Chimney Cleaning and Inspections

The Chimney Safety Institute of America and the
National Chimney Sweep Guild both suggest having
your chimney and fireplace, or wood-burning appliance
inspected annually. Lack of maintenance and inspections
are the leading causes of chimney fires. Creosote is a
natural by-product, which is produced when wood is
burned. Creosote builds up after time leaving dangerous
deposits of the highly flammable substance on the
interior of your chimneys walls. Chimney fires can be
deadly, All About Chimneys and Masonry suggests that
you install a smoke detector in the room with the
fireplace or appliance.
At All About Chimneys and Masonry we take our
inspections seriously! We offer a complete 21-point
safety inspection. This inspection includes a complete
check of the entire fireplace or appliance, and the
chimney from top to bottom for any issues that might
keep your chimney and fireplace from performing
properly. Our inspection costs are included in the
price of the chimney cleaning, as well as an estimate
for any needed repairs. Click on safety inspection to
see our complete inspection form.
Take advantage of our “Fall Cleaning Special”
Complete 21 point Safety Inspection $ 50.00
Chimney Cleaning and Safety Inspection $ 109.00
**All payments are due upon completion of job. We require a 24 hour notice for all cancellations. **  
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    Chimney Liners

    Chimney liners’ are a flexible pipe that is one piece similar to the flexible gas pipe that is used to connect a gas
    stove to the gas outlet. Chimney Liners range in size from 5-inch diameter to 10-inch diameter, and are made out
    of stainless steel or aluminum.

    Aluminum liners are only for use with gas burning appliances such as gas burning furnaces and hot water tanks,
    and in some applications gas burning fireplaces. Aluminum liners are not as strong and durable as stainless
    liners; therefore they can be crushed, if enough force is applied. Aluminum liners are not fire rated, which means
    they are not for use with wood burning appliances.

    Stainless steel liners are fire rated which means they are for use with wood or other burnable materials such as
    coal, pellets, oil, and in some applications gas.

    The most common use for stainless steel chimney liners is when a wood burning insert or wood burning furnace is
    being used. As a matter of fact most city and county codes require a stainless steel chimney liner when an insert
    or wood-burning furnace is being used, due to the intense heat created by these appliances. Stainless steel liners
    are much stronger and durable than aluminum, and are considered crush resistant. Some of these stainless steel
    liners are forged with a titanium alloy creating one of the most heat resistant materials in existence; this is the
    same material used to construct jet engine tail pipes. Stainless steel liners will not rust and come with a lifetime
    guarantee. Please be advised All About Chimneys and Masonry does not recommend operating a wood burning
    insert or furnace without a stainless steel chimney liner, or no chimney liner at all!
    Call For an Estimate On a Chimney Liner Today!  330-273-2863
    Chimney Caps

    Chimney caps come in all different sizes and shapes, but all have one common objective. That objective is to
    keep out wildlife and the elements of Mother Nature, while allowing your chimney
    to properly vent out smoke and dangerous fumes.

    Chimneys caps are a vital part of chimney safety, not only for wood burning chimneys, but furnace chimneys as
    well. As a matter of fact furnace chimneys without a chimney cap are very dangerous!  Birds, bats, raccoons, and
    squirrels have all been known to enter chimneys without chimney caps, and could block your chimney! If your
    furnace chimneys gets blocked or restricted, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning! Carbon monoxide is
    referred to as the silent killer, because it cannot be seen. All About Chimneys and Masonry suggests that you
    install at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have gas as your heating source.

    Chimney Caps come in stainless steel or copper that will not rust and have a lifetime guarantee, or coated
    aluminum, which will eventually rust. Stainless steel is the best value.

    There is also a damper cap, which is a chimney cap with a built-in damper to stop airflow down the chimney when
    the chimney is not in use. Damper caps are also useful when the original damper has been damaged beyond
    repair. Damper caps have a pull chain that is mounted on the side of the fireplace wall for easy opening and
    Take Advantage of our “Fall Special Deals”
         Stainless Steel Chimney Cap and Installation $100.00
    **All payments are due upon completion of job. We require a 24 hour notice for all cancellations.**
    Chimney Repairs

    A common misconception made by most homeowners is that your chimney does not require maintenance. Even
    chimneys that are built out of brick, block, or stone begin to deteriorate after years of exposure to the harsh
    elements of our environment. In northeast Ohio, our extreme winters and the freeze and thaw cycle can damage
    your chimney, resulting in costly repairs. With routine inspections and maintenance these costly repairs can be
    avoided. Unfortunately most homeowners do not notice the damage for years, in most cases until bricks or pieces
    of mortar begin to fall off the chimney.

    The most common repair is the crown or the top wash. This is the angled part at top of the chimney that is
    supposed to keep water running off the top off the chimney and down the roof. Once cracks form in the crown
    moisture gets in these cracks. The freeze and thaw cycle expands these cracks, causing the chimney to take in
    water. Water in your chimney can damage the brick, block or stone as well as the mortar joints and flue liners.  
    The water works its way down your chimney damaging the interior walls of the chimney, rusting the steel damper
    and finally damaging the firebox. This can be dangerous falling pieces can block your chimney or keep your
    damper from opening properly. The firebox is where the actual fire is made. Damage to the firebox can lead to
    the fire escaping the firebox and can result in a house fire.

    A chimney cap not only keeps out wildlife, it also keeps water from entering the chimney. Snow and ice all turn to
    water eventually and water is your chimneys number one enemy.

    The flashing is where the chimney comes through the roof. The flashing keeps water from entering through the
    roof. The flashing is aluminum, which is fitted around the chimney and nailed to the chimney, and then caulked.
    After years of weather the caulk wears out and water begins to work its way inside the flashing. This can result in
    damage to your drywall ceilings and more if not repaired in time.

    Bottom line all chimneys deteriorate after time whether it is a fireplace chimney, or a furnace chimney. The
    reason for this inevitable deterioration is the fact that chimneys are completely exposed to the elements. With
    routine inspections and maintenance you can keep your chimney working properly, avoid costly repairs and most
    importantly keep you and your family safe!