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Refractory Panel Replacement

 

Keep Your Fireside Experience Safer & Warmer By Having Damaged Refractory Panels Replaced

The refractory panels in your firebox are very important to both the appearance and the function of the box. The design of the panels allows the heat of the fire to radiate back into the room. The result: more complete combustion, less by-product and a warmer, cozier, and safer home.

As you can imagine, refractory panels are made to stand strong, but this doesn’t mean they’re unbreakable. These important panels can crack and deteriorate like anything else, but when they do, repairs should be taken care of ASAP. Why? Think about what your firebox is responsible for holding and containing: fire. If damage present in the panel walls of the firebox, they won’t do a very good job of containing that fire. In fact, heat and even stray sparks and hot ash could transfer to nearby walls and framing through cracked and thinning panels. So yes, cracked and worn refractory panels are ugly, but they could also be dangerous.

Sootmaster’s Expert Refractory Panel Replacement

If you’ve noticed damage to your refractory panels, put your mind at ease — Sootmaster can take care of it for you. We replace refractory panels and offer a variety of styles, so we’re confident we have something that suits you.

So take a look — are the cracks in your firebox as thick as a dime? Has more than 1/4” of the panel’s surface deteriorated and fallen away? If so, give Sootmaster a call today at 888-768-0818 . We’ll send an experienced professional out to your home to talk with you about your options. You can count on Sootmaster to quickly replace the damaged refractory panels and provide a professional installation.


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Don’t postpone getting your water leaks repaired. Let our chimney repair technicians fix the problem right the first time!

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Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st.

This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.”

“Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.”

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks

In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints.
Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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