Oregon Chimney Sweeps Association New Board Members

At our annual conference and convention this year, some new members were voted into the board of directors. The owner of Portland Fireplace and Chimney Louis Lee, was voted in as President of the OCSA, Congratulations Louis! Joseph Perez of  Lucky Chimney Sweep and Dryer vent was voted in as Vice President, congratulations Joseph!  Last but not least, Hillary Hess of Silver Creek Chimney Sweep was voted in as Treasurer, congratulations Hillary!

 

 

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.  Owner Louis Lee is a second generation chimney sweep, and a second generation entrepreneur serving the Portland Metro area.

Have a question about your fireplace or chimney?
Just want to talk about bricks?

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Your fireplace increases your homes value

When you’re making renovations to a home, how do you know what’s a solid investment? A worthy update can either serve to reduce your cost of living while you remain in the home or add significant value to the home’s sale price when you decide to put it on the market. Fireplaces are a hot commodity for many home buyers.
According to a 2016 survey, buyers rank fireplaces as one of the three amenities they’d most like in their house. Additionally, 60% of new homes have a fireplace, up from 36% in the 1970s.
Realtor.com found that a fireplace was the No. 1 feature most often mentioned in home listings and more than 60% of homeowners and buyers say they are looking for a fireplace when purchasing a home.
Fireplaces have always been a hot commodity for home sellers and can boost a home’s value by as much as 12-15%.
Have a question about your fireplace or chimney?
Just want to talk 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.

 

National Chimney Sweep Guild 2018 National Convention

Always seeking to further our education and skills, the members of the Oregon Chimney Sweep’s Association meet each May day weekend. This year,  our annual meeting will be moved to be in conjunction with the NCSG 2018 National Convention, here in Portland, Oregon April 18th – 21st.

Remember to only hired certified chimney sweeps to inspect your fireplace and chimney. The O.C.S.A. credential was established in 1983 to provide homeowners a means to measure a chimney sweep’s technical expertise. In addition to passing a rigorous examination, each person wishing to hold a O.C.S.A. certification must also agree to abide by a stringent Code of Ethics. We feel this is critical to protecting homeowners from potential scams. If a O.C.S.A. Certified Chimney Sweep is found to be in violation, their certification may be revoked.

 

 

Curious about this year’s convention? Check out more information here.

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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.

 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

Blackwood Cabin

We get excited about custom projects, and the Blackwood Cabin is just that.

This project includes all labor and materials to construct a new masonry Rumford style fireplace and chimney. Pour a new concrete footing, build a new chimney foundation out of concrete block, build a new Rumford firebox with black fire brick and black fireclay. The fireplace will have a bell shaped taper at shoulder height and transition to a straight chimney stack going plumb through the roof line penetration. Finish this concrete block chimney in a skip trowel Broquet stucco finish. Build the hearth extension using black Ravens brick with charcoal black colored mortar. Continue to build chimney to code height for wood using new Black Brick. Build a new topping mix crown with black dye. As always supply and install a new custom low profile stainless steel chimney cap powder coated and painted black.

Here are some photos of the process as it comes along, check back for finished photos coming soon!

 

rumford fireplace portland fireplace and chimney

rumford fireplace portland fireplace and chimney

rumford fireplace portland fireplace and chimney

 

Check back soon for updates!

 

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.

 

 

 

Congratulations to our owner, Louis Lee on his continuing education recently.

 

 

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.

 

How often should I have my chimney swept?

The simple answer is: 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. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don’t use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.

Get your chimney inspected today!

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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.

 

NE Portland Chimney Rebuild

These chimneys were cracked, loose and crumbling due to extensive saturation decay to the brick masonry cells. During saturation, these chimneys had gone through extensive expansion and contraction during freezing temperatures.

We took these two chimneys down to the roof line and rebuilt using red roman brick, built a new crown with a new masonry flue tile. Also supplied and installed new black roof and counter
flashing.

 

 

 

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.

 

Chimney Fire Provides A Reminder For Those To Clean Out Your Chimney

WAKEFIELD – Three community fire departments reported to a structure fire on Tuesday, February 28 in Wakefield.

The owner of a house located on the corner of Third and Johnson Street called 911. The Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department reported at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday and requested mutual from both the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department and Allen Fire & Rescue.

“The best thing to do with those is just either get to the top and hopefully you can get a little bit of water down,” said Ulrich. “To basically kill it for a little bit and then you start running a chain down and that help cleans everything else that is stuck to the side of the chimney, so it doesn’t flair back up again later.”

Wayne’s ladder truck provided roof access for the fire fighters to reach the chimney. Roughly 20-25 volunteers were on scene for about two hours.

No one was injured, but an ambulance was on scene.

“Yeah that is just our standard protocol there to bring an ambulance there for our rehab,” Ulrich added. “For our fire fighters after they do some work, that way that can get a chance to relax and make sure they’re good to go again.”

The Dixon County Law Enforcement was also on scene.

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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.

Chimney Maintenance

We cleaned the moss from this chimney and repaired some hairline cracks in the crown with crown wash. We will soon apply a masonry waterseal treatment, and a proper chimney cap. This is a great example of a homeowner having some minor repairs done, before saturation decay caused real problems, and a more expensive, and in depth repair. Here we are before

 

and 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.