Regency Certified / Sim Tech Training

This week several of our team members are taking part in Regency Fireplace Products Sim Tech training. Our technicians get hands on experience installing products from setting up the burners to the venting. This training includes certification for both wood burning products and gas burning products.  Training concludes with an exam to ensure that everyone thoroughly understands the information. Portland Fireplace and Chimney is dedicated to continuing education, and always bringing you the best, most up to date service possible.

 

You can learn more about Regency Products, here.

Interested in a gas insert or wood stove? Give us a call! 503-758-4710

Water Damage and Your Masonry Chimney

Water damage to your masonry chimney is serious business and can lead to safety hazards, structural damage and astronomical costs. The best way to prevent and repair this damage is to have your chimney regularly swept, inspected and maintained. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 is the standard that Oregon Chimney Sweep Association and Chimney Safety Institute of America certified sweeps follow, and is considered the gold standard for fireplace and chimney code.

Chimney caps, are the first line of essential preventative measures a homeowner can take against water damage. Uncovered, the  openings at the top of your chimney can directly funnel water into your chimney’s interior. A chimney cap prevents these water leaks, protecting your chimney from damage.

Chimney cap, chimney sweep, chimney repair, chimney rebuild

 Need a chimney cap? Give us a call!

503-758-4710

Seismic Importance

Portland Oregon is in the seismic category three. This means a masonry chimney must be built with reinforcement. Re-bar, rings and chimney straps anchor a masonry fireplace and chimney structure to the building. This is the code because if we were to have an earthquake the chimney would not sheer, crack or fall onto the house among other things. In this old Portland historical district many customers are interested in protecting their priceless homes. At Portland fireplace and chimney we strongly encourage and educate our homeowners to repair their chimney to seismic specifications.

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

masonry chimney repair fireplace repair chimney cap chimney sweep

 

Call us today to ensure your chimney is seismically safe!

503-758-4710

 

We take safety seriously!

Here at Portland Fireplace and Chimney, we take safety seriously. Safety meetings encourage safety awareness. Other means of getting the safety message across are often too easily ignored. But, when a group of workers get together to discuss the hazards they have encountered and the steps they can take to eliminate them, it increases each worker’s safety consciousness. Here is a snap of our guys discussing ladder safety this morning over coffee.

 

 

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 4

We’ve wrapped up this SW Portland chimney rebuild, and fireplace remodel. If you’ve been following along through our progress posts, these before and after photos should give you a great idea of the start and finish of the project.

 

and after our chimney rebuild, and complete makeover.

 

 

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.

 

Historic Restoration

This furnace chimney was loose and crumbling above the roof line due to saturation decay. The mortar joints were cracked crumbling and loose at the roof line and the roofer had installed masonry flashing incorrectly (Extremely common in the Portland Metro Area). This furnace chimney needed to be dismantled and rebuilt reusing the vintage brick in the period style design.  Check out our before and after photos below.

chimney repair, chimney flashing, chimney cap

After 28 days of curing time, we will come back to install a proper chimney cap and water seal this chimney from the top down 100% using two coats of our industrial grade masonry water seal treatment.

 

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.