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Chimney and Fireplace Problems
table below outlines typical chimney and fireplace problems and offers
a probable explanation.
fire never seems to burn properly and
the smell of smoke always seems to be present in your room.
fire that does not burn properly or more or less constantly trickles
smoke back into the room is generally the result of inadequate
maintenance or a flaw in the design.
If your chimney has been recently swept and you are satisfied that the
flue is clear and not obstructed by either deteriorating internal
masonry or by soot, then you need to start looking at the design of the
fireplace and chimney itself. There may be a flaw in the design.
you clean out
the grate you find debris with the ash.
could be lumps of mortar, pieces of brick red clay flue lining or stone.
Debris coming down the chimney indicates a decay in the structure which
may or may not be dangerous. It is normally associated with old age.
and the chimney probably would not have a spark arrester
is a damp
discoloration above your fireplace and/or near the sides of your
is called "damp" from rain and condensation and may be caused by:
Masonry: Rain will
penetrate open textured masonry, faulty flaunchings, and cappings. It
will run down inside the chimney to a ledge (or other obstruction)
where it will cause a damp patch.
flashings: If the flashings
protecting the outside of the chimney are faulty, water will get in and
may produce damp patches on the walls and ceilings. These are normally
seen to be worse after heavy rainfall.
flues: Most masonry is
porous and un-vented flues will trap moisture, which may then appear on
the chimneybreast as damp.
Homeowners Guide to Chimneys,
Fireplaces, and Woodstoves
by By JIM BREWER
& ASHLEY ELDRIDGE
leaning. Bricks are damaged or missing. Smoke appears to be comming out
of the sides of the chimney.
Your chimney may be unsafe.
Your chimney may have sustained external and internal damage. External
damage occurs from water and wind. Internal damage occurs from acid
deposits which can corrode the brick on the inside of your chimney and
therefore weaken the structure.
In San Diego the first thing to do after an earthquake or "seismic
event" is to see if the chimney has been damaged. A damaged chimney
could fail to exhaust the gasses or protect the house from fire. >
We will come out ,evaluate your Rampart General for a fee of $175.00
and write a written report detailing the problems. If we end up
performing the work, we will refund the fee through the job.
Rampart General Fireplaces
of Pre-cast concrete fireplaces built by Rampart General are unsafe.
They are all condemned and need to be torn down and rebuilt as the only
solution to repair them.
Rampart General was a system of concrete factory-built fireplaces
produced in Santa Ana and installed throughout southern California. The
company has long since gone bankrupt.
Rampart General pre-cast fireplaces are unsafe because of cracks that
developed while in transit and these cracks can pose a severe fire
Repair is not
allowed, and the entire
fireplace must be replaced.
For more detailed information on Rampart General Fireplaces, download Dale W. Feb's informative article
or, visit his web site at http://www.fireplaceinspections.com/.
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MASONRY AND FIREPLACE DESIGN
Masonry Contractor: Paul Walker
Trained in England, he has 24 years of experience in masonry
The first five years were in and around London, where he served working
with tradesmen who passed down their skills and knowledge acquired from
Paul has been building fireplaces in San Diego since 1992 and is a
recognized expert in fireplace refacing, fireplace repair, and relining
to prevent fire hazards.
He is trained in all areas of masonry construction focusing mainly on
the comprehensive aspects of fireplace
and chimney construction, including outdoor
cooking ovens and barbeques using real stone stonework, True stone, Rox
Pro rock, Eldorado and Cultured stone.
take pride in our work and guarantee quality craftsmanship."
- Paul Walker
construction masonry fireplaces
permits from city
with brick, tile, veneer
stone, precast mantles
existing chimneys, crowns
dampers, Spark arresters, Heat
and cultured stone
specialist Truestone,Rox Pro rock
Masonry Contractor # 851233
Insurance $2 million/$1 million per occurance