Stoneman, Inc.

Masonry Products and Services

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Chimney Services

From Start to Finish:

  • Chimney construction
  • Chimney installation
  • Chimney inspection
  • Detect Leaks
  • Repair Leaks
  • Chimney repair
  • Chimney crown repair/replacement
  • Chimney re-lining
  • Install/replace chimney caps
  • Install/replace blowers
  • Install/replace dampers
  • Install/replace chase covers
  • Install/replace stovepipe
  • Chimney waterproofing
  • Install/replace roof flashing
  • Chimney/firebox cleaning

Chimney Tops

Does Your Home Have An Uncapped Chimney?

If your answer is yes, you need a Chimney Top. Why? That's simple! Your chimney is a hole in your roof!

An Uncapped Chimney:

  • Says "come on in, make yourself at home!" to nesting birds and animals.
  • Allows rain and snow to enter your chimney, which leads to moisture damage and expensive repairs.
  • Creates a fire hazard as burning embers and sparks escape through the open chimney and land on your roof or in your yard.

Let Stoneman, Inc. protect your home with a Chase Cover & Chimney Cap! Call today!

Chimney Inspections & Sweep

It’s the focus of family gatherings and a great way to take the chill off the coldest winter nights. It’s also a danger to your house and family. A wood stove or fireplace that is improperly cared for may start a fire where you don’t want one.   

Routine Inspections

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the second leading cause of house fires is heating equipment, and two out of three heating equipment fires result from space heaters, which includes fireplaces, chimneys, and wood stoves. Of fires that start in the chimney or fireplace, most are the result of creosote. Sadly, most are also preventable with regular inspections and maintenance.

Chimney Inspections

  • The chimney is inspected from both inside the fireplace or wood stove and again from the top of the chimney.
  • The chimney’s inner surface is examined for creosote. If the creosote coating is paper thin, your chimney does not require cleaning. If the layer depth approaches 1/8 inch – about the thickness of two dimes stacked together – your chimney needs cleaning. If it is ¼ inch thick or deeper – about the thickness of two nickels – do not use your chimney until it is cleaned.
  • The condition of the roof surrounding the chimney is also assessed. Is the flashing intact where the chimney and roof meet? Is the roof sound?
  • The cap above the chimney flue is inspected as it may need replacing to prevent small animals from entering.

Fireplace/Wood Stoves Inspections

 Don't forget your fireplace or wood stove should also be inspected!
 
A complete inspection includes examining the spark screens, opening and closing the doors and checking the seals as applicable. A look at the firebox or grate, any ash container, and the damper helps spot any potential issues.
 
If a portion of the stovepipe runs through the home interior, it also merits special attention. Leaky connections and small holes may allow soot and smoke to flood your house, not to mention gasses or sparks. Where the pipe enters the wall or ceiling is of particular concern as loose connections often occur there.
 
Routine inspections are critical to ensuring your house doesn’t join the growing list of house fire statistics. The entire process takes less than an hour or two for even the most cautious and painstaking inspection. The payoff is priceless – peace of mind every time you build a fire.

Chimney Sweep

Regular chimney cleaning will remove the inevitable buildup of creosote and soot. Unfortunately, there is no simple rule of thumb for when to do it. Do not rely on advice to do it once a year or at some other set time. Clean your chimney when it needs it - when the creosote is thick enough to warrant cleaning. You cannot keep the chimney completely creosote-free, but left to sit, eventually it will harden into a stubborn glaze if it does not burn first.

Remember, scheduling routine chimney sweeps helps to catch dangerous creosote before it catches you.

Chimney Leaks

We will fix your leaks!

All work is guaranteed!

With all the heavy rains that we have been having, you might be experiencing some water coming into your home due to a leaky chimney. There are many reasons why your chimney leaks. It could be from the deterioration of the chimney due to being exposed to the elements and the wear and tear over time. When a chimney leaks; water will come into your attic then drip into your home. You may have stains right now on your ceiling, walls or even your fireplace surround! Not only is the water damage unsightly, it can also effect people who have problems breathing from the mold that forms.

Before your chimney can be fixed, it has to determined where the water is entering your home. There are many places that water can enter your home, always making leak diagnosis a difficult challenge.

Other professionals might examine the chimney and simply grout or caulk places where they think water is coming through.

The leak source is determined by spraying water with a hose directly on the chimney on a clear day, beginning at the bottom and working  up.

First, water is sprayed on the flashing as it may have rusted, eroded over time, or may not properly overlap.

The water is continuously being sprayed upward, ending at the the cement cap and chimney crown, which may have been improperly constructed or may have cracked over time.  A helper inside your home will look for interior moisture on the ceiling, walls, and on your fireplace surround.

Once the leak is detected, we will repair your chimney the correct way! There may be more than one leak, so once the first leak is found and fixed, the process is begun all over again until ALL leaks are found and fixed.

Stoneman, Inc. must be as thorough as possible as we guarantees ALL our work to our customers.