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Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL!

Owning an older home means you need to pay careful attention to your home’s health. The same is true for old chimney system. Masonry chimneys are designed to withstand a lot of temperature extremes. However, over the years, even the most well-built chimneys start to show signs of deterioration due to operational use and weathering.

There are a lot of different masonry issues that can occur in older chimney’s, and it is important to hire a chimney technician who has experience detecting and repairing masonry issues to check on your chimney. At Old Smokey’s, our experienced masons have seen a lot of masonry issues. We are all certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this means we have extensive training on all the latest safety protocols regarding chimney inspections and repairs.

What are some of the masonry repairs Old Smokey’s offers?

Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sWe do it all! If your looking to do any type of remodel, restoration, or rebuild, our masonry experts can help you. However, one of the most important services we offer is preventative maintenance service. Your chimney goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. It is critical to get your chimney inspected by our CSIA certified chimney technicians at least once a year.

Annual chimney inspections can catch masonry issues before they become a bigger problem. This saves you time and money while also protects your home from potential fire hazards. If you have already noticed issues, we can help. Poor construction, moisture invasion, and weathering are issues that we constantly run across. Most of the time, these small issues only require minor repairs. However, if your chimney has gotten to the point of disrepair, we can rebuild it!

If you have a chimney that’s looking a little worn out, and you want to restore it back to its original glory, we can help you. Our top-notch chimney restoration service is the best in the area. Our experienced masons use materials and techniques to make your chimney new and beautiful again.

We offer repointing!

Another service we provide is repointing. Repointing is the process of carefully removing old, crumbly mortar joints between your brickwork and replacing it with new mortar. This has a few benefits. It strengthens the bonds between your brickwork, keeps rain from entering your mortar joints, and also liven up the appearance of your chimney.

When it comes to the health of your chimney masonry, we are here to help. Call us today at 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our CSIA chimney technicians to inspect and repair your masonry issues!

Let Old Smokey’s fix your Smoky Fireplace

Your fireplace offers you endless hours of enjoyment with its warmth and ambiance. However, if there are smoke entering your home with each fire, this can ruin your fireplace experience. At Old Smokey’s, we want you to enjoy your fireplace as long as possible. If you’re having issues with your fireplace, we can help! Let us help you discover what issues are causing your fireplace to smoke, and our experts can also offer the skills and experience to resolve it.

What causes smoky fireplaces?

Let Old Smokey's fix your Smoky Fireplaces - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's Fireplace & ChimneyMost smoky fireplace problems are from airflow issues. If your chimney or home’s airflow system isn’t working properly, you will have issues with your fires not burning hot enough and improper smoke ventilation.

Chimney blockages also have a detrimental effect on airflow. Your chimney is designed to quickly take smoke and gases out of your home. However, if there is a blockage in your chimney, smoke and gases start to back up to cause a smoky home. There are many things that can cause a chimney blockages. Creosote build up or build ups of organic material such as sticks, leaves, and animal nests or even a malfunctioning damper can all contribute to a chimney blockage. The best solution to prevent a chimney blockage is to get your chimney inspected by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep annually.

Another common issue with airflow is negative air pressure in your home. Sometimes, when a home is sealed too tightly, wind and temperature differences can cause the air pressure outside of your home to be greater than the inside of your home. This turns your home into a vacuum. Since air can’t get in through your windows and doors, it often gets sucked in through the fireplace. Negative air pressure can usually be solved by simply cracking a window until your chimney starts working again.

Other common issues

When smoke doesn’t have a smooth passage from your firebox to your chimney’s outlet, it bounces around your chimney and starts to cause smoke to build up and flow into your home. If there are missing parts in your chimney flue or smoke chamber, it will prevent smoke from venting properly. If this is the cause, it is a good time to have your chimney relined or your smoke chamber parged. These issues are sometimes complicated, and they should only be performed by an experienced, CSIA certified chimney technician.

You don’t have to put up with a smoky fireplace. Call Old Smokey’s today at 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online to have one of our CSIA chimney technicians fix your smoky fireplace today!

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