A Few of Our Favorite Pictures and Moments
These pictures are some of my favorite moments as a chimney sweep. We love bulldogs and chimneys and were lucky to get them both at customers houses throughout the years. They are so adorable!
Customer 1: If your tired of looking a the black burn marks and spots on the interior of your fire box walls, we have the solution. This customer needed a firebox makeover. We cleaned the system, stained the brick walls black, added a new grate, sand, lava rocks and vermiculite. Look at this lovely looking new system. We can give your fireplace a makeover as well!
Customer 2: This chimney crown needed and extreme makeover. The entire system was exposed, which would lead to several severe maintenance and repair issues. We had the remedy to solve the problem.
Customer 3: This customer lives in a historic neighborhood. The flue tiles do not extend beyond the top of the chase. They were having problems with rain water rusting their damper, the back wall of the firebox was deteriorating, and the system had drafting issues while burning. The pictures below show how we solved the series of problems.
Customer 4: There was a small gap between the chase and the flue tile, which allowed rain water to enter the system. In addition, small animals are able to enter and sparks can could potentially exit the system making the cap that was installed not as effective. Here is how we fixed their problem.
Customer 5: This fireplace had no damper and drafting issue along with water entering the smoke chamber causing an undesirable stench. In addition, the firebox was caving in and needed to be rebuilt.
Customer 6: One of the most unbelievable things you would think to find when performing a service inspection; a cat door in the firebox of a fireplace. No way!!!! Just when you thought you had seen it all along with a few other pictures that 'make you say hmm.'
Customer 7: Classic reason why your handy man does not make a good chimney sweep. This is a terrible design of a homemade chimney cap with the mesh wiring being too small and not enough clearance for the system to properly draft.
Customer 8: Example of a customer needing to have a crown repair.
Customer 9: This customer lives in a historic district. They were having issues with water coming in their system, the system not properly drafting, and they needed a chimney cap. In addition, the system did not have a damper so the customer was always losing hot or cold air depending on the season.
Customer 10: Classic example of a system that is not properly installed. The chimney cap has blown off.
Customer 11: This customer had a sagging firebox and it needed to be rebuilt.
Customer 12: Complained that their house had a terrible chimney stinch, especially when they burned in their systems. The damper was stuck and was half way ajar. During the inspection, we found the system to be extremely dirty. The strong odor was from the soot and creosote they were burning that was at a hazardous thickness. Take a look at the chimney before the cleaning and then after.
Customer 13: Issues with birds entering their system, so we added mesh screening to their architectural termination cap to eliminate animals from gaining access to the system.
Customer 14: Wood peckers were resting at the end of the chase cover and poking large holes in the arched area of the chase. We applied custom cut sheet metal and screwed them in the framing of the chase. We then painted the metal to match the color of the chase. It's hard to peck through metal.
Customer 15: The back and side wall heat refractory pads in the fireplace completely cracked and split. This is a fire hazard as the heat can escape your system and catch the surrounding structures on fire. We replaced the walls that were cracked to make the system safe to burn again.
Customer 16: Bricks from the back wall were starting to fall into the firebox. This required some good old fashioned masonry work to get this chimney in safe operating condition.
Customer 17: This fireplace had not been swept in 5 years. The system was a safety hazard due to the amount of soot and creosote built up in the system. In addition, all of the heat refractory pads were either split or developed fractures causing them to be replaced.
Customer 18: This customer needed us to re-grout the mortar joint lines of the firebox. This was a historic neighborhood so many of the bricks were not properly spaced to begin with. However, our experienced masons can work around this small issue.
Customer 19: Just because it looks nice doesn't always mean it is the most practical thing for you to install on your system. Especially when it obstructs the airflow not allowing your system to properly draw air.
Customer 20: It's not very often you see an old furnace in Arizona. This was in the basement of a home located in the Encanto Historic District. The customer mentioned it took six city engineers to repair it when it became broken.
Customer 21: Sometimes it's difficult to get people to believe that this is not the way your system should look even though you think you may not have any issues. I'll let your eyes be the judge.
Customer 22: Another example of beauty on the outside and a disaster on the inside. It's what you can't see that will always get you. Take a look at the disconnected flue pipe.
Customer 23: This is an example of a crown that needs to be repaired and sealed.
Customer 24: Before and after pictures of a crown seal, flue tile extension, and a chimney cap being installed.
Customer 25: This system needed a crown repair, flue tile extension, laymance damper extension, and a chimney cap.
Customer 26: This customers husband thought he had a great idea to design and build a chimney cap. Who needs a chimney sweep right.............WRONG!!!!! The house filled with smoke within seconds of starting a fire. This was a costly experiment with a new paint job on the interior of the house. Not to mention the horrible smell of smoke that lasted for months.
Customer 27: Neighbors that needed screening on their termination caps to prevent birds or animals from entering their systems.
Customer 28: There was an issue with rain water seeping underneath the zero clearance cap on windy and rainy days entering the flue lining. Installing a storm collar did the trick on this job.
Customer 29: The entire chase blew over during in a windstorm in the chandler area close by the mountains. This caused a lot of damage.
Customer 30: This was a terrible crown seal done by a handy man that used mortar and dry wall tape to seal the crown.
Customer 31: This fireplace was in pretty bad shape and needed a cleaning, the back wall repaired, and fire insulation and masonry work around a small hole on the side wall where a gas line was inserted.
Customer 32: Bad things happen when animals and rodents get caught in your system and don't make it out. Not to mention the smell is terrible.
Customer 33: The system needed to be cleaned and all of the refractory pads need to be replaced.
Customer 34: This customer had the facing of their fireplace remodeled. However, there was one big issue.............. the contractor forgot to finish. You cant have exposed Styrofoam in front of the lintel as this is a potential fire hazard.
Customer 35: This customer lost their chase cover in a storm along with 4 feet of pipe and flue lining. This was an easy fix as this is a common problem throughout the valley, specifically in the Chandler and Ahwatukee area.
Customer 36: The flashing was breaking off and needs to be repaired.
Customer 37: Samples of new chase covers installed as the old ones blew off due to wind storms. We can even add bird spikes to keep animals from landing and nesting on the top of your system.
Customer 38: A classic example of the sun taking its tole on a chase over the years. This is a simple process to fix.
Customer 39: This customer had rain damage to their ceiling as the developer did not properly install this system. Water was able to seep into the interior of the chase along with smoke when burning.
Customer 40: We needed to raise the floor 8 inches on this gas system to strengthen and increase the draft flow.
Customer 41: These systems were extremely dirty and one even had a birds nest. Can you say WOW!