Chimney Services Tower Lakes IL

We are your one stop Tower Lakes chimney shop!

  • We eliminate the guesswork. And provide our customers cutting edge Tower Lakes 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 Tower Lakes company is about making your home safe.

We begin with a Tower Lakes 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.

What Causes Chimneys to Develop Cracks?

Chimney Crown Crack Repair

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.

Finally, if the chimney is constantly used and the required repairs are not done, the fire can possibly break out to other parts of your home. This is a life-threatening danger, and that is why chimney repair needs to be carried out occasionally.

If your home is old but the chimney is recent, think about the investment in getting your chimney repaired so as to safeguard your home. If you can perform any of the chimney repair work by yourself, you can bring down the expenses by working by yourself.

A total renovation of your chimney can be costly and in some cases going for up to hundreds of dollars. In some cases the cost can go up to thousands of dollars depending on the range of the work required and who you employ to perform the task.

If you want to hire the contractor to do a cleaning job as well, you can simply include that to the entire amount of your invoice.

Although you prefer to go about getting the work done, bear in mind that it will most likely in the long run cost you more if problems go without being dealt with due to the dangers in your house and since getting a chimney fully replaced is all the more costly.

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.

Roofing, Flashings, and Chimneys

Chimney Crown Crack Repair

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.

Sometimes a chimney sweep Chicago just isn’t enough. Over time your chimney and fireplace can become worn and damaged due to weathering and moisture. Regular chimney maintenance is suggested to avoid costly repairs down the line. Often a chimney can be restored with some basic repair such as sealing, spot tuck-pointing or minor brick replacement. It is important to address water damage and flaking bricks early on. If your chimney is not properly maintained and cared for then more severe repairs may be required.


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