Fireplace Chimney Repair

chimneyrepair michigan brick repair llc   248-895-7752  is a local masonry construction and chimney repair contractor serving Wayne County and Oakland County, Michigan. Our chimney repair and fireplace  chimney cleaning experts have years of experience specializing in masonry construction, masonry restoration and brick repair. Our chimney sweeps can inspect your stone or brick, chimney fireplace. Our chimney sweeps can provide you with your annual chimney cleaning and provide you with a chimney repair estimate.

We have worked hard to earn a reputation for quality and look forward to showing the residents of Inkster that it is well deserved. Our goal is to leave every customer satisfied and willing to use us again, or recommend us to a neighbor or a friend. We pride ourselves on building corners not cutting them.

We have years of experience matching the brick and mortar. We have worked extensively with the brick Fireplace in Michigan from as far south as Dearborn Heights, Redford and suburbs of Detroit Mi. To as far north as Genesee County. We take chimney crown repair and fireplace projects seriously. We are not a handyman service we are skilled Fireplace building & masonry repair experts with a passion for brickwork. We strive to the top fireplace chimney company in Michigan. Our Brick repair and brickwork experts have been serving  Michigan with our quality, brick fireplace chimney construction and chimney repair services for years.. Let us help you fix, repair and restore your brick homes masonry beauty.  brick repair llc   Oakland County Michigan's leading chimney cleaning, chimney repair, and historic brick repair company.

we are devoted to chimney repair Masonry restoration, Fireplace construction and quality brickwork. Beautifying walled Lake, Redford, Canton, Dearborn Heights, Novi , and Berkley Mi one brick at a time.

Wayne County Michigan has some of the most beautiful and custom Brick masonry and stone work in southeast Michigan As brick porch repairs and years of chimney construction have gone by our brick repair company has gown to the point that no matter where we are in Wayne County a recent brick wall repair or chimney repair project is never far away. We get a real sense of satisfaction knowing that if we are in White Lake, Commerce  or even Detroit a satisfied  Michigan Fireplace customer is never far away. We have strong ties to down Detroit Mi Where we have performed historic brick restoration to several homes in Boston Edison Historic district and love the beautiful brick Chimney and brick paver porches Detroit Mi has to offer.

Let us help you fix, repair and restore your brick homes masonry beauty. Wayne County Brick Repair 248-895-7752
Inkster Michigan's leading chimney cleaning, chimney repair, and historic brick wall repair company.

We are happy to provide any of the following services: chimney cleaning, chimney repair, masonry construction, chimney crown repairs, chimney cap replacement, chimney rebuilds, tuck pointing, natural stone construction, limestone installation and replacement, cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, masonry wall construction, brick wall repair, spalled brick replacement, tuck-pointing, pointing and re pointing work, mortar repair, grout replacement, and historic restoration. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with your masonry construction and chimney cleaning projects. 
Our Masonry contractors and chimney sweeps offer free chimney repair estimates to all Oakland County, We Can provide a Michigan  Bricklayer, for residents for any of the following cities:
 Oakland County Michigan, Addison Township 48367, Addison Twp 48367,  Auburn Hills 48321, Auburn Hills 48326, Berkley 48072, Beverly Hills  48025, Bingham Farms 48025, Birmingham 48009, Birmingham 48012,  Bloomfield 48301, Bloomfield 48302, Bloomfield 48303, Bloomfield 48304,  Bloomfield Hills 48301, Bloomfield Hills 48302, Bloomfield Hills 48303,  Bloomfield Hills 48304, Bloomfield Township 48301, Bloomfield Township  48302, Bloomfield Township 48303, Bloomfield Township 48304, Bloomfield  Twp 48303, Bloomfield Village 48301, Bloomfield Hls 48303, Bloomfield  Twp 48303, Clarkston 48346, Clarkston 48347, Clarkston 48348, Clawson  48017, Commerce Township 48382, Commerce Township 48390, Commerce Twp  48382, Commerce Twp 48390, Davisburg 48350, Detroit 48220, Detroit  48237, Drayton Plains 48330, Drayton Plns 48330, Farmington Hls 48331,  Farmington Hls 48332, Farmington Hls 48333, Farmington Hls 48334,  Farmington Hls 48335, Farmington Hls 48336, Farmington 48331, Farmington  48332, Farmington 48333, Farmington 48334Farmington 48335, Farmington  48336, Farmington Hills 48331, Farmington Hills 48332, Farmington Hills  48333, Farmington Hills 48334, Farmington Hills 48335,, Farmington Hills  48336, Farmington Hls 48331, Farmington Hls 48332, Farmington Hls  48333, Farmington Hls 48334, Farmington Hls 48335, Farmington Hls 48336,  Ferndale 48220, Franklin 48025, Goodison 48306, Hazel Park 48030,  Highland 48356, Highland 48357, Holly 48442, Huntington Wds 48070,  Huntington Woods 48070, Independence 48346, Independence 48348, Keego  Harbor 48320, Lake Angelus 48326, Lake Orion 48359, Lake Orion 48360,  Lake Orion 48361, Lake Orion 48362, Lakeville 48366, Lathrup Village  48076, Lathrup Vlg 48076, Leonard 48367, Madison Heights 48071, Madison  Hts 48071, MI Metro 48340, Milford 48380, Milford 48381, New Hudson  48165, Novi 48374, Novi 48375, Novi 48376, Novi 48377, Oak Park 48237,  Oakland 48306, Oakland 48363, Oakland Township 48306, Oakland Twp 48306,  Orchard Lake 48323, Orchard Lake 48324, Orion 48359, Orion 48360, Orion  48362, Ortonville 48462, Oxford 48370, Oxford 48371, Pleasant Ridge  48069, Pleasant Ridge 48069, Pontiac 48340, Pontiac 48341, Pontiac  48342, Pontiac 48343, Rochester 48306, Rochester 48307, Rochester 48308,  Rochester 48309, Rochester Hills 48306, Rochester Hills 48307,  Rochester Hills 48309, Rochester Hls 48306, Rochester Hls 48307,  Rochester Hls 48309, Royal Oak 48067, Royal Oak 48068, Royal Oak 48073,  South Lyon 48178, Southfield 48033, Southfield 48034, Southfield 48037,  Southfield 48075, Southfield 48076, Southfield 48086, Springfield  Township 48350, Springfield Twp 48350, Sylvan Lake 48320, Troy 48007,  Troy 48083, Troy 48084, Troy 48085, Troy 48098, Troy 48099, Union Lake  48387, W Bloomfield 48322, W Bloomfield 48323, W Bloomfield 48324, W  Bloomfield 48325, Walled Lake 48390, Walled Lake 48391, Waterford 48327,  Waterford 48328, Waterford 48329, Waterford Township 48329, West  Bloomfield 48322, West Bloomfield 48323, West Bloomfield 48324, West  Bloomfield 48325, White Lake 48383, White Lake 48386, Wixom 48393,  Wolverine Lake 48390, Wolverine Lk 48390

services: chimney cleaning, chimney repair, masonry construction, chimney crown repairs, chimney cap replacement, chimney rebuilds, tuck pointing, natural stone construction, limestone installation and replacement, cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, masonry wall construction, brick wall repair, spalled brick replacement, tuck-pointing, pointing and re pointing work, mortar repair, grout replacement, and historic restoration. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with your masonry construction and chimney cleaning projects.

Why a brick fireplace in Inkster Mi does not work, and how to make your Brick chimney fireplace draft properly and how to build a chimney and fireplace that stand the test of time are a common topic of discussion among Michigan bricklayers and masonry contractors. Since man first discovered fire then dug the first fire pit all the way up till huge brick chimney stacks filled the Detroit sky line. Longevity and having a homes fireplace burn properly has been an ongoing concern.
As knowledge of building a brick or stone wall porch, fireplaces and chimney has steadily grown, so has the ability of a fireplace to heat and warm homes.. Mans knowledge of engineering, drafting and how to make a chimney and fireplace work properly has also grown. In today's day and age we have the advantage of learning from our fore fathers and developing formulas and techniques to combat draft and increase fireplace and chimney efficiency. Still today we find that some fireplace chimney's work better than others. That is why when dealing with brick repair and chimney it is so critical to use a brick repair and chimney expert.
The main principle of why a brick chimney or fireplace works because heat rises. After starting a fire, in your fireplace the air inside chimney warms and begins to rise up the chimney flue. The heat of the fire in your fir box draws in the cooler air from the room it is in. This cooler air flows into the firebox feeding the fireplace fire increasing the flame in an ongoing cycle. The heat dynamic creates a pressure differential and can also create a pleasant breeze as it moves across the top of your chimney. At Wayne County chimney repair we have built thousands of chimneys and are experts in the area of brick chimney building.
There are numerous reasons a chimney and fireplace may not function properly. Will start with the the most simple & obvious solutions Please bear in mind this list may not solve all of your fireplace and chimney issues but it should provide you a good place to start. Here is a list of common reasons that fireplaces and chimneys don't work .
1. You may have a chimney damper issue, a chimney damper should open and close freely
2. Your chimney could be dirty and you need a chimney cleaning. Creosote building up and lack of regular chimney sweeping can affect the way your chimney draws air and also can also be a chimney fire issue
3. Your chimney may be built wrong. Chimney size and height, the height of your chimney and the size of your chimney flue liner can have a huge affect on the way it draws
For a Chimney inspection and estimate call Wayne County chimney repair (313) 459-0617
To really understand fireplaces chimney sweeping and chimney's requires extensive knowledge masonry and fireplaces. Being a chimney sweep does not mean you a qualified to do chimney repair. Likewise being good at masonry and brick work does not make you good with chimneys.
When dealing with your Inkster chimney problems or an Wayne County Brick repair issue, you need a contractor familiar chimney construction codes, pressure differentials, and actual fireplace construction techniques. If the information provided here does not help you solve the problem with your fireplace, chimney or masonry consider hiring an experienced, chimney sweep and masonry repair expert in your area. The problem may be obvious to someone with Brickwork, chimney and fireplace experience once they can actually look over the fireplace and chimney..
Michigan fireplace chimney fires are a reality of life They destroy thousands of homes and lives. Having a regular chimney cleaning by your local chimney sweep can prevent most chimney fires. Most Inkster, Oak park, and bloomfield hills residents don’t even realize the risk their homes could be in from chimney fires. First, let us establish who is at risk.
If proper precautions are taken, brick fireplace chimney fires can be avoided. A Chimney should be inspected by a chimney sweep and chimney cleaning specialist regularly. First, you need to understand the anatomy of how a fireplace works and how a fireplace chimney fire is set into motion. When a fire is built in a masonry or brick chimney it is started in the fireplace fire box.
The chimney firebox is built out of fire brick. Firebrick is a brick made to withstand the high temperatures that occur in a fireplace. A fireplace fire box is the area in witch the actual burning happens.. Fireplace firebrick not as stong and have a lower compression strength than block or architectural brick, but they are much lighter, and insulate better than dense bricks. A brick fireplace brick fire box should be free from cracks. To contain the heat form the fire. The fireplace fire brick will taper in toward a damper and smoke shelf. A fireplace firebox is the only spot in which burning wood should occur.
The Chimney damper is a metal duct or steel valve which controls or regulates the flow of air in the fireplace. Should a damper become damaged rusted and need to be replaced a top mount damper is installed. A top mount damper attaches to the flue tile liner at the top of the chimney. When closed it provides an air-tight seal. A chain drops down the chimney to control air flow.
Everybody knows where there is a smoking chimney there is fire, so obviously when you are burning wood in your fireplace and chimney, smoke is released and travels up from your firebrick fire box into a smoke shelf and up the chimney flue liner. As the warm smoke travels up the chimney flue liner it begins to cool . As smoke cools it condenses on the inside walls of your chimney flue liner or flue tiles and is converted into creosote. Creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires.
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Creosote and a dirty chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires. Creosote is a highly flammable material that ignites easily from flame or spark. The type of wood that is burned in a fireplace and frequency of chimney cleaning affects the amount of creosote built up on the chimney flue liner. Green, or unseasoned wood, contains a lot of moisture. This means it takes more heat to burn the wood in the brick fireplace firebox. Green wood produces more creosote.
Outside temperature also plays a factor in the amount of creosote formed. Chimneys that run up the side of your brick house are more apt to produce creosote. than one that runs up the center of your home This is because brick concrete and stone masonry has a low insulation value or R value. The warm smoke being hit by cool temperatures condenses more quickly when a chimney runs up the side of a house.
Proper air flow is critical to your stone or brick chimney. Making sure your fireplace damper is open all the way so that smoke ventilates through the chimney quickly also reduces the risk of creosote forming. A Fireplace chimney must be built to a proper height to draft properly. Usually three feet above the roof or ten feet from the roof.
You must make sure to have a chimney cleaning professional or chimney sweep clean your chimney annually if you plan on using you fireplace. When you ignite paper and cardboard in your fireplace, often times small flaming pieces of ash and soot can drift up the flue liner and are more likely to ignite the creosote that has built up.
Having a proper chimney cap on the top of your chimney can help prevent chimney fires. A proper chimney cap has a spark ares-tor to catch these pieces of flaming ash. Chimney caps also protect the top of a chimney flue liner by preventing water and animals from getting inside the flue liner
Wayne County Chimney Repair 734-335-0162 specializes in fireplace chimney construction, Fireplace remodeling, chimney cleaning, chimney repair and historic brick restoration. Our chimney sweeps can provide cost effective chimney cleaning. We also repair brick porches and brick wall repair on a daily basis. If you would like more information about chimney fires, please visit
With any chimney repair or masonry restoration project comes debris. Small chunks of mortar, pieces of concrete, and chunks of brick from the demolition of the brickwork can add up fast. And lets face it, its not like your local garbageman or trash removal service is going to grab a garbage can that weighs 500 lbs and carry it away. That is why whenever you plan on doing any kind of demolition project, chimney repair, or brickwork you need to know what to do with your debris and trash.

One option is to remove the brick debris, concrete, and mortar yourself. This involves filling up a trailer or truck and hauling out the brick, concrete, and mortar. You can then haul this material to the dump, but the dump charges by weight. A much more practical method of removing the debris, is to find a local concrete recycling company. Most concrete recycling companies will take any concrete and mortar you have and dispose of it. A select few concrete recycling companies, commonly referred to as the concrete crusher, will take your brick debris also. Concrete, brick, and mortar are ground up to a gravel sized consistency. This aggregate is then recycled into new concrete. The problem with using concrete crushers and recyclers is unless you have a dump truck or dump trailer, you must handle your material and debris not only when you haul it off of the job, but when you dump it. By far the most cost-effective way to go on any large scale demolition project is to rent a dumpster. Whenever you rent the dumpster be sure to specify what you plan on disposing of inside of it.

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 Chimney sweep
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"Chimney sweeper" redirects here. For the geometer moth, see Odezia atrata.

Chimney sweep in the 1850s
A chimney sweep is a person who cleans chimneys for a living. Historically, children predominated the profession due to their ability to climb up into small spaces. Chimney sweeps were extremely common during the Industrial Revolution.



[edit] History

It is only in the last two hundred years that the chimney has grown large enough to hold a man, giving rise to the image of the chimney sweep as it developed in the time of the Industrial Revolution. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Western Europe, construction of rooflines with crow-stepped gables became common to allow chimney sweeps convenient access to the chimney top. With the increased urban population that came with the Age of Industrialization, the number of houses with chimneys grew apace and the occupation of chimney sweep became much sought-after. It was also one of the more commonly difficult, hazardous, and low-paying occupations of the era, and consequently has been derided in verse, ballad and pantomime. However, once modern heating technologies became more available, the occupation became romanticized in popular media and literature.
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In 1840 a lengthy law was passed making it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to sweep chimneys. A Friendly Society for the Protection and Education of Chimney-Sweepers' Boys had been established in 1800.[2] The 1840 Act became a dead letter. The Chimney Sweepers Regulation Act 1864, c37. tightened controls significantly. Lord Shaftesbury was a main proponent of the Bill.
A Chimney Sweepers Act was passed in 1875 that required chimney sweepers to be authorised by the police to carry on their businesses in the district, providing enforcement.[1]

Modern chimney sweep
With the rise of central heating systems and the decline in the use of chimneys, the sweep profession became less prevalent, though the service continues in most communities on a smaller scale.

[edit] Today

Today, chimney sweeps still maintain a thriving new industry in many parts of the world. The industry has expanded from the maintenance of wood-burning fireplace and appliance venting systems to include venting for many types of heating appliances. Venting systems for Heating Oil, natural gas, wood and pellet burning appliances, including building furnaces and space heaters are maintained by modern chimney sweeps. The standard chimney brush is still used, along with more modern tools (such as vacuums, cameras and special chimney cleaning tools), although most sweeps are done from the bottom of the chimney, rather than the top, to prevent the dispersion of dust and debris[3].
Modern sweeps are professionals, and are usually trained to diagnose and repair hazards along with simple maintenance such as sweeps.
In the US, two trade organizations that help to regulate the industry are the Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Chimney Sweeps Guild. Certification for chimney sweeps are issued by two organizations: Certified Chimney Professionals and Chimney Safety Institute of America. Certification for chimney sweeps who reline chimneys are issued by Certified Chimney Professionals.
In the UK, three trade associations that help to regulate the industry are the National Association of Chimney Sweepsthe Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and the Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps

[edit] Literature

Chimney sweeps were often depicted in Victorian literature as heartless scoundrels who abused their child workers. They are typified in The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. The English poet William Blake portrayed the chimney sweep as an abused child who hoped for a better life. In both "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience", Blake showcases the life of a common sweeper and exposes those who allowed barbaric actions against them to take place. In Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist a particularly vicious chimney sweep called Gamfield wants to take Oliver as an apprentice, but at the last minute the magistrate refuses to sanction the move ("Mr Gamfield did happen to labour under the slight imputation of having bruised three or four boys to death already." )
In "The Shepherdess and the Sweep" (1845), a fairy tale by the Danish poet and writer Hans Christian Andersen, a porcelain chimney sweep sits upon a table top near his love, a porcelain shepherdess. When the two are threatened, the chimney sweep gallantly conducts his love safely to the rooftop through the stove pipe.
In Michael Crichton's novel The Great Train Robbery, Clean Willy Williams was an accessory to the gold heist. An apprentice chimney sweep who later became a "snakesman" (a burglar adept at climbing and wriggling through small spaces), he uses his skills to escape from Newgate Prison and to gain access to the railway office where important keys are stored.
With the development of newer brush system and the end of child labor, the occupation changed its image to one of agile and good natured men, the chief example being in the book series Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film adaptation which has an extended dance sequence in which the jovial workers celebrate the end of the workday with fearless acrobatics. Their leader, "Bert", played by Dick van Dyke, sings "Chim Chim Cher-ee" which won the Oscar for "Best Song" in 1965. The chorus refers to the traditional association of chimney sweeps with good luck: "Good luck will rub off when I shake 'ands with you, or blow me a kiss ... and that's lucky too".
Barbara Vine's novel The Chimney Sweeper's Boy has as a central plot device a moth of that name, more formally identified as Epichnopterix plumella, which represents the main character's transformation and identity.

[edit] Superstitions

  • In parts of Great Britain it is still considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. Many modern British sweeps hire themselves out to attend weddings in pursuance of this tradition.[4][citation needed]
  • As a Lucky symbol, depictions of chimney sweeps are a popular New Year's gift in Germany; either as small ornaments attached to flower bouquets or candy, e.g. marzipan chimney sweeps.[citation needed]. Their traditional uniform is an all black suit with golden jacket buttons and a black tophat.
  • In Croatia and Poland, Chimney sweeps still wear a traditional all black uniform with small black cap. It is considered good luck to rub one of your buttons if you pass one in the street.[citation needed]

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