Garden State Chimney: We Repair Fireplace & Chimney Systems Throughout Passaic County & Beyond
Nothing in life is ever constant. Of all that is thrown at us, we know one thing to be true: change is inevitable. Here at Garden State Chimney, we can’t offer advice or suggestions for all of life’s mysteries, but we can help make the change from summer to fall (and more importantly, fall to winter) that much more bearable.
If you’re a homeowner in or around Passaic County, NJ and you’re searching for the perfect company to fix up your fireplace or chimney before that cool breeze becomes an icy chill, you’ve come to the right place. No matter if your system is suffering from leaks or you’ve got some crumbling brickwork, the team at Garden State can help with every fireplace or chimney repair service you need.
Have questions about something else? Looking for actual chimney sweeps to perform the iconic song and dance, “Chim-Chim-Cheree”? We can help with that too! …as long as you ask nicely and we have ample time to rehearse. Give us a call at 973-519-0802 or reach out online to learn more about us, our services, and all we can do for you.
What Chimney and Fireplace Repair Services Do We Offer?
Let’s start with the basics: the major fireplace and chimney repair services that we provide. Definitely not trying to brag, but we do have a pretty extensive list. Home fires are kind of our thing, so we’ve created a comprehensive list of repair-specific services to ensure that, no matter the root issue, we’re able to get your system back up and running to its former glory.
Most of the repairs we do fall within these categories:
Is your chimney leaking? Have you started noticing strange or musty smells wafting from your fireplace? Or, perhaps there is a small puddle beginning to form on the floor of your firebox? These are all tell-tale signs that your chimney is leaking. There are a handful of reasons your system might be having these issues – all of which we have a solution for…
- Chimney Flashing Repair: It may not look like much, but the metallic shingle-like structures at the junction of your chimney and roof are crucial in preventing water entry. We’ll go in and make sure it is installed correctly and that it is properly sealing all the cracks and gaps between your roof and the chimney.
- Chimney Crown Rebuild: Crowns offer the first line of defense against rain, animals, and any other debris that could otherwise enter the chimney chase. If your system is leaking, its crown might be cracked or otherwise damaged. We tear apart poorly-built crowns and reconstruct them according to code.
- Chimney Cap Installation or Replacement: While your chimney’s flue needs to vent the exhaust and gases created during a fire, it also needs to be protected from anything outside getting in. If your cap is damaged or altogether missing, we’ll be sure to correctly install one that is the proper fit for your flue.
- Chimney Chase Cover Installation or Replacement. Chase covers are growing in popularity over recent years, perhaps due to the sleek and modern appearance or the full coverage properties. Either way, if you’re interested in replacing your poured crown or updating your current chase cover, we’ve got you… well, covered.
- Chimney Relining. Not only does the chimney flue liner protect the system against harsh smoke, but it also protects the flue against water damage. If there are any cracks, gaps, or separations in your liner, the whole system is compromised. Our experienced techs can either repair the system with HeatShield, or replace the entire liner.
- Chimney Waterproofing. No chimney-constructing material is entirely resistant to water damage. That’s why investing in a professional waterproofing services is critical when it comes to protecting against water entry. We’ve got the proper ratios of vapor permeability, breathability, and resistance to moisture penetration for all the weather variations we experience here in Northern New Jersey.
There’s a reason brick chimneys are such a staple across American homes: not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they’re durable, sturdy, and meant to last a lifetime. …that is, if they are properly cared for. Fortunately, Garden State Chimney can help you do just that. If there’s an issue with your masonry, we’ve got the services to fix it.
- Repointing or Tuckpointing Services: If you take a close look at your chimney and find that the joints between each of the bricks are beginning to deteriorate and crumble, you’re in the market for some tuckpointing services. Bricks may be strong, but without the mortar fusing them and holding the entire structure together, that strength is meaningless. We’ll match the composition to your original joints as closely as possible to ensure the finished product not only reinforces the chimney, but blends as seamlessly as possible too.
- Brick Replacement: Nothing lasts forever, right? Well, the same can be said even for a material as strong as brick – especially if it wasn’t properly treated for a variety of weather conditions. Bricks are porous and over time can absorb water that will eventually freeze and expand, causing the brick to spall and flake off. When we come for a brick replacement, we have special tools designed to only remove the troublesome pieces – without having to replace every single brick.
- Partial Rebuild: Similarly, if the damage is more than just old, faulty mortar and/or crumbling bricks, but not quite affecting the system in its entirety, we can take apart and rebuild only the area(s) in need of repair.
- Full Rebuild: Perhaps you’re interested in maintaining your masonry, but it needs quite a bit of work before it’s operational. Maybe you simply want to scrap the old and rebuild something fresh and new. Whatever the case, the experienced chimney sweeps here at Garden State can work with you to rebuild the chimney system of your dreams.
So far, we’ve talked a lot about the exterior part of your home heating system, but have yet to go over the part that affects you the most – your fireplace! Here’s a list of the most common repair services we offer for fireplaces:
- Firebox Tuckpointing or Repointing: Just like the outside of your masonry chimney, the mortar joints between the bricks break down after so long. Not only does this create somewhat of an eyesore, it also harms the system in its ability to function properly. Tuckpointing allows us to dig out all the old crumbled mortar, so we can replace it with fresh stuff, improving both the look and efficiency of your system.
- Firebox Rebuild: Maybe the damage in your firebox extends a bit further than just the mortar joints. Not to fear! Not all hope is lost. Actually, in a rebuild, we have a ton of options when it comes to materials and laying patterns, making this fireplace repair service more than just a system efficiency booster, but a perfect excuse to create a new hearth look that perfectly accents your style and personality.
- Prefab Fireplace Refractory Panel Replacement: Don’t have masonry? If the inside of your prefabricated fireplace has seen better days, it might be time to replace those refractory panels lining the firebox. Over time and years of regular use, this material can begin to crack and warp which can then greatly affect the amount of heat being reflected back into the room. You can trust us to provide you expert advice and superb installation.
At Garden State Chimney, we’re in this business to make your lives comfier, safer, and generally more enjoyable when it comes to your home heating needs. We’d love to hear how we can help you!
What Are Common Issues With Fireplaces That Need Repair?
That depends. If we’re talking about the actual fireplace – the hearth that you enjoy from inside the house – much of the damage might occur from regular use or old age. Other times the following issues might occur:
- Creosote & Other Accumulation: Any type of combustion, whether fueled by gas, wood, or some other alternative, creates noxious gases, harmful chemicals, and other byproducts that can erode the system over time – especially if regular fireplace maintenance is avoided. Creosote, the black material that clings to the walls of your firebox, logs, and more, is both highly acidic (which can cause erosion of the surrounding materials) and highly flammable (which is a leading cause in chimney fires) – neither of which is favorable for enjoying your fireplace.
- Improperly Built Structure: Like any other human-made appliance or structure, your fireplace is susceptible to human error. While this might not necessarily be as common as creosote accumulation, it is always a possibility – especially if you’ve had issues with your fireplace from the beginning. Whether it was constructed incorrectly or made with the wrong materials, your fireplace might never have been “up to code” in the first place.
- Moisture Exposure: If there is one common enemy to both the external chimney structure and the fireplace within the home, it is water. Any amount of moisture that is able to permeate through your chimney system can cause a lot of damage to a lot of different importance. It’s one of the main reasons annual chimney cleanings and inspections are so necessary when it comes to overall fireplace/chimney maintenance.
Fear you have some underlying issues that need professional care and maintenance? Give us a call or book an appointment with us online today. We’re here and happy to help.
What Causes Most Chimney Damage?
Like we vaguely touched on above, water is arguably the most destructive element that can come into contact with your chimney.
Whether it comes through the top of the flue or seeps into cracks and crevices found in masonry, any amount of moisture allowed in will eventually wreak havoc and require repair. However, while it might be the most common cause for various damages and general deterioration, it certainly isn’t the only. Here’s a list of some other factors that affect the overall health and functionality of your chimney:
- A Damaged or Deteriorated Chimney Liner. Considering the fact that researchers found chimneys built without a liner to be a “little less than criminal,” their presence is of the utmost importance to safely operating a fireplace. This means that if there are any structural discrepancies or inefficiencies, not only is the chimney itself compromised, but the house as a whole if the system continues to be utilized. Any gaps, cracks, separations, or other signs of deterioration, inhibit the exitway of harmful fumes produced during combustion. As a result, they can leak out and enter back into your home.
- Extreme Temperatures/Chimney Fire. Despite the fact that yes, chimneys are meant to withstand these noxious gases and high heat fire smokes, they are not built to endure the intense temperatures of actual fire. Thus, if the structure comes into contact with flames, it will not only suffer, but also put your family at risk of exposure to the harmful chemicals produced in a chimney fire.
- Hidden Defects. Certainly, no chimney is ever “perfect” – what structure made or installed by human hands ever is? Because all fireplace/chimney structures are at the mercy of human installation, that also means they are susceptible to human error and neglect. Regardless of system type (prefab or masonry), if your chimney seems to be suffering from an issue that you have a hard time diagnosing, it’s possible there is a hidden defect somewhere within its walls.
- Missing Important Pieces. Similarly, if your chimney is missing any of the required components – chimney cap, properly built crown, deteriorating flashing, etc. – it will not work properly. For as simple and straightforward as they appear on the outside, there is actually quite a lot that goes into a chimney structure that greatly impacts its overall efficiency and functionality. Almost all of these elements are found within the walls of the system or upon professional inspection.
How Often Should a Chimney Be Inspected and Repaired?
Well, that kind of depends. In accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) requires homeowners to have their chimneys inspected at least once a year, before the first use of the season. However, if and when you notice strange behaviors, inefficiencies, or any changes, you should definitely call your local professional chimney sweeps to come take a look – no matter how recent your last inspection was.
When it comes to repairs, you should always try to get those taken care of as soon as possible. That way you can get right back to enjoying your fireplace safely and with peace of mind. Plus, depending on the issue, leaving it too long can cause even greater harm resulting in higher repair costs – as well as increase your risk of danger.
Can I DIY a Chimney Repair?
“Can” and “should” are both two very different things. However, given the context of chimney work? We’d say no to both scenarios. We’ve touched on it a bit over the course of this page, but chimney and fireplace systems – and thus, repairs – are infinitely more complicated than they appear. Not to mention all the harmful fumes and chemicals that pass through those walls too. Keep in mind that your chimney is designed to provide ventilation for a living, breathing fire inside your home – and that includes all the byproducts, smoke exhaust, and chemicals that come with it.
We get it – it’s tempting to take to YouTube and try your hand at a new skill. (Hey, how else do you think we learn that chimney dance from Mary Poppins?) Yet, while juggling, tap dancing, and quick home repairs are safe to tackle this way, chimney maintenance and repair work is simply not. Save yourself the stress and time and bring in the pros. We’ll make sure it gets done properly the first time.
How Do I Find a Reliable Chimney and Fireplace Repair Company Near Me?
First, and most importantly, do your research. Did you know that the chimney and fireplace industry is not actually regulated? What does that mean, exactly? Basically, it means that individuals and companies who service these appliances aren’t required to hold any kind of certifications or memberships with industry organizations in order to come to your house and perform a chimney repair job.
A bit unnerving, right? It’s one of the main reasons we encourage homeowners to do thorough research, not only on the company and their work, but also on their reviews from other customers.
Second, ask questions. Do they have a thorough and comprehensive website? Are they approachable? What is their company demeanor like? Sure, these might not seem necessarily imperative when searching for a company to perform some chimney and/or repair services, but remember that these are people you will be inviting into your home. Here are some other questions to keep in mind throughout your search:
- How old is the company? How many years have they been in business?
- Do they advertise their credentials? Do they publicize any memberships or special certifications?
- Are they friendly and approachable? Are they eager and willing to address your questions and concerns?
- What do their reviews look like? Do they have any? How to they respond to them?
Need Care In or Near Passaic County? Count On Us
Fortunately, if you are in the greater Passaic County area, you can trust the team here at Garden State for all your regular, routine maintenance, as well as any chimney or fireplace repairs too. We can’t speak for our competitors, but we would be happy to go over the answers to all of the above questions and more. We’re your one-stop-shop for all things chimney and fireplace, with excellent reviews, stand-up service, and fantastic communication to boot.
Ready to fix up your fireplace? Schedule a repair service with us today. Give us a call at 973-519-0802, or reach out through our website. We’d love to work with you.