Does your chimney need cleaning? Is it time to schedule a safety inspection for your chimney and fireplace? Are there some needed repairs that would help you prolong the life of your chimney? Fluesbrothers of Kansas City, KS, offers complete chimney sweep services and related services throughout the Kansas City region including Shawnee, KS, Shawnee Mission, KS, Merriam, KS, Gardner, KS, Edgerton, KS, and De Soto, KS.
Virtually every fire-safety organization in the U.S. strongly recommends annual chimney cleaning to keep the structure safe and fully operational. Here are two big reasons for professional chimney sweep services:
1. Remove flammable creosote
Fluesbrothers holds a Master Chimney Sweep certification from the Chimney Safety Institute of America, which guarantees you that we understand your chimney inside and out. We use special brushes, vacuums and other tools to thoroughly remove creosote from the inside of your flue to significantly reduce the possibility of a chimney fire.
2. Remove obstructions
Creosote buildup creates an air-flow obstruction, and so do various types of debris such as leaves, twigs, small-animal nests and the small animals themselves who get trapped in the chimney and end up dying in there. All of these can hamper the drafting of smoke and allow dangerous carbon monoxide to back up into your home. When we clean your chimney, all these worries are over.
As with chimney sweep services, annual chimney inspection is a very important step toward ensuring the safe operation of your chimney and fireplace. Our certified chimney inspectors perform varying levels of inspection, depending on the reason for the inspection.
We look at every component from the chimney cap and crown down to the damper at the bottom of the chimney. A compromise in any chimney component could lead to problems such as water-infiltration, which will begin eroding the chimney structure. We also inspect for structural integrity after a chimney fire or when the home is being sold. Professional chimney inspections give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your chimney is in great shape and safe to use.
For any chimney repair project, our CSIA-certified technicians have the skill and training to do it right the first time.
A leaky chimney means water is getting into the system. Over time, water can eat away at bricks and mortar and cause a seriously unsafe operating condition. We fix all types of chimney leaks.
Chimney liner repair/replacement:
Damaged chimney liners cannot protect the interior surfaces of the chimney from the intense heat of fires. We repair and install chimney liners.
Chimney cap repair/replacement:
Chimney caps protect the flue from rain, snow and debris. We can repair damaged caps and replace ones that can no longer be fixed.
Chimney chase top repair/replacement:
The chimney chase top is like a lid over the top of the chimney that, like the chimney cap, blocks rain and falling debris. Chase tops normally last seven to 10 years before needing repair or replacement.
Chimney flashing repair/replacement:
Chimney flashing seals off the gap where the chimney and roof come together. If flashing is warped, rain and melting snow can run down into the building materials of the home. We can repair or replace damaged chimney flashing.
As chimneys age, their masonry can become unsound. Spalling bricks, crumbling mortar, gaps in the masonry, open cracking – all of these are signs that chimney masonry repair is needed. Fluesbrothers can help with:
When bricks have become loose, we can repair damaged sections. If areas of brick and mortar are missing, tuckpointing adds fresh new mortar to make the chimney strong again.
In cases of serious damage, chimney rebuilding may be necessary. We perform complete and partial chimney rebuilds to restore structural integrity.
If your smoke chamber has rough or irregular surfaces, the drafting of smoke can be hampered. Parging is a process where we apply mortar to smooth out rough sections and restore proper drafting ability.
Chimney crown repair/rebuilding:
The cement chimney crown at the top of the chimney can begin to crack and let in water. Moderate damage can be repaired or sealed; significant damage usually requires chimney crown rebuilding.
For Kansas City’s best chimney sweep services, chimney inspection, chimney repair and masonry repair, homeowners trust Fluesbrothers Chimney Service for professional results every time. Whatever your chimney and fireplace needs in the Kansas City, KS/Kansas City, MO, region, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (913) 236-7141.