NW Portland Chimney Rebuild

This fireplace was suffering from extensive saturation decay. The internal walls of the chimney were loose and crumbling apart. Mortar sand was coming out of both fireplace openings. Due to the saturation decay this chimney was not structurally sound and would not withstand an earthquake event. This chimney did not have proper chimney lining. It did not have structural integrity. It was to be torn down to the foundation and rebuilt with new “red rugg” brick and reinforcing the rebuild with rebar. Here it is, before.

 

and here we are, after the rebuild, with a proper chimney cap installed, and 2 coats of industrial water sealant applied.

 

Need your chimney inspected? Need an estimate for repairs?

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.

North East Portland Chimney Rebuild

This chimney was cracked,  loose and crumbling from the top down to just below the roof line. The chimney needed to be taken down and rebuilt using new red Roman brick.  Tan Roman brick was not available, but red roman gives a great look. New flashing and crown were installed with this new chimney.

 

Here we are before

 

and now, after.

 

Need your chimney inspected? Need an estimate for repairs?

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.

Open Masonry Firebox

 

Kylie is an Oregon native who joined the PF&C team in March 2017. Fire safety runs in her family, growing up with her dad as a firefighter. She recorded a full length album and continues to write music in her spare time. Kylie is a necrotizing fasciitis survivor, a rare and often fatal bacterial infection. After 18 surgeries and many months of physical therapy, she considers it a joy to have the ability to be up on the roofs serving homeowners. With a degree in interpersonal communication from Wheaton College, Kylie is passionate about genuinely connecting with people and helping to meet their fireplace and chimney needs.

Whatever the need, make sure to ask for Kylie, one of the only women chimney sweeps in the industry.

Chimney Overview

 

 

Kylie is an Oregon native who joined the PF&C team in March 2017. Fire safety runs in her family, growing up with her dad as a firefighter. She recorded a full length album and continues to write music in her spare time. Kylie is a necrotizing fasciitis survivor, a rare and often fatal bacterial infection. After 18 surgeries and many months of physical therapy, she considers it a joy to have the ability to be up on the roofs serving homeowners. With a degree in interpersonal communication from Wheaton College, Kylie is passionate about genuinely connecting with people and helping to meet their fireplace and chimney needs.

Whatever the need, make sure to ask for Kylie, one of the only women chimney sweeps in the industry.

SW Portland Chimney Rebuild and Fireplace Remodel 2

This chimney was 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 was due to multiple factors, including: lack of a proper chimney cap and a lack of a water seal treatment. This chimney had 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 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. There was no masonry flue tile liner in this chimney. Without a flue tile liner, over time the emissions from the gas log set will break down the masonry in the flue.  

 

 

Here are, after. We took this chimney down to just below the roofline, and rebuilt using new “Old Town Red” bricks. On top, we built a new crown with two 8″x16″ and one 8″x12″ flue tiles. We also supplied and installed new black roof and masonry counter flashing with ice and water shield. Due to the nature of cedar shake wood roofs, we did have some shake replacement as needed to properly flash this new chimney.

Need your chimney inspected? Need an estimate for repairs?

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 Chimney Rebuild and Fireplace Remodel

We rebuilt this SW Portland   interior fireplace, completing the custom look with a beautiful Regency gas burning insert. This fireplace face had been demolished already, and you can see the project as we came in to start, below. 

 

 

Here we are halfway through the interior.

 

 

and here we are, with the interior completed.

 

Need your chimney inspected? Need an estimate for repairs?

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.

 

Lake Oswego Chimney repair

Most of these mortar joints had minor fragmentation and surface saturation decay due to water absorption and freezing. At the time, tuck-pointing was performed to repair. If the homeowner had waited, this could have turned into a fully cracked mortar joint and need rebuild repair which is far more expensive. This flashing was rusted and improperly installed, causing leaking into the home. This chimney did not have a proper cap. 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 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.

 

Before.

 

and now after.

 

Need your chimney inspected? Need an estimate for repairs?

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.