Chimneys

Inspections

As Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified sweeps, we use state of the art equipment to inspect and sweep first and second story chimneys of all kinds, including oil, wood, and gas burning chimneys. While sweeping your system we will ensure that it is in proper working order, look for problems that could prevent peak performance, and recommend what is needed to keep your system burning cleanly and safely. When necessary, Falmouth Chimney Sweep uses video inspection camera equipment to examine hidden parts of the flue. To aid in the prevention of chimney fires and exposure to carbon monoxide, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that homeowners have their chimney inspected at least once a year.

Video Chimney Inspections

Although chimney sweeping is a very old profession, Falmouth Chimney Sweep also provides state of the art video inspections. This service is often requested by home inspectors, insurance companies, and engineering firms.

Sweeping

A carefully maintained schedule for sweeping the chimney system greatly reduces the risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide dangers for the homeowner. A professionally done sweep removes the built up creosote and other products of combustion, ensuring proper draft for the flue. Sweeping also removes any animal or bird’s nests that may be in an uncapped flue and allows for a proper inspection of the flue liner. Regular sweeps are vital to the maintenance of the chimney flues for all wood burning fireplaces, wood, coal, and gas stoves, oil-heating systems, and for gas heating systems as well.

Relining of Flues

The integrity of the chimney flues is the most important thing chimney sweeps evaluate when inspecting your chimney. We look for any cracks, voids, or offsets in the clay liners that can allow carbon monoxide to filter into the home. If any are found the proper repair is a full reline of the flue with a UL Listed stainless steel liner. Occasionally we find heating system flues running through the smoke chamber of the fireplace. This chimney construction is not to code and again, the proper repair for this situation is a reline. Relining a chimney with poor draft can greatly increase the performance and efficiency of the chimney and add years to the safe usage of your chimney.

Homeowners Beware: Unfortunately this is an area of the chimney business that is rife with deception and dishonest companies. Chimney scammers are companies that cold call customers and offer inspections and sweeping at rock bottom pricing. They do this to get into your home and then sell you an expensive liner that you don’t need, offering you installation often that day or very soon thereafter. If they do indeed install a liner on the return trip it is often done incorrectly or not done at all. You will never know because you are unlikely to climb up onto the roof and check the work.

The best protection against chimney scammers is having your chimney inspected by CSIA Certified Professionals who will stand behind their work and obtaining all required permitting and inspections by your local town building department if you do need a reline. If a chimney company cold calls you, quotes very low prices for sweeping or inspections, or is very available in the fall and winter, they are probably scammers. Keeping good records on the companies you’ve dealt with in the past and knowing the prevailing rates for chimney sweeping and inspections in your area makes you less vulnerable to cold call offers from scammers.

Chimney Caps

The best way to prevent moisture from rain and snow, animals, leaves, and other debris from entering your chimney is to install a chimney cap. The resulting problems from animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds entering a chimney can be extensive and very costly to remedy. Water in the chimney can compromise the entire structure. Our high quality, stainless steel caps with screens carry a lifetime warranty and we stock a wide range of sizes. Custom orders are no problem and we also specialize in Decorative Old Style English Chimney Pots.

Water Repellent Application

The most common problem with masonry chimneys is structural damage due to water penetration. Chimney brick is a porous material, and untreated brick allows water in to do damage to the chimney itself and ultimately the interior of the home. Falmouth Chimney Sweep uses ChimneySaver® Water Repellent to prevent or solve these water problems. ChimneySaver® comes with a 10 year warranty.

This chimney is water saturated and shows it by the presence of moss and lichens growing on the outer surface.
This flashing is uncaulked and open, which will allow water in.
Problems with water saturation in the chimney resulted in staining in the firebox. The walls are also damaged above the mantel.

Chimney Draft Problem Resolution

If you are having problems with the drafting on your chimney, we are experts in analyzing and correcting them. Don’t let your draft problems limit the use of your chimney. Call us to figure them out and fix them!

Chimney Repair & Restoration

We offer the full range of repairs to chimney systems, big and small: from repairing leaky flashing, to tuck pointing and masonry repair, to relining the flue and chimney rebuilding.

Crown Repair & Reconstruction

Improperly built crowns are another common problem. If yours is cracked or poorly constructed, allowing water penetration or posing a fire hazard, we will build a proper concrete one that meets all state and local codes.

Chase Top Replacement

Leaky or damaged chase tops and those made of masonry are potential hazards on prefabricated metal fireplaces. Falmouth Chimney Sweep will eliminate problems before they start by replacing masonry and rusty metal chase tops.

Water Leak or Condensation Resolution & Repair

If water is damaging your fireplace inside or out, we will find and fix it, no matter the source.

Zero-Clearance Fireplaces

Falmouth Chimney Sweep installs and repairs pre-fabricated fireplaces and chimneys. Zero-clearance fireplaces are engineered, pre-assembled fireplace units that can be installed in just about any location in your home. Call us for an estimate.

Other Chimney or Fireplace Problems

With over 30 years in the business we have seen it all. If you have problems or questions you don’t see here, call us. If we can’t resolve it we will refer you to someone who can.

Falmouth Chimney Sweep provides written estimates for all repair work.