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Home Fireplace and Chimney Services

There are three basic types of chimney appliances in Louisiana; masonry fireplaces, prefabricated fireplaces and wood stoves. Maintenance is recommended for all of these types of appliances, some on an annual basis.

Chimney Services and Repairs include:

  • Chimney Sweeping – Cleaning your chimney on an annual basis.
  • Chimney Inspections – Inspecting the inside and outside of your appliance according to the 3 levels according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211.
  • Color Video Chimney Scan Inspections – A part of Level 2 and 3 chimney inspections according to the NFPA code 211.
  • Heavy Tar Glaze Removal – Scraping the tar and glaze coating that builds up over time in some types of chimneys.
  • Firebox Rebuilding – Rebuilding a deteriorating firebox and repairing or replacing brick and mortar.
  • Waterproofing – Adding a coat of breathable material to protect your chimney stack from water damage over time.
  • Crown Coating – Repairing the crown coating so water and critters cannot get in.
  • Chimney Relining – Either doing a repair to the current clay liner or replacing it with a stainless liner.
  • Bird Screens – Securing screens over the top of the smoke stack to keep birds and other animals from entering the house through the top of the flue.
  • Top Sealing Dampers – Installing dampers that seal at the top of the flue and protect the entire appliance from water intrusion.
  • Masonry Repair – Repair or replace brick and mortar joints that have been worn or damaged due to water, wind or weather event.
  • Gas Lighters – Gas lighters to easily light fires.
  • Inserts – Install fireplace inserts.
  • Replacement Firebox Panels – We have hard to find panels for discontinued fireplaces.
  • Chimney Caps – Provide and install chimney caps for the top of the flue.
  • Stainless Steel Chase Covers (Limited Warranty) – Install stainless steel covers that do not rust over time.
  • Curtain Type Mesh Spark Screens for front of fireplace

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Remember The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association recommends that fireplaces & chimneys be inspected/cleaned annually. You may think this is excessive, however, once you note the safety considerations below we believe you will understand why this is so important to the health of your family.

Safety Considerations:

A dirty, damaged or blocked chimney can lead to a chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Chimney fires can occur without anyone being aware of them. Damage from chimney fires can endanger a home and its occupants. A chimney fire has been described as something that creates a loud roaring noise or a loud cracking & popping noise, a lot of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell. If you suspect that a chimney fire has occurred, stop using your fireplace and call a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep for a professional evaluation. The Chimney Sweep will sweep the chimney and use a Chimney Scan camera to view the interior of the chimney flue. Recommendations will be made on how to bring your fireplace and chimney back into compliance with safety standards.

Please do not use your fireplace until it has been swept and inspected by a Certified Chimney Sweep. Damage often occurs to the interior of the flue that is not readily visible. One chimney fire may not harm a home. A second fire can burn it down. Remember, clean chimneys do not catch on fire so make sure to have your chimney swept and inspected annually.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can occur without anyone being aware that the carbon monoxide level in the home has exceeded a safe level. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and tasteless. Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be installed in the home. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when purchasing detectors (the number of detectors needed and the placement of the detectors depend on the type of detector and the design of your home). Remember to test the detectors as recommended by the manufacturer.

If you have any questions, need a service not listed, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office and our staff will be happy to assist you with your Fireplace, Chimney and Dryer Vent Exhaust needs.

 

You should pay attention to your dryer vents and call Basic Chimney Sweep to have them cleaned every year.

Please call us at 828-243-0098 to schedule an appointment today. All Major Credit Cards Accepted.
National Chimney Sweeps Guild Chimney Safety Institute of America