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Masonry Chimney Diagram Jacksonville Florida
Chimney Cap
Chimney Crown
Chimney Flue
Smoke Chamber
Smoke Shelf
Chimney Damper
Face Brick
Fire Box
Like every part of your home, chimneys and fireplaces require some maintenance,
inspections and occasional repairs - even in Florida where we don't use them as
often as the rest of the country.
 Using a professional chimney sweep is the best way
to assure that your chimney has been fixed properly and safely.  See the diagram
above and read the description of a masonry chimney, how the parts work together
sweep comes to your chimney sweep appointment you will have working knowledge of
your chimney and understanding of any work the sweep does on your chimney , from a
simple chimney sweep to more extensive repairs.  

A masonry chimney begins with the
firebox.  This is the box in the fireplace inside your
home where you build a fire.  The firebox is where the chimney sweep begins the
chimney inspection and where the chimney sweep cleans the chimney from.  Just
above the fire box is the chimney's
damper.  The damper is like a door between your
fireplace and your chimney flue that you open when you have a fire to let the smoke
escape and close when you're done to keep out the elements and to keep in your
heating and air-conditioning.  It is smart to have a chimney sweep inspect your damper
to make sure it is not costing you money.  Just above the damper and above the
fireplace is the chimney's
smoke chamber and the chimney's smoke shelf.   The
smoke is pulled into the smoke chamber by the natural draw of the chimney from the
fire box where it rolls against the smoke shelf, gains momentum and increases the
chimney's draw.  Then the smoke travels up the chimney
flue.  The chimney flue is the
pipe that goes from the firebox to the top of the chimney and it is the path the smoke
takes to exit the house.  Its the smoke that distributes the soot in the chimney  flue and
this is what the chimney sweep brushes out when you have your chimney cleaned.  
You should have your chimney cleaned once a year by a chimney sweep to prevent
fires in the chimney flue.  A chimney fire in the flue can lead to expensive repairs or
worse, a house fire.  The chimney flue is built of brick and lined with large terra cotta
flue tiles.  These tiles keep the smoke and heat from seeping through the porous brick
mortar and into your walls.  If your chimney is missing these flue tiles, and several
older chimneys are, then it is recommended that you not burn in your fireplace until you
have the chimney relined.  A chimney sweep will be able to tell if you need a reline
during a regular chimney inspection.  Although we have several older masonry
chimneys in the Jacksonville, FL area our chimney sweeps check everyone we go to
and a reline is still very rare.   The chimney flue is topped with a
chimney cap.  The
chimney cap protects the flue and keeps the elements out.  The chimney cap has an
animal guard, so you don't get any un-welcomed visitors in your home.  The chimney
cap has a spark arrestor on top that keeps embers from landing on your roof or in your
foliage.  Some people call the chimney cap a spark arrestor, when actually it is just a
part of the cap.  The chimney cap is also sometimes referred to as termination cap.  
Both terms are correct.  A very common chimney repair for masonry chimneys is the
chimney cap has rusted or worse has blown away leaving the top of your chimney
exposed.  Then water is able to freely pour down the chimney when it rains eroding the
mortar causing a dangerous situation.  The best thing is to have a chimney sweep
inspect your chimney once a year to make sure your chimney cap is in good shape.  
On the top exterior of the chimney is the chimney
crown is built up to the chimney cap.  
The chimney's crown is made out of a type of mortar and it's purpose is to keep water
from sitting on the brick and to guide water down and away from the chimney cap and
the chimney flue opening.  A watertight crown is vital to the maintenance of your
masonry chimney.   If you have any questions about your masonry chimney you can
ask a chimney sweep from Ash Away Chimney Sweeps and we'll be happy to answer
your questions. *
Ash Away Chimney Sweeps wants to have the most educated customers they can.  In
matters of fire safety we believe the best way to assure your safety is to have a
professional chimney sweep inspect your chimney.  The diagrams and explanations
here are to help you know when to call the chimney sweep and to understand the work
the chimney sweep is doing.
Ash Away Chimney Service
1650-302 Margaret Street  #118
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 379-2185
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A chimney sweep is affordable maintenance on your home.  There's no reason to forget about your chimney,
even in Jacksonville, FL where we don't use our fireplaces and chimneys as often as colder states.  A chimney needs to be
cleaned by a chimney sweep at least once a year, more depending on use.  Even if you don't use your chimney you should get a
chimney inspection every other year.  And if you don't use your chimney often, you would be surprised how a few fires in the
fireplace can add up.  Most people don't realize how many times they have used their chimney between chimney cleanings.  All
those "let's have a fire in the fireplace just this once" adds up.  Also chimney parts up top can rust over time causing damage to
your home or unsafe chimney burning conditions.  Rusty or broken chimney dampers can allow expensive air conditioning and
heat to leak out of your home, and in Jacksonville, FL we worry a lot about lowering our air conditioning bill.  It is much more
affordable to repair your chimney damper than to pay those expensive utility bills every month.   A maintained chimney adds
comfort, charm and lots of resale value to your home - home buyers love a wood burning fireplace.  A chimney is either a
forgotten hole in your roof or a well maintained asset to your home.  Don't  just hope,
know your chimney is maintained, safe and
not costing you extra money.  Call today for your affordable yearly chimney inspection from a professional chimney sweep.*
Not maintaining your chimney is much more costly than an affordable chimney sweep.  Don't let tough
economic times here in Jacksonville, FL tempt you to put off your yearly chimney cleaning and chimney inspection by a chimney
sweep.   Even small water leaks from your chimney top can rot away your wood and drywall.  Broken chimney dampers let air
conditioning blow money right out of your house through your chimney!  Cracks in the chimney flue allow poisonous gases like
carbon monoxide to seep from smoke in your chimney into your home.  Dangerous soot and creosote build up in your chimney
puts your family and home at risk of fire and the unspeakable.  The most affordable way to handle these conditions is to make
sure they don't happen in the first place with an affordable chimney sweep.  Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a
chimney sweep today.  Of course cost is an important factor for all of us.  Ash Away Chimney Sweeps serving Jacksonville, FL
have several chimney discounts and chimney coupons you can use to make a chimney sweep even more affordable on our
chimney discounts and chimney coupons page.  But the best value to you that makes your chimney sweep the most affordable
is our group chimney sweep rate.  Get together with friends and family living nearby.  The more chimneys that need a chimney
sweep in an area the less we need to charge for each chimney cleaning.  So if you need your chimney cleaned by a professional
chimney sweep, then chances are some of your friends and family need to have their chimney cleaned by a professional
chimney sweep as well.  Why not get together and all of you can save on having your chimney cleaned by a chimney sweep.  If
you all need a chimney sweep why not work together to make the chimney sweep more affordable?  If you know someone who
needs an affordable chimney sweep they probably know someone who needs an affordable chimney sweep, who in turn knows
someone else who needs an affordable chimney sweep...  That's a great deal, like a super coupon!  Ash Away Chimney Sweeps
also offer Jacksonville, FL chimney coupons for individual homes.  There is a coupon to save on your chimney sweep, or a
coupon to save on your dryer vent cleaning when you have a chimney sweep, and a coupon for your chimney repairs.  We also
have a coupon that offers a chimney sweep discount to Jacksonville FL's senior citizens.  And to thank our military for their
service we have a coupon that offers them a chimney sweep discount as well.  Use our chimney coupons found on our chimney
coupons and chimney discounts page or get together with your friends and family to have your  chimneys cleaned by a chimney
sweep at an even greater discount making a chimney sweep even more affordable..  Chimney maintenance is an affordable way
to care for your home. *
Ash Away Chimney Sweeps is a full service chimney care provider offering chimney cleanings and chimney inspections, minor
chimney repairs, and major chimney restorations.  The most common chimney repairs we perform in Jacksonville, FL are
repairs to the chimney top.  We repair or replace chimney caps; we repair or replace chimney chase pans; we repair chimney
crowns, we repair or replace chimney dampers; we repair chimney flues and we repair more.  Major restorations include
repairs to the chimney flue or if the chimney flue is beyond repair we can reline the chimney with a new stainless steel chimney
flue, we repair old mortar on the exterior of the chimney that over time wears away and allows water to damage your chimney
causing unsafe conditions that require more repairs.  When we perform a chimney repair we use the best materials available
made of lasting materials like stainless steel and aluminum whenever proper and safe to assure that your chimney repair will
last as long as possible, and in some cases we give lifetime guarantees that they will not rust and will not come off your
chimney in any weather less than hurricane or tornado. *

Ash Away Chimney Sweeps service Jacksonville, FL.
 We Are The Best For No Mess!
* Every chimney repair is unique.  These statements should not be
construed to constitute any kind of kind of implied or express warranty.