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Rebuilding Your Firebox

All you’ve been dreaming about as the end of summer approaches is cuddling up on a cool fall evening to bask in the warmth of a glowing fire in your beautiful fireplace. And then those dreams come crashing down when, as you’re cleaning your fireplace, you see that there is cracking and crumbling where there shouldn’t be. Don’t worry! The experts at Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service are there for you and for any repairs or rebuilds that your firebox might need.

 

What Part of my Fireplace IS the Firebox?

The Bob Vila website tells you that a masonry fireplace is made up of a brick or stone firebox, a brick or stone chimney, and, usually, a wood mantel. The chimney is, of course, the part of your fireplace that carries the smoke up and out of your house. Then there is the mantel, it’s the shelf above your fireplace. This will prevent smoke from getting inside your home. Lastly, the firebox is the part of your fireplace that actually houses the fire. According to the CSIA website, if it’s a factory built fireplace the firebox will be made up of a lightweight metal component.

rebuilding-your-firebox-mansfield-oh-chim-cheroo-w800-h600How Sturdy is the Firebox?

The firebox of your masonry chimney is made of brick or stone. This means it can withstand the very high temperatures of the fires you build. However, even this sturdy material can, over time, have a certain level of deterioration take place. According the CSIA website, there are several different circumstances that can cause this deterioration:

  1.  The heat of your fires will cause thermal expansion and contraction to occur. Over time, this will cause mortar joints to weaken.
  2.  If the mason who constructed your fireplace didn’t use quality materials or wasn’t experienced in building a quality fireplace, you may experience a breakdown in your firebox.
  3. Your chimney has no chimney cap or the chimney cap isn’t in good repair. This allows rain, sleet, and snow to seep down your chimney and into your firebox. This will cause the mortar and even bricks to crumble.
  4. In addition, if water is allowed to seep into the firebox, it can settle on the smoke shelf. It will combine with the soot that forms behind the damper and mix to form an acidic sludge. That sludge will then seep into the firebox, which will destroy the mortar joints.

 

Can a Damaged Firebox be Salvaged?

To the untrained eye, these damages may appear to leave you with a hopeless fireplace situation. However, you have expert technicians like those at Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service available to survey the damage. They will analyze the situation and develop a reconstruction plan, so you will soon be on the path to recovery and repair. Call soon for your annual chimney and fireplace inspection, cleaning, and repair. Whether your firebox needs repairs or a complete rebuild, these specially trained and CSIA certified technicians will know just what to do. In no time, you will be sitting in front of your beautiful fireplace. Give Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service a call today!

By Don Rhine on September 29th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Rebuilding Your Firebox

Why Do I Need A Chimney Cap?

Why Do I Need A Chimney Cap?

A crackling fire in a beautiful fireplace is inviting and relaxing on a cool autumn evening. In order to keep your fireplace in tip-top condition, it is important to keep the chimney clean and up to regulations. One area that is often overlooked is the chimney cap.

 

Why Do I Need a Chimney Cap - Mansfield OH - Chim CherooTwo-fold Purpose of a Chimney Cap

Chimney caps hold a dual purpose when it comes to protecting your chimney. First, a chimney cap keeps sparks from escaping from your chimney, a dangerous situation that could cause fire on your roof. Sparks can also fly onto the ground; during the dry season, this can cause a yard fire which, if undetected, could cause major damage to your home or your neighborhood.

Second, a chimney cap keeps elements from outdoors from getting into your chimney. Leaves, twigs, animals, and birds have all been known to get into chimneys and can cause build-ups that can block proper air flow or cause fires in your chimney. Other natural elements, such as rain, sleet, and snow are also kept out of your chimney by a chimney cap. According to wiseGEEK, moisture mixes with the creosote that can build up inside your chimney and this can eat away at the mortar in the firebox and flue. It can also cause rust to build up on the metal parts of the fireplace, such as the damper.

Types of Chimney Caps

There are several types of chimney caps depending on the kind of chimney in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, standard chimney caps can be fitted over different shaped chimney types (square, oval, round, or rectangular). Draft increasing chimney caps can be used on flat roofs; an adaptor is used to install this type of chimney cap if you have a masonry chimney. Draft master caps use wind to increase performance of the chimney flue. Integral damper mechanisms can be used in old fireplaces to cause a better draft, while top sealing fireplace dampers reduce heat loss and downdrafts.

Chimney Cap Care and Repair

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states that chimney caps are “probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney.” Chimney caps should be sturdily constructed of a corrosion resistant material. A quality chimney cap will be easily removable, which will allow for ease of inspection and cleaning. This inexpensive buy could be the smartest move you can make to keep your home safe and protected from chimney fires.

Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, Inc. offers quality chimney cap maintenance, care, and inspection. Trust the professionals at Chim Cheroo to take a look at your chimney cap. If they determine it was built with improper materials or was otherwise improperly installed, they have the tools to rebuild or repair your existing chimney cap. And if rebuilding or repairing won’t take care of the problem, they have the know how to replace your chimney cap with a new one. Keep your chimney in great working order with the professionals at Chim Cheroo!

By Don Rhine on May 6th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Why Do I Need A Chimney Cap?