Laughlin Chimney Service LLC is a devoted company, serving Door County and Kewaunee County and surrounding areas. We provide quality fireplace and chimney inspections, chimney sweeping, and many other chimney related 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.
Relining can be necessary for a chimney that has been damaged due to weather, age, or even chimney fires. Depending on the appliance using the chimney and the damage we offer aluminum, stainless steel, or even masonry resurfacing and mortar joint repairs.
Having an undamaged flue or liner is essential because they channel heat and hazardous gases up through the chimney top and block the heat from combustible materials around the chimney.
CHIMNEY CHASE COVER
A chimney chase cover is designed to protect the chimney and fireplace from the elements. Rust stains on the side of a chimney, like the one pictured below is often the first indication from the ground that the chase cover is deteriorating.
Our chimney chase covers are custom fabricated out of stainless steel, which means they will not rust. Therefore we offer a limited lifetime warranty.
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.
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. Before and after shown below with a new cap.
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. The gasket pictured below is deteriorated and needs replacing to form an air tight seal.
SMOKE CHAMBER PARGING
Parging smooths the surface of the smoke chamber, which increases the steady and efficient flow of byproducts out of the chimney. When smoke and byproducts linger in the smoke chamber, creosote is deposited and builds in the holes and cracks. Pictures below show an unparged smoke chamber before sweeping and after sweeping, then after parging.
PELLET APPLIANCE EVALUATION AND CLEANING
Make sure your pellet stove continues to work at peak efficiency by having it cleaned on a regular basis. A well-maintained pellet stove not only works more efficiently, but will last longer as well.
MASONRY AND FABRICATED FIREBOX REPAIR
The firebox is the area that you lay your wood to make the fire, it is what takes the most heat and abuse.