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South Central Chimney Sweep

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Chimney Maintenance Solutions

South Central Chimney Sweep serves customers in and around Moreland, Georgia. Confer with us and find the suitable inspection service for your home. Ask us for recommendations applicable to your needs.

Inspection Options

Level 1 Inspection

This is apt for the following conditions:

  • When there’s no noticeable chimney performance change.
  • When there’s no apparent appliance and venting system change.
  • When you just need assurance on safe continued use of chimneys and fireplaces, wood stoves, or other heating systems.

Level 1 inspections must be performed annually and scheduled at the same time as chimney cleanups. Technicians examine the readily accessible interior and exterior parts of chimneys and chimney connections, including:

  • Chimney Caps
  • Chimney Crowns
  • Chimney Exteriors
  • Dampers
  • Defects in Chimney Flues
  • Defects in Chimney Structures
  • Fireboxes
  • Masonry
  • Mortar Joints
  • Smoke Chambers
  • Stovepipes

Technicians also check entire chimney systems for blockages or combustible deposits. On the roof, chimney sweeps look for structural cracks or defects.

Level 2 Inspection

This is necessary if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • The chimney went through a fire recently.
  • You are planning to make modifications to your chimney or heating system.
  • You just purchased the home and are not familiar with the performance of the chimney.

In addition to including everything covered in Level 1, a Level 2 check involves:

  • An in-depth inspection of the entire system, wood stove, furnace, and other appliances.
  • Inspection of all internal joints and surfaces.
  • A special video camera probe to take a top-to-bottom look at the insides of the flue and chimney.
  • Identification of all areas of concern.
  • The provision of a written report.

Chimney Cleaning

Annual cleanups are recommended to ensure the safety and efficiency of chimneys,

heating/venting systems, fireplaces, wood stoves, gas stoves, furnace flues, and pellet stoves. With each fireplace use, combustible by-products get deposited in the lining in the form of creosote and soot.

Creosote is an oily tar residue while soot is a fine powder-like substance consisting chiefly of carbon. Burning embers that come into contact with flammable deposits in the lining can start a dangerous chimney fire. Creosote causes more than 25,000 home fires in the U.S. every year.

Cleaning Increases Chimney Efficiency

Creosote and soot also create blockages and prevent the safe and efficient operation of fireplaces and chimneys. The proper flow of combustion gases up and out of the chimney is necessary to maintain safety and functionality.

Flammable gases that do not flow properly outside enable dangerous fumes to be released into the home. Third-stage creosote is extremely dangerous. This can potentially emit deadly carbon monoxide.

Tasks Involved in a Chimney Cleaning

  • Removal of creosote, soot, and other potential blockages from flue linings
  • Cleanup of the firebox, damper, and smoke chamber
  • Removal of dangerous deposits in the flue linings
  • The use of the latest to get the job done right

Annual inspections are recommended for long-term savings on repair costs. House fire risk levels from potential hazards are also brought down. Doing so likewise makes mortar joints last longer (about 25 years). Certainly, rebuilding collapsed chimneys cost more than repairing mortar joints.

Chimney Liners

Key chimney components safely remove smoke and combustibles from your home. One of the most crucial components is the chimney liner. During annual inspections, technicians examine liner conditions and tell you if repairs or replacements are necessary.

Your chimney liner is the non-combustible lining that allows smoke, gases, and other particles to exit the shaft safely. This vents the toxic gases and smoke produced by your fireplace, furnace, or stove. Liners must be free of cracks, holes, or deterioration. If there are any breaches, combustible materials may filter into ceilings, adjacent walls, or attics.

Chimney liners can be made of clay tiles, aluminum, stainless steel, or cast masonry. All these materials have their respective pros and cons. Ask chimney specialists to recommend the one ideal for your home.

Check Your Chimney Liner

Know how to spot a failing chimney liner. Check out for smells coming from your fireplace and broken pieces of clay in your firebox. Observe if the chimney is not efficiently venting smoke out and channeling it into your living space instead.

A smelly fireplace indicates the buildup of creosote and soot. The sulfur in smoke can create a corrosive reaction when mixed with moisture and can create holes in metal liners over time.

Look out for chipped or broken pieces of tiles that have fallen into your firebox. When water gets into your chimney, clay liners get damaged causing deterioration and cracks that can lead to structural problems and expensive repairs.

When converting to a new furnace, appliance, or fuel type, make sure that the chimney liner matches the venting output requirements of the new system. Harsh weather conditions such as snow, wind, lightning, and freeze-and-thaw cycles can also damage chimney liners.

Faulty liners cause the most number of fires. If chimney relining is necessary, address the issue immediately.

Check out chimneys in older homes carefully. Some of these may not even have liners installed.

Chimney Repairs

Masonry Work

Whether it’s small masonry repairs or entire chimney rebuilding, call us. We do all types of repairs and restorations. Our fireplace and chimney experts specialize in:

  • Chimney Crown Maintenance
  • Chimney Lining
  • Chimney Rebuilding
  • Firebox Repairs
  • Smoke Chamber Parging
  • Tuck Pointing

Chimney Liners

Our certified technicians analyze the condition of your current liner. We make sure that it is safe for use and free of cracks, blockages, or deterioration. Call us for chimney relining services.

Smoke Chamber

Smoke Chamber Repair and Parging

Often overlooked, this transitional area between the firebox and flue is where 60% of chimney fires start. Improper construction and lack of parging cause smoke chamber failure.

Find out more about proper parging.)

For more information on smoke chambers, click here.

Firebox Repair 

Although refractory mortar and firebricks used to construct the firebox withstand extremely high temperatures, they still deteriorate over time. Repair or rebuild fireboxes when signs of cracks, missing mortar, or deterioration appear.

Chimney Waterproofing

Over time, chimneys get subjected to harsh weather conditions that can wear down the integrity of the masonry. We recommend water repellent coatings to help prolong their useful life and structural integrity.

Chimney Crowns

Chimney crowns protect chimney tops from weather-related damage and deterioration. Likewise, they help prevent water damage in the internal chimney system. Keep all of these in good condition and free of cracks or openings that can allow water to seep into masonry. For sealing and rebuilding services, call us.

Smoky Fireplace Repair

Address chimney drafting issues proactively. Let our certified chimney sweeps identify potential problems that can cause smoke to back up in your living space. We solve problems quickly and efficiently using the following equipment:

  • ChimSpect Software
  • FireGuard and a Full-Setup Liner System Equipment
  • Mavic Air Drones
  • SnapLok Rotary Power Sweeping System
  • SnapScan Pan and Tilt Prototype Camera

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