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Kensington MD Chimney Sweep, Inspections & Repairs
Bethesda Chimney is an award-winning Certified Chimney Sweep® specializing in professional chimney cleaning, inspections, repairs, relining, patios, walkways, and walls, and premium outdoor living essentials for homes, residential communities, and commercial buildings in North Kensington, MD, Chevy Chase, MD, Homewood, MD, Glenview, MD, Montgomery County, MD, Fairfax County, VA, and other communities in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
Our experienced and certified chimney and fireplace professionals are committed to providing the highest quality customer service while ensuring your chimney, vents, fireplace, stove, and outdoor heating appliances are structurally sound and safe to operate.
Annual chimney cleaning is vital for protecting your home and the health and safety of your family. Every year the Montgomery County MD and other local fire departments respond to house fires in the Washington DC area due to creosote build-up from failing to sweep the chimney properly. Creosote is a flammable material that is naturally created during combustion. It adheres to the damper, flue liner, smoke chamber, and interior masonry walls as smoke and fumes vent out the chimney. Our chimney sweep removes leaves, twigs, nests, and other debris that can clog the flue vent. Otherwise, a flue obstruction can cause a dangerous backdraft that pushes smoke, soot, and poisoning carbon monoxide gas into your home.
Do you know how the inside of your chimney looks? The interior of a masonry chimney is dark and narrow. Therefore, it is difficult for the average homeowner to properly assess its condition without a professional chimney inspection. Here are a few reasons why an annual chimney inspection is so crucial for homeowners:
- Moisture intrusion can cause extensive damage.
- Flue liner cracks increase the risk of fire.
- A missing chimney cap can cause a flue obstruction.
- Animal nests in the chimney are a fire hazard.
- Spot minor damage before it grows into costlier repairs.
Bethesda Chimney provides CSIA certified chimney inspections in Kensington, MD, and throughout the Greater Washington DC region. If you’re unsure of the condition your chimney is in have a professional come out to take a look!
Masonry chimneys are porous, and the brick and mortar will eventually absorb moisture when it rains or snows. However, in the winter, the constant freezing and thawing from temperature fluctuations can cause moisture-laden bricks to flake, crumble, and spall. In addition, the decaying mortar leaves gaps in the mortar joints. It also makes it unsafe to use your gas or wood-burning fireplace, stove or insert.
Our certified technicians and skilled masons provide expert repairs for masonry and factory-built chimneys, including:
- Brick repair and replacement
- Chimney crown repair and rebuilding
- Chimney relining & new chimney liners
- Furnace Liner
- Hot Water Heater Liner
- Fireplace Liner
- Custom chimney caps
- Stainless steel chase top installation
- Damper repair/replacement
- Firebox repair/rebuilds
- Flashing repair and coating
- Masonry repair and tuckpointing
- Smoke chamber parging
- Top mount damper installation
- Water Resistant Chimney Sealant
When using the fireplace, your chimney liner protects your home from the heat and flames. Homes in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia with clay liners develop cracks due to age, moisture, chimney fires, and corrosion. You may even see bits of clay in the firebox. We typically recommend stainless steel when relining older chimneys. It will increase your fireplace’s heating efficiency while reducing the risk of fire and carbon monoxide exposure. In many jurisdictions in the Washington DC area a chimney relining is now required upon new installation of a furnace, hot water heater or boiler.
Have you noticed white stains on your chimney? Are there cracked, loose or missing bricks or mortar? These are signs of masonry deterioration that require expert brick and masonry repair.
However, when caught in its early stages, we can remove the decaying mortar and fill the joints with new mortar material. It’s a technique known as chimney repointing, which saves the expense of a much more extensive partial or complete chimney rebuild.
Our talented masons build impressive patios, walkways, and retaining walls that will surely increase your home’s curb appeal. We use premium materials, including flagstone, brick pavers, custom stonework, and concrete, for a luxurious appearance built to last.
We bring outdoor living to life. Whether it’s building a beautiful outdoor gas or wood-burning fireplace, masonry or factory-built chimney, custom firepit, or other outdoor fire feature, Bethesda Chimney has everything you need to enjoy a warm and inviting outdoor living experience during any time of year.