Birmingham Alabama’s Local Chimney Repair

With the best warranties in the industry, it’s no surprise why over the past 30 years of business we have had thousands of happy customers.

Chimney Repair and Inspections Birmingham

With over thirty years of experience, Sootmaster Chimney Repair Birmingham has been providing exceptional chimney services such as sweeping, inspection, water leak repair and prevention, flashing, and tuckpointing. With our experienced and certified team, we take pride in our work, That’s why we provide the best warranties in the industry. Below is a full list of services, please give us a call today at (205)956-1900

Sootmaster Chimney Repair Birmingham Services

In addition to the recommend yearly sweep and inspection, we also offer a variety of expert services.

  • Fireplace repairs: Our chimney Repair, cleanings, and Sweeps are done by CSIA-trained workers. Our team carries all of the most common lock-top dampers, chimney caps, and flue liners on their vans in case a repair is needed. That way, we can do the repair on the same day.
  • Fireplace Installations: Our Chimney Repair Birmingham team is comprised of skilled in fireplace installations such as ash dump doorswood stoves, and other local chimney services.
  • Water Leak Repairs: Water damage is the most common problem we repair in chimneys. If not fixed immediately, it can become worse and more expensive. We use FlashSeal, the best sealant in the market which completely stops the leak. Chimney caps and dampers can also stop the water from entering. You can be confident that we will fix your water leak problems because you don’t have to pay until the next big rain without a leak. Unlike other companies who will come out time and time again, we will only need one trip to stop the issue.
  • Animal Removal: Bats, birds, or raccoons, may take shelter in your flue system and bring babies with them. Not only can they destroy your chimney, but they may also enter your home and transfer respiratory disease through their waste. Birmingham’s Sootmaster team only practices humane animal removal. We can keep the animals out with a lock-top damper at the top of the flue lining.
  • Smoke Issues: If your fireplace is not drafting properly, the smoke is coming into your lungs and affecting your health. Our technicians are skilled in diagnosing the cause of the draft problem. Reducing the height of the chimney can prevent smoke from entering your home, so we may install a Smoke Guard to help it flow properly. Our chimney doctors can protect the health of your family and keep your chimney system drafting correctly.
  • Masonry Repairs: Sootmaster Chimney RepairBirmingham provides a variety of masonry chimney repairs including tuckpointingchimney flue repairflue relining, and more.
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Joint effort on joint work. Style vs Substance!

The last time we spoke on brick and mortar, we focused on the joints. Specifically, one part of the process, pointing and its variants: Pointing, the finishing of the mortar joints Repointing, repairing said joints Some specific varieties: tuckpointing, flush pointing, strap pointing, and grooved pointing Today we will be going over those joints themselves and more ways they can be pointed, as I promised in that very blog. The most important part of the form of the structure, though materials may be the essential part. Brick Mortar Joints Here we shall call the bricks or stones "masonry units." First, it is best to understand that horizontal and vertical joints may be of different types, and some forms may be exclusively used for one direction. Second, let me refresh you on the point of...
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Benefits of A Lock-Top Damper

What is a damper? A fireplace damper is normally located at least 8 inches above the firebox opening. The damper acts as a door separating the chimney and the inside of your home, allowing the smoke to exit when open. When the damper is closed, it prevents downdrafts from entering your home. Are you aware of what kind of damper you have on your chimney? If not, it is worth it to find out because your leaky throat damper could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year in energy loss. Read more below to find out why and what you can do to prevent this. Problems with Traditional Throat Dampers Traditional dampers were designed for times when energy was not nearly as expensive as today. These throat dampers cause several problems because they are made completely out of metal. Throat dampers...
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Cracked Crown on Your Chimney?

On a chimney, the crown is located across the top of the chimney. It is a solid cover that sits on the highest points of your chimney. Designed to be strong and perform well over a long period of time. Even though, over-time all structures start to fall. There are numerous reasons for cracks to form in the crown. Chimneys are continually exposed to the elements and become damaged from snow, rain, sunlight, and freeze-thaw stages. It is significantly important to repair any cracks or splits in a smokestack before any harm occurs. Indications of a Damages Chimney Crown Cracking: Visible cracks in the concrete forming the crown can be filled or sealed, if they are still relatively small. Larger cracks might need more extensive repair. Falling flue tiles: notice small lumps of tiles...
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Downdraft: A Common Enemy

Last time we talked about chimney caps but didn't go too in-depth on the central issue they are made to combat. Downdraft, in other words, is the movement of air down the chimney or into the house. It's crucial to understand downdraft and its dangerous effects. It's a problem most homeowners will come into conflict with should they use their chimney. There was a focus on how downdraft impacts one's heating and cooling bills, which is true. But it also can impair breathing and suffocate residents. What is Downdraft? Downdraft, as stated before, is the movement of air downwards; to be more specific, it's the current of air that pushes air molecules to a lower altitude. Updraft is the current that moves air molecules to a higher altitude, which cannot exist without another. Many factors go...
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Preparation for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are no joke for the southern states, especially along the coastline. With hurricanes, there will be structural damage to the home and the chimney. Chimneys are normally able to withstand the elements, they are not indestructible. Fierce winds, heavy rains, and flying debris associated with hurricanes can cause surface and structural damage to chimneys. The degree of the wreck can be hard to observe with an unexperienced eye or without exceptional hardware. Chimney damages are not always simple to identify. In the event that we do not know what precisely to pay attention to, basic issues may appear straightforward corrective deformities. Indications of harm to a smokestack may include block pieces or full blocks lying on the ground or on the rooftop, new breaks in the...
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Don’t Let A Smoky Fireplace Ruin Your Holiday Season

Fireplaces add a festive mood to any holiday gathering. The warm and cozy atmosphere they extend simply cannot be beat. Unfortunately, this pleasing aesthetic can be ruined in a hurry when things malfunction and smoke starts pouring back out into your living space. A lot of things can cause smoking issues, such as rusted dampers, burning unseasoned wood, creosote buildup, and hindered air flow. But today, we’re here to talk about the smoke chamber. A well-built and proper-functioning smoke chamber can make all the difference when it comes to smoking issues. Our job is to keep our customers educated as to why this is. Contact us today if you’re having any problems with your fireplace. We can set you up right before the holiday season arrives! What Is A Smoke Chamber? The smoke chamber is...
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Tips on Winter Fireplace Chimney Sweeps

The warmth of a lively, sparkling, and crackling fire is what everyone looks forward to during the winter season. If you have a fireplace that can withstand enough heat and a chimney to boot, you are lucky. But this dream sequence could quickly turn into a nightmare if you do not use the services of a professional fireplace chimney sweep. Short of that, there are some other things you can do to ensure your fire is safe and satisfying. Here are some tips for that. Tips to Maximize the Efficiency and Lifespan of Your Fireplace and Chimney   Use Well-seasoned Wood Well-seasoned wood means it was cut and given time to dry. Softwood like pine can take an average of six months to dry while hardwood like oak can take up to two years. Do not burn wood that is not seasoned. Unseasoned wood leads...

Hurricane Season: Protect Your Home

As the temperature rises, summer closes in. Brace yourself, this is also the same time that hurricanes frequent the lower eastern coast of America. Fortunately for you, our service areas cover a considerable area of the east coast. Hurricane season, which starts on July 1st and ends on November 30th, usually brings menacing storms that have the potential to cause major damage. We have some tips and advice for you this hurricane season to help you protect your home. Rain and water are some of the most corrosive materials, especially when unattended for long periods of time. Chimney leaks are one of the most common issues we find when performing a chimney inspection. Chimney leaks can cause mold inside the chimney, which causes a foul odor and is harmful to breathe. A water leak can also...
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What are Chimney Dampers?

Chimneys are often associated with fire and warmth, but they can actually dampen a home's heat without the proper part. Today we'll be talking about that small and specific part of the chimney, the money-saving Chimney Damper. The Problem Chimneys are, in effect, a hole in the house. Mostly meant to allow for the release of smoke and other harmful gasses. But with them, most heat from a fire just escapes up the chimney. Now, this is fine, fires generate tons of heat, and very few think that lighting a fire will bring warmth to the entire room anyway. However, even when a fire isn't burning, heat can be escaping out the flue. Should the hole remain open, then much of the money spent on heaters and their work is simply escaping the house. The other possibility is the air from the outside...
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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...

Explore Birmingham

Birmingham is full of places to explore. So while we’re working on your chimney, grab some grub, and enjoy the scenery. Explore Birmingham!

Birmingham Museum of Art

“This three-story museum houses an eclectic selection of art, including Wedgewood pottery, the largest collection of Asian art in the Southeast, Native American and African art, impressionism, contemporary art, and American landscapes.” –Tripadvisor

Birmingham Zoo

Programs at the Birmingham Zoo are almost too numerous to count, and there is something for every member of the familyand even more programs are being added. The 122-acre facility has approximately 700 animals of 230 species from every continent, except Antarcticaincluding sea lions, rhinos, and endangered species.” 

“We’re not so big that you feel like you missed something. We’re also not so small that you go through and in a halfhour are like, ‘Am I done?’, said Chris Pfefferkorn, who has been the zoo’s president and CEO since July 2018. “I think you could easily spend two or three hours here and have a great time Our guest experience can set that apart. www.birminghamtimes.com

 

Sloss Furnaces

“Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century — a monument to the Industrial Revolution. With its web of pipes and towering stoves, this unique National Historic Landmark provides visitors a glimpse into Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage. It stands with pride and is a symbol of where the “Magic” began for Birmingham.” 

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