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Contact All Pros NJ at 1-866-934-8745 for professional and affordable Chimney Repair, Chimney Liner Installation, Chimney Sweep, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Installation, Chimney Caps and so much more. We are available 24/7 and offer emergency service as well as onsite Free Estimates.

Chimney Cleaning NJ

Chimney fires are expensive! Early detection saves you money.
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Why Sweep Your Chimney?

chimney sweepEverything stuck in your chimney is called creosote. This substance can burn at temperatures up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and can have the same ignition temperature as a piece of paper.

The chimney flue is the passageway for toxic gases to escape out of your home. Cracks, holes or obstructions in a chimney flue can cause dangerous carbon monoxide fumes, or soot, to leak into your home. This is why the National Fire Protection Association recommends that oil, gas and solid fuel burning chimney flues are inspected yearly to insure proper draft, venting of soot & fumes, and, to guarantee that there is not an obstruction in the flue.

The National Fire Protection Code 211 requires an annual safety inspection of all chimney systems. Here's why: In a wood-burning system, incomplete combustion results in unburned residue which rises in the chimney as part of the smoke. This residue called creosote is deposited on the inside of the chimney walls, presenting a major fire hazard to the home.

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What To Ask When Hiring A Chimney Sweep?

There are many chimney sweeps operating here in New Jersey that are not certified and don't have the experience necessary to safely take care of your fireplace maintenance needs. Here are a few good questions to ask before hiring any chimney sweep company:

  • How long has the chimney sweeping company been in business?
  • Does the company offer current references?
  • Does the company have unresolved complaints filed within the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?
  • Does the company or individual carry a valid business liability insurance policy to protect your home and furnishings against accidents?

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Chimney Repair NJ

If you notice minor cracks or loose bricks in your chimney, this is the time to make needed repairs rather than waiting for more serious damage to occur. We can repair damage before it gets worse and offer suggestions to prevent further deterioration of your chimney. After your chimney has been repaired, consider waterproofing it to help prevent the problem from recurring. This can be done by doing two things.

  • Chimney Re-pointing
  • Chimney Flashing

Chimney Re-pointing NJ and Rebuild

Water damage and age can cause the mortar, that holds your chimney together, to crack or crumble. Without supporting mortar, the bricks begin to loosen and sag. Unless the mortar is replaced, you could experience more costly repairs down the road.

If your chimney has unfortunately deteriorated to the point that filling in the mortar (repointing) will not be sufficient, then the next step is to rebuild the chimney. All Pro Chimney would be glad to give you a written quote once we have assessed the damage whether you may need a full rebuild or just a portion of your chimney rebuilt.

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Keep Your Chimney Healthy

Keeping Your Chimney in good working order is very important. Keep a sharp eye out for Chimney Leaks especially around the Chimney flashing, this is one of the main places that a chimney will leak. You can enjoy your Fireplace for many years. Masonry chimneys can last for hundreds of years if they are maintained. As a Seattle Masonry Contractor we repair quite a few fireplaces every year. Here are some points to consider in the maintenance of your Chimney:

  • Always burn clean dry wood, green or wet wood will buildup creosote in the Flue Liners and that can lead to a Chimney Fire
  • Every so often, open the air flow and burn a good hot fire for a while. This will burn off some of the creosote buildup, thus a safer Chimney.
  • Have your Fireplace Cleaned and inspected by a certified Masonry Professional ever year. Summer is a good time of year to do this, it's easy to see any damage that might have accrued the winter before and a good time to make any needed repairs that need to be done this year.
  • Brick Tuck pointing can be cleaned and sealed better at this time of year than in the winter.

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Chimney Installation NJ

All Pro rebuilds Chimney's or we perform an installation of a new chimney from ground floor and up. This is due to leaning chimney's and cracked flues. If you notice your chimney is leaning or is cracked you may still have time to repair the Chimney instead of rebuilding it. Contact Us and we will be able to be on site same day service. We are fully licensed and insured backed by BBB A+ Rating.

A chimney performs two functions: it removes smoke and flue gases from the furnace, and it provides "draft" for the fire. Draft is the term used to describe the suction that occurs when hot air rises and creates a vacuum in the firebox. That vacuum draws fresh air into the firebox and feeds combustion of the wood. No furnace can operate properly without adequate draft

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Chimney Flashing NJ

Chimney Flashing is prone to leaking, looking at the image on the left we can see that the flashing is the meeting point between the chimney and the roof. One possible problem area of a roof can be where the chimney meets the roofing shingles .When your chimney has developed a leak you will usually notice water staining above the chimney when it rains. It will likely be on the ceiling and perhaps running down the wall as well. This indicates that the chimney flashing is allowing water in and needs to be re-flashed.

The metal that joins the roof to the chimney is called the flashing. It actually comes in two sections. The parts that are on the roof are called the step flashing, back pan and the apron flashing. The metal that goes into or on the chimney is called the counter flashing.

If you have any kind of leak in your roof we'll be happy to come and repair it. We offer a warranty on roof repairs and can get to it quickly.

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Chimney Flashing Repair

Chimney flashing is found at the base of a chimney which enters the roof. Quite frequently, the flashing is made of lead and thus is subject to being pulled away from the chimney. When this occurs, rain water is able to pass behind the flashing and seep into the space, usually an attic, just below the roof. When a chimney is re-pointed or rebuilt, the flashing is frequently repaired at the same time.

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Chimney Re-Pointing

Chimney re-pointing is the process of removing degraded mortar from the joints of a masonry chimney and replacing it with new mortar. If done well, the chimney's structure will be strengthened and its lifetime extended.

When a chimney's mortar is cracking, missing, or deteriorating, chimney re-pointing will need to be done. If neglected, water from the outside will penetrate the chimney's wall. As the water undergoes freeze-thaw cycles over an extended period, it expands and contracts, leading to the deterioration of the masonry. The water can also facilitate the process of efflorescence in which salts are crystallized and cause the masonry to degrade as a consequence. If the salts crystallize beneath the chimney masonry's surface, the process is called sub-efflorescence or crypto-florescence.

Bricks are one of the most durable material that we have to build with, and brick are generally more durable then the mortar that they are laid with. Tuck Pointing a Brick or Stone Wall when the mortar joints have been damage by time and weather is an excellent way to restore them back to their original beauty.

Tips From All Pro

  • The number one rule of cleaning the outside of your Brick or Stone is Never and i mean Never sandblast the face of the Brick, this will take off the face of the brick and leave it open to future damage, the quickest way to ruin a Brick Wall or Chimney is to sandblast it.
  • Plant life can also be destructive to a Masonry wall or Chimney, Ivy can attach it self to the smallest cracks and it has the same ability as freezing water to damage your Masonry wall. If you see plants growing on your Chimney cut them off and kill them with Ammonium phosphate.
  • We have been restoring Brick and Stone Masonry in the New Jersey area for over 35 years, we can make your Masonry look like new by Tuck Pointing, Re-Pointing Cleaning, Sealing.

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Chimney Inspections

A Chimney Inspection is one of the most important services we offer; and, one of the most misunderstood. There are several reasons for which we are called to inspect a chimney or venting system:

  • The property is to be sold or bought and problems that might be missed during a general home inspection are a concern. This is not just a service for those planning the purchase of a home ~ many of our satisfied clients are homeowners in the process of selling their homes who wish to be aware of any potential problems which might delay the sale of their home.
  • There has been a problem with the chimney or venting system
  • The property owner recognizes that the chimney should be inspected yearly and cleaned if necessary.

What Is a Chimney Inspection?
The chimney professional is thus called to the property to perform a chimney inspection. But what does this really mean? What is the chimney professional going to do? In the past, the understanding of what was entailed in a chimney "inspection" was not necessarily the same for the property owner and the chimney professional. Clearly, a mutual understanding was necessary but how would this come about?

Levels of Chimney Inspection

Chimney Inspections are now grouped into three levels: Level I, Level II, and Level III. What makes one different from the other? Access. Access is the ability to see and inspect various areas of the chimney.

>> Level I Chimney Inspection

Access:
Readily accessible portions of chimney exterior and interior.
Accessible portions of appliance and chimney connection.

What we do:
Examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney and venting systems
Go on the roof to check for damage not visible from below.
Certain conditions may prevent us from performing a rooftop chimney inspection: e.g., conditions prevent safe access.

What we look for:
Lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in the flue.
Basic appliance installation and connection.

When is this done:
During annual chimney inspection as required by Section 13.2 of NFPA 211.
During routine cleaning of chimney flue.
Upon direct replacement of a connected appliance with one of similar type, input rating, and efficiency.

Indications:
A Level I chimney inspection is indicated when verification of the suitability of the chimney for continued service, under the same conditions and with the same appliance or appliances, is needed.

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>> Level II Chimney Inspection

Note: For real estate chimney inspections this is the level of inspection that MUST be performed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association standards.

Access:
Includes all accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior.
Including areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
Accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection.

What we do:
Examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney and venting systems
Chimney exterior is inspected
All accessible areas of the chimney are inspected: attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
Go on the roof to check for damage not visible from below.
Certain conditions may prevent us from performing a rooftop chimney inspection: e.g., conditions prevent safe access.

What we look for:
Lack of obstruction or combustible deposits in the flue.
Basic appliance installation and connection.
Proper construction and condition of accessible portions of the chimney structure and all enclosed flues.
Proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.
Size and suitability of flues for connected appliances

When is this done:
Upon addition or removal of one or more connected appliances.
Replacement of an appliance with one of dissimilar type in input rating or efficiency.
Prior to relining or replacement of flue lining.
Upon sale or transfer of the property.
After an operating malfunction or external event likely to have caused damage to the chimney.

Indications:
When verification of the suitability of the chimney for new or changed conditions of service needed.
When a Level I chimney inspection is not sufficient to determine the serviceability of the chimney.

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>> Level III Chimney Inspection

Note: We are including information about Level III chimney inspections in order to present all the levels of possible inspection. As can be seen from the level of accessibility mentioned below, Level III inspections are necessary only under severe circumstances. All Pro Chimney does not perform Level III inspections since this level of inspection calls for the near destruction of the chimney!

Access:
Include external and internal portions of the chimney structure
Including concealed areas of the building or chimney.
Shall include removal of components of the building or chimney where necessary.
Removal of such components shall be required only as necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection.

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Chimney Leak Repair

Keeping Your Chimney in good working order is very important. Keep a sharp eye out for Chimney Leaks especially around the Chimney flashing, this is one of the main places that a chimney will leak. You can enjoy your Fireplace for many years. Masonry chimneys can last for hundreds of years if they are maintained. As a Seattle Masonry Contractor we repair quite a few fireplaces every year. Here are some points to consider in the maintenance of your Chimney: Our Chimneys are a lot like us, they do well when we feed them right.

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Always burn clean dry wood, green or wet wood will buildup creosote in the Flue Liners and that can lead to a Chimney Fire. When burning any wood don't restrict the airflow all the time. Every so often, open the air flow and burn a good hot fire for a while. This will burn off some of the creosote buildup, thus a safer Chimney. Have your Fireplace Cleaned and inspected by a certified Masonry Professional ever year. Summer is a good time of year to do this, it's easy to see any damage that might have accrued the winter before and a good time to make any needed repairs that need to be done this year. Brick Tuck pointing can be cleaned and sealed better at this time of year than in the winter.

A leading cause to leaks is the flashing around the chimney and the masonry around the chimney itself. Also remember if you do not have a chimney CAP then water will penetrate the chimney and cause damage to the crown of the chimney as well as the masonry.

Animal Removal

We will use raccoons as an example of certain animals but usually in the New Jersey area, animals such as raccoons and mice with a few factions of birds do get stuck in the chimney.

Raccoons live in chimneys as well as attics. Your chimney is just like a big, hollow tree to some animals. Raccoons are great climbers, and they need a safe, dry place in which to live, so if your chimney has no chimney cap, get ready for some visitors! Female raccoons instinctively seek out high areas in which to create a nest. Because raccoons are so common in urban areas, they often climb on houses and other buildings looking for a good place to set up a nest. It's not uncommon to see a raccoon on the roof. If they see an open chimney, that's a great place to pick in which to set up a den. They can easily climb down the flue, as seen in the above photo, and they usually set up a nest and have a litter of baby raccoons at the bottom.

DO NOT START A FIRE if you have raccoons in the chimney - you'd have to open the damper to let the smoke out, and they will enter the fireplace instead of climbing out. Even if they don't get into the your fireplace, you will cook animals alive and get a horrendous odor that will last a long time.

If you have raccoons in the chimney there's several things you can do. Odor deterrents such as predator urine or raccoon eviction fluid might work, because it's a very concentrated area, as opposed to a large and well-ventilated chimney. The best is to set a special chimney trap at the top of the flu, which catches the raccoon as it exits. If there are babies inside, they can then be safely removed by hand. You can also set a ground trap at the base of the chimney and do the same thing, though the capture rate may not be 100%, like with the chimney trap. You can scare the mama out and remove the young. Or, you can use a long chimney snare pole to grab and remove them all. Many professional wildlife removal experts have special raccoon in chimney removal systems if odor deterrents don't work.

If you open the damper, you may end up with raccoons in the fireplace. If they actually get into the house, stay away, and open doors and windows right away, and let them leave on their own - don't try to corner or fight the animal, because it will likely defend itself.

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Damper Installation

There are two locations for a damper. The Throat Damper is placed in the throat of the chimney, just above the firebox; the Top Sealing damper is placed on top of the chimney and operated by a mechanism that descends into the lower part of the chimney.

Both dampers are offered by All Pro Chimneys, and we are also able to replace a throat damper (see Throat under Firebox Assembly in the diagram on the right) with a top sealing damper which goes at the top of the chimney.

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