One of the best tools of the trade is the Chim-Scan flue inspection system. Countless times I have found hidden dangers that would not have been discovered without it. So how does it work? The Version of the Chim-Scan I use has two sets of cameras, one pointing up looking for blockages, and another (the lighthouse camera) that rotates 360 degrees giving a live action view of … [Read more...] about What is a Chim-Scan?
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If masonry fireplaces have one weakness in the South, or any wet climate, it is moisture. Bricks are naturally porous and are constantly battling the elements, especially alone above the roofline. To preserve the life of your chimney it is very important to not just use a water repellent, but the right water repellent meant for application on a chimney. I personally recommend … [Read more...] about Don’t let your chimney turn into a garden
Drones can be a great way to inspect hard to reach chimney systems, especially the top crown area. Below are a few examples: Steep pitch roof with a very tall chimney. Three story house on the beach with water intrusion damage. Overhead view of the missing chase cover and active water intrusion area. A collapsing chimney system on a neighbors house next to the … [Read more...] about Inspections with drones
Here is a good example of how water enters your chimney from a rusted chase cover. Here is the first picture showing what it looks like from the top: Now lets take a look around the center flue termination from the bottom side: Not looking good! Now a even closer look. Notice the light shining through the small pin holes: When you see a rusted chase cover on your roof … [Read more...] about Rusted chase covers = Water leak
So lets say you have a strange odor coming from your gas fireplace, not typical to the rotten egg smell of a gas leak, what could it be? The answer could be Aldehydes, chemical compounds that results from incomplete combustion. One key component of maintaining a gas system is keeping the firebox clean and free of things such as pet hair, lint, dust, etc. As your fireplace … [Read more...] about What the heck are Aldehydes?