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Prefabricated Fireplace & Fire Box Repairs

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.

Firebox Tuckpointing

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AtoZChimneySweep-SacramentoCA-CrackDue to heat exposure and, oftentimes, 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.

AtoZChimneySweep-SacramentoCA-CrackedMortarEroded 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.

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.

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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.
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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!

AtoZChimneySweep-SacramentoCA-FireboxRebuildingFirst, 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 fires worry free knowing the job was done right by A to Z!

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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!

 

Prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys are vulnerable to water damage, so ask A to Z to inspect your system and make any needed repairs before you develop more major and expensive problems.

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Several years ago I had one of the biggest chimney sweep companies in town come out to clean my chimney and it was a DISASTER! By the time they finished, my carpets and furniture were covered in dirty, grimy soot, and it was a nightmare to have cleaned!

Because of my past experience with that other company, I was understandably cautious about having another chimney sweep into my home, but I decided to give A to Z since they came highly referred. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! A to Z was on time and very careful to cover my white carpets with fresh, clean tarps not only in front of my fireplace, but everywhere they walked, too!

I could tell they cared deeply about taking care of my home and making sure my experience was a good one! If you are wondering if there's any difference between the quality of service with A to Z versus the competition, believe me, there really is!

~ Paul Peterson, Fair Oaks, CA
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