Is Firebox Damage Keeping You From Enjoying Your Fireplace?

Having a fireplace in your home can be such a blessing – especially on those cold Ohio nights when you’ve been chilled to the bone. While the entire fireplace and chimney system is vital for a proper and efficient fireside experience, the state and condition of the firebox – or, the part of your system that contains the actual fire and intense heat of the flames – is of the utmost importance for suitable operation.

Traditionally built of firebrick (a special kind of heat-resistant brick, different from that which makes up the rest of your masonry) and refractory mortar, the firebox is designed to withstand the extreme temperatures and the abuse that comes from regular, frequent use. But what happens when that firebox develops cracks or holes or begins to deteriorate?

A damaged firebox is incredibly dangerous and can make enjoying a fire in your home both unsafe and unwise. If cracks and holes line any surface of the firebox, heat, gases, and ash can escape into the walls around the system, easily igniting insulation and wood within the walls.

Don’t worry; if you’re a homeowner in the greater Mansfield, OH area, Chim-Cheroo Chimney Services is just the team for the job. For the past 34 years, our team has been serving the North Central Ohio region in all matters concerning fireplaces and chimneys. Looking to schedule an annual service like a chimney cleaning or inspection? In need of something more intense like a masonry rebuild? Starting to notice cracks or gapping in your firebox? Give us a call at 419-752-2231 to learn more and see what we can do for you.

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What Causes Fireboxes To Deteriorate?

Fireboxes can deteriorate for several reasons:

  • Chimney Leaks. If water is making its way down into your chimney and fireplace, it can eat away at the firebox, leaving gaps, holes, and crumbling brick and mortar. If a leak is responsible for your firebox damage, it’s imperative that you have the leak repaired before making any fixes to your firebox.
  • Improper Materials. The firebox is subjected to incredibly hot temperatures and corrosive byproducts during a fire – temperatures and byproducts that can quickly eat away at normal brick and mortar. If your firebox wasn’t built with refractory mortar and firebrick, this could be the reason you’re seeing cracks, gaps, holes, and crumbling.
  • Time. Of course, over time, all fireboxes can start to show a little wear and tear.

Regardless of the reason for your firebox damage, the team at Chim-Cheroo can help.

From Minor Repairs to Firebox Rebuilds, We Do It All

If your firebox is in need of repair or rebuild, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have extensive experience with firebox rebuilds and can replace damaged walls while making sure your new firebox is airtight, strong, and effective. Don’t put your family and your home at risk for dangers like a chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning – instead, let Chim-Cheroo provide prompt, professional service so you can get back to enjoying your hearth.

Book a Service With Our Talented Team Today!

Call us today at 419-752-2231 or reach out online to request an appointment with one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians today!


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