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Quality Chimney Repairs, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds

There are a lot of issues that can arise when you own a masonry fireplace and chimney. This is is especially true if your chimney system in older. Masonry chimneys are constructed to withstand a lot of abuse. This makes sense when you consider that your chimney has to deal with extreme shifts in temperature and harsh weather conditions. Because of this, over the years, even the most well-built chimneys will start to show signs of wear and tear due to climate and operational use. When your chimney masonry health starts to deteriorate, issues that can occur that will inhibit your chimney system’s ability to operate correctly and your chimney could also become hazardous. Because of this, it is critical that you have your chimney inspected and maintained by an experienced chimney technician annually. At Old Smokey’s, our experienced masons have seen everything when it comes to chimney masonry issues. Let us show you what we can do to bring life to your old worn out masonry chimney.

Masonry Services We Offer

When it comes to your chimney masonry, we pretty much do it all. If you’re looking to do any type of repair, repointing, restoration, or rebuild, our masonry experts can help you. There are many things that can cause masonry damage. Poor construction, weather, and old age are some of the most common issues that we come across during chimney inspections. If you notice that your masonry is starting to crack, chip, crumble or detach, it needs to be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. These types of issues can quickly become large issues that are hazardous and costly to repair. Sometimes repairing masonry will include a process called repointing. Repointing is the process of carefully removing old and damaged mortar from between your masonry brickwork and replacing it with new mortar. Repointing strengthens bonds between your brickwork and protects your masonry from moisture intrusion. It also has the added benefit of livening up the appearance of your chimney.

Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's

If your chimney or fireplace is looking old and worn out, you may be thinking that you want to restore it back to its original self. At Old Smokey’s, we can help you with this as well. Our chimney restoration services include but are not limited to, stain removal, brick replacement, waterproofing, and repointing. Our experienced masons will use materials and techniques that will make sure your repairs match your current masonry’s colors and patterns. If your chimney or fireplace has gotten to the point that repairs don’t really make sense, we can rebuild it for you. Many people use this as an opportunity to totally remodel their chimney system. 

One of the most important masonry services that we offer is preventative care. Your chimney puts a lot of work into keeping you warm throughout the winter. That’s why it is important to have your chimney inspected by one of our CSIA certified chimney technicians at least once a year. Annual chimney inspections allow us to detect issues in your masonry before they become larger issues. This can save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.

Whatever your chimney masonry needs are, we here at Old Smokey’s can help. Call us today at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our CSIA chimney technicians today! We look forward to serving you!

Truth About Dirty or Neglected Dryer Vents

Your dryer saves you a lot of time and effort, and it works hard with each loads of laundry. People don’t often associate their clothes dryer being a potential safety hazard. However, similar to your chimney and fireplace, your dryer ventilation also needs annual inspection to keep your home safe. In Fact, a report done by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) states that there are nearly 3,000 dryer fires every year. They are causing on average about 100 injuries, 5 deaths, and nearly 35 million dollars in property loss.

The most frustrating thing about this statistic is that one-third of these fires could be prevented by taking simple, preventative measures. At Old Smokey’s, we take fire safety seriously. That’s why we offer professional dryer vent cleaning to protect you!

The Dirty Truth

When you use your dryer, warm air is produced to aid in drying your clothing. This warm air is pushed through your clothes and out of the back of your dryer through a ventilation outlet as exhaust. Attached to the ventilation outlet is a duct that guides exhaust outside of your home. Through the drying process, lint is also created. Most of this lint is caught by your dryer’s lint trap. However, some lint can makes it past the lint trap and get caught in your dyer’s ventilation. Over time, the lint accumulate in your ventilation can get clogged. Once your vent is clogged, excess heat and gases can’t escape your dyer, which can cause it to overheat and catch fire. Although clogs formed by lint are common, your ventilation can also get clogs from debris and animal nesting.

A clogged dryer vent can also cause carbon monoxide gas to leak into your home. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas created by burning natural gas. It can lead to a number of health issues including lethargy, headaches, passing out, and even death. Another, less serious issue caused by clogged dryer vents is decreased efficiency of your dryer. If your clothes aren’t drying as well as they usually do, it is an indicator that you have a ventilation issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

Get your vents checked!

If it’s been a while since you’ve had your dryer vents checked, or your dryer isn’t working as well as it used to, you need to get a dryer vent inspection or cleaning. In fact, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) suggests getting an annual inspection. Call Old Smokey’s at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online today!

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