Excessive Creosote

We don’t often see this amount of creosote anymore. Modern, efficient appliances and better burning practices have largely eliminated flue blockages as the one we see in this photo. Our technician had to use a hammer and chisel to […]

February 8th, 2013|Chimney Sweeping, Excessive Creosote|0 Comments

Chimney restoration going back a few years

I was looking through some old photos and I found the attached newspaper story. It refers to a chimney restoration we did at a home in Guelph in the early 1980’s. The design was not ours – we restored […]

August 12th, 2012|Chimney Damage, Chimney Restoration|0 Comments

Another Restoration

This particular restoration also involved “stepped out – stepped back in corbelling” at the top. This type of termination does not have a concrete cap with 2″ drip edge, as required by the Ontario Building Code Water is able […]

July 23rd, 2012|Chimney Damage, Chimney Restoration|0 Comments

Chimney Restoration in Waterloo

April 30th, 2012|Chimney Damage, Chimney Restoration|1 Comment

Questionable choices

Chimneys deteriorate – typically above the roof, and usually because water is able to find its way into the chimney structure. Then they need to be (at least) partially re-built. This can be costly.
The attached photos show what I […]

April 16th, 2012|Chimney Damage, Chimney Restoration|0 Comments

First restoration of the season

The early onset of spring weather permitted us to get started with our chimney restoration work earlier than any other time that I can remember.

This particular chimney was built with stepped out – stepped back in corbelling at the […]

March 27th, 2012|Chimney Restoration|0 Comments

Wind damage

It was extremely windy in this area recently. These photos show what can happen to a manufactured chimney which is improperly installed.  This chimney had only one wall support screwed to vinyl siding.  There was no offset support or […]

March 6th, 2012|Chimney Damage|0 Comments

Aluminum liners

Aluminum liners, while legal for use with gas appliances, may experience several problems. They are not durable and can corrode (or be chewed) easily. The photo shows a hole in the raincap, likely chewed by a squirrel. There was […]

December 27th, 2011|Chimney Damage, Code Compliance Issue|0 Comments

restoration of the week

This weeks featured restoration is a chimney which was deteriorated sufficiently at the top to allow squirrels to enter the chimney structure. Squirrels can be incredibly destructive little creatures. This homeowner was very fortunate because he addressed the situation very […]

September 3rd, 2011|Chimney Damage|0 Comments

Chimney Restoration of the week

This chimney services both a wood-burning fireplace and a gas furnace and water heater. The damage, as shown in the photo) was caused by two things.

The gas flue is lined with clay tile, which is not water-tight. Moisture venting […]