Home Is Where The Hearth Is
Whether you are shopping for a new fireplace, revitalizing a historic chimney system, or needing service solutions for safety and performance, hopefully it will be addressed here. Should you need further assistance, please call and contact us. It is our endeavor to help meet your needs.
Homestead Chimney Service was established in 1981 by Phillip Martin. Current certification credentials are with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA Certification #781) and the National Fireplace Institute – Gas Specialist (NFI Certification #134368). Other affiliations include membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild and Southern Association of Chimney Professionals. Specialist Training in Historic Lime Mortar & Masonry Restoration with U.S. Heritage – Chicago.
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- Is my chimney SAFE?
- My chimney is leaking water from somewhere and is ruining my ceiling. Where is it coming from and what can be done?
- My chimney is circa 1880 and seems to have some missing mortar joints and a brick or two. Will it have to be torn down?
- I just love a fire, but these “ Ventless” gas logs stink up my house and give me a headache. I’ve heard that “Vented” gas logs aren’t very energy efficient. Isn’t there a better way?
Is my chimney SAFE?
Good question! First off, lets use the word “serviceable” instead of “safe” due to ambiguous and misleading terminology. We have hopes that it is, but just because it is not loaded with soot or creosote, there may be other issues. There could be cracks, voids, separations, combustible clearances, etc. which may be overlooked when just checking for the flammable material. Even if conditions that may be pyro-sensitive do not exist, an undetected unrepaired leak from a crown, chase cover, or flashing can cost thousands of dollars from rot and termites. This is just one more reason that the “sweeping log” paradox does not replace the “trained eye with the right equipment”.
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My chimney is leaking water from somewhere and is ruining my ceiling. Where is it coming from and what can be done?
The type of chimney usually determines the type of leak. Factory-built chimneys have different components from masonry chimneys. Sight unseen, it is difficult to precisely diagnose the point of entry. Conversely, there may be more than one area of intrusion. Homestead offers an investigative inspection which usually requires a hydro-test to reveal the defective area. This procedure helps to eliminate “fixing the wrong thing”. Call for an appointment NOW! This is one situation that needs immediate attention.
My chimney is circa 1880 and seems to have some missing mortar joints and some of the brick are flaking away. Will it have to be torn down?
Hopefully not! In many cases the chimneys mortar joints can be re-pointed with new lime-based mortar. Spalled or damaged brick can be extracted and implanted with “fresh” ones. When completed, not only will you have an impressive piece of work, but another hundred years of life. However In some cases, procrastination has won and the unit must be rebuilt. Regardless of the seeming condition, call for an evaluation before hasty decisions are made. We use and employ techniques and materials consistent with those of U. S. Heritage – Chicago.
I just love a fire, but these “ventless” gas logs stink up my house and give me a headache. I’ve heard that “vented” gas logs aren’t very energy efficient. Isn’t there a better way?
We seem to hear this quite frequently. Everyone loves the atmosphere created by the warmth and beauty of a fire, but there always seems to be a down side. The purity and realism of a wood fired system involves the chores of firewood and ash cleanup. A ventless gas log system creates indoor air pollution with carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen depletion, and amounts of carbon monoxide. A vented gas log system exhausts copious amounts of conditioned air out of the envelope and produces marginal heat. The other alternative is the direct vent system which delivers clean heat & ambiance without using or polluting the indoor air source. Up front, the down side of this type of unit would be the cost factor. Spread over the years of enjoyment, not necessarily so. Need a change? Call for an evaluation.