Last updated 10 days ago
Your chimney requires regular cleaning to prevent creosote buildup that could cause a fire. Chimney cleaning addresses the entire chimney system, including the cap, liner, smoke chamber, damper, and firebox. You should schedule a full inspection and cleaning of your chimney at least once a year to check for damage and remove creosote buildup. While chimney cleaning once a year is adequate in most cases, if you use your fireplace often or burn soft woods such as pine, you may need to schedule chimney cleanings more often. Your chimney inspection and cleaning company can make a recommendation based upon your chimney’s condition and your usage habits. If you are experiencing any problems with your chimney, you should schedule an inspection and cleaning even if it has not been a year since your last service.
Are you having problems with your chimney? Was your last chimney cleaning service over a year ago? Call Em & Em Chimney & Masonry for all your chimney maintenance and repair needs throughout New York. We offer inspections, cleaning, and relining services; you can get more information on our website.
Last updated 15 days ago
Wintertime poses unique fire hazards for many buildings. A fire that breaks out in your chimney can quickly spread to the rest of your home or business, causing extensive damage and putting occupants at risk.
This video discusses the importance of having your chimney cleaned on a regular basis. Chimney sweeps fight fires before they can occur by ensuring your chimney is clean and safe for use. If you notice smoke and soot entering your home from your chimney or poor drafting during use, call a chimney cleaning and repair company immediately.
Is your chimney due for an inspection and cleaning? Em & Em Chimney & Masonry provides expert chimney services including cleaning, repairs, waterproofing, and liner installation in Long Island. Call (516) 935-6215 or click on our web contact form to find out more about our services or obtain a free estimate for your home or business.
Last updated 21 days ago
Your chimney serves an important function by funneling smoke, soot, and dangerous gases away from your fireplace during use. Chimney problems should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent ongoing damage or the risk of a fire. If you aren’t sure whether your chimney has a problem or how to fix it, contact a chimney repair company for expert assistance.
Flashing is placed around your chimney and in other parts of your roof to prevent water from seeping into your home and causing damage. Flashing that has come loose or been damaged is no longer watertight. If you notice water stains on the ceiling or walls near your chimney, the cause is likely damaged flashing. To pinpoint the problem, your flashing should be inspected from the roof. Flashing that does not overlap or is not tucked cleanly against your chimney’s masonry must be resealed with fresh mortar. If the flashing itself is damaged, it will need to be replaced. If you don’t feel comfortable completing this task yourself, a chimney repair service can assist you with this minor—but essential—repair.
Broken or Missing Chimney Cap
A chimney cap provides ventilation while preventing rain, debris, and pests from entering your chimney from above. Water inside your chimney is especially dangerous, as it can cause the masonry to deteriorate quickly. In some cases, a broken or missing chimney cap can be identified easily from the ground by looking up at your chimney. If your chimney cap is only slightly damaged, an up-close inspection from the roof may be necessary. A chimney repair company can replace your chimney cap quickly and easily to solve your problem.
Maintaining your chimney and addressing problems when they appear will ensure your home or business remains safe and cozy this winter season. Contact Em & Em Chimney & Masonry by calling (516) 935-6215 to schedule an inspection or repair in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, New York City, or Westchester. You can find more information about maintaining and repairing your chimney on our blog.
Last updated 28 days ago
Oil used to be the most affordable way to heat your home, but gas is actual cheaper and cleaner. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it costs an average of $1,700 to heat a house with oil, while natural gas averages less than $900. However, there are multiple factors to consider when deciding whether you should replace your old oil heating equipment with gas, including:
Locally Available Fuel
It used to be that natural gas was extremely hard to come by. Today, nearly half of the country uses gas, compared to just 8% that use oil. However, in order to heat your home with natural gas, your home or building must be positioned above or near a gas main. If gas is available to you, you can dramatically reduce your monthly heating bills by switching from oil to gas. And if you are thinking about switching to electricity or propane, know that natural gas is still the cheaper option, especially in big cities like New York where electricity is a premium resource.
Equipment and Installation Costs
While there are considerable upfront costs to replacing your oil heating equipment with gas-fired equipment, you will enjoy considerable savings when the time comes to replace your equipment. A basic gas furnace or boiler costs between $1,500 and $3,000, while an oil-burning model can cost as much as $8,000. If you have a masonry fireplace, you will need to have your chimney lined to prevent damage from the moisture in gas exhaust. However, you can expect to recoup all of these expenses with the money you will save on your heating bills alone.
If you live in New York and plan on converting from oil to gas, Em & Em Chimney & Masonry can make sure that your chimney is ready for the switch. We are one of the premier chimney liner installation companies in New York. Learn more about our chimney liners online, or call us today at (516) 935-6215 to speak with one of our chimney liner installation professionals.
Last updated 1 month ago
A flue liner provides a smooth, relatively seamless surface inside your chimney that helps keep the buildup of soot and combustion by-products to a minimum. Chimney liners typically come in clay, poured cement, or stainless steel. Chimney liners are especially important for homes that use gas-fired heating equipment, as the exhaust fumes contain moisture and corrosive by-products that can deteriorate brick and stone. Stainless steel liners are also required to meet New York’s new building codes for homes that are required to switch from #6 fuel oil.
If you need your liner inspected or repaired, or if your chimney doesn’t have a liner at all, Em & Em Chimney & Masonry can help. Contact us online or call us at (516) 935-6215 to learn more about our chimney liner installation services in New York.