Safe Work Conditions

Construction sites are messy, and there isn’t much we can do about that.  But one of our main priorities at Portland Fireplace and Chimney is to keep the jobsite clean and orderly throughout the project. The most important reason to maintain a clean jobsite is for the safety of all those that enter the site. By maintaining a policy of ongoing organization and site cleanliness, we minimize the potential safety hazards. Here are PFC we always comply with OSHA and local workplace safety practices. Our customers notice the attention to detail and personalized care for their home and/or investment.

In addition to safety, another benefit is increased efficiency.  Here at Portland Fireplace and Chimney,  we maintain a company culture of safety and cleanliness while working on our sites. We hold weekly safety meetings, and round table discussions with our crew leaders, and labor. See the Portland Fireplace and Chimney difference.

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chimney sweep portland chimney repair chimney cleaning

chimney sweep portland chimney repair chimney cleaning

 

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NE Portland Condition Report

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.

The state of this chimney is due to multiple factors, including: lack of a proper chimney cap and a lack of a water seal treatment. This chimney has become heavily saturated and the bricks and mortar joints have been extensively damaged due to the saturation decay.

A proper chimney cap is one that shelters and protects the entire masonry crown footprint and all terminations, with a screen to keep our pests and debris. 

A masonry chimney is a clay porous structure that absorbs water and becomes saturated in the Pacific Northwest 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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Chimney sweep chimney cleaning chimney repair fireplace brick portland

 

Due to the structural damage to this chimney, our recommended repair is to take this chimney down to the roof line and rebuild using new Red Roman bricks. Build a new crown with three new 8″x 12″ flue tiles. Also to install new black roof and masonry counter flashing with proper ice and water shield application.

 

 

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Chimney Liners Are Important

​Although building codes vary from one state or locality to another, the installation of flue lining has been recommended since the early part of this century, and indeed most fire codes now mandate liners. In the 1940’s and again in the 1980’s, masonry chimneys were tested by the National Bureau or Standards for durability due to rising concerns about their performance and safety. The tests revealed that unlined chimneys were so unsafe that researchers characterized building a chimney without a liner as “little less than criminal”.

 

Chimney liners serve three main functions:

  1. Protecting the house from heat transfer to combustibles. In the NBS tests, unlined chimneys allowed heat to move through the chimney so rapidly that the adjacent woodwork caught fire in only 3 1/2 hours.
  2. Protecting the masonry from the corrosive byproducts of combustion. In the tests it was determined that if the flue gases were allowed to penetrate to the brick and mortar, the result would be a reduction in the usable life of the chimney. The flue gases are acidic in nature and literally eat away at the mortar joints from inside the chimney. As the mortar joints erode, heat transfers more rapidly to the nearby combustibles and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can leak into the living areas of the home.
  3. Providing a correctly sized flue for optimum efficiency of appliances. Modern wood stoves and gas or oil furnaces require a correctly sized flue to perform properly. The chimney is responsible for not only allowing the products of combustion a passage out of the house, but the draft generated by the chimney also supplies the combustion air to the appliance. An incorrectly sized liner can lead to excessive creosote buildup in wood-burning stoves, and the production of carbon monoxide with conventional fuels.

Types of chimney liners:

  • Clay tiles are the most common type of masonry chimney liners.
    • Advantages: They are inexpensive, readily available, and perform quite well for open fireplace chimneys that are properly maintained.
    • Disadvantages:  They cannot rapidly absorb and evenly distribute heat during the rapid temperature rise that occurs during a chimney fire, causing the flue tiles to crack and split apart (see the video below). The second disadvantage is that tiles cannot adequately contain the liquid combustion byproducts produced by modern gas appliances.
  • Metal chimney liners, usually of stainless steel or aluminum, are primarily used to upgrade and repair existing chimneys.
    • Advantages:  If properly installed and maintained, metal chimney liners are extremely safe and durable. Stainless steel is suitable for wood-burning, gas, or oil appliances, while the aluminum is an inexpensive alternative for certain medium efficiency gas applications only. It is usually required that high temperature insulation be used in conjunction with the liners for safety and performance considerations.
    • Disadvantage: Considerably more expensive than clay flue liners.
    • ​​National Chimney offers a line of metal chimney liners that have been accepted by CSIA as safe for home use when properly installed. 
  • Cast-in-place chimney liners are lightweight, cement like products that are installed inside the chimney forming a smooth, seamless, insulated passageway for the flue gasses.
    • Advantage: They can improve the structural integrity of aging chimneys, and are permanent liners suitable for all fuels.
    • Disadvantage: Challenging installation and could be cost prohibitive.

Considering the dangers of old unlined or damaged chimneys, and the many cost effective options now available to make these chimneys safe components of the home heating system, we encourage you to have your chimney professionally inspected by a local CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep an an annual basis to be sure it meets modern safety standards.

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Regency Certified / Sim Tech Training 2

Last week several of our team members took part in Regency Fireplace Products Sim Tech training. Our technicians got hands on experience installing products from setting up the burners to the venting. This training included certification for both wood burning products and gas burning products.  Portland Fireplace and Chimney is dedicated to continuing education, and always bringing you the best, most up to date service possible. Congratulations Louis, Kylie, and Kris!

 

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