Fire Box Repairs & Rebuilds
Just like any of your kitchen appliances, chimneys tend to wear out with use and time. Your fireplace’s firebox (the place where you build your fires) is no different.
Due to heat exposure and, often times, water intrusion, the mortar that holds your firebox’s bricks together will eventually turn into a very sandy consistency. Sometimes, mortar becomes so eroded that gaps begin to appear between the bricks.
When your firebox’s bricks are in sound condition and not loose, but the mortar holding them together is beginning to turn to sand or erode away, firebox tuck pointing 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.
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 tuck pointing and must be torn out and a new firebox installed.
This is a big job, but rest assured, A to Z has the experience to make this a stress-free, no-mess experience for you!
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 fires worry free knowing the job was done right by A to Z!
P.S. Don’t forget the chimney cap, your chimney’s crown, and heat reflector! A chimney cap and a crown in good condition will help keep out the damaging rainwater. A heat reflector will dramatically reduce the amount of heat your new firebox is exposed to!
Spending a little extra money to protect your fireplace from water intrusion and heat exposure will prolong the life of your newly repaired firebox many fold!
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I just wanted to thank you for your honesty and for a thorough inspection of my chimney. One of the biggest concerns I have when hiring service professionals is being taken advantage when not having first hand knowledge of the various procedures. Last year when I had my chimney swept by one of your competitors, they claimed that I had a chimney fire, and that my flue was now cracked and needed extensive repairs.
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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