Cleaning & Inspection
CSIA CERTIFIED CHIMNEY SWEEPING & INSPECTION
Lakeview Masonry provides chimney cleaning and inspections for Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Two Harbors, Superior, and surrounding areas.
- Chimney Inspections
- Chimney Sweeps
- New Construction
- Rain Cap
- Fire Box
- Fire Brick
You can count on us to do the job right and explain our findings in detail to you – customer satisfaction is our top priority.
We are members of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, which requires certified testing that proves our knowledge of the codes, practices and standards of the important chimney cleaning trade. The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential is acknowledged by a growing number of industry organizations, insurance underwriters, local, state and federal agencies as the measure of a chimney sweep’s knowledge about the evaluation and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. We recommend hiring a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to complete your chimney’s sweep and/ or inspection.
Why get your chimney cleaned? To save time, money and hassle — and, of course, to keep you cozy on those chilly Northland nights.
Most chimneys should be swept and inspected annually to keep them clear of debris. Keeping your chimney clear allows your chimney to be able to provide adequate air flow for your fireplace or heating system and thereby ensuring safe, reliable, and clean operation all season.
Following your inspection, you will be provided with all the documentation and an estimated cost of any recommended repairs.
Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.
Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating:
- loud cracking and popping noise
- a lot of dense smoke, and
- an intense, hot smell
The best way to prevent a chimney fire is to have an annual inspection performed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.
Clean chimneys don’t catch fire. Make sure a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep inspects your solid fuel venting system annually, and sweeps and repairs it whenever needed. Your sweep may have other maintenance recommendations depending on how you use your fireplace or stove. CSIA recommends that you call on CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps, since they are regularly tested on their understanding of the complexities of chimney and venting systems.
For more information on chimney fires, visit https://www.csia.org/chimneyfires.html
Our technicians are certified chimney sweeps, and have successfully completed Nation Chimney Sweep Training School, an intense 5 day course which teaches the fundamentals of sweeping and inspection of chimney systems followed by testing before successful completion and certification.
For more information on the chimneys and their safety, visit www.csia.org.
Call our office to schedule your appointment. We can quote your cost over the phone, and discuss the process in detail.
We look forward to working with you.
Chimney Tops, Dampers & Relining
Chimney tops and dampers are two items we frequently replace. Dampers control the air flow through your chimney, and top will eliminate water damage, prevent animal invasion and flue blockage, and protect against airborne embers. The brands we carry for dampers and tops are Gelco and Lock-top.
Chimney Relining General Information
Why you may need to reline your chimney:
As your chimney ages, or if not properly maintained, they began to deteriorate and create dangerous conditions. Cracked tiles and deteriorating masonry can allow gases or even fire to enter your home. To fix these issues, you can either tear down the entire chimney and rebuild it, or reline the chimney with a stainless steel or aluminum insert. To tear down the chimney and rebuild is an extensive job, and thus expensive. Relining the chimney is usually the easiest and most cost effective way to repair a faulty chimney.
When you get in touch with us for an estimate, we will review what the best course of action is. Some chimneys are suited for rigid pipe, some are best fixed with a flexible liner (stainless steel), and some are best suited with aluminum liners (mainly low efficient gas appliances). Don’t worry – we will recommend the best solution, and advise you as to the route we recommend.
The process of relining your chimney:
First, we clear any obstructions inside the chimney. We probe the chimney to make sure it is clear – a total cleaning is not necessary since the new liner will provide a brand new flue for the chimney. To allow the best draft possible, we recommend installing the widest liner possible. Some liners get installed by pulling them up from the bottom with a winch attached to the top of the chimney, and some liners are pulled down the chimney.
We are chimney repair, rebuild, & restore experts. Call us to get a free estimate on your chimney.