Category Archives: Chimney Inspection

Why Should You Leave Chimney Cleaning to the Pros?

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Who Are We?

We are TOR Chimney, a local family business dedicated to our community. Our robust team of multi-talented experts specialize in all sorts of fireplace- and chimney-related tasks, including installations, repairs, cleanings, inspections, and more. We have proudly served Hunterdon County and surrounding areas for 16 years and counting, and we are considered the trustworthy and skilled craftsmen of choice. When it comes to chimney cleaning, Hunterdon County NJ relies on our chimney cleaning professionals for their excellent service.

Today, we want to tell you about the potential dangers of taking  chimney cleaning into your own hands, and well as the benefits of hiring professionals for the job.

Chimney Cleaning: Homeowners vs. Professionals

When it comes to your annual chimney cleaning, it is never a good idea to take the pros out of the picture. Here is a short list of some of the consequences that could result from the lack of professional tools, work, and inspections.

  • Dangerous chemicals left in chimney
  • Faults in masonry remain unnoticed and left to worsen
  • Dust and soot kicked into the air
  • Home and environment become less safe over time

The work and inspections we perform require a high-tech video inspection system, trained eyes and hands, drop cloths, a HEPA vacuum, and sometimes a mechanical rotary system designed to whip glazed and accumulated chemicals from the chimney lining. For more information on the dangers of these chemicals, check out our blog post on the importance of chimney cleaning.

Reach Out to Us: Chimney Cleaning Hunterdon County NJ

Chimney cleaning is not as easy a task as it seems. A lot of special equipment and knowledge goes into every step. Keep your life simple, and keep your home safe. Leave chimney cleaning to the pros! If you are in need of an annual or off-cycle cleaning, contact us today to schedule your consultation.

How to Choose a Masonry Contractor

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Home masonry tasks, like chimney and fireplace installations or repairs, can be a daunting prospect. When considering a job, it is vital that you take care to place the your house in the right hands. We are TOR Chimney & Fireplace, local Montgomery County PA masonry contractors. We are a company of chimney and fireplace experts devoted to providing our community with the highest level of technical work and customer satisfaction.

We post weekly blog content to keep our customers and communities well informed. Today we’d like to give you some tips on finding the right contractor to service your home.

Selecting a Contractor

There are a number of things you should try to find out about a particular company before hiring them for a masonry job.

  • Find out how much they will charge for the job
  • Find out what the payment plan looks like
  • Get some references from past customers
  • Make sure that they have proof of insurance
  • Find out how long they will take to complete the job
  • Look into how long their company has been around

It is always good practice to follow these steps for as many local companies as you can to compare how they stack up, and make an informed decision from there.

Hire Your Masonry Contractor Today

Hopefully you are feeling motivated and prepared to take the next steps toward selecting a company for your home improvement ventures. As a final pointer, it is a great idea to start your search by looking into our very own services here at TOR Chimney & Fireplace! Just check out our about page for a quick rundown of our services and qualifications.

Once you are ready to take the next step and talk about the details, please reach out to us and schedule a consultation!

What’s Involved in a Chimney Cleaning?

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TOR Chimney & Fireplace is Montgomery County’s premiere one-stop-shop for all your chimney and fireplace needs. We employ experts in every arena of the chimney and fireplace life cycle – the most regular and important part of which is chimney sweeping and cleaning. Our Montgomery County PA chimney cleaning team is a highly skilled group of people who seek to serve their community first, and love to build long lasting relationships with local families and homes.

Our main goal has always been to provide quality service to our customers, and here we would like to provide you with a little bit of insider info on common industry practices. Today we’re going to talk about the typical process of a chimney cleaning, and learn what exactly it entails.

The Chimney Cleaning Process

A chimney cleaning job may vary based on various variables and circumstances, but a routine sweep from TOR Chimney will almost always look something like this:

  • Chimney and fireplace vicinity is covered with drop-cloths
  • A preliminary wipe is performed with a HEPA vacuum to minimize dust
  • Chimney is swept of remaining soot, dust & residue by brush
  • Video inspection service ensures that chimney is safe for continued use

In some cases, creosote is baked into the chimney lining and it must be removed by greater measures. For more information, and for a detailed breakdown of our cleaning services, please see our cleaning service page.

Get Your Chimney Cleaned!

TOR Chimney’s sweeping experts advise that you should have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year for safety purposes. Several potentially dangerous elements are known to build up in chimneys over time, and those small cleaning jobs can turn into big repair jobs before you know it. Visit our blog post on the recommended frequency of chimney cleanings to learn all about it.

If you need your chimney cleaned, then please don’t hesitate! Get in touch with us today to set up a FREE chimney cleaning estimate and make sure your home is in tip-top shape.

Do You Need a Chimney Replacement – or Simply a Repair?

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Montgomery County PA Chimney Repair Experts

At TOR Chimney, we carry out fireplace and chimney-related tasks ranging from cleaning and inspecting to installing and replacing entire chimneys and home elements. We are a local fixture with small-business customer service and attention to detail, and corporate-level prestige and professionalism. For over ten years, we have been the top Montgomery County PA chimney repair team, driven by our great work and our relationship with the community.

If you think there is a problem with your chimney, you may be wondering whether it can be repaired or whether you need to replace the whole chimney. Our experts can help you diagnose your chimney problems and advise you on whether these problems call for repair or replacement.

Replacements VS Repairs

Modern chimneys and fireplaces are built to last. If a portion of a chimney is damaged, it can usually be repaired without too much disruption to the fixture as a whole. In fact, the majority of today’s common chimney issues, including leaks, buildup and blockage, and small cracks or damage, can be solved without having to replace the whole chimney.

There are only a few reasons why we would look to completely replace a chimney:

  • Age: the chimney is very old, not up to modern standards, and potentially unsafe.
  • Significant damage: this can include a crack in the lining that extends the full length of the chimney down to the fireplace. Damage like this has the potential to lead to chimney collapse, which can cause more costly structural damage to the home and surroundings.
  • Homeowner request: the homeowner would like to have a new chimney system installed, maybe during a home renovation project.

If you think that your chimney is experiencing any of these problems, our expert Montgomery County PA chimney repair team can diagnose your chimney issues and help you choose the best solution for repairing or replacing your chimney.

Get the Job Done!

Whether you need help identifying your chimney problems, or you already know what you need, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and set up a consultation! Our Montgomery County PA chimney repair team would love to meet with you and take the next steps toward getting the job done!

What Are Chimney Inspections?

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TOR Chimney – An Experienced Company

TOR Chimney & Fireplace is the trusted and community-focused chimney inspector in Bucks County PA. Serving the area for over a decade and a half, we’ve gathered a great deal of knowledge and experience in chimney and fireplace installations, repairs, cleanings and inspections. Our range of expertise makes us the ideal one-stop-shop for all of your chimney and fireplace needs.

We love our neighborhood, and we’re proud to say we consider ourselves a local company first.

Bucks County Chimney Inspectors: Types of Inspections

Chimney inspections can be broken down into three basic categories, or levels, based on the intensity and severity of the inspection called upon:

  • Level 1 chimney inspections consist of routine visual checks. Our inspectors will look at the fireplace, the flue, and the chimney to look for blockages, chemical buildups, and the proper function of all components. These are usually performed once a year with your annual cleaning.
  • Level 2 chimney inspections involve many of the elements from level 1, only they’re focused on a problem area or recently serviced component. These usually occur off-cycle, when other work done on your chimney has altered it in some way or if an issue has cropped up and demands attention. Inspectors perform visual checks and closely examine the recent work or component issue.
  • Level 3 chimney inspections involve every aspect of 1 and 2, with the addition of requiring the removal and replacement of some structural element in order to fully examine a problem.

For greater detail on these, see our article on the three levels of inspection

Make TOR Your Chimney Inspector of Choice

If you’re experiencing an issue with your chimney or fireplace, don’t hesitate! Contact us today and request a consultation. We’re confident you’ll see the benefit of a comprehensive chimney and fireplace service company keeping your home safe and comfortable.

The Importance of Chimney Cleaning

chimney cleaning in Bucks CountyWe want to make this clear up front: we’re not writing this post to scare you.

But the fact remains that a leading cause of home-heating fires is creosote build-up in people’s chimneys. That’s according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends having your chimney cleaned each year.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why an annual, professional chimney cleaning is a good idea:

1. It’s good for your health

A chimney that’s blocked or that has a malfunctioning flue can send carbon monoxide spewing into your home. This deadly gas is produced whenever fuel is burned. In low amounts, it can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and fainting.

It can be fatal, of course, but even lower-level exposure to CO1 gas can lead to permanent brain damage or organ damage.

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What Should I Do With My Fireplace in the Summer?

chimney cleaning & inspectionWhen summertime comes and the temperature rises, your fireplace is probably the last thing on your mind. But even if your fireplace won’t be burning for the next few months, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay it any mind.

This is the perfect time of year to get a fireplace and chimney cleaning and inspection. Most people get their chimneys swept and inspected in the summer or early autumn, so the sooner you schedule your appointment, the better.

Although it’s best to have a professional inspect and provide a full chimney cleaning service, there are steps you can take to clean your fireplace yourself:

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