Professional Chimney & Fireplace Repair Services in DC, MD & VA
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Professional Chimney Repair Experts in DC, MD & VA
Most aging chimney structures and venting systems need repairs or maintenance. When your chimney begins to show signs of wear, it is important that you contact the experts at Chimney.com for the best service at the most affordable rate. We have over 31 years of experience inspecting, cleaning, and repairing a wide variety of chimneys, and we can ensure that your chimney will be safer and better-functioning after our repair. Chimney maintenance and repair are two essential services to ensure your system is working properly.
Chimney.com provides many different chimney maintenance and repair service solutions. For more information on our services, contact a member of our team today. We will be happy to assist you with more details on our chimney brick repair, crown repair, fireplace repair, relining, and much more. We look forward to serving you and ensuring your chimney and fireplace will be working like new in no time.
If your chimney is aging and needs repairs or structural attention, contact the professionals at Chimney.com today! We’ll make sure your chimney is safe to operate at an affordable price!
Chimney Repair Company in DC, MD & VA
If your chimney is in need of repairs, the last thing you want to do is to ignore the maintenance necessary to keep your family or employees safe. Chimney problems can culminate in expensive repairs if you continue using your chimney without addressing the issues. We are a chimney repair company that is committed to resolving your needs quickly and with the expertise that only comes with over two decades of hands-on experience.
Our Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia Chimney Repair Services
We offer comprehensive repair services for your residential or commercial properties, including but not limited to:
- Brick Repairs (spot cuts): When water penetrates the bricks and freezes, the faces of the bricks can “pop” off, leaving even larger areas for water to enter. This is where a few spot cuts could stop the problem from spreading. Spot cuts are when individual bricks or a small cluster of bricks need to be removed because of cracks or spalling. Replacement bricks and mortar will be matched to the existing brick as accurately as possible. This ensures the chimney remains fully intact, which is essential for maintaining overall chimney stability.
- Chimney Repointing/Mortar Joint Repair: Cracked and missing mortar joints are yet another way water can enter a chimney and cause further deterioration over time. These mortar joints need to be ground out and replaced with fresh, color-matched mortar. Without this chimney repair process, water can seep in and cause havoc with the entire system.
- Chimney Crown Repairs:
- Mortar Crown
The mortar crown is the chimney’s first line of defense against the elements. Over time, and with certain environmental events, the crown will deteriorate, crack, and become absent in areas, which allows water to enter the chimney structure from the top. If the damage is severe, the old mortar crown will be removed and a new one laid in its place. If caught early, a special silicone based mortar preserve called flex crown can be used instead to patch hairline cracks and prevent the damage from spreading.
- Flex Crown
Flex crown mortar preserve is a silicone base mortar preserve that adheres to the mortar and ensures water does not enter the crown and damage it further. For small cracks and slight separation, this is the way to go!
- Mortar Crown
- Chimney Firebox Repairs: The firebox is an important factor in a wood-burning system. It is the starting point from which the clearance to combustible materials is measured. The rebuilding of a firebox will ensure your clearance to combustibles is code-compliant, and it can possibly prevent costly house fires. These fires can be dangerous and potentially expensive, so chimney maintenance on your firebox is always a safe bet.
- Chimney Smoke Chamber Repairs: Smoke chambers are the open area that is directly above the firebox. The smoke chamber tapers, going up to where the flue starts, in order to funnel smoke into the flue. This area is where most fires start, due to poor construction. Without the correct clearances and solid masonry work, the smoke chamber is not safe and should be parged with chamber-tech, insulated mortar (not regular mortar). This will fill gaps and give you the clearances you need. When in doubt, contact Chimney.com for your chamber repairs to ensure seasoned professionals do them.
- Replace or Reseal Roof Flashing: Chimney flashing protects the area where the roof meets the chimney; the flashing directs water around the chimney and down the roof. When the silicone becomes old, it must be resealed with a new bead of silicone. We have found that over 85% of water problems in homes are caused by inadequate flashing, rusted flashing, or deteriorating sealant where the flashing meets the chimney. If the metal flashing is damaged or rusted, it must be replaced.
- Chimney Damper Repairs: Traditional dampers (throat-/bottom-closing) are located between the firebox and the smoke chamber and are usually made of cast iron. Dampers are used to cut off airflow to and from the flue. Over time, traditional dampers deteriorate and become unable to create a sufficient seal against downdraft. This is repaired by installing a top-closing damper system. These are installed at the top of the chimney flue, with a control handle mounted in the firebox attached by an aircraft-grade cable. Top-closing dampers are much more energy-efficient and add extra protection from water damage compared to throat-closing dampers. We only use top-closing dampers constructed from stainless steel, a proven long-lasting material.
- Chimney Chase Top Installation: Chase tops or chase covers are custom-fabricated metal covers for structures that house factory-made fireplace flue pipes. These are often found in townhouses and condos, but are on some single-family homes as well. Frequently, these chase tops are out of sight and out of mind. It isn’t until they rust and cause streaks to run down the side of the building that the damage becomes obvious. In our experience, these rusted chase covers have been found to be a major source of water damage. Our chase tops from Chimney.com are custom-made from high-quality stainless steel and carry a lifetime warranty.
- Prefab Refractory Panel Repairs: Refractory panels are located in the firebox of prefab (factory-made) fireplaces. Over time, heavy use of the fireplace causes these panels to crack. This compromises the safety of the fireplace because underneath those panels are potentially combustible materials, and even the smallest crack is a fire hazard. The panels must be replaced. We also replace existing prefab units and install new prefab fireplaces in almost any location of your home. Our process for this fireplace repair is fast, reliable, and always top-quality!
- Chimney Cap Repair and Animal Guards: Caps are usually metal rain guards and/or animal guards mounted on the top of the flue. Chimney caps keep water, debris, and animals from entering the flue. Debris such as leaves and branches and animals like raccoons, birds, and squirrels present a danger in various ways. The animals could enter the home or block a flue that’s venting carbon monoxide, eventually risking a poisonous gas leak to your home. Caps are a cheap and easy way to prevent these situations. In years past, we have found that a lot of hardware stores have sold chimney caps that are not constructed of stainless steel and will rust, causing ugly brown stains and an eyesore. We at Chimney.com proudly use stainless steel chimney caps that will not rust. The installation, as well as the material, is guaranteed for a lifetime.
- Animal Removal: Oftentimes, animals such as raccoons, birds, and squirrels can get into your chimney and cause an issue. We at Chimney.com use safe and humane animal removal practices. Occasionally, we have encountered a particular bird known as a chimney swift. In the United States, the chimney swift is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and neither birds nor nests can be removed from chimneys without a federally issued permit. In such situations, we allow the bird to exit on its own.
- Exhaust Fans: Exhaust fans are top-mounted electric fans that “pull” air up the flue and induce draft. These fans are used to solve extreme draft problems and are best used in conjunction with a liner. They have speed-adjustable wall-mounted switches. The electrical work for any exhaust fan can vary from house to house, depending on the degree of difficulty and the accessibility of existing electrical supply. Exhaust fans are very useful for making unusable fireplaces functional by electrically reducing the draft. Call Chimney.com for more information on our exhaust fan installation and repair.
- Chimney Liner Installation and Repair: Fireplace and chimney flue liners allow for safe venting of smoke and carbon monoxide. Traditional masonry chimneys have clay flue tiles that crack and shift over time. When these clay tiles crack and create gaps in the flue, it becomes unsafe for venting smoke and carbon monoxide. Creosote can build up in gaps, creating risk for a chimney fire, and carbon monoxide can leak into the house through gaps. The modern solution for this problem is a chimney liner. We reline all fireplaces, water heaters, and furnace flues with U.L.-listed stainless steel flexible liners that come with a lifetime warranty. In addition to fireplace liners, we are licensed by WSSC to reline gas appliances.
DC, MD & VA Chimney Repair You Can Trust
There are many different components to your chimney system, and depending on the type of chimney you have, different situations require different remedies. It is vital for the safety of both your property and your family to ensure that your chimney is functioning properly, especially in the winter months, where the chimney is more likely to be used. For years, our chimney brick repair specialists in Silver Spring have been helping our customers ensure their chimneys are ready for full use.
Chimney repairs can be complicated, and completing necessary repairs on your own is not advised, as it could result in personal injury or inefficient resolutions to your problem.
For high-quality chimney repairs or structural maintenance, contact the professionals at Chimney.com today! Our customers are our top priority, so we’ll make sure you’re satisfied with our repair services – guaranteed!
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