Wasatch Front & Surrounding Areas
Chimney Damage or Cracks
Encountering a damaged or cracked chimney is a prevalent issue necessitating fireplace repair. The causes are diverse, ranging from aging and extreme weather to inadequate maintenance. Common problems encompass cracked or deteriorated mortar, damaged flue tiles, and loose or missing bricks. Timely intervention is crucial as minor cracks may escalate, exacerbated by water and moisture. Addressing this concern promptly is advantageous to prevent further deterioration. We do not provide exterior chimney repair, but we can identify if your chimney needs repairs.
Firebox Damage or Cracks
The firebox, the area containing and burning the fire, can suffer damage due to excessive heating and cooling cycles, suboptimal installation, or burning materials other than wood. Issues may manifest as cracked or crumbling brick, damaged mortar joints, and deteriorated refractory panels. Though seemingly inconspicuous, minor cracks can evolve into more severe problems if ignored, potentially affecting fireplace functionality and leading to carbon monoxide hazards. Professional attention is paramount to mitigate risks, and swift action is recommended.
Damaged or Malfunctioning Damper
The damper, a valve regulating airflow and smoke, can experience defects from various sources, including warping and rusting in metal dampers exposed to constant heat and moisture. Detecting a draft downward from the chimney or experiencing difficulty in opening a closed damper are signs of a malfunction. Our expert damper installation and repair services offer a solution to rectify these issues promptly, ensuring optimal fireplace performance.
Creosote, a highly flammable substance, can accumulate within the chimney over time as a byproduct of wood combustion. Factors such as air supply blockage or temperature fluctuations can exacerbate buildup. Regular removal is essential, as unchecked creosote can ignite, posing a significant risk of chimney fires. Annual inspections are crucial for identifying and addressing creosote-related issues, safeguarding your home or business from potential hazards.
A burning fireplace smell often arises from the overheating of glass, metal, or plastic components within the system. However, these odors can also be attributed to ventilation problems and incorrect gas pressure. Additionally, foreign materials entering the firebox from the chimney or the presence of burning wires can contribute to these smells.
Equally crucial, gas smells may indicate issues with a gas-related component of your fireplace, such as a malfunctioning gas valve or a leaking gas pipe. These odors may also stem from problems with another gas appliance in your home. Regardless of the source, it's imperative to open windows and doors, evacuate the area, and promptly summon a repair professional to identify and rectify the issue.
Moreover, observe your fireplace's safety screen for fog, as it could signal an excessive buildup of exhaust chemicals due to inadequate expulsion from the firebox.
Excessive Soot Accumulation
While finding some soot on a fireplace is normal, a substantial buildup is cause for concern. This may result from poor air circulation within the fireplace or a ventilation problem, such as a blocked flue pipe, redirecting hazardous gases and exhaust outside through the chimney. Unusual soot levels can also be attributed to a malfunctioning gas valve, incorrect gas pressure, or neglecting routine maintenance.
Many fireplaces are coated to prevent rust on their metal components. If this coating wears off, the protection against rust diminishes. Rust typically develops in older systems, typically between 10-15 years of use. At this point, replacing the fireplace is advisable.
Preventing Future Fireplace Repairs
Discovering that your fireplace isn't functioning properly when attempting to light it for the first time can be inconvenient and may indicate serious underlying issues. Regular maintenance before the colder seasons is recommended to identify developing problems early on. Our 21 Point Inspection is a cost-effective measure compared to potential repairs or replacements, ensuring your fireplace remains functional and safe.