Illinois Chimney Services

Illinois Chimney Services by Crown Rebuilding Inc.

Chimney Crown Replacement

The National Fire Protection Association recommends all Oil, Gas, Wood and Coal chimneys be inspected and swept yearly. For safety purposes and functionality and to prevent chimney fires you should have a chimney inspection and sweep after burning a cord of wood, thirty Duraflame logs or when necessary to remove soot for a proper inspection. Is your chimney liner cracked, worn, badly sooted or damaged?

Every year thousands of needless chimney fires occur in homes across Illinois!

Chimney Crown Repair Cost

Carbon monoxide from a worn, blocked or damaged chimney flue can be dangerous to you and your family. Prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning and have your chimney flue, furnace flue connector and fireplace inspected and cleaned before each heating season or when moving into a new residence.

Types of Chimney Rebuilds

Chimney Cleaning Service

There are two common rebuilds of a chimney: partial and full. Partial chimney rebuilds are mostly done above the roof or the top few courses of a chimney, which generally also requires a new crown. Full chimney rebuilds consist of completely rebuilding the fireplace and chimney. This service consists of demolishing the outer layer of brick on a chimney system and adding a new crown. With a full rebuild, the firebox, smoke chamber, and hearth do not typically have to be replaced. Chimney rebuilds are required when the chimney is leaning, has extensive masonry damage,or vertical cracking has occurred.

Take Care of Small Chimney Repairs

Chimney Cap Repair Near Me

Your chimney isn't properly protected. Making sure that your top plate and rain cap remain in good condition, to prevent moisture from running into the chimney. Rodents, tree limbs and severe weather can all damage these.

Another option to prevent moisture and acid buildup from putting such heavy wear-and-tear on your chimney are chimney flue liners. These products range from smooth wall liners that prevent moisture and acid from attaching to interior chimney walls at all to simple protective devices that catch that residue.

The bottom line: No matter what kind of chimney you have, regular inspections can help give you peace of mind. Visually inspect exterior walls, bricks and mortar for signs of cracking. Use your fingers to see if mortar remains firmly in place, or chunks away. For interior chimney inspections, consider a using an inspection mirror with a telescopic handle. Coupled with a flashlight, the mirror will help you conduct a visual inspection and spot any signs of cracking.

Chimney Inspection and Repair Keep Your Fireplace Working Safely - Have Your Chimney Assessed Yearly

Chimney Crown Crack Repair

You live in an area with a rapid freeze-thaw cycle and you use the fireplace intermittently. This especially true for wood-burning fireplaces. The biggest culprit is moisture. What starts out as water vapor becomes tiny droplets of water. These droplets settle into fissures in your chimney - and freeze if when the temperature drops and you're not using your fireplace.

Then, since it's gotten cold again, you fire up the fireplace, and melt that water. The next day you decide not to have a fire - and the water freezes into those fissures, spreading them open like a pair of pliers. A couple of winters of this, and you have a real problem.

You live in an area that's just plain cold. Long, cold winters also put heavy wear-and-tear on the chimney. Again, moisture is the problem. Water is called the "universal solvent" for a reason - it'll dissolve anything given enough time. Look at the Grand Canyon.