Here is a list of some of the services provided by Hoosier Chimney Sweep, Inc. Please click on the link below for a detailed description of services provided:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the authority on fire, electrical, and building safety. They recommend that you have any wood, coal, gas, oil, corn, or pellet appliance, fireplace, chimney connectors, chimneys and all other solid fueled heating appliances inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep, and cleaned as often as an inspection suggests.
The purpose of chimney cleaning is to remove creosote and soot deposits that build up during the use of your chimney. Creosote and soot deposits are very flammable. They also reduce the chimneys ability to create a proper draft. Having your chimney cleaned reduces your chance of having a chimney fire, and you will also have the added benefit of having your appliance or fireplace run more efficiently.
Here are some pictures of a chimney cleaning service:
Most crowns are made up of just mortar. Within just a few years the mortar crown starts to break up. This is something you cannot see from the ground. This allows water to come into your chimney and cause major damage to your fireplace, brickwork and masonry. It also will cause your inserts and connector pipes to rust. The good news is that your chimney can be protected by pouring a new solid concrete crown. A concrete crown is something that will last the life of your chimney.
Here are some pictures of a concrete crown service:
Water that enters your chimney and chimney flue causes a lot of damage. All masonry is porous material and therefore will absorb water. Depending on the age, quality, and exposure to the elements your brickwork or masonry will significantly deteriorate. Using a water repellent is crucial. Using a store bought non vapor permeable sealant could actually accelerate the damage to your chimney. The good news is that your chimney can be protected with a Chimney Saver water repellent that is 100% breathable and has a 10 year warranty and will repel water 100% and allow the chimney to breathe. All masonry has to breathe and should not be sealed. Most typical store bought water proofing sealers seal the surface of the chimney not allowing the moisture in your chimney to evaporate out. This will accelerate the deterioration of the chimney.
Here are some pictures of a water proofing service:
·Video Camera Scanning
The purpose for video scanning is to take an up close look at the inside of the chimney flue to check for any damages. After a flue fire you would want to have your chimney video scanned to be sure your chimney is still safe to use. A video scan will show damages that are otherwise undetectable such as; missing mortar joints, cracked, broken, missing, flaking, or deteriorated flue tiles in masonry liners. In metal liners we scan for any places that are badly warped, pin holes or splitting apart at the seams.
We also recommend to ones who are looking to purchase a home to have the chimney inspected and scanned by a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified chimney sweep. So many times we find ones that have bought a home and later had their chimney inspected and found out that it was unsafe for use. You can locate a certified sweep in your area by going to www.csia.org and typing in your zip code in the appropriate place.
Here are some pictures of a video camera scanning service (videos to come):
·Lifetime Guarantee Dampers & Chimney Caps; Stainless Steel or Copper.
Your typical store bought chimney caps are a painted metal cap. Over time we have seen thousands of these chimney caps rusted away, and blown away by the wind. When chimney caps start to rust they leave a trail of rust stain behind, down the chimney and on the roof. Perhaps you have seen this or have this problem. Staining can cost hundreds of dollars to remove. Due to the excessive heat that comes out of your flue and the acidic creosote that accumulates on the cap, this eats away at the painted metal cap leaving it to rust away.
We recommend installing a lifetime guaranteed stainless steel and or copper chimney cap or damper. These caps and dampers are very strong and durable and will not rust away and stain your chimney or roof. They are also made to withstand extreme weather conditions and to keep out the most determined animals
Here are some pictures of lifetime guarantee dampers and chimney caps services:
·Fireplace, Masonry, and Tuckpointing Repair
Over time fireplaces and chimneys need repair and/or tuckpointing. Due to moisture and acidic creosote eating away and deteriorating the mortar and masonry of the fireplace this leaves it needing to be repaired or rebuilt. We repoint and rebuild fireplaces.
Over time moisture soaks into the exterior chimney as well and during the freeze and thaw the brick and mortar of the chimney deteriorates, leaving it to be tuckpointed and or rebuilt. We tuckpoint chimneys and rebuild chimneys from the roof line up as needed.
Wood, Corn, Pellet Stove Installation and Repair. Over time as fuel and electric go up in price more and more people are turning to solid fuels to burn as there heat source. More and more new stoves are being bought and installed. We are seeing people that have stopped burning solid fuels starting to burn solid fuels again. We have installed hundreds of stoves: wood stoves, wood inserts, wood furnaces, and corn & pellet stoves. We also install new chimney liner systems with these stoves as needed. From time to time stoves and furnaces break down and parts go bad and need to be worked on. We can order parts and make any necessary repairs.
Here are some pictures of fireplace, masonry, and tuckpointing repair services:
·Liners & Relining
It is important to keep your chimney maintained. Unfortunately in time liners go bad. Whether it is from a flue fire, moisture damage, lightning strike or earthquake, liners need to be replaced from time to time. There are several types of lining systems: stainless steel, gas B-Vent, cast in place liners, etc. Each of these liners has its own application and should be UL listed, insulated and properly sized for each fireplace or appliance. The purpose for a UL listed, insulated and properly sized flue liner is to minimize creosote buildup and reduce the chance of a flue fire. It is also a requirement to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines. The chimney also needs to be zero clearance to combustibles in order to meet NFPA guidelines.
Here are some pictures of liners and relining services:
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Some counties we cover in Indiana: Brown, Clark, Crawford, Davies, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, Perry, Pike, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Washington.
Some of the major towns we cover in Indiana: Austin, Bedford, Bicknell, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Brownstown, Cannelburg, Cannelton, Carlisle, Charlestown, Chriseny, Clarksville, Cornettsville, Corydon, Crane, Ellettsville, Elnora, English, Ferdinand, French Lick, Greenville, Hardinsburg, Harrodsburg, Hazelton, Holland, Huron, Huntingburg, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Kurtz, Laconia, Leavenworth, Linton, Little York, Livonia, Lyons, Medora, Milltown, Mitchell, Monroe City, Nashville, New Albany, New Amsterdam, New Pekin, Oakland City, Oaktown, Odon, Orleans, Otisco, Paoli, Petersburg, Princeton, Rockport, Salem, Santa Clause, Scottsburg, Sellersburg, Seymour, Shoals, Spurgeon, Sullivan, Tell City, Vincennes, Washington, Worthington.
Some other states we work in: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina.