Let A to Z Chimney Services Update Your Sacramento Fireplace Or Firebox
Just like any of your kitchen appliances, chimneys wear out with use and time. Your fireplace’s firebox—the place where you build your fires—is no different. The firebox is subjected to intense heat exposure and, often times, water intrusion, which will eventually turn the mortar that holds your firebox’s bricks together into a very sandy consistency.
In addition, fireplaces themselves become outdated—the fireplace surrounds and mantels, the masonry or stonework, etc. A to Z Chimney Servicces would be more than happy to update your hearth so that it is a place that you’re proud of and an area that harmonizes with the rest of your décor — all while keeping safety and durability foremost in mind. Today’s fireplace can be anything but rustic; we have built many chic and modern fireplaces for Sacramento area homeowners.
Sometimes mortar becomes so eroded that gaps begin to appear between the bricks that make up your firebox. Eroded mortar joints and loose bricks in your firebox can quickly turn into an unsafe situation, so keeping your firebox in tip-top condition is very important. An experienced chimney technician will be able to determine if your mortar can be repaired or if your firebox needs to be torn out and rebuilt entirely.
If your firebox’s bricks are in sound condition but the mortar holding them together is beginning to turn to sand or erode away, firebox tuckpointing is in order. First, the affected sandy mortar joints are partially removed with a special diamond-cutting blade. Once removed, the mortar joints are re-packed with high temperature refractory mortar. Once the process is complete, you’ll get many more years of worry-free use out of your newly refurbished firebox. At A to Z Chimney Services, we also tuckpoint chimneys. You can read more about tuckpointing here.
Firebox Tear-Out And Rebuild
If your firebox’s brickwork is loose, cracked, spalling, or in danger of collapsing, your firebox is too badly damaged for tuckpointing and must be torn out so that a new firebox can be installed. This is a big job, but rest assured, A to Z Chimney Services has the experience to make this a stress-free, no-mess experience for you.
First, the bricks are removed with a demolition hammer (a miniature jack hammer). Once the old firebox is removed, one of our expert masons will re-lay your new firebox, one brick at a time, using a high temperature fireclay mortar specifically designed to endure the high heat environment that is typical of a wood-burning fireplace.
Once completed, you’ll enjoy many more years of worry-free fires, knowing the job was done right by A to Z Chimney Services. We also handle smoke chamber parging, as well as a wide variety of other fireplace and chimney repairs. To make an appointment today, email us at email@example.com or fill out our online appointment form.
Where’s my chimney’s smoke chamber and why does it need to be parged? Let us answer these and other questions you may have about all kinds of restoration work for your masonry.
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This year, I hired A to Z to come out and sweep and inspect the flue because I heard they inspect the chimneys with a Chim Scan camera at no additional charge. The technician who came to my home, assured me I would be able to see any cracks or hazardous conditions along with him as he video scanned my flue. To my utter delight, NO EVIDENCE OF A CHIMNEY FIRE OR DAMAGE IN MY FLUE WAS DETECTED!!! Chris was extremely detailed in his inspection and really took his time educating me so I could feel comfortable. It was obvious that he knew what he was talking about and truly interested in doing the right thing…a far cry from last year’s experience with the other company. If anyone asks for an HONEST, COMPETENT, AND PROFESSIONAL chimney sweep company, I'll be sure to recommend A to Z!
~ Ms. Randi Scott, Lincoln, CA
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