When you have a fireplace, the risk of a fire in your home is something that is always in the back of your mind. HI-TECH Chimney Service would like to put your mind at ease with our array of chimney services. We have seen firsthand how devastating a house fire can be due to a chimney that was not maintained properly. Without the proper maintenance of sweeping and inspections, a home fire is a true threat. Let our years of experience go to work for you.
We know that not all fires are preventable. There are some real accidents that have horrific outcomes. However, when it comes to preventable fires, you need to take action to ensure that your home and family are safe. Simply put, maintaining your dryer vent and chimney appliance with annual cleanings can prevent potential fires from occurring in your home.
If there is a blockage in the flue of your chimney, it can eventually ignite a fire. The same is true for dryer vents. If buildup accumulates, the lint within the vents is an accident waiting to happen. Fires caused by dirty chimney and dryer vents are extremely tragic because they are the ones that could have been prevented.
Chimney Inspections & Sweeping:
The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment in chimneys. Decrease this risk by having your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
Caulking / Sealing / Waterproofing/Repair & Restoration:
Failed and deteriorated caulking should be properly removed and new sealant applied and tooled for a proper watertight seal. Caulking seals joints between masonry and non-masonry surface is essential to keeping out moisture.
Rebuild Fireplaces & Chimneys:
Chimneys are far more exposed to wind, rain, snow and ice than masonry walls. Mortar joints also suffer the effects of continued expansion and contraction due to the heat of the fire and cold exterior temperatures. Left unrepaired, chimney damage can cause dangerous and unhealthy gases to enter into your building and can create a fire hazard. Left unrepaired, the structure can fail, potentially causing damage to people or property.
Brick Repair and Replacement:
Moisture is the enemy of brick and if it finds its way into the brick. The freezing and thawing cycle will cause the brick to spall. When this happens, the brick offers no structural support to the masonry wall and the problem quickly spreads to surrounding brick. The only solution is to cut out the damaged brick and replace it.
The crown is the layer of cement sitting on top of the last row of brick. Its purpose is to shed water away from the chimney. It’s normally 2 – 3 inches thick and starts high at the flue tile then slopes down to the edge of the bricks. Because the cement is porous, it allows water to penetrate and will eventually crack when the freezing weather begins.
Install Chimney Caps & Replace Chase Tops:
Stops water penetration and damage. Water erodes the mortar joints and allows mold to enter your house. Keeps out any bird or animal. Protects brick and mortar on your chimney. Protects the mortar crown and the first row of brick from sun and water damage.