Many homes around Central Indiana have fireplaces and chimneys. Whether you utilize this feature in your home frequently or not, it still should be regularly inspected and maintained. You may have heard of neighbors whose chimneys were crumbling or separating from their homes and how it didn’t just risk the fireplace, but the structural integrity of their home.
Whether your chimney needs to be swept or requires major repairs, you can count on the team at Beck’s Chimney Sweep to provide quality chimney services in Central Indiana. Our team of professional chimney specialists can inspect your chimney to provide the repairs necessary to keep your home structurally sound and safe.
Chimney Sweeping Service
As you use your fireplace, soot, creosote, ash, and debris accumulate within your chimney. The kind of fireplace you have in your home and the type of fuel you use determine how often you should have your chimney swept by a professional chimney sweep service.
Wood-burning, pellet stoves, and oil and coal fireplaces that are used regularly should be swept annually. Gas-burning fireplaces can be swept every year as natural gas produces fewer byproducts that are likely to accumulate in your chimney.
Call Beck’s to meet our friendly team of chimney sweeps that can sweep your chimney to improve the safety, efficiency, and lifespan of your chimney. Our chimney sweep services don’t include singing and dancing on your roof, but they do come with thorough inspections of your chimney to ensure that it is compliant with safety regulations and can detect signs of deterioration that can lead to chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks.
Use your fireplace with confidence this heating season and make an appointment for your annual chimney inspection and sweeping service from Beck’s Chimney Sweep.
Level 1 Chimney Inspections
Many homeowners around Central Indiana have fireplaces that are seldom used. However, for homeowners who want peace of mind that their chimney is in sound condition, they can make an appointment anytime for a Level 1 chimney inspection.
Level 1 chimney inspections are done by a professional chimney specialist who examines the accessible portions of the chimney’s interior and exterior including the firebox and the flue. The goal is to check for soundness and that the chimney is free from blockages. No sweeping is performed during the inspection, although they may recommend chimney sweeping if necessary.
Level 2 Chimney Inspections
If you’ve upgraded the fireplace in your Central Indiana home from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas-burning fireplace, or are buying a new home and want to have the chimney inspected for safety, consider making an appointment for a level 2 chimney inspection.
A level 2 chimney inspection looks at both the accessible and non-accessible areas of the chimney and requires special tools like a chimney camera to check the flue or blockages. Level 2 inspections are more thorough than Level 1 inspections and can give homeowners a better idea of the chimney’s condition.
If you’ve had a recent inspection or chimney sweeping and you’ve found issues with your chimney, you can count on the team at Beck’s for quality chimney repairs. Our team has over 40 years of experience repairing chimneys and fireplaces throughout Central Indiana.
Our team is certified at the highest levels in the industry and is always learning new techniques to stay ahead of the game. Trust us to provide you with innovative chimney repair solutions to keep your home safe and structurally sound.
If you notice loose or cracked bricks on your chimney, you’ll want to address them right away as deteriorating bricks can compromise the structural integrity of the chimney. If left unrepaired, water can penetrate the chimney, leading to further deterioration and weakening the chimney’s overall stability. Neglecting brick repair can result in potential collapses, safety hazards, and costly structural damage. Our team can replace bricks and mortar and restore your chimney quickly.
The chimney cap is a protective cover that prevents water, debris, and animals from entering the chimney flue. A damaged or missing cap can lead to deteriorating masonry, rusted metal components, and even damage to the flue liner. Our team has experience fixing chimney caps made out of a variety of materials. Talk to us if you need any of the following services for your chimney caps:
- Concrete Cap Repair
- Masonry Cap Repair
- Metal Cap Repair
- Mortar Cap Repair
Chase Cover Repair
At the top of your chimney is a metal cover called the chase cover. This cover contains a hole for the chimney pipe. It is designed to keep water and other debris out of your chimney. If your chase cover has developed rust or is accumulating puddles of water, the team at Beck’s can repair the chase cover, or replace it if needed.
A chimney cover is a protective shield that sits on top of the chimney and prevents water, debris, and animals from entering. Cover repair is essential to maintain the chimney’s integrity and prevent water damage to the chimney interior. If you’re noticing moisture in your chimney or fireplace, our team can inspect your chimney’s cover and repair it.
The crown is a cement-like surface that covers the top of the chimney structure. Crown repair involves fixing cracks, deterioration, or improper slopes that allow water to pool on the chimney’s top. A damaged crown can lead to water infiltration, which can weaken the masonry, cause freeze-thaw damage, and even affect the underlying structure of the chimney.
Flue Liner Repair
The flue liner protects the chimney walls from heat and corrosive byproducts. Flue liner repair addresses the deterioration in the liner. A damaged flue liner can allow heat to reach combustible materials, posing a fire hazard. It can also allow harmful gasses like carbon monoxide to infiltrate your living space, risking health and safety.
Crumbling mortar joints or damaged bricks can compromise the stability and safety of the chimney. If masonry issues are ignored for too long, the structural integrity may be compromised, increasing the risk of collapses and potential damage to your property.
Deteriorated mortar can allow moisture to seep in, leading to weakened masonry, cracks, and gaps. Ignoring mortar repair can lead to further deterioration, affecting both the appearance and structural soundness of the chimney. Our team can replace the mortar in your chimney to restore the integrity of your home.
Your chimney is exposed to the elements frequently. Not only do you need to worry about the bricks and materials deteriorating due to exposure to heat and combustion, but the weather can also play a role in damaging your chimney over time. Like you waterproof your clothes, you can also waterproof your chimney by applying a protective sealant to the exterior that prevents water from infiltrating the bricks and mortar of your chimney. Waterproofing helps prevent white powdery deposits called efflorescence from accumulating on your chimney, as well as spalling, mold growth, and freeze-thaw damage to the chimney.
If you’ve noticed efflorescence, moss, or algae growth on your chimney, this is a big sign that water has infiltrated the bricks, making it ideal for these things to grow. Wet, dark spots, flaking or cracking bricks, or deterioration around the crown are also signs that you should consider waterproofing your chimney to prevent damage from escalating.
Flue sealing protects the interior of the chimney flue. Flue sealing can help reduce creosote buildup, create a smoother surface, enhance the chimney’s efficiency, and help prevent the escape of gasses and odors which can be detrimental to your home’s indoor air quality.
If your chimney has had lots of soot stains, build-up, and draft and efficiency issues, then you might want to consider flue sealing or relining services. Flue sealing can prevent heat from escaping, allowing you to feel the benefits of a fire in your fireplace more effectively. Talk to Beck’s to see if flue sealing or relining would be a good solution for the chimney at your Central Indiana area home.
Contact Beck’s Chimney Sweep For Quality Chimney Services in Central Indiana
As you can see, chimney sweeps can do more than just clean your chimney. It’s not just a song and dance, chimney sweeping and inspection services can make an incredible difference in your chimney’s operation, home safety, and energy efficiency. We serve homes in Indianapolis, Castleton, Westfield, Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers and more! Talk to Beck’s Chimney Sweep today to make an appointment for chimney services at your Central Indiana home.