SW Portland Stone Chimney Repair

This stone chimney’s mortar joints had fragmentation and surface saturation decay due to water absorption and freezing. When temperatures go below freezing, saturated masonry expands and contracts, resulting in cracking and further water intrusion. In order to be properly repaired, this chimney should be tuck-pointed.  This chimney cap was not sufficient for the size of the chimney. 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.

 

 

And here we are after, with a new crown, tuck pointing repair completed, and a new proper cap installed.

 

 

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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.

 

 

NE Portland Historic Restoration

This beautiful 1907 historic home in northeast Portland’s 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.  We’re bringing this chimney down to the roofline, and rebuilding from there, while performing a tuck point repair below the roofline, installing a liner, coating the smoke chamber, and a few other odds and ends to bring this chimney back to its former glory, safe for use and up to code.

 

 

 

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 Repair

After inspecting this NE Portland chimney we found that this chimney does not have a proper cap,  this flashing is bent, rusted and/or installed incorrectly and causing a leak into
the home, this smoke chamber is missing the refractory cement, and there is no chimney liner. All of these items will be replaced or repaired making this chimney safe for years to come.

Portland Chimney Repair Chimney Cap

Portland Chimney Repair Chimney Cap

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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.

 

Blackwood Cabin Update

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 finished product, although the cabin is still under construction, our portion of the project is complete.

 

 

 

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.

 

Comcast Phone Trouble

As of 9am on 6/6/18 our Comcast based office lines are down.

We’ve been informed of a nationwide problem with Comcast phones today and have assurances that everything will be up and running in under 24hrs.

Please contact us via email today!

PortlandFireplaceandChimney@gmail.com

We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

Chimney Caps

Miriam Webster will tell you that a chimney cap is a device fitted to the top of a chimney to improve the draft by presenting an exit aperture to leeward. But what does that mean? A chimney cap is your first line of defense. Chimney caps are one of the most important components of your fireplace system because of the way they protect the rest of the chimney and flue. Without a working chimney cap, animals, debris, and moisture can all freely enter the flue. Likewise, chimney caps help prevent sparks and embers from flying out onto the roof and causing accidental fires. 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.

90% of the repairs we provide our customers is repair to chimneys above the roof line.
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Above you see a custom fabricated proper chimney cap installed by Nathaniel in NE Portland with the beautiful Columbia river and i205 in the backdrop.

Something for everyone

We offer a variety of styles of chimney cap, in a variety of colors. Aside from our standard stainless steel or copper finish, we offer a full powder coating service. We keep white, black, gray, and brown powder coat in stock, but offer an almost unlimited amount of colors and variations that can be custom made for you. Interested in seeing some of our colors? Check out out color palette PDF Here.

What Makes Us Different:

Our chimney caps cover the entire footprint, keeping the crown dry, and offering a drip edge that extends past the dimensions of the chimney.

 

 

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

Give us a call! 503-758-4710

Why water seal your chimney?

90% of the repairs we provide our customers is repair to chimneys above the roofline.

 A chimney in the PNW gets hit so hard with rain, the chimneys become saturated, then if temperatures drop below freezing, the bricks and mortar of your chimney expand and contract. This causes chimneys to crack at the crowns, around the flue tiles, the mortar begins to fall out of the chimney onto the roof, also we find bricks them selves going through decomposition. This is when you see the brick face sheer off because it filled with water and literally burst like a frozen ice cube. Known as spalling bricks. These cracked areas are open water ways and cause all kind of leaks and water damage into the home. We have seen it all, rotten roof, falling ceilings, leaking fireplace face, rusted dampers, rotting floors, and Mold! MOLD! MOLD!

We have found customers suffering from mold allergies for years not knowing it was coming from their chimney! This is called Masonry saturation Decay. With no chimney cap or the wrong cap this decay is accelerated in our climate.  If a chimney has never had a proper cap. It is likely you will need some repairs.

All of this decay is preventable. I think of a proper chimney cap as a crucial piece of flashing, we all know how important flashings can be. The proper chimney cap is a very important water diverting flashing for the chimney and everything below it.

We can provide a proper fitting chimney cap and water sealant application to shelter and protect your chimney from excessive water accumulation and further damage.

Our industrial masonry and brick sealers that penetrate into the substrate have many advantages over surface sealers such as acrylics, silicone and epoxies. The siloxane bonds chemically to the pores inside and below the surface of brick and masonry substrates. This keeps liquid water from entering into the brick. Also, since the sealer penetrates deeply, UV rays cannot degrade the masonry sealer. The penetrating sealer is below the masonry surface so it will give a long life.

 

 

Here you see Kylie applying water sealant to a recent restored chimney.

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Here you see that same chimney after installing a proper chimney cap.

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

Give us a call! 503-758-4710

 

Chimney removal and stucco patch, NE Portland

This NE Portland chimney was cracked and broken, and in dire need of a rebuild. This being a rental property, the homeowner opted to remove the chimney, and patch the stucco siding to match for a clean finish.  Here we see the chimney before demo.

 

 

 

Upon demo, we discovered a gas burning furnace in the crawlspace of the home. This furnace was installed with out a proper gas venting chimney liner.  The contractor who installed the furnace did not pull a mechanical inspection or the inspector did not know what he was looking at at the time of inspection.  This is why our homeowner had damage to the fireplace surround and wall. With no chimney liner the moisture rich emissions of the gas furnace are absorbing into the masonry and causing sulfuric acid decay. This basically means the masonry is rotting from the interior. It is causing all the plaster/stucco on the interior fireplace surround to crack and crumble apart. Most people probably thought the near by window was leaking and caused the damage. I can see where a dry wall patch was recently performed.  new repair is damaged from the furnace emissions saturating through the wall. Again from the furnace not having the proper venting liner.

 

 

 

 

 

To correctly vent this, we supplied and installed new 4”x 15’ b-vent Chimney to code height for gas on the exterior of the home to properly vent this gas furnace. All while still finishing our original plan of removing the chimney and patching with stucco siding to match the existing on the rest of the home.

 

 

Matching paint to come. The dangers of improper venting such as this are carbon monoxide exhaust gas to escape into the wall and possibly your living spaces. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless… and also toxic and highly combustible. Projects such as this are why we urge homeowners to only trust the very best with their homes.

 

 

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

Give us a call! 503-758-4710

 

 

 

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?

Give us a call! 503-758-4710

 

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.