Smoke Chamber Parge – Chimney Repair In Concord NH
Have you ever taken the time to look up into the funneled area just above your firebox? This area of your chimney system, which is an inverted funnel known as the smoke chamber, takes a beating from the smoke, heat, and byproducts of combustion. If not properly parged smooth, the smoke chamber can crack, crumble, and deteriorate, leaving an uneven surface for the smoke and byproducts to travel past. But even if you have shone a flashlight up into the smoke chamber, it’s nearly impossible to get a good look. Do you know what kind of condition your smoke chamber is in?
What’s The Problem?
When a smoke chamber has corbelled steps or an uneven surface, the efficiency and safety of the chimney system is compromised. Without a smooth surface, the byproducts of combustion will be slowed on their exit route up the chimney, which can lead to an increase in creosote buildup and allow smoke and carbon monoxide to seep back into the home. Additionally, a damaged smoke chamber will allow heat, carbon monoxide, and smoke to access nearby walls and combustibles.
What Is The Parging Process Like?
When we parge a smoke chamber smooth, we start by removing any creosote glaze from the area. Once the smoke chamber is clean, we apply a specially formulated insulating mix to the smoke chamber in its entirety. This product helps to seal any holes, cracks, or gaps, and provide a smooth, airtight, insulated surface.
Do You Know Your Smoke Chamber’s Condition?
If you’re not sure what kind of condition your smoke chamber is in, it’s time to schedule an annual inspection. During an inspection, our technicians will take a look at your chimney system and fireplace from top to bottom, checking for any damage or areas of concern or weakness. We use video scan technology to get a close-up look at every accessible inch of your chimney system, so you won’t be in the dark about your chimney’s condition. Should we find any areas of concern, we’ll make note of it and recommend the necessary repairs.
Call Black Moose Today!
Don’t leave the safety and efficiency of your chimney system to chance – enjoy your fireplace with confidence! Call Black Moose Chimney & Stove today at (603) 525-7905 to schedule an inspection.
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