Chimney Masonry inspections and fireplace cleaning by Midtown Chimney Sweeps and dryer vent cleaning
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Chimney Masonry

A masonry chimney is constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials, including brick, mortar, concrete, concrete block, stone, flue tile, steel and cast iron. All masonry chimneys contain combinations of, or possibly all of, these materials, most of which are adversely affected by direct contact with water or water penetration.

 How Does Water Damage my Chimney?

Chimneys are traditionally of two types, Masonry or Factory Built. In either case stone and bricks may be involved as either a structural element or as a veneer. When rain water is absorbed into the stone or bricks, or when it collects on the small bed joints of the masonry chimney, it will freeze and thaw in a repeating and systematic way and destroy the integrity of the chimney. All masonry chimney construction materials will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. Masonry materials deteriorate quickly and the moisture that has penetrated the materials periodically freezes and expands causing undue stress to masonry chimney. Water in the chimney also causes rust in steel, sheetmetal, and cast iron, weakening or destroying the metal.

Water penetration can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and masonry chimney including:

Deteriorated metal or masonry fireboxes

  • Rotting wood and ruined drywall
  • Water stained walls and ceiling
  • Debri falling into clean out area
  • Stained chimney pipe or bricks
  • Rusted damper and poor operation
  • Decayed exterior mortar
  • Cracked and deteriorated flue liner
  • Leaning chimney structure
  • Chimney settles due to water eroding foundation

  A chimney crown is a protection for the masonry construction beneath it by helping to prevent the need for fireplace chimney repairs & chimney rebuilding. It is the top element of a masonry chimney and sheds the water off the chimney and sometimes down the face or else it drips free. These crowns or splays are constructed from common mortar mix, the same mixture used to lay the bricks of the chimney. Masonry chimneys are often the most abused by the harsh elements from outside. Both the high heat and corrosive nature of soot and creosote make regular masonry maintenance important.

Commercial chimney masonry materials on chimneys may degrade rapidly in harsh environments due to lack of maintenance. Commercial masonry chimney repair is an on-going maintenance request for commercial property managers. Loose bricks and safety related questions are common. We recommend that you have a Certified Chimney Professional inspect your building’s masonry chimney annually.

 Why Should I have a Midtown technician do my Masonry Fireplace Inspection or Repair?

When the masonry work on your chimney begins to show signs of deterioration (the mortar joints are worn away from the weather), chances are you’ll need to have some brick fireplace repair done in order to repair it. Working up high on ladders can pose a risk. Midtown Chimney Sweeps technicians take time to secure their ladders and prepare for the climb, taking the necessary tools up with them. Older and newer brick and stone chimneys have different degrees of hardness and water permeability, and the same is true for mortar, and the masonry crown. In addition to brick fireplace repairs at the top of the chimney and in the firebox, your Certified Midtown  technician will also inspect the outside of your chimney.

 Service Today!

Midtown Chimney Sweeps is ready to evaluate your chimney, either commercial or residential, and make recommendations. Property managers and realtors can be assured that when they hire a Midtown technician they are getting the best in chimney advice and inspection. Do you need to have masonry chimney inspected or repairs made? Midtown Chimney Sweeps can help. Click here or Call to make an appointment at toll free 1-844-793-3766, today!

What people are saying...

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    I can't stress enough how glad I am to have found these guys. Honest, reliable and affordable. Truly enjoyed working with them.

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    Jason Allen came out to clean and inspect my chimney and wood burning stove. He did an outstanding job. He explained what he was doing and why. He showed me how the stove worked and was very careful to make no mess. He even went up on my roof to check the chimney from outside. I highly recommend, Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Jason Allen! Mike Holmes

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    I am very satisfied and pleased with the work done by Jason from Midtown Sweeps. 1. He was professional, smart and very knowledgable about the chimney, the fireplace and general information. 2. He has a pleasant personality, which made the whole experience enjoyable. I will use again for next cleaning and inspection.

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    Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean! They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around! Thank you so much!

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    Awesome! I had Byron come service the chimney/fireplace of my new home before winter sets in. What incredible, friendly, and knowledgable service. I will definitely use them again. I hugely recommend them to anyone needing their chimney/fireplace services.

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    Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!

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    I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service. I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there. I can't say enough good things about these guys!

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    The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!

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    Great customer service and really helpful!!

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    My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.

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