Chimney Sweep in Potomac MD | Fireplace Installation, Chimney Repair, Patios Construction, and More!
Potomac MD Chimney Sweep, Inspection & Repair
Nestled along the Potomac River in the heart of Montgomery County is the picturesque and charming town of Potomac, MD. Its rural feel makes it easy to forget that it is only minutes away from the Capital Beltway and Washington, DC. In the winter, smoke billowing from chimneys like clouds floating in the air is a common sight as families fire up their fireplaces and heating stoves to stay warm and cozy.
To ensure your heating appliances are safe to operate and not a fire hazard, the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps at Bethesda Chimney use professional supplies and equipment to provide comprehensive chimney inspections, repairs, and installations in Montgomery County, MD, Fairfax County, VA, Washington DC, and the Washington DC Metro Area.
An annual chimney inspection is an essential part of home maintenance. It is the only way to know for sure whether your chimney, vents, fireplace, stove, and other heating appliances are structurally sound and that they are safe to operate. It also allows us to uncover minor damage early before they become costly repairs later.
At Bethesda Chimney, our experienced CSIA and NFI certified technicians are qualified to perform all three levels of chimney inspections in Potomac, MD, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) industry standards. A chimney inspection will also determine whether your chimney needs professional cleaning, which should be done at least annually.
Keeping your home and family safe is our number one priority. Professional chimney cleaning is vital for fire prevention. Burning wood in the fireplace or heating stove creates a highly flammable material called creosote. This dark, oily, or tarry and crusty substance that sticks to the interior masonry walls, flue liner, and other internal components in the chimney. It is the primary cause of residential structure fires in Montgomery County, MD, Fairfax County, VA, Washington, DC, and towns across the country.
A flue obstruction is another cause of concern for homeowners. Small animals that build nests through a damaged or missing chimney cap or masonry cracks and even baked-on creosote can restrict the airflow inside the chimney. In older homes, deteriorated clay tiles can even crumble, crack and break apart creating a blockage in the flue. When this occurs, it can reverse the draft sending irritating smoke, hot debris, and toxic carbon monoxide gas into your living space.
Our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps have the professional tools, supplies, and equipment to thoroughly clean your chimney, giving you peace of mind that your fireplace or heating stove will keep you warm and safe all year long.
One of the first signs your masonry may need repair is efflorescence. Efflorescence is a white powdery-like stain that appears on the brick surface. It occurs when moisture penetrates the clay material, drawing the salts to the surface. It may appear to vanish when it rains, only reappearing when the chimney dries on a sunny day. Without immediate attention, bricks will begin to crack, flake, crumble, or spall. In addition, mortar decay will leave gaps in the joints exposing the chimney to water damage. Our experienced and skilled masons use various techniques, including repointing, to restore your chimney’s strength and stability for years to come.
Whether you have a traditional masonry chimney or a factory-built metal chimney, it will need repair or replacement from time to time. Making timely repairs is the key to reducing maintenance costs and prolonging its useful lifespan. Our certified technicians are skilled masons that provide expert maintenance for masonry and factory-built chimneys, including, but not limited to:
- Masonry repairs
- Custom chimney caps
- Chase cover replacement
- Chimney crown flex seal repair
- Chimney crown rebuilding
- Flashing repair
- Chimney liner repair
- Chimney relining
- Furnace liner
- Water heater liner
- Chimney liner
- Smoke chamber parging
- Fireplace damper repair
- Firebox repair
- Partial chimney rebuilds
- Complete chimney rebuilds
- Chimney water repellant sealant
Do you live in an older or historic home in Potomac, MD? If so, your chimney may still have its clay tile liner that has surpassed its useful lifespan. Moisture, corrosion, age, and even a previous chimney fire, can cause clay liners to crack, increasing the risk of fire and exposure to carbon monoxide fumes. As a result, we often recommend stainless steel chimney liners for our customers in Potomac, MD, and Greater Washington DC. They are more durable, improve heating efficiency, and are easier to clean and maintain.
Cracks on your patio, driveway, or walkway can be dangerous when it causes someone to trip accidentally. Plus, cracks in retaining walls are unsightly and detract from your home’s curb appeal. As a full-service masonry provider, Bethesda Chimney’s skilled masons use premium materials like brick pavers, flagstone, concrete, and even custom stonework to repair or build impressive patios, walkways, and walls.
Are you tired of being stuck indoors during our long winters? We bring outdoor living to life with premium custom and factory-built chimneys, fireplaces, heating stoves, fire pits, and other outdoor features so you can enjoy a warm and cozy outdoor experience any time of year.