Recent Customer Review

“I want to take the opportunity to say how lovely Jacob and Kris were to have working on my home. They worked so hard and put in some long days staying until 8:00 pm two of the days to leave the work in a place where it would be safe from water in case of rain.

They cleaned up the work areas so well when they were done, I couldn’t even tell that they had been here working. Also appreciated that their ladders were in a garden bed and they were so careful that there was no damage to any plants–quite amazing since they were up and down those ladders so many time. I appreciated them letting me know that your company could do the foundation work also, as I did not know that.
Jacob said he loves to do the stucco work and actually seemed excited— so refreshing to feel people working on your home really like and care about their work, not just putting in their time.
My favorite thing was when Jacob said he needed additional time to finish the work, he was told by Adam (I think), “just make it right”. I know it is a big inconvenience to a company to have their schedules thrown off, and it just speaks to the company’s values to do good work.

Thanks, Tish S. “

Handstands in Lake O

Just look at this beautiful Lake Oswego chimney, first we are prepping the home with plastic chambers to keep the house safe from dust and particles during demo,  we run HEPA filtration systems inside our plastic chambers to keep dust down and out of the home.  After careful preparation we are going to demo the back wall of the firebox, demo the smoke chamber, and demo the fire-clay liner to remove all damaged components. We will then build a new firebox back wall, smoke chamber, and fire clay flue liner. The Flue liner will be housed in stainless steel than is insulated from the smoke chamber to the termination point.

*handstand performed by a professional stunt person, in a safe setting. Please do not attempt to handstand on your chimney*

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How often should I have my chimney swept?

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.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8″ of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system.  This is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or spreading to the home. Factory-built fireplaces should be swept when any appreciable buildup occurs. The logic is that the deposit is quite acidic and can shorten the life of the fireplace.


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