Everyone loves a cozy fire in the fireplace when it’s cold
outside. To enjoy your fireplace safely
and extend the life of the fireplace chimney, consider having it inspected
and serviced annually by Baltimore Heating and Cooling. The major cause of chimney fires is creosote
buildup and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become
blocked by bird’s nests and other debris.
Baltimore Heating and Cooling services range from annual
safety checks of fireplaces and chimneys to total chimney tear down and
rebuilds. An annual chimney inspection
looks for buildup and blockages and if your chimney has been damaged by
degradation over time or a severe weather event, we can fix it good as new.
Click the arrows for more information regarding chimney and fireplace inspection, cleaning & repair.
Chimney Sweeping & Inspection
should be inspected & cleaned annually.
Cleaning includes the chimney, firebox, smoke chamber, smoke shelf and
the damper. We will clean out the ashtrap
for a small additional charge. Prefabricated
fireplace systems are made of metal.
These fireplace and flue systems are designed, tested and manufactured
to be used with each other. Due to
changes in design, replacement parts can be hard to find for older units. This makes annual inspections and cleanings
of these types of units even more important.
Most masonry chimneys have clay tile liners that can
deteriorate over time and some have no liner at all. Unlined chimneys allow
heat to transfer through brick which can cause adjacent structures to catch
fire. Unlined chimneys can also allow
carbon monoxide and smoke to enter your home.
While there are many sources telling people that installing
a new chimney liner is a DIY project, the chimney experts at Baltimore Heating
and Cooling strongly recommend you let skilled professionals complete this
job. The proper installation of a
stainless steel liner creates a safer chimney within an existing masonry
fireplace system. There are too many
variables that, if not done correctly, could cause your chimney to violate
safety codes and create further hazards.
A chimney crown is just that, a crown of masonry that covers
the top of your chimney. If the crown is
cracked, water is able to seep into the masonry below and can lead to costly
repairs. The experts at Baltimore
Heating and Cooling will repair damaged chimney crowns and prevent further
damage with a flexible waterproof sealant.
This process dramatically extends the life of your chimney and can save
you money in the future.
Chimney Caps & Damper Repair
Chimney caps protect the flue from water, ice and snow as
well as prevent critters from making their home in your chimney.While
screened caps have become the standard, we also off top-sealing damper/chimney
caps for our clients who wish to take flue preservation and energy saving
measures a step further. A properly
functioning damper along with a chimney cap add another level of safety as well
as keeping heat and energy in and water and animals out.
Baltimore Heating and
Cooling chimney rebuilds include tear down, disposal, and code reconstruction
of your existing chimney. The most common types of required chimney rebuilds
Partial chimney rebuilds: small chimneys (no scaffolding) or only the top few courses of
a large chimney including a new crown.
Flashing area up chimney rebuilds: Substantial mortar and/or brick deterioration has eliminated
the possibility of a tuck pointing restoration. The structure is torn down to
the flashing area near the roofline, and then the chimney rebuild commences including
a new crown.
Total chimney rebuilds:
Complete tear down of the outer layer of the brick on a chimney including a new
crown. In most cases the firebox,
hearth, and smoke chamber do not have to be removed. Total reconstruction is
necessary when the chimney is leaning, has severe mortar deterioration or severe brick spalling has occurred from ground level up, etc.
Repair & Replace Fireplaces
If your fireplace isn’t the statement piece you’d like it to
be, it may be time to freshen up your worn out hearth with a fireplace
makeover. Our experts will make the outside of your fireplace beautiful and by installing a fireplace insert into your traditional wood burning fireplace, they will also transform it to an efficient heating powerhouse. Whether you are looking to increase efficiency, change the style
& appearance of your current fireplace, or upgrade to a different fuel
source, Baltimore Heating and Cooling offers custom fireplace makeovers and remodeling
Critters In Your Chimney?
Chimneys exhaust a number of substances from your home
including smoke, soot, water vapor, and creosote. As smoke rises from your
chimney, soot and creosote condense on the interior walls causing a build up.
If the chimney is not cleaned, the creosote can ignite, causing a dangerous
chimney fire of up to 2000 degrees. These fires can damage the chimney and set
surrounding combustibles of your home aflame.
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