A brick chimney is the perfect addition to any home. It can be in a living room, kitchen, dining room, or bedroom to add a warm and elegant touch anywhere in the house. A chimney or fireplace is a wonderful luxury to have in the home. It serves as a hub where you and your family or friends can gather around the warm fire and share stories. However, it can become a difficult task to keep up with chimney cleaning and chimney repair.
If you have a brick chimney, it’s best to find a reliable chimney service so you can worry less about its upkeep and get back to enjoying what a beautiful fireplace has to offer. Choosing to do chimney repair yourself means that you would have to climb on your roof and purchase expensive materials to clean your unit. Also, if you choose to do it yourself, you would be putting yourself in danger and risking the quality of the chimney.
If you neglect chimney service or fireplace repair, it could result in a dangerous fire or a costly service to repair cracks in the stone. At Above All Chimney & Masonry, our chimney sweep specialists have the experience and training to complete all chimney repair services to keep you and your family safe and enjoying your fireplace for years to come.
Our chimney sweep professionals have over 30 years of experience in the industry. Since the company’s founding in 1993, our specialists are well versed in everything from stone pointing to repairing the brick that keeps the structure together.
Our wide range of brick chimney services include:
– Chimney repair
– Chimney cleaning
– Fixing chimney mortar
– Repairing chimney cracks
– Flue repair
– Fireplace (firebox) repair
Whether you need flue repair on the inside of your chimney or brick repair for aesthetic purposes, our chimney sweeps are dedicated to giving you superior fireplace restoration and repair service.
At Above All, we recommend that you get one check-up for your Langhorne chimney per year. One of our experienced chimney sweeps will conduct a chimney cleaning and evaluate whether or not your unit needs repair. They fill out a detailed inspection sheet to inform you of any chimney repair you might need and how much each service will cost. From the inspection, you’ll know exactly how much you will be paying for our services.
When doing check-ups and chimney cleaning, these are some of the areas we focus on:
– Rain caps
– Smoke shelf
– Smoke chamber
We will also inform you of any specific damages that your chimney has and how we will repair them. Our goal is to inform our customers of all parts of the chimney and what their functions are so that they are aware when repairs are needed, and so there is transparency regarding our services and how they can keep your home and your family safe.
In addition to chimney repair and cleaning of the interior, we provide masonry services to make the outside of your unit look as beautiful as possible. In addition to interior services such as our flue repair, we offer brick pointing and brick repair.
Whether you need an annual check-up for your brick chimney or you need an emergency chimney repair, trust the professionals at Above All Chimney & Masonry. Our experts will perform a chimney sweep and to ensure that your unit functions properly and provides years of warmth for you and your Langhorne home.
Chimney Flue Repair in Philadelphia
Our chimney cleaning in Philadelphia, Trevose, Bensalem, Feasterville or Montgomery County, PA, covers every facet of your chimney. Our sweeps are completed with the highest attention to detail to ensure you are entirely satisfied and your home is safe. Below are some of the areas we focus on in your cleaning.
– Rain Cap is a hood that is screened to prevent rain and animals from getting in the flue and nesting there and damaging it. It also helps to prevent down drafts and acts as a spark arrester.
– The top surface of the chimney that allows rain to flow off the top and not penetrate and deteriorate the masonry.
– This is the pipe or passage which vents the heater or fireplace. Your flue in Bucks County, PA is where the smoke goes up the chimney. The flue must be lined with terracotta or stainless steel or aluminum to prevent chimney fires from damaging the house or the outside of the chimney.
– The shelf in the smoke chamber is located behind the damper, this is the place that dirt, creosote and animals will nest or come to rest.
– The cone shaped area directly above the firebox and behind the standard damper. This area can have cracks, holes and gaps that can allow smoke and sparks to damage the framing around the fireplace and mantel area. We’re able to make repairs to avoid damage.
– The door or plate that shuts the chimney off from the firebox and the inside of the house. Every chimney must have one and they must operate properly. These can also be at the top of the chimney (Called a Locktop Damper)
Fireplace Restoration and Repair Services
Your fireplace is the center of your home. We can assist with repairs for all of the following parts of your fireplace:
– The area of the fireplace or woodstove where the fire actually occurs this is usually made of firebrick, or in a wood stove, steel.
– The area on the floor in front of a fireplace. It will normally be some type of masonry material: stone, brick, slate or marble. Most building and fire codes around Philadelphia, Trevose, Bensalem, Feasterville and Montgomery County, PA, call for it to extend at least 18″ away from the front of the fireplace. This prevents sparks or burning logs from setting the floor on fire. Fire resistant spark mats should always extend this area further.
– Where the stockings hang at Christmas.
– An area that allows ash or soot to be removed from a chimney or fireplace.
Materials Used in Chimney Construction
– A special brick that can take high temperatures.
– A clay material formed into round or square tubes to line the chimney.
– Cement that holds stone or bricks together. It absorbs water easily and can then crack if the water in it freezes.
– A stainless steel, aluminum or terracotta material that lines the inner surface of a chimney flue and prevents chimney fires from doing greater damage and toxic fumes from leaking into the house. This is the part of a chimney that is most often damaged by chimney fires and water.
– A sheet or sleeve of thin metal that is fitted against the chimney and along the roof over the shingles. It prevents leaking and damage from leaks.
Other Chimney Terms
– A transparent, oily liquid with a pungent odor. Creosote results from burning wet or “Green” wood or from burning a fire at a low temperature (As in an insert or woodstove). The creosote traps soot and adheres to the sides of the fire box and chimney flue liners and could cause a creosote fire.
– Removing heavy creosote buildup using special chemicals and a special cleaning tool.
– Fireplaces and chimneys manufactured in a factory and assembled on site. They are made of metal and not masonry material.
– A metal box set away from a chimney or fireplace and connected to a flue by a pipe.
– A Wood Stove designed to fit or slip into a fireplace