Fire Box Repairs in Fairfax
Our Chimney Sweep Technicians Repair and Replace Fireboxes in Northern VA
The interior space of your fireplace where you burn wood is called the
firebox. Although the refractory mortar and firebricks that are used to
construct this area are able to withstand extremely high temperatures,
they are still vulnerable to deterioration and degradation over time.
It’s a good idea to have a certified chimney sweep and repair professional
inspect the firebox along with the rest of the fireplace and chimney once
a year to look for cracks or damaged bricks or mortar. Our chimney professionals
at Ash Busters in Northern VA and the surrounding areas are able to repair
and rebuild fireboxes.
Does the inside of your firebox look worn, cracked, rough, or deteriorated?
As with any other appliance, the firebox will begin to wear down over
time. As you burn a fire, the bricks, mortar, and materials that make
up the fireplace and chimney heat up. Once the fire has burned out, the
materials begin to cool. This heating and cooling cycle can cause the
mortar to crack and fall out, leaving holes or gaps in the firebox that
can let hot gases or burning embers escape into surrounding walls or living
spaces, potentially causing a fire.
If you notice broken bricks or cracked mortar, contact a qualified chimney
contractor. New fire bricks and refractory mortar can be built up inside
of the original firebox allowing continued use of the fireplace. The fireplace
floor will also be sealed with mortar to cover up and cracks or small
openings. This mortar is called “fireclay”. If the firebox
is in relatively good shape and new bricks aren’t necessary, fireclay
can be used to seal the walls of the firebox. A rebuilt firebox will look
and work just like new, but the homeowner can rest assured that they can
now safely burn fires.
Water is another major enemy of your chimney & fireplace that can lead
to brick and mortar damage. When moisture saturates masonry, the integrity
of the brick and mortar is compromised which can cause the mortar to chip
away or the bricks to crack, separate, or erode. The best way to gauge
the health of your firebox is to take a pointed tool, such as a screwdriver,
and scrape the mortar joints inside your fireplace. If you notice that
the mortar crumbles or falls out easily, you should call the pros at Chimney
Solutions to remove the old mortar and replace it with high temperature
cement. This is called tuckpointing and can be a great option to extend
the life of your current firebox.
If your firebox houses a pre-fabricated metal fireplace insert, the panels
may eventually need to be replaced after years of usage. If the firebox
or old fireplace insert are in poor condition, a new fireplace insert
is a great option. Currently, there is a plethora of different styles,
colors, and types of fireplace inserts that can slide into your existing
firebox to give it a fresh, new look. Wood, gas, or pellet stoves are
also another option that you can consider in place of your old, worn down
firebox. Since the brick and masonry of the firebox won’t be subject
to the heat of an open fire, additional wear and tear will be minimal
if you add one of these heating appliances to your current fireplace structure.
fireplace wall replacement for factory-built fireplaces, too!
Every home feels instantly more cozy and comfortable with the fireplace
going. The warm, inviting flames lead to hours spent next to the fire.
A damaged fire box can greatly take away from this experience and relaxation.
If your fire box needs
repair, it is important to take care of it right away. It can be dangerous to
allow the bricks in the fireplace to crack or deteriorate.
At Ash Busters Chimney Sweep & Repair, in Northern VA we are here to
restore your fire box to its original quality. Our chimney fire box repairmen
have been serving Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Prince William, Fauquier,
Warren, Clark, and Fredrick Counties for more than 20 years.
What causes fire box damage?
There are a number of factors that could have caused your fire box damages, such as:
- Improper or Poor Construction
- Advanced Age
- Heavy Wind & Debris
- Excessive Rain or Water Damage
No matter what the cause of your
fire box damage is, our licensed repairmen are here to help.
Contact us at (703) 821-2659 for a free estimate today!