Chimney Repair Baltimore

Save your money and avoid waiting for long by getting your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned by us. At First Class Chimney Services, LLC, you can take care of your chimney/ fireplace and house by selecting our services that have been custom-made to suit your budget.

Chimney cleaning

There is no hard and fast rule as to how often one should clean their chimney - should one clean after 30 uses or annually. It all depends on the formation of creosote in the chimney. You need a chimney contractor to carry out the clearing of the soot and dust and to scrape the creosote build-up within the chimney walls. We use Soot Sweeper chimney vacuum to control dust and while the chimney is being swept, we check for cracks and other defects. Our services include cleaning of the cap, flue, smoke shelf, smoke chamber, damper, firebox area. We clean using brushes fixed to fiberglass poles. For a systematic job, contact us because we have the knowledge about building codes, we are trained to distinguish deterioration or venting issues and submit a written evaluation of your chimney's condition.

Chimney Capschimney caps

A chimney cap isn't just a clever little option to spruce up the chimney end or liner pipe. It is a crucial part of chimney and flue that keeps it in working condition throughout the year. A chimney cap can prevent snow or rain, debris or critter problems from damaging your chimney. Our lifetime warranty Stainless steel is easy to mount and clean. The variety of chimney caps can be mind-boggling. Here at First Class Chimney Services we make it easy for you as we have the best quality chimney caps. You can not only protect your chimney but add visual appeal to your house without having to burn your pocket.

Chase Covers

chase coversChase covers or top pans is a metal cover that is placed over chimney chase to avoid water from entering the chimney. A chase cover should be installed properly so that water is not accumulated leading to rust or formation of debris and nests and allowing a free way for smoke and gas. Stainless steel chase covers are the best way to protect your chimney. We provide cost-effective and long-lasting stainless steel chase covers.

Waterproofing

water proofingA chimney takes severe beating due to weather conditions throughout the year. Water entering into the chimney is the most common reason for deterioration and damage. Chimney waterproofing is a simple way to extend the lifespan of the chimney, say up to 8 to 10 years. Sealers can trap the moisture, thus damaging the bricks. Instead, we use water repellent that does not trap the moisture and allows the surface to breathe, thus keeping the water at bay.

Gas/oil furnace Reline

oil furnaceMany gas/ oil furnace chimneys might appear fine on the outside, but it could be a different situation in the inside. The liner ensures that carbon monoxide, moisture, creosote and other combustible products do not seep through bricks and mortar of the chimney and leak into your house. An unlined chimney can lead to carbon monoxide build-up that might not kill you, but lead to several health problems.

Masonry Chimney Reline

Masonry chimneys can lead to danger because of design. It is a belief that brick chimneys are better but these flues are not safe for use especially with an attached wood burner. There are few masonry chimneys that have been built to suit the gas flow and larger flues decrease draft and increase creosote buildup. In fact, many older chimneys do not have liner to protect from extreme temperature that is generated by a chimney fire. Relining of chimney is important for proper functioning with wood, coal and pellet. The following reasons for relining a chimney are proper sizing of the flue, lining the chimney for better transfer of heat and relining of older chimneys made of brick.

DraftProblems

fireplace smokeChimneys are designed to let the byproducts of combustion move up the chimney and not enter the living room. The effect that pulls up the smoke, gases, and another debris is called the draft. If the byproducts of the combustion do not exit the home, it could swell back into the room, making it dangerous. The causes of draft problems could range from human error to construction problems. Our chimney experts have the experience as we can fix any draft problem, offer smart solutions and will never suggest redundant repairs.

Leaks Fixed

Our experienced chimney sweeps will refurbish the chimney leaks by identifying the damage and cracks caused due to water, snow, or any other reasons in a cost-effective manner.

Dampers

dampersA damper seals off the flue from the top, thereby not allowing heat and air loss. But, when the hearth is functional, the damper needs to be open. As a result, the air can easily get in and result in heat loss. We use Lock-top-damper system that eliminates downdrafts, seals water from entering and prevents entry of pests. We can repair or replace chimney dampers at the bottom of the chimney and top sealing.

FLASHING

flashingIf you notice a leaked ceiling around your chimney, then you need to get your flashing repaired. Chimney flashing is a metal plate situated where the chimney and roof meets. This metal plate prevents water from entering the house. Over a period of time, the metal plating, due to exposure to various elements, can get damaged, thus leading to mold formation, wall damage and rotting of wood. Getting these elements fixed at a later stage can turn out to be more expensive than chimney flashing. In case you notice water leaking from your chimney, we use ice and water shield onto the shingle underlayment and use step and counter flashing to seal the leakage.

Chimney Crown

chimney crownDamaged chimney crowns are one of the major common problems. If your chimney crown is cracked, not constructed properly, or bricks are falling apart — letting water penetrate —we'll repair or rebuild a concrete crown. Our chimney crew will seal it with a flexible sealant as it will protect the interior of the chimney from water, rain and snow. The price depends on the size of the crown and degree of repair and rebuilding.

Chimney Rebuilding

chimney rebuildingWhen the brick of a chimney starts to fall apart or gets damaged due to weather conditions, it becomes imperative to repair or rebuild the chimney. Our experienced masons can rebuild the chimney. We use the precast concrete crown for smaller chimneys and 4-inch thick concrete crown along with a two-inch overhanging drip edges for larger chimneys. Before commencing the work, our qualified technicians will establish the cause and extent of damage and after the restoration work, they will give tips on how to prevent damage in future.

Chimney relining

chimney blueprintA liner keeps the heat of the flue gases within the chimney so that the chimney does not overheat the combustible material, like the walls of the house. A secure lining system will ensure proper draft by not allowing the flue gases from expanding and cooling more than required. The most accepted, efficient and easy on the pocket way to reline your chimney lies with us.

Reasons for lining or relining your chimney include:

1. Properly sizing (by reducing) the chimney flue. Proper sizing assures better draft, other edges along with less creosote
2. Upgrading the safety quotient - having a lining within your chimneyassures the fire will remain in a tightly sealed tube - and additionallytransfer less heat through the wall of the chimney to nearby framingand combustible material.
3. Some older chimneys were constructedfree of liner of brick - and some newer chimneys have broken anddeteriorated clay liners. Both of these pose safety risks.