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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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I just wanted to thank you for your expert advice at my last chimney cleaning. We were looking to purchase and install a new wood stove in order to keep our home warmer during the winter, and although it wasn’t directly related to having our chimney swept, your technician took a lot of time to go over several features and designs that were good, and told me several things to watch out for when purchasing a new wood stove.

Needless to say, I could tell this guy knew what he was talking about! It was nice getting an impartial opinion from someone who works with wood stoves all day long!

Suffice it to say that when our new wood stove is installed, we’ll continue to have A to Z out to clean it! You guys are awesome!

~ Allan Stuckin, Fair Oaks, CA
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