The unlined chimney in this picture has collapsed as a result of ignoring serious deterioration. Major damage to the home could have been avoided with the AHRENS chimney technique in place to protect and strengthen the chimney structure. We handle all types of chimney problems, from drastic structural issues like this one to others that are less severe. Whatever your needs our chimney professionals are qualified and ready to help.
Other problems made worse by the absence of a chimney liner include harmful gases entering the chimney and mixing with moisture. The moisture can then seep into the porous brick and cause rapid deterioration. When the temperature freezes, the water expands and causes the face of the bricks to fall off. This process is called “spalling”. This can lead to structural problems if left unresolved. To prevent these problems and make repairs where necessary, contact the chimney professionals in Highland, Wisconsin at Chimney Specialists.
This picture shows a fireplace that was not properly installed. Proper clearances to the combustible wood siding were not maintained. The black charring on the wood panels is from “pyrolysis”. This occurs when the combustible material is subjected to heat over time and the ignition temperature of the wood is actually lowered. This wood will ignite with temperatures as low as 250° Fahrenheit. It is absolutely critical for proper clearances be met or exceeded. The AHRENS Technique would have prevented this from happening.
At Chimney Specialists Inc., our team has received a long list of recognitions for our work with chimney repairs in southwest Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. We have received ten “Outstanding Customer Service and Satisfaction” awards. We have been recognized six times as the “Outstanding Chimney Restoration Company” in the United States at the National AHRENS Convention. We also held the U.S. record for AHRENS’ largest diameter cast-in-place industrial liner for 5 years, a 32" diameter pour!