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A fireplace box fits into the area around your fireplace to provide insulation. To clean your fireplace box, use a mixture of half a cup of trisodium phosphate (TSP) and one gallon of hot water. Always wear protective gloves and clothing when handling chemicals. Use a scrub brush and the solution of TSP to clean away grease, soot, and other debris from your fireplace box. Once you are done scrubbing, repeat using a second solution of one cup of TSP and one gallon of water. Rinse the fireplace box with warm water and allow it to dry. When painting your fireplace box, use one to two coats of high-temperature paint to prevent melting. To maintain your newly-painted fireplace box, wipe down the surface with warm water after every use and repaint as needed.
A beautiful and functional fireplace is an asset to any home. If you need help with chimney maintenance or repairs, contact E.M. & E.M. Chimney & Masonry at (516) 935-6215. We are a fully-licensed and insured chimney and masonry company serving New York. Click on our blog for more fireplace and chimney maintenance tips.
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Many people do not consider their chimney a fire hazard. However, chimney fires are a common cause of heating-related fires in the winter. Chimneys require regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent the buildup of creosote, a compound that can easily catch fire and cause structural damage.
Causes of Chimney Fires
As your chimney funnels the byproducts of combustion away from your home to maintain a breathable and safe atmosphere, some of these byproducts stick to your chimney liner. Creosote is a black, oily, tar-like residue that may be flaky, sticky, or hard. It is highly flammable when exposed to high temperatures. If you have sufficient creosote buildup inside your chimney, the heat created by starting a fire in your fireplace can cause the creosote to combust.
Signs of a Chimney Fire
If a fire occurs in your chimney, it must be handled immediately to prevent damage to your chimney or the rest of your home. When a chimney fire starts, you may notice a loud popping or cracking noise, dense smoke production, or an intense smell. Indications that your chimney has suffered from a fire include warping, collapse of the mortar structures, discoloration or distortion of the chimney cap, fire or heat damage to your roof, and a puffy appearance to the creosote inside your chimney.
Solutions After a Chimney Fire
After a chimney fire, steps must be taken to repair damage and prevent further combustion. A chimney cleaning and repair company can clean out your chimney to remove creosote buildup and replace the lining, masonry, and chimney cap if necessary. If your chimney sustained significant damage, the entire system may need to be rebuilt to ensure it meets safety standards.
Em & Em Chimney & Masonry proudly provides 12-point chimney safety inspections, chimney cleaning, and chimney repair in New York. We can help you prevent a chimney fire or restore your chimney after damage has occurred. Click through our website or call (516) 806-5123 to learn more about our services.
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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.
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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.
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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.