Does Your Fireplace Smoke Chamber Need To Be Repaired? Firesafe Has The Experience & Training To Do The Job Right
As fall approaches, we all start to give our fireplaces a little more thought. We have visions of cozy evenings in front of the fire, and we start daydreaming about the warmth and relaxation we feel around the holidays.
As our name implies, here at Firesafe Chimney Services, we want to make sure those evenings you dream of are as safe and enjoyable as possible for you and your family. That’s why we diligently and thoroughly inspect chimneys every year, prior to the next burn season. But one of the most common and most dangerous issues we come across during inspections is a damaged or poorly built and insulated smoke chamber.
What Does The Smoke Chamber Do?
The smoke chamber is a funneled area above the fireplace damper, and it’s shaped to streamline the passage of smoke and other byproducts up into the chimney. Some of the things that can negatively impact the performance and safety of the smoke chamber include:
- deterioration caused by sulphuric acid (formed by creosote and moisture)
- corbel steps and jagged, rough spots
- gaps, holes, and cracks
- inadequate insulation
- bad design
Why Is It Important That The Smoke Chamber Be In Good Condition Before The Next Burn Season?
When smoke chambers are poorly designed or have corbel steps, rough patches, jagged areas, holes, cracks, gaps, or other signs of wear and damage, performance and safety suffer.
- Hot embers, gases, heat, and smoke can enter the holes, gaps, and cracks. This could lead to damage to nearby areas of the home, carbon monoxide and smoke exposure, and even house fire.
- Rough patches, poor design, and corbel steps can slow down the smoke and byproducts as they exit. As a result, these byproducts may come back through the fireplace opening and into your home and they may also settle on the walls of the smoke chamber in the form of creosote.
- Likewise, if the smoke chamber isn’t properly insulated, heat could transfer to nearby walls and framing and cause a fire.
Is your smoke chamber in need of repair? The good news is: with Firesafe, smoke chamber repair and restoration is fast, mess-free, and effective.
We Can Parge Your Smoke Chamber Smooth For A Safer, Better Performing Fireplace System
Here at Firesafe, we use highly insulating, top of the line products and expert techniques to repair and restore smoke chambers through a process known as parging.
Parging simply means we apply an insulating, high-temperature refractory mortar to the interior of the smoke chamber, coating it and sealing all gaps, cracks, and holes. This process also smooths over rough spots and can be used to reshape smoke chambers and bring them up to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and IRC codes.
It’s a fast, effective, long-lasting solution to a damaged or otherwise unsafe smoke chamber — and we take great care to protect the nearby areas and keep your home clean throughout, so you won’t have to worry about a mess.
Schedule Your Inspection Today
You’re already dreaming of cozy nights by the fire. Make sure your fireplace is ready by calling Firesafe Chimney Services at 413-436-7946 and scheduling an inspection. If your smoke chamber is in need of repair, you can trust our team of CSIA– and NFI– certified chimney and fireplace professionals to take care of it for you. We’re members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) and the Massachusetts Chimney Sweep Guild (MCSG), and we are registered MA Home Improvement Contractors and licensed MA Construction Supervisors. We have the qualifications, training, and experience to do the job right and we’ll make sure everything is done to code for your safety. Call today — we’re here to help!