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Wear and Tear on the Fireplace Firebox

totalchimneycare-482910_594513220574726_1150977131_nThe firebox is the part of your fireplace at the floor level of the room where you place the wood to be burned. Just like other parts of your home, your firebox can deteriorate over time. As houses age, they will settle, creating cracks and gaps in the walls and floors. This process is exactly the same in your firebox. Furthermore, exposure to extreme heat from fires and other factors such as water leaks can cause your firebox to deteriorate even faster. The mortar holding the firebox’s bricks together can begin to crack and separate, causing gaps to open up between the bricks. These gaps can quickly become dangerous, allowing fire to escape the firebox and spread into the walls of your home.

Total Chimney Care will examine your firebox and make recommendations for the best course of action. If your firebox bricks are in good condition, but the mortar is eroded, we can do something called tuckpointing. During this process, we remove the old mortar and replace it with high-temperature refractory mortar.  To learn more about firebox and smoke chamber repair, watch the video below.

When to Rebuild the Firebox

If your firebox is too damaged or deteriorated to repair with tuckpointing, we can tear out the old firebox and install a new one. Total Chimney Care’s expert chimney technicians are highly experienced at rebuilding fireboxes. We will remove your old firebox, protecting your floors and furniture while using the proper tools and equipment to make it a mess-free and stress-free experience for you.  We will rebuild your firebox by hand, using bricks and mortar that are designed to withstand the high temperatures typical with wood-burning fireplaces. When we finish rebuilding your firebox, it will look and work like a brand new fireplace.

We have the expertise to handle all types of firebox rebuilds and repairs. Once we’ve completed the work on your firebox, our technicians will advise you on how to properly care for your new fireplace. We want to make sure you get the best value for your investment and that you are able to enjoy it for years to come.

Even when your firebox is in good repair, you still need to be sure the chimney lining is in good shape to prevent other damage and stay safe. Repairing or installing new chimney liners is all part of the service we offer here at Total Chimney Care, so give us a call.

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I've known Steve Sobczak, the President of Total Chimney Care, for many years. Steve is an excellent technician, (as are his employees), but the thing that REALLY makes Steve and the Total Chimney Care Customer Service Team stand head and shoulders above the rest of the "competition" is they CARE and are very conscientious about what they are doing. Steve and his technicians treat every customer like their only customer. They follow the golden rule and you'll never have to worry about the "trust factor" when they recommend repairs. Steve does EXTENSIVE training on Ethics with his personnel from the person answering their telephone for the initial call to the personnel that perform any work for you. That includes service, installation, repairs, or advisement of any kind on your hearth system. They do the job right the first time and they guarantee your satisfaction. You simply don't find that with a lot of companies out there. Total Chimney Care will treat you with respect and care and you can certainly trust them to provide you with a level of customer service that is unmatched anywhere else in their market. They're my personal recommendation in their market and they should be yours as well.
~ Bart O.