safe, clean, and ready for use throughout the summer months.
A pool closing is the process of winterizing a swimming pool at the end of the swimming season to protect it from damage caused by freezing temperatures and winter weather. This involves balancing the pool chemistry, removing and storing pool accessories, cleaning the pool, winterizing the pool equipment, and covering with a winter pool cover to keep debris out and to prevent water from freezing on the pool surface. By properly closing your pool, you can ensure that your pool remains in good condition during the winter months and is ready to be reopened in the spring. A properly closed pool will make opening a breeze!
Pool leak detection is the process of identifying and locating leaks in a swimming pool. Signs of a pool leak may include an abnormal decrease in the water level, cracks or gaps in the pool structure, or wet spots around the pool or pool equipment. Our service technicians are able to use multiple methods (depending on your pool) to detect a leak. Once the source of the leak is located, repairs can be made to prevent further water loss and to protect the pool from structural damage. It is important to address pool leaks as soon as possible to prevent costly damage to your equipment or pool structure and to avoid wasting chemicals.
Pool 101 is a service we offer which entails one of our experienced pool technicians walking you through the basics of caring for and maintaining your pool. This typically includes how to operate your pump and filter, balance your water chemistry, and perform cleaning tasks such as vacuuming. It also covers how to perform preventative maintenance tasks on your pool and pool equipment.
Common pool repairs may include repairing leaks in the pool structure, replacing or repairing pool pumps, filters, or heaters, repairing or replacing pool lights, and repairing or replacing damaged pool liners. Pool repair may also involve upgrading or replacing outdated pool equipment to improve the pool's functionality, energy efficiency, or safety. Pool repairs should be performed by a professional pool technician to ensure that the repairs are done safely and correctly, and to prevent further damage or problems.
Spa repair is the process of fixing or restoring any damaged or malfunctioning components of a spa. Common spa repairs may include repairing or replacing spa pumps, heaters, or filters, fixing or replacing spa jets or plumbing, repairing or replacing damaged spa covers or cabinets, and repairing or replacing spa control systems or electronics. Spa repair may also involve upgrading or replacing outdated spa equipment to improve the spa's functionality, energy efficiency, or safety. Spa repairs should be performed by a professional spa technician to ensure that the repairs are done safely and correctly, and to prevent further damage or problems.