Bees In The Chimney

Our crew found something interesting this week while working on this NE Portland home, an enormous, abandon bee hive.

 

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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.

Tips on hiring a chimney expert!

#1 – Only Hire Certificated Sweeps

The most important qualification when hiring, is to be a Certified Chimney Sweep. The standard for training across the country is the Chimney Sweep Institute of America when it comes to the care, maintenance and repair of all fireplace, stove and furnace systems and their venting systems and chimneys. You can find a list of state certified chimney sweeps, at OCSA.com, and a list of nationally certified chimney sweeps, at CSIA.org

 

#2 – Chimney Sweeps should be members of NCGS

Another organization that many highly qualified Chimney Sweep companies belong to is the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG). This organization is dedicated to promoting professionalism and ongoing education to keep all sweeps up with the latest technologies that are relative to the industry. We are members in good standing of this important group and suggest you look for a contractor belongs to the NCSG.

 

 

#3 – Make Sure Your Chimney Sweep Company is Licensed and Insured 

Don’t be afraid to ask if the Chimney Sweep Company has insurance that would protect against damage that may occur in your home, or to employees that are working at your home. Find out exactly what their policy covers, asking questions can prevent unnecessary risk. If the contractor has no coverage and gets injured or causes damage to your home you will assume the liability.

 

#4 – Look for Proper Identification and certification

Our tech’s have both OCSA, and CSIA credentials. Take note that they arrive in a marked company truck and that they are wearing a uniform, make sure you do your homework and hire a professional chimney sweep.

 

 

 

NE Portland Condition Report

The top five courses of this NE Portland chimney have minor fragmentation and surface saturation decay due to water intrusion and freezing. At this time, they can be tuck pointed to repair. If you wait too long while tuck pointing is an option, this could turn into a fully cracked mortar joint and need rebuild repair which is far more expensive.

This chimney also lacks a proper chimney 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.

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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.

 

SE Portland Chimney Rebuild

This chimney broke in half during the cold winter storm in late 2016 / early 2017. Cracks were noticed by the customer. This break allowed water to saturate the chimney.  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. The flashing was bent, rusted and installed incorrectly causing a leak into the home.

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chimney repair chimney rebuild chimney fireplace sweep

 

Take took this chimney down to the shoulder (25 courses) and rebuilt using a mutual used brick, and built a new crown. We rebuilt this chimney liner with 13 feet of 12 inch by 12 inch masonry flue tiles. We also supplied and installed new black counter flashing to ensure zero leaks.

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chimney sweep chimney repair chimney rebuild masonry portland oregon

 

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.

Clark County Pellet Insert Install

Our customer in Brush Prairie, Washington had a need for more heat, and less hassle in one of their fireplaces. We supplied and installed a new Regency Greenfire GFI55 Pellet Insert with all proper electric, venting, permits, and inspections. Regency’s Greenfire Medium Pellet Insert includes an adjustable hopper, allowing this unit to fit into fireplace openings as low as 19.5″. Cast iron brick panels compliment the large bay ceramic window and gives you an exceptional view of the fire. The heavy-duty heat exchanger will burn pellets completely and any remaining ash will fall into the concealed ash pan (included). This unit gives you the most out of your fuel and the extra time to do the things you love.

Here it is before.

firebox fireplace pellet stove insert

 

and after.

Regency Greenfire GFI55 Pellet Insert

 

Interested in a Pellet stove? wood stove? gas insert? ceramic log set?

Give Portland Fireplace and Chimney a call today! 503-758-4710

 

Vancouver, Washington Fireplace Remodel

We removed this existing un-certified wood stove insert from this fireplace using a jack wooden blocks and a piano dolly. After rebuilding and fixing some of the masonry work in the fireplace, we extended a natural gas line from the garage through the crawlspace into the firebox floor with a shut off valve. Finally we installed custom made corner doors.

 

and after

 

 

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.

 

Safety First!

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 new equipment safety this morning over coffee.

safety meeting

 

 

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.

 

Cracked mortar, tuck point repair SE Portland

This SE Portland chimney had mortar joints that were cracked crumbling and loose from the roof line down to the ground. A tuckpointing repair was recommended. Tuckpointing, or Repointing is the process of renewing the pointing, which is the external part of mortar joints, in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay cause voids in the joints between masonry units, usually in bricks, allowing the undesirable entrance of water. Water entering through these voids can cause significant damage through frost weathering and from salt dissolution and deposition.

Before

mortar joint tuckpointing

 

After

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Need your chimney cleaned? Inspected? Just want to talk about bricks?

Call Portland Fireplace and Chimney today!

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People Love Us on Yelp!

When choosing a chimney sweep, or masonry contractor, reputation in the community is extremely important. Portland Fireplace and Chimney has worked hard to create a community of happy clientele and word of mouth advertising that only the highest quality of work and detail deserves. See what people are saying about us on YELP! 

See why our customers recommend us to friends and family, give Portland Fireplace and Chimney a call today!

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