Laughlin Chimney Service is a devoted company, serving Door County, Brown County, Kewaunee County and surrounding areas. We provide quality fireplace and chimney inspections and sweeping services.
LEVEL ONE CHIMNEY INSPECTION
A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney’s readily accessible exterior and interior portions of the appliance and the chimney connection are examined. We are looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. We will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. – See more at: http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/chimney_inspections.aspx#sthash.b5HHABLY.dpuf
LEVEL TWO VIDEO CHIMNEY INSPECTION
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection since it shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. – See more at: http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/chimney_inspections.aspx#sthash.2UcOJp2E.dpuf.
CHIMNEY AND FIREPLACE SWEEPING
After performing a Level One Chimney Inspection our service technician will inform you of any sweeping, maintenance or repairs that may be needed. You may choose at that time to have him sweep your chimney and fireplace, as always it will be a clean sweep.
CHIMNEY CAP AND DAMPER INSTALLATION
Prevent moisture from rain and snow, or debris from animals and leaves from entering your chimney by having a chimney cap installed. We install high-quality stainless steel custom built caps.
A chimney damper stops heat from escaping up your chimney when your fireplace is not in use accounting for an average 8% of your home heating costs, having a damper installed helps your home stay warmer and more energy-efficient.
MASONRY AND FABRICATED FIREBOX REPAIR
PELLET APPLIANCE EVALUATION AND CLEANING
Make sure your pellet stove continues to work at peak efficiency by having it cleaned it on a regular basis. A well-maintained pellet stove not only works more efficiently, but will last longer as well.
CROWN REPAIR AND SEALING
The most common problem with masonry chimney’s is water penetration, a chimney crown can deteriorate from the elements with time. We will make necessary repairs to cracks in the crown and apply a long lasting waterproof sealant to form a membrane and protect the crown from water intrusion.
As stated above the most common problem with masonry chimney’s is water penetration, a chimney new or old is susceptible to water damage and will deteriorate if not protected. We provide a long lasting water repellent to protect the masonry from destructive water penetration while maintaining it’s vapor permeability.
WOOD STOVE GASKET REPLACEMENT
Wood stove gaskets reduce random leaks into the firebox so that air only enters the stove through the air control making your appliance perform appropriately and more efficiently.
DRYER VENT CLEANING
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard and causing your appliance to perform poorly.
Signs that it’s time to clean your vent:
- Clothes do not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
- Drying time for clothing takes longer than approximately 40 minutes in duration.
- A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle.
- Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
- The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
- Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
- Unusually large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
- Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets during the drying cycle.