We suggest that your chimney be swept after every cord of wood (generally once per season unless the chimney is used frequently). Chimneys need to be cleaned of creosote, which is formed as a result of cresols and phenol compounds that are released when wood is burned. Creosote collects on chimney walls and builds up over time. It is flammable and it becomes more and more dangerous as it builds up over time. Chimney fires can be relatively harmless if there is very little creosote build up, but if there is significant build up it can be very difficult to put out. A chimney fire such as this can crack or damage the interior liner, resulting in a house fire. This is easily averted with annual cleanings.
Your chimney is a warm, dark enclosure which makes it an ideal spot for small animals (commonly found animals are birds, squirrels & raccoons) Birds will often make use of chimneys as nesting spots, blocking the flue with flammable materials, creating a fire and Carbon Monoxide hazard. Rodents will also venture down into the flue while getting stuck on the smooth terracotta lining. All care is considered when removing animals and relocating them into their wild habitat.
One of the highest-efficiency fireplace types is the wood stove. As the wood stove heats up so does your room. Wood stoves are green, clean and energy efficient. Wood stoves use renewable fuel such as wood or wood pellets (which is the cleanest burning biomass fuel available).
Why do I have to reline? Is it affordable? In the past, some masonry chimneys were built without any liner at all, but the majority were built using terracotta clay or pumice. These liners can crack from chimney fires, settling, and many other causes. Cracks in a liner will let the smoke and liquid creosote through, causing leaks through the mortar joints and letting smoke into the house. Chimney relining is the most practical and affordable way to repair deteriorated or damaged chimneys.
It is strongly advised that you do insulate. An insulated chimney liner has a better draft and stays cleaner longer, which is a benefit to any stainless steel flex chimney liner. When you install your chimney liner with the proper chimney insulation, your reline job creates an environment that allows your appliance to be as efficient and safe as possible. Plus, your insurance company will love you for it.
We provide service and repair work inside your home on your stove or fireplace. Along with in-home services, if necessary we can remove your wood, pellet, or gas stove or gas fireplace and bring it back to the shop for a thorough analysis. We can rebuild, replace, or repair parts in your hearth appliances as well, in-home or at our shop as needed.
Water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire. Masonry materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the freeze/thaw process in which moisture that has penetrated the materials periodically freezes and expands, causing stress. Water in the chimney also causes rust in steel and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal parts. All In One can waterproof your chimney and keep it protected from harmful exposure to ice and water.
Chimney flashing is one of the most important details of a successful residential roof system. Roof leaks are commonly found near the base of the chimney and can usually be attributed to improper flashings. Brick chimney flashings consist of several components including underlayment, step flashing, a metal saddle, mortar, counter flashings, and solder.
A chimney cap is a stainless steel device installed at the top of your chimney to prevent rain & animals from entering the chimney flue. All In One can install the right cap for your particular chimney.
The mortar crown is the concrete-like surface at the top of your chimney. Its job is to shed water away from the flue and keep water from entering the chimney chase. Cracks or missing pieces in the crown can lead to extensive water damage in your chimney and potentially your home’s interior. Repointing is the process of renewing mortar joints in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay causes voids in the joints between masonry units (usually bricks) allowing water in and deterioratating your chimney. If left unfixed weathering will continue to deteriorate the chimney beyond repair at which point it will need to be torn down and rebuilt.
From rebuilding an existing chimney and fireplace, to the construction of a new one, we can tailor-make a program that fits your needs and budget. We provide complete chimney and fireplace restoration. We will inspect your brick work and provide a free detailed estimate.
The firebox of your fireplace takes a lot of heat and abuse. If any of the bricks are loose or if any of the mortar joints are eroded back more than 1/2 inch it may be time for a repair. We will restore your fire place back to its original quality