Allstar is proud to be your trusted local chimney sweep service. With over 30 years of experience, Allstar is the place to go for all of your chimney and fireplace needs. We know how important the safety of your family and home are, which is why we take our work seriously.
Our experienced technicians use the highest quality equipment to ensure that your chimney and fireplace are looking and operating their best. From comprehensive chimney inspections to repairs, installations, and much more, our knowledgeable technicians are dedicated to providing you with top notch customer service at honest, affordable prices. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. Call the professionals at Allstar to schedule an inspection today!
What to Expect During a Chimney Inspection
Your home is a place of warmth and pride. Your fireplace should take part in that feeling. Fireplaces provide warmth and comfort throughout the fall and winter months through housing an open fire. Just like any other part of the home, your chimney and fireplace system will require regular maintenance. Regular maintenance and upkeep will ensure that the chimney and fireplace system are functioning properly and safely.
A sweep and inspection are important to uncover the hidden secrets of the chimney system. Performing these steps uncovers needed to be repairs, remove any blockages, and flammable materials. With that being said, there are a few questions to answer.
The Three Levels of Chimney Inspections
A Level 1 chimney inspection is the standard base inspection. The chimney technician will examine the chimney to ensure that there are no structural issues, obstructions, or damage to the chimney system. This inspection covers the easily accessible areas of the chimney exterior, interior, and connections. A Level 1 inspection does not require specialized tools.
Level 2 inspections are required when a change occurs within the chimney system. Such changes can include change of fuel type, shape or material in the flue (such as lining). Adding or replacing an appliance will also require an inspection. Also, this level is mandatory when selling or transferring a property. Malfunctions and damage caused by external factors such as extreme weather or building or chimney fires also call for a Level 2 inspection.
There is no need for specialty tools to perform a Level 2 inspection. However, it does include an internal visual inspection performed with video scanning or other means.
A Level 1 or a Level 2 inspection may reveal hidden hazards. In this case, a Level 3 inspection will be required. Level 3 inspection involves specialized tools and may require the removal of some of the building or chimney to access problematic areas.
Annual inspections ensure that your chimney system is operating properly.
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Cracks in the Chimney Crown?
Like any part of the home, your chimney is just as important. Focusing on the chimney, specifically the section on the roof, there is a section that looks like cement or metal. This area is a chimney crown. A crown is a solid cover that sits on the highest points of your chimney. This particular section is strong and will perform well over a long period of time.
There are endless possibilities of why cracks have formed in the crown. Chimneys are continuously in the elements and can become damaged from snow, rain, sunlight, and freeze-thaw stages.
Indications of a Damages Chimney Crown
Visible cracks in the concrete forming the crown can be filled or sealed, if they are still relatively small. Larger cracks might need more extensive repair.
Falling flue tiles
notice small lumps of tiles gathering at the base of your fireplace. If this issue is not resolved then it can prompt a house fire.
Rust on the damper or in the firebox implies water is getting in there some way or another, potentially through a harmed smokestack crown. Rust must be completely removed, and the difficulty that caused it must be immediately fixed.
wallpaper or walls within your home close to the fireplace are giving indications of dampness harm it could identify with water getting in through a defective crown.
Mortar joint harm
Water that gets into a smokestack can harm mortar joints and cause them to begin disintegrating. On the off chance that you see unordinary particles at the base of the stack or in the firebox It is imperative to keep up the structural integrity of your chimney as it can turn into a fire danger whenever ignored. Depending upon the degree of the harm to your chimney crown, the kind of repairs needed will fluctuate. In the event that the crown is in more noteworthy decay it might be an ideal opportunity to totally supplant and rebuild the crown.
These and other problems can be prevented by scheduling an annual inspection and cleaning with a professional chimney sweep. However, you do not want to hire just anyone to take care of the task. Mixing any old mortar and slapping it on top is going to leave you with additional issues in no time. Instead, you need a specially formulated mixture made of weather resistant materials to do the job. A cement chimney crown is likely your best option.
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