If you own your home long enough, a professional chimney sweep may eventually have to tell you that your firebox needs to be repaired or replaced; this could be a result of simple wear and tear or a result of your home settling over time. Regardless of the cause, immediate action will be required on your part, as using a fireplace without a sound firebox is extremely unsafe. This bit of bad news could turn into an opportunity for you to give your fireplace a makeover. You also don’t have to wait until your fireplace is in a state of disrepair to update its look; you can do it simply because you think it needs one. Either way, we can help you throughout the entire process.
Firebox Repair Work
When a certified chimney sweep inspects your fireplace and chimney, the purpose is to identify and repair issues that can compromise the safety of the unit. If the bricks in your firebox are crumbling and/or the mortar joints are showing signs of deterioration, you have a fire hazard in your home. The extreme temperatures created by fires in your fireplace require special firebricks and high-temperature mortar be used in the construction of your firebox. Repairs becoming necessary after many years of use are normal and are to be expected. No time should be wasted in getting a damaged firebox repaired, as failure to do so is extremely dangerous and irresponsible.
You can give your firebox’s walls a facelift in a variety of ways. Some improvements are as simple as changing to a more modern style of brick, whereas other alterations may involve taking the aforementioned new bricks and arranging them in a preselected pattern (e.g., herringbone or basket weave). Firebrick is also available in many different colors to allow your newly remodeled firebox to really make a statement.
When one of our CSIA-certified technicians is inspecting your chimney system, rest assured that we will pay close attention to your firebox to make sure no damage (i.e., cracks, mortar joint erosion, etc.) has occurred. If we do, however, find problem areas that need to be addressed, we will thoroughly cover all of the work details with you to ensure that you make the best, most informed decision you possibly can. If you happen to notice firebox damage on your own, contact us as soon as possible. You don’t want to put something like that off until it’s too late.