Chimney Fire/Sudden Occurrence

Chimney Fire/Sudden Occurrence

To watch our video click this picture! What is a chimney fire? Frequently I get the question: what is a chimney fire like? Half of them sound like a freight train, the other half are slow rumblers that residents often cannot hear. Burning Practices: Make sure you...
Fireplace Creosote Odor

Fireplace Creosote Odor

What is creosote? Creosote is a buildup of the byproducts of combustion, which can lead to cause an odor that can permeate through your entire home. However, it takes only one use of your fireplace for a small amount of creosote to build up in your flue system, and...

Certification

The professional education provided at American Chimney & Masonry is very extensive similarly compared to other certifications. We have this in place to recognize the education of other investigators and inspectors. Above all, our fireplace certification uses...
Candle Rack Fireplaces

Candle Rack Fireplaces

My fireplace isnt functional. What can I do? See all the options with your fireplace! Why do we recommend this? Putting candles in your fireplace is an easy way to add ambiance and comfort to the home without the hassle or lighting the fire or lugging wood. Of course...
Level 2 Inspection

Level 2 Inspection

Level 2 inspections are mandatory if you are making any changes in the way you use your chimney. Such as changing the type of fuel used, or if you have any accidents that may cause damage. If you have had a building fire, chimney fire, or an earthquake. You will need...
Gas Appliance

Gas Appliance

Efficiency Did you know that approximately 70% of electricity is lost in generation and transportation? Making electric powered appliances only approximately 30% efficient. Those numbers are shocking to some homeowners. Another shocking statistic is that gas...
Chimney Flashing

Chimney Flashing

What is flashing? When water flows down the roof alongside the chimney at the flashing, making it a high traffic area for water. Leaks in the flashing are common because of this fact. They join together intersections between two planes, such as where the roof meets a...
Tuckpointing

Tuckpointing

What is tuckpointing? We often get calls from customers asking for a tuckpointing estimate or asking exactly what tuck-pointing means.  Basically, this is the process of removal of damaged or deteriorated mortar from between the bricks.  The purpose of the...

Chimney Crown Repair

Customers often ask what’s the best crown repair after getting the confirmation of chimney crown damage. Remember, the chimney crown is not a cap. The purpose of the crown is to shed water off the top of the brick chimney chase. Its also to cap off the brickwork...
Smoke Chamber Repair

Smoke Chamber Repair

Defining a smoke chamber: An important part of any fireplace is the smoke chamber. For instance, it’s the area of the chimney which provides support for the clay flue tiles that make up the chimney’s liner. According to NFPA 211, the walls of smoke chambers should be...