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Anatomy of Your Chimney

For many people who are looking for a new home, a fireplace is a must-have. One of the most important details regarding your new home’s fireplace is the chimney venting system. While there are many fireplace options, there are only two types of chimneys; masonry or factory-built. You can easily identify the type of chimney it is by looking inside your fireplace to see what materials were used to build the firebox. If you see yellowish bricks, you are looking at a masonry chimney. If you see metal walls, it is a factory-built chimney.

No matter what type of chimney you may have, call on us. All Seasons Chimney has been the top choice for professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services in the Hudson Valley area for over 25 years. Our staff is trained and certified by the leading experts in the industry, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). We would like to tell you a bit more about the anatomy of the two different types of chimneys.

Masonry Chimneysred roofs with chimneys

When most people think of a chimney, they tend to picture the traditional masonry style. Masonry chimneys are made up from several different components. Some of these components are the mortar crown, smoke shelf, and ash dump. These components work together to vent out the smoke from your fires.  Loved for its strength and durability, a well-maintained masonry chimney can last for a lifetime. One of the most important responsibilities homeowners have when maintaining their masonry chimneys is keeping water out of them. All Seasons Chimney also specializes in professional water penetration preventive services! Such services reduce the amount of damage your chimney will suffer.

Factory Built

Growing in popularity over the past several decades, factory-built chimneys are found in many homes across the country. Also known as prefabricated, this type of chimney is manufactured to work with a specific fireplace as a complete system. Made from metal, the chimney pipe is typically protected by a chase that is built to closely resemble a masonry chimney. Although you may have heard stories in the past about this type of chimney being unsafe, All Seasons Chimney can make sure your unit is properly installed, which greatly reduces the chances of accidental fires. We will also show you how to safely operate your prefab chimney to protect you and your family.

No matter which type of chimney you may have in your home, All Seasons Chimney provides the best professional service in the lower Hudson Valley region. Contact us today to schedule your annual chimney maintenance appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.

Oil Flues Need Service Too

As we begin to head into winter here in the Hudson Valley, it is time to make sure that your home heating system is ready to keep you warm and cozy. The last thing you need to happen is a malfunction of your oil-fired appliance, and to avoid this situation, you should have your chimney swept and inspected before winter begins. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the area, and we can make sure your oil-fired heating appliance and its chimney are working efficiently and safely all winter long. We would like to tell you more about why it is important to have your oil flue serviced annually and what you can expect from our service visit.

Why do I need to have my oil-fired chimney serviced?fire

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the long running cycles of your oil-fired appliance during the winter are responsible for producing soot that sticks to the interior walls of your chimney. Eventually, this soot will fall and land either at the base of the chimney or directly into the top of your heating appliance. When you neglect to have your chimney swept, the flow of flue gases can be restricted. These flue gases consist of nitrogen, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide. This increases the risk of this toxic gas leaking into your home. Another problem that can occur when you do not maintain your oil-fired chimney is the deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints. The sulphur in soot is absorbed into the masonry materials when it is mixed with moisture, and this can lead to the beginning of spalling damage. Metal flues can also be affected as the sulphuric acid reaction causes corrosion. To keep deterioration at a minimum, you need to have the soot deposits removed every year.

What can I expect from a oil-fired chimney service appointment with All Seasons Chimney?

When we arrive at your home to perform the annual maintenance of your oil-fired chimney, we will begin by setting up our equipment and sealing off any areas where soot could enter your home. We will then start our sweeping process with the pipe that connects your appliance to the chimney. The next step is the inspection of both the interior and exterior of your chimney to look for any damage that could become a safety hazard. If needed, we will sweep the chimney and remove the loosened soot deposits. Once service has been completed, we will restart your oil-fired appliance. If any problems were found during our inspection, we will provide you with a fair and honest estimate of the repairs needed to make your chimney safe to use again.

Make sure your oil-fired chimney is prepared for winter. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment.