Lake Oswego Chimney Rebuild

This chimney was cracked, loose and crumbling due to extensive saturation decay to the brick masonry cells. We took this chimney down 20 courses and rebuild using new brick, with a new crown with two new 8″x12″ flue tiles, and new black roof and masonry counter flashing with ice and water shield. As a fun addition, our master mason added a shark’s tooth design to the top of this chimney, that stands out and will look good for decades to come.

Chimney repair, chimney rebuild, chimney sweep, chimney cap

Chimney repair, chimney rebuild, chimney sweep, chimney cap

Chimney repair, chimney rebuild, chimney sweep, chimney cap

 

Have a fireplace or chimney concern? Give us a call
Need to talk to a mason about a project? Give us a call
Just feel like talking about bricks? Give us a call, 503-758-4710!

 

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured, and has a history of providing chimney sweeps, chimney inspections, and all other facets of masonry and chimney repair to customers for well over 25 years.

 

 

SW Portland, nearly a house fire Part 3

As you can see we are well into our firebox rebuild, ensuring this family will have a safe, to code fireplace and chimney for decades to come.

Have a fireplace or chimney concern? Give us a call

Need to talk to a mason about a project? Give us a call

Just feel like talking about bricks? Give us a call, 503-758-4710!

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured, and has a history of providing excellent service to customers for well over 25 years. Our family has been living in the northwest and servicing people with not only chimney needs but many other areas of construction such as roofing, foundation, and forensic leak determination. It is our passion, our livelihood and our love of the community around us that inspires the excellence in trade knowledge and customer service.

 

SW Portland, nearly a house fire Part 2

Further into the demolition process, you can see where the smoke has found its way through cracks, and stained the insulation. This is a great visual representation of why cracks are a concern for us in the industry. Visible smoke is mostly carbon (soot), tar, oils and ash, smoke inhalation is also a danger of smoke that can cause serious injury and death. Many compounds of smoke from fires are highly toxic and/or irritating. The most dangerous is carbon monoxide leading to carbon monoxide poisoning, sometimes with the additive effects of hydrogen cyanide and phosgene.

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chimney repair, chimney rebuild, chimney cap, fireplace, fireplace repair, chimney sweep, chimney cleaning

 

Further into the core of the chimney you can see that there is 0 clearance to combustibles. A portion of a masonry chimney located in the interior of the building or
within the exterior wall of the building shall have a minimum air space clearance to combustibles of 2 inches. 

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Check back for updates as we bring this project up to code, so this customer can safely enjoy their fireplace without worry. Have a fireplace or chimney project?

Call Portland Fireplace and Chimney today! 503-758-4710

 

Portland Fireplace and Chimney Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured, and has a history of providing excellent service to customers for well over 25 years. Our family has been living in the northwest and servicing people with not only chimney needs but many other areas of construction such as roofing, foundation, and forensic leak determination. It is our passion, our livelihood and our love of the community around us that inspires the excellence in trade knowledge and customer service.

 

 

 

SW Portland, nearly a house fire.

We initially estimated this home for an aesthetic remodel, the homeowner wanted to remove the existing mantle, hearth extension, fireplace doors and re-face the wall with concrete block then Veneer the block with stone. However, after removing the fireplace face we found the internal fireplace breast and smoke chamber to have inadequate clearance. We also found the firebox improperly supported, broken,  and without a proper concrete block foundation underneath it. The fireplace was also lacking a fresh air intake.

 

This fireplace was very near having a fire, as you can see below. This charred wood was removed from the fireplace surround. 

 

In addition to the other problems found during demolition. This firebox was build from standard brick, which is not meant to handle to heat stress from a fire. Refractory brick (Commonly referred to as fire brick) should always be used inside the firebox.  A refractory brick is built primarily to withstand high temperature, but will also usually have a low thermal conductivity for greater energy efficiency. Usually dense firebricks are used in applications with extreme mechanical, chemical, or thermal stresses, such as the inside of a wood-fired kiln or a furnace, which is subject to abrasion from wood, fluxing from ash or slag, and high temperatures

 

To ensure a safe, up to code fireplace and chimney for this homeowner, Portland Fireplace and Chimney will remove this fireplace chimney, and build a new fireplace chimney out of concrete block on a new foundation (With seismic reinforcement). We will then build a new fire box with fire brick and fire clay, and a new damper. This new fireplace and chimney will outlast us, and ensure the homeowners can safely enjoy this feature in their home.  Have a fireplace or chimney concern? Call Portland Fireplace and Chimney today! 503-758-4710

 

SW Portland Rebuild

Late last year we rebuilt the chimneys on this gorgeous SW Portland home. Today, we did our preventative maintenance contract. We completed the job by installing custom stainless steel chimney caps, powder coated and painted black. Both chimneys got sealed above the roofline with industrial grade masonry sealer. The side fireplace chimney got painted from the eve down to just passed the shoulder using matching gray elastomeric paint. Now these chimneys on this home are solid and properly protected from the PNW elements.

This project turned out beautiful! Call us today to get your project started!
503-758-4710

SE Portland Chimney Condition Report

We recently visited this customers home, to inspect the chimney and fireplace for needed repairs. This chimney is cracked, loose and crumbling due to extensive saturation decay to the brick masonry cells. During saturation, this chimney has gone through extensive expansion and contraction during freezing temperatures. These cracks can cause a leak into your home. This chimney needs to be rebuilt from the roof line up.

This chimney does not have a sufficient chimney cap. With no chimney cap your chimney is open to the elements and will deteriorate much faster due to Pacific Northwest saturation decay. A proper chimney cap is one that shelters and protects the entire masonry crown footprint and termination, with a screen to keep out pests and debris.

When rebuilt, this chimney will need a proper cap and a water seal treatment applied to maintain its repaired state. A masonry chimney is a clay porous structure that absorbs water and becomes saturated in the PNW climate. In this saturated state, masonry decay is accelerated. It is regular exterior building maintenance to apply a water sealant to any masonry structure every 10 years. With this water seal application and the recommended repairs, we guarantee no leaking to occur.

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Need a free estimate? Call Portland Fireplace and Chimney today!

503-758-4710