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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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Dear A to Z Chimney

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great service you have done for me. I am an avid wood burner and love to burn my fires just about every evening. There’s nothing like the simple pleasure of curling up next to a warm and cozy fire during those cold winter nights.

Unfortunately, I had a chimney fire which did extensive damage to my chimney and it had to be re-lined with a new Stainless Steel Liner.

Last year, I hired a different company to come out and sweep my chimney. The sweep from that company tried to use high pressure sales tactics to get me to do the repairs. His poor attitude and high pressure turned me off so badly that I decided not to have them do the work.

This year, I hired your company and Chris Donovan was such a gentleman! He gave me the same bad news, but this time I could see it with my own eyes on the screen as he video scanned my flue. He was also much more knowledgeable and informative and really took the time to help me understand. He did not talk condescendingly, and there was no pressure whatsoever.

Consequently, I did hire your company to come back and complete the needed repairs, and was absolutely delighted!! Not only did Chris come back, but Aaron, the owner came, as well. I was delighted to know that the owner was personally seeing to the work. In the process of repairing my chimney, some other minor problems were detected, and they fixed them at no additional charge!

In addition, when everything was done, they did a spectacular job cleaning up every bit of their mess, and I couldn’t even tell they had been here.

Thanks again for the great service you provide! I will use you again and again, and refer you to my friends.

Sincerely,

~ Beverly Bland, Carmichael, CA
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