The firebox is an important part of the chimney system for a few reasons. First, the firebox endures the most abuse–ongoing high temperatures–and the least attention. Second, it is the most visible part of the system, often the focal point of the the entire house. Over time the firebox becomes damaged through general use, and even a well-constructed firebox will require repair in order to stay safe and work properly.
Common Firebox Damage
The firebox is constructed of masonry that should be rated for high heat. These bricks, called fire bricks, and refractory mortar keep the fire in its place, protecting the home from the heat in the fireplace. As you continually use the fireplace, the masonry can become damaged, resulting in cracks, flaking, staining, and more. When the firebox becomes damaged, the heat can weaken adjacent wood and beams and result in structural damage and fire.
At Chesapeake Chimney & Co. we commonly see other firebox damage including stains. When the firebox is stained it usually indicates a problem such as a water leak. Stains may also result when the chimney is not as efficient as it should be. If you have stains, whether green or black, it indicates a problem. Calling a professional is the best thing you can do for your chimney.
Professional Firebox Repairs
Whether you have a masonry firebox, or a factory-built firebox and appliance, Chesapeake Chimney & Co. can take care of it. We’ve been the number one choice for firebox repair in the area for over 20 years, and our chimney sweeps are all certified and experienced in masonry services and chimney maintenance.
Masonry Firebox Repair – Masonry damage is easily repaired using a process called tuckpointing in which the damaged masonry is removed, and repaired using new mortar of equal strength, consistency, and color with the old. Our technicians use firebrick and refractory mortar so that your firebox can withstand the heat of your fire throughout this winter and beyond. We are experienced in masonry and stonework no matter how intricate the design.
Factory-Built Firebox Repair – When you have a factory-built firebox, it’s important to hire a professional so that proper repairs are made. We can install new walls inside your appliance and get your appliance working as it should in time for fall.
The best time for chimney repairs is now. With a few more weeks of summer, there is still time to make necessary repairs and insure your chimney system is ready for the first burn of the season. Call Chesapeake Chimney & Co at 410-535-0052 to discuss your firebox damage and upcoming repair with a professional.