Chimney Cricket Services

OUR SPECIALTIES INCLUDE:
Chimney Sweeping The maintenance of wood-burning fireplace and appliance venting systems to include venting for many types of heating appliances. Venting systems for Heating Oil, natural gas, wood and pellet burning appliances, including building furnaces and space heaters. A brush along with vacuums, cameras and special chimney cleaning tools are used to clean the flue system, firebox, smoke chamber and areas surrounding firebox.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 code states "chimneys must be inspected annually and cleaned as necessary.”
Chimney Caps
Chimney caps usually are made of aluminum, copper, or galvanized or stainless steel. Metal chimneys commonly have caps when purchased, while masonry chimneys may need one added if the owner decides this is beneficial. Chimney caps serve a number of purposes, including improving home safety, preventing disruptive occurrences and avoiding costly repairs.
Birds - It is common for birds to enter a chimney that does not have a chimney cap, typically looking for a nesting area. The birds can also fly into the fireplace and, if the fireplace door is open, right into the
house.
Animals -
Animals also are known to get into chimneys, particularly squirrels, raccoons and bats.
Nesting Material - If nesting material in the chimney is not removed, the blockage can cause carbon monoxide to build up in the house when the
fireplace or wood stove is used.
Rain -
Rain coming into the chimney can cause unpleasant odors and damage flue walls. Rain also may run down into the stovepipe and the stove itself, or into the fireplace, and cause further damage.
Wind -
Another purpose of a chimney cap is to minimize wind downdrafts that cause smoke.
Embers - A chimney cap prevents embers and sparks from flying out of the chimney and possibly damaging the roof.
Waterproofing A material applied to the chimney as a preventative means to protect the chimney or to help prevent further damages. Because the chimney is located on the outside of the house, it is vulnerable to the elements. It’s very important that it be protected from water because it’s porous and will eventually allow water into the house. Just like the crown, the chimney will allow water to penetrate and eventually after enough freeze and thaw cycles the bricks will begin to spall (when the faces of the bricks pop out) or the mortar joints will deteriorate leading to hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.
Damper Repair/Installation A damper is a door that you close when not using the fireplace. About 50% of the dampers we inspect are either missing or installed improperly causing them to be very leaky and in need of replacement. (Installing a new ENERGY SAVING damper can save you hundreds of dollars a year in lost energy from heating costs and even more money saved from air conditioning costs. Replacing an old damper with a new ENERGY SAVING damper pays for itself in one year!
Chimney Re-Lining Chimney relining is the most practical and affordable way to repair deteriorated or damaged chimneys. Chimneys can be damaged by a number of things such as settling, hurricanes and lightning but the most common form of chimney damage is a chimney fire. In addition to chimney damage, older chimneys may be unlined or their liners may be deteriorated to the point where relining is warranted.
Crown Repairs Saving a chimney from deterioration and leaking can be as simple as repairing or replacing the chimney crown. The crown of the chimney is one of the most important parts of a chimney. Protecting the bricks, mortar, joints and fireplace, the crown maintains the life and integrity of the chimney
Masonry Repairs Missing mortar, cracks or holes inside the chimney can cause heated air to blow against wooden surfaces and can ignite a fire in the walls or attic. When interior damages are found on video or smoke tests we can repack the missing mortar between the flue tiles or reparge interior plaster and repair cracks and holes up inside the chimney. We’ve developed special tools and techniques to fix areas even in normally out of reach places. This avoids very expensive and unnecessary rebuilding.
Glass Doors "WE ARE A THERMO-RITE DEALER" Thermo-Rite glass doors insulate the fireplace when the fireplace is not in use by providing a "dead air" space between the closed damper and closed fireplace glass doors.
After you are done enjoying the fire you can immediately close the Thermo-Rite fireplace doors and restrict the heat loss up the chimney and continue to radiate heat into the room.
Lifetime Warranty Glass is guaranteed for life
Tempered Bronze Glass Shows fire but not the mess
No Tarnish Frame Never Needs Polishing
Wide Selection Many styles and finishes for your decorating taste
Firebox Rebuilds/Repairs The firebox is the area inside of your fireplace where the fire actually burns. The bricks and masonry used in this area has to be able to stand up to extremely high temperatures (up to 800 degrees) and is vulnerable to deterioration over time. If you think your firebox may need repair, have our chimney sweep do an inspection to be sure the masonry is sound. Our chimney sweeps work rebuilding fireboxes and installing fireplace inserts.
Crack Repairs You rely on your chimney to channel smoke up and out, but when the chimney's outside or inside walls crack, you may have serious problems. Mortar joints between stone or bricks are likely to flake, wash out or crack after 25 or 30 years of exposure.
Gutter Cleaning Keeping your gutters clean is easy and one of the best ways to help prevent flooding in your basement. If you don't feel like dragging out the ladder, our cleaning services are quick and reasonably priced.
Bird Screening/Abatement The risks that birds create in certain circumstances have brought the need for bird abatement. Amongst those risks are loss of investments and bacteriological and viral contamination.
Health hazards - Concentrations of seagulls frequenting landfills in search of discarded food in coastal areas have been shown to cause significant health hazard by dropping their feces.
Energy Savings/Environmental Solutions The Fireplace Heatsaver is a transparent acrylic shield that sits in front of your fire when it is not in use, preventing heat from escaping up your chimney and also stopping downdraughts.
The Fireplace Heatsaver will benefit you by:
• Preventing heat loss up the chimney
• Paying for itself by cutting your heating bills
• Retaining warmth in your home, reducing draughts
• Preventing downdraughts from your chimney
• Maintained the focal feature of your fireplace
• Simple to fit, in seconds, without tools
• Easy to remove, without mess, if you want to use your fire
Preventative Maintenance Preventive maintenance for your chimney is important for many reasons.
These reasons include:

Safety for your home and family: Chimney maintenance prevents chimney fires

Lower energy costs:
Chimney maintenance locates and prevents energy loss due to leaks

Lower repair costs:
Chimney maintenance identifies small, low cost problems before they become large, expensive problems
Prolongs the life of your chimney: Chimney maintenance extends the life of your chimney
Attn Real Estate Agents: 
Chimney Cricket specializes
in Level 2 Inspections
for all Real Estate Transactions
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