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Your fireplace should be inspected every time you have a chimney inspected. The gas fireplace outside the firebox and gas lines should be inspected by a licensed plumber. If you smell gas in your fireplace, immediately ensure the gas fireplace is turned off. If the smell persists, turn off the main gas line and call a licensed plumber. Firebrick inspection and gas leak inspection within the firebox requires special equipment. If something is wrong, our local professional chimney sweeps will alert you to the issue.
Our chimney safety inspection inspects fire brick masonry clean outs for venting system wear & cracks, including airgaps and other damage. We will use cutting edge technology to detect gas leaks ensuring your gas fireplace is safe to use. We will also inspect fireplace gas valves and demonstrate how to use them and that they are in good working order. Failure in the fireplace smoke chamber, fireplace damper, and firebox can be catastrophic to the functionality of the fireplace and chimney.
Did you know gas fireplaces produce CO2, among other invisible gases? Hazardous gasses can build up in an unused chimney, too resulting in potential combustion and chimney fire. In wood burning fireplaces, especially older ones, it is important to inspect areas of the venting system to ensure smoke and harmful gasses are not obstructed in the chimney fireplace.
Gas log sets also are dangerous if improperly installed within a gas fireplace. Build of soot, cracks in liners, damaged flues, and chimney smoke chambers can result not only in a house full of smoke but chimney fire. A fully functional chimney will direct chimney fireplace smoke up and away from home in a controlled way such that the family does not smell. How do I know if I have a fireplace venting problem? -- The chimney safety institute is a great resource.
Aside from the apparent house full of smoke when failing to adjust the dampers for the first time of the season, smoke and carbon monoxide issues can be hard to detect. If your home smells of a campfire after or during the burning of a wood burning fireplace and you experience smoke coming into the house from areas around your chimney fireplace, you most likely have a problem with your chimney liner. If your carbon monoxide detector repeatedly alerts during or after the use of a fireplace, then you most likely have an issue and should call now for an immediate professional chimney inspection by one of our local certified chimney sweeps.
What is the shiny metal around my chimney? This is known as flashing. It sits between the roofing shingles and protects the decking and corners of the chimney from water damage. Ever seen the metal or wonder what the large triangle of metal is behind the chimney. This is known as a rain diverter and diverts the water that flows down the roof from pooling behind the chimney. Another non-technical term for this is a cricket or chimney cricket. HBR Chimney repairs all flashing and chimney rain diverter or cricket issues. We can replace or reinstall damaged flashing and chimney crickets.
Chimney caps are often metal, masonry, or concrete decorative pieces that cover the top of a chimney. Chimney caps not only add style to a home but provide a critical function for fireplaces and chimneys. When properly installed, they will prolong the life of your chimney crown, masonry, flue, and best of all, keep animals out! Chimney caps shield mortar and internal components of your chimney and fireplace from the elements. Chimney caps allow for proper airflow when burning. A damaged chimney cap can fail to keep out obstructions caused by animals such as squirrels, birds/ birds? nests in chimneys, and bees. Yes, we have removed bees from chimneys! Our chimney cleaning technicians will inspect and safely remove any chimney cap if needed. We have many styles of chimney caps to choose from, too. We also provide custom chimney cap designs to ensure the chimney cap you choose is of the highest quality and installed correctly.