Louisville’s Best Firebox & Fireplace Repairs
Firebox repair and firebox rebuilding, when needed, are crucial services that help to ensure the safety of your home and family. The firebox is where fuel is burned, and it includes the floor of the fireplace. It is built with firebricks and refractory mortar that are capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures. However, like all of the other parts of the chimney system, firebox components are vulnerable to deterioration. Whatever the cause of the damage, the chimney experts at Louisville Chimney Sweep & Repair, LLC can identify the problem and provide high quality firebox repair and rebuilding.
Signs that Firebox Repair or Firebox Rebuilding are Needed
Over time, the firebox in your chimney will begin to deteriorate due to common wear and tear. Whenever a fire is burning in the fireplace, the bricks and mortar in the firebox become extremely hot. After the fire has gone out, the materials cool down. These cycles of heating and cooling alone can eventually cause the mortar to crack and fall out. This leaves gaps and holes in the firebox that can cause two types of hazards:
- Combustible materials surrounding the fireplace are exposed to extreme temperatures and possibly hot embers, which can lead to a dangerous house fire; and
- Toxic gases, including deadly carbon monoxide, can escape into living spaces.
This type of fireplace damage can become apparent. If you notice cracked mortar or crumbling brick, firebox repair or rebuilding is needed. Before using your firebox again, contacted a qualified chimney company, such as Louisville Chimney Sweep & Repair. All of our technicians are certified and trained; and they have the skill to restore the firebox so that it is safe to use, whether repair or firebox rebuilding is required.
Water is another cause of firebox damage that creates the need for firebox repair or rebuilding. When the chimney becomes saturated with moisture due to a failure of some kind in the chimney system, the firebox can be affected. Bricks are highly porous and soak up moisture like a sponge, which leads to crumbling brick. Mortar is one of the safeguards against moisture in the masonry. If you are unsure about the condition of the masonry in your firebox, an easy way to test it is with a screwdriver or similar tool. Use the tool to scrape the mortar joints inside the fireplace. If the mortar easily falls out or crumbles, firebox repair or rebuilding are needed. Contact the professionals at Louisville Chimney Sweep & Repair before the damage becomes worse. If the problem is caught early, you could extend the life of your firebox with an effective, cost-cutting procedure called “tuckpointing.” Basically, old mortar is removed and then replaced with fresh mortar that is specifically made to withstand extreme temperatures.
If your firebox contains a metal fireplace insert, replacement of the panels may eventually be needed. Whether you notice that your metal insert or your masonry firebox are deteriorating, another option for firebox repair is to have a fireplace insert installed.
Fireplace inserts provide numerous benefits. They transform traditional, inefficient fireplaces into viable sources of supplemental heat. The insert is placed inside the firebox, which means your home is doubly protected from exposure to heat from the fires. Wear and tear of a firebox is minimized, when you have a fireplace insert installed as an approach to firebox repair and rebuilding.
Contact Louisville Chimney Sweep & Repair
The technicians at Louisville Chimney Sweep & Repair are qualified to provide you with the best in firebox repair and rebuilding, as well as all other chimney services. Contact our friendly experts today, whether you notice deterioration in your firebox, need to schedule an annual chimney inspection, want to learn more about the benefits of a fireplace insert, or for any other issue related to your chimney system.
Call (502) 410-4019 today.