Chimney Services Round Lake Beach IL

We are your one stop Round Lake Beach chimney shop!

  • We eliminate the guesswork. And provide our customers cutting edge Round Lake Beach chimney repair technology.
  • We are clean.  And ensure our footwear never touches your floors. Our industrial vacuums collect the dust before it gets into your home while our trained technician sweeps and inspects the chimney flue.
  • You are safe!  We document every job with before and after photos, and the lead technician on the job is always certified.  We also test for excess levels of carbon monoxide at no additional cost to you. Our Round Lake Beach company is about making your home safe.

We begin with a Round Lake Beach chimney inspection—which is one of the most important chimney services we offer, and one of the most misunderstood. The inspection determines the status of your chimney. We have created a page where specifics are listed.  We are CSIA certified.

When is a Chimney Repair Not Enough?

Chimney Cap Repair

The most common cause of chimney related roof leaks is the chimney flashing. In fact, if you have a roof leak in the vicinity of the chimney, it is most likely the flashing. Chimney flashing is a 6 to 8 inch metal strip (usually lead or aluminum) used to seal the transition joint between the shingles and the chimney.

In some cases the chimney flashing was never installed, installed improperly or over time has deteriorated. Seasonal heating and cooling can cause flashing joints to break and open the water tight seal. The "old technology" method of repairing chimney flashing used a tar based material over the suspected leaking areas.

Unfortunately, the tar material for flashing repair is only a short term patch. All tar based chimney flashing patching compounds are not UV stable, and over time they degrade and crack on the roof. This either opens the old leaking areas or allows new leaks to form.

In many cases the damage of a chimney is so substantial that tuckpointing will not work. When this happens a chimney, and/or fireplace, rebuild is necessary. As a result of direct exposure to all aspects of weather (especially freeze-thaw cycles), the mortar that keeps the bricks held together will crack, allowing water entry. The brickwork is porous and becomes saturated. This creates the framework of the brick to degrade, which causes a safety concern for the chimney and for your home.

Steps

1. Before starting working on a chimney, make certain that the fire has long burned out.

2. The first thing you need to do is to measure the interior diameter of the metal or prefabricated chimney by removing the chimney cap with measuring tape. In case you have masonry chimney design, gauge the length and width of the flue liner. Take a moderate length chimney brush according to the calculated measures. The brush should neither be too small nor too large.

3. Stiff bristled brush and rods are ideal for chimney cleaning. These are easily available at any hardware stores.

4. To prevent ash or soot escaping into the room, use duct tape or masking tape to attach the cloth or sheet to the fireplace opening.

5. Change your clothes and climb up to the roof top. Don't forget to keep your chimney rods, flashlight and brush with you before climbing on the roof. Wear goggles and breathing mask as well.

6. If your chimney contains cap, remove it and clean it with the brush.

7. Attach few rods with brush and put it inside the chimney. Keep adding rods until you feel that the brush is touching the damper assembly.

8. Now you are ready to clean the flue. Move brush in up and down direction and scrape it against the walls of the chimney. Remove all the creosote (in form of ash, soot or as black shiny hardened gaze or a black crunchy substance).

9. Clean the whole length of the chimney in the same way. Afterwards take a flashlight and examine the chimney for any signs of creosote.

10. If you find chimney clean from the top side, come down and proceed to clean the chimney from inside the home. Remove the sheet or cloth you attach before. Keep a drop cloth on the site where your will have to work. Clean the damper assembly and the side walls of the chimney with brush. Examine any remaining of the creosote with flashlight.

11. Now clean the surrounding of the fireplace with vacuum or simply sweep it with broom. Remove the drop cloth carefully. Now is the time to rub your equipment clean from creosote. Remove your goggles and breathing mask. Place the equipment at its storage place for future cleaning.

12. Don't forget to inspect your chimney for any damage signs while cleaning process. If you find any, consult professionals.

13. If mortar is loose or damage, clear it and apply new mortar on the surface. Cracks can also be filled with mortar. It is recommended to use weather resistant mortar to give long life to your chimney.

14. Inspect the flashing seals for any damage. Use caulk to prevent any leakage, especially at the joints between chimney and flashing.

Precautions

- Always use breathing mask and eye safety goggles while working on chimney.
- Be careful about the surroundings while working on the roof top.

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