Chimney Sweeps / Chimney Inspections:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends you have your chimney vent(s) inspected annually. every heating system in your home from furnace to fireplace, etc is required to have its own lining. The most frequently found chimney lining is made of terracotta clay which is a masonry clay designed in the early 1900s to protect your home from leaks through the breathable bricks. Lack of maintenance/cleaning can leave toxic byproducts in your chimney lining to deteriorate the flue leaving your home at risk for leaks and chimney fires. With every chimney cleaning we provide a minimum of an NFPA level 1 chimney inspection.
Relining / Liners:
Many scenarios can occur which can leave your chimney flue tiles damaged to a point where your system may become inefficient or unusable. Hudson River Chimney is prepared to rectify these situations to keep your home safe. The most common and effective way to reline a masonry chimney is with a stainless steel liner. It is very important when having this job done to use a trained certified professional to make sure your chimney will be properly relined with the right sized liner, the proper material, alloy, and many other important factors such as insulating certain liners. Many different variables go into properly relining a flue depending on the heating system (oil, gas, wood, traditional fireplace, insert, stove, etc ) all of our technicians are certified, properly trained, and well equipped to handle this type of job for you.
Throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District unfortunately there are many old/historic homes that have beautiful masonry fireplaces that no longer function properly. Hudson River Chimney is equipped to restore these fireplaces and get them back to working order without losing that historical fireplace everybody loves. there are many different solutions depending on the condition of your homes hearth and fireplace
- Smoke Chamber Repair
- Firebox Repair
- Damper Replacement
- Insulated Heavywall Stainless Steel Liners
- Electric Exhaust Fans
- Wind Powered Caps
Fireplace Insert / Wood Stove Installation
In some instances weather it be to save money on your heating bill, restoring an old fireplace, or another reason you may have thought about installing a stove or insert. Hudson River Chimney is more than equipped to handle this job for you. We also work with local fireplace and stove companies to help you select the appliance that is right for your home. The fireplace is the heart of the home. Let us help you bring it back to life.
Prefab Chimney Installation:
Many new homes being built since the 90s especially as of late are no longer being built with masonry. Most homes now are built with double wall steel pipes. In addition to many new homes being built this way, in some instances the most reliable and cost efficient way to fix a masonry chimney on an older home is to do away with the old chimney and install new double wall pipe either out the side of the home or up through the ceiling and roof. Hudson River Chimney is certified and knowledgeable to the proper clearance codes and installation methods to get this type of job done for you efficiently.
Chimney Caps / Chimney Covers:
One of the most vital pieces to keep your chimney system in safe working condition is to install a chimney cap. The purpose of chimney caps is to keep rain, potential blockages, and animals outside of your chimney. Many byproducts inside your chimney can mix with water getting in, to cause a chemical reaction that can start to rapidly deteriorate your chimneys lining creating a hazardous condition. All of our trucks regularly stock standard chimney cap sizes and can install these for you at a reasonable price to save your chimney from these dangers and save your family money on avoidable repairs.
Stainless Steel Chase Covers:
Many newer homes with prefab chimneys have a metal cover at the top of the chimney meant to keep water from damaging the framework, and chimney systems. Due to cheap non-rustproof metal sometimes used as the covers they can start to rust allowing water to get into the chimney, as well as sometimes causing a “bleeding” down the side of your chimney, and/or roof. Hudson River Chimney has the solution to your problem, we can install a rust proof stainless steel chase cover to prevent any additional damage to your home.
You may notice the bricks/blocks on your chimney starting to “pop” or chip, or peel away. bricks are porous and may absorb water that seeps into the brick and freezes up over the winter and causes the bricks to “pop”. This effect is called spalling. Hudson River Chimney uses a chemical water repellent guaranteed by the manufacturer to repel water from entering the bricks for over 10 years.
Chimney Tuckpointing / Repointing
After about 20-30 years your chimneys mortar joints will usually start to crack or deteriorate without having been regularly waterproofed. Hudson River Chimney has repairs hundred of chimneys with this condition and will properly fix this for you. Our technicians will “grind” out every mortar joint that needs to be reset with a thick diamond blade using an angle grinder. We will then reset the proper cement mortar to the joints to ensure your chimney stays in great shape for years to come.
Chimney Crown / Wash Repairs
You may notice at the very top of your masonry chimney there is a cement “crown”. The crown or “wash” serves the purpose of allowing water to run off of the chimney to keep it from damaging the chimney. Over time due to water damage or poor workmanship the chimney crown can start to crack and fall apart. Depending on the severity of the damage there is many different ways Hudson River Chimney can rectify this for you.
- Crack resistant rubberized cement coatings
- Traditional cement chimney crown rebuilds
- Overhanging reinforced concrete crown
Flashing Repairs / Chimney Leaks
One of the most common places water leaks into the home is the chimney flashing. Hudson River Chimney can solve this issue using a rubberized flashing cement to prevent additional water damage to your home.