New Jersey Chimney Repair, Cleaning, Installations & Service
Welcome to Superior Construction.
Inspections & Cleaning
Determine chimney integrity for all types of fuel.
Catch problems early – before they cause expensive trouble.
Show changes over time – like seeing a dentist regularly.
Reassure peace of mind
Save money, hassles and potential law suits if they property is for sale or rent.
We are very neat – we guarantee no mess.
Chimney cleaning is the simplest form of maintenance performed on your chimney. We use a high-powered dust vacuum by your fireplace or wood stove to prevent soot from escaping and getting into your room. Most chimneys can be cleaned with either a round or flat wired brush. There are also chemical methods we can use to help reduce creosote build-up between cleanings. After cleaning the chimney we perform a second level 1 inspection to check out the interior of your flue to ensure it’s in good enough shape to use. Chimneys should be cleaned annually according to the National Fire Prevention Association Standard 211 for solid fuels. We offer a 10% discount on inspection and cleaning for our annual customers who schedule their cleaning before the end of August of each year.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 code states “chimneys must be inspected annually and cleaned as necessary.*
Utility Flue Relining
When either a visual inspection or a video scan indicate that your flue or chimney liner is damaged, a relining system is necessary for venting either gas, oil, or wood.
More importantly, all gas furnaces and water heaters should be vented through a UL LISTED metal liner, especially if used with a high-efficiency furnace. In fact, current codes require it for all new furnace installations. Industry experience over the last few decades have conclusively demonstrated that venting gas appliances into masonry chimneys result in the rapid breakdown of clay tile liners and the eventual destruction of the overall chimney structure.
The purpose of a chimney liner is to contain the by-products of combustion (heat, moisture, creosote, carbon monoxide, and other dangerous elements) until they are discharged from your chimney; a cracked liner or a liner with missing mortar between the joints from the chimney, or a cracked liner or a liner with missing mortar between the joins cannot perform its intended function.
The National Fire Protection Agency states, “If the flue liner has softened, cracked, or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion, it shall be removed and replaced, repaired, or relined with a listed liner system…” (NFPA 211, Sect. 10-9)
If you have loose or damaged bricks in the back or sides of your firebox, we will remove and replace them with new bricks, using refractory bricks and mortar. We will also grind out remaining deteriorated joints and tuck point them with refractory mortar. We warranty our interior bricklaying for 10 years, and our tuck pointing
for 5 years.
We also can provide the following services to maximize your chimney’s efficiency:
Chimney Crown Repair
A chimney crown is intended to protect the chimney below from water damage. Any cracks or deterioration compromise this protection and will lead to more extensive repairs to the chimney, requiring either tearing down and relaying of bricks and/or tuck pointing.
After removing the existing damaged crown, we pour a new 4-6 inch thick concrete crown. This crown will be at least 1-inch wider and longer than your chimney stack for superior water protection and to give your chimney an attractive appearance. It will be metal and/or fiberglass mesh reinforced to limit future cracking. It will also be separated from both the chimney stack and the flue tiles to prevent breakage and cracking due to the differential thermal expansion of these chimney components.
Dampers and Caps
Because it has proven dependability and a LIFE TIME warranty, Superior Construction uses The Lyemance Top Sealing Fireplace Dampers exclusively.
It reduces heat and air conditioning loss and eliminates down drafts when fireplace is not in use. It seals out sleet and snow and rain, keeps out birds, animals, and debris, and educes outside noise. To learn more aout Lyemance, view these videos:
Caps & Guards
1. Stop Rain
A chimney cap prevents rain from entering the chimney, causing damper and firebox rust leading to expensive repairs.
2. Stop Birds & Pests
Most chimney caps will not allow birds, bats, squirrels or other animals to enter the chimney nest.
3. Discourage Backdraft
Where certain wind conditions exist, a chimney cap will discourage downdrafts. Some caps are specifically designed to prevent wind from blowing across the chimney, others actually create and updraft when wind blows through them!
4. Arrest Sparks
Many chimney caps include 18 gauge wire mesh to reduce the amount of sparks and large ash that is normally blown into the air and onto rooftops.
Rely on experts!
Where the standard chimney cap does not fit the chimney or isn’t appropriate, Superior Construction has the expertise to recommend and install the appropriate chimney cap for any chimney or vent. Special caps (for large or unusual sizes), copper caps, wind directional and draft inducting caps and UL Listed caps for manufactured fireplaces are all available from our trained staff.
Preventive maintenance is always more cost-effective than repairs that could have been avoided. Annual inspections are critical for chimneys used regularly, but even if used occasionally, a chimney system (the appliance, any necessary connecting and the chimney itself) should be routinely inspected and cleaned if necessary.