We at Weststar Chimney Sweeps want to not only be sure your fireplace and chimney work safely and properly, but we also want your fireplace to look the best it can. If you have noticed that the bricks or stones around and inside your fireplace look dark and smudgy, it is most likely time to clean those bricks and stones. Of course, you could use elbow grease and scrub off the smoke stains, but we have an easier way to clean your masonry fireplace that will leave those bricks and stones looking brand new. We would like to tell you more about this revolutionary product, Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner, we use to remove smoke stains.
What is Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner?
A water-based cleaning poultice, Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner easily removes unattractive smoke, soot, dirt, and creosote stains from masonry fireplace fronts and hearths. Environmentally-friendly, this cleaner leaves behind no noxious odors and can be used indoors and outdoors.
How does Paint N Peel work?
Using our special tools, our chimney sweeps will paint on a thick coating of the poultice and allow it to dry for six to twelve hours. During its drying process, the layer becomes a tough, elastic topcoat on your fireplace surfaces. Once it has thoroughly dried, our sweeps will then peel away the layer to reveal clean bricks and stones.
To what surfaces can Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner be safely applied?
This product has been formulated to use on textured and smooth bricks, granite, marble, slate, limestone, concrete, and tile. Of course, Weststar Chimney Sweeps will be sure Paint N Peel can be safely used on your fireplace before we apply it.
Can I use Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner myself?
While you can apply this remarkable fireplace cleaner on your own, Weststar Chimney Sweeps recommends you hire professional chimney sweeps to do this job to guarantee the Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner is correctly used. We have lots of experience cleaning fireplace fronts and hearths with this cleaner and know exactly what to do. We know which areas will need a thicker coating with more time to dry. And, although this formula is non-toxic, it is always a good idea to let professionals handle any chemical cleaner or solvent. We will also be sure to protect all surrounding carpet, wood, fabric, metal, and painted surfaces from drips or spills that could stain these materials. We will also dust the areas of your fireplace before applying Paint N Peel to ensure the best possible results.
Interested in getting your fireplace front and hearth cleaned with Paint N Peel Fireplace Cleaner? Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment for our sweeps to make your fireplace look new again.
Chimney systems are comprised of many parts that rely upon one another to operate at peak efficiency. A problem with one part of the system can cause another part of the system to have to work harder to pick up the slack, thereby causing that overworked component to wear out at a much quicker rate. This can quickly become a vicious cycle if the initial problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner. The moral of the story here is quite simple: repair minor problems early on to prevent them from becoming major problems down the road. Keep reading to get a better understanding of ways you can help to extend the life of your chimney.
Put a Cap on your Chimney
Installing a properly-sized chimney cap is one way to be proactive in protecting your chimney.
A chimney cap is designed to cover your chimney’s opening in order to keep water, birds and other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris from getting into your chimney. Water is diverted away from the center and off the sides of your chimney. Mesh screening on the side blocks birds, other wildlife, leaves, twigs and other debris from getting in. Purchasing a chimney cap and having it installed by a certified chimney professional is a choice you won’t regret!
New Chimney Flashing will help Prevent Leaks
Chimneys are notorious for leaking; the source of these leaks is almost always the flashing. It keeps water out of the chimney and protects your flue and roof. Flashings are made from a variety of materials (e.g., aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and/or tin). You should have new chimney flashing installed if any of the following issues exist:
- Your flashing is missing.
- Your flashing is rusted through.
- Your flashing is falling off.
- Your flashing is completely covered with roofing tar (this is a common short-term fix that’s sure to be hiding bigger problems).
Many homeowners also opt to have new flashing installed when having a new shingle-roof installed.
Crumbling Mortar is a Definite Warning Sign
The mortar used in your chimney’s construction is exposed to various elements on the outside and heat and chemical compounds from your firebox on the inside; all of these things speed up the weathering process. Because of this, it’s common for mortar to crumble and fall away sooner or later, which leaves open areas between the bricks. This only makes a bad problem worse, giving rise to more issues. During chimney repointing, the process for repairing your damaged mortar, a chimney professional will remove the damaged, old and loose mortar from the joints between the bricks and replaces it with new mortar. It can’t be stressed enough that only a skilled professional should perform this work, as it requires an experienced hand.
Problems in your chimney’s flue can present serious risks to your home and family, because it’s no longer able to perform its primary function: safely containing and venting the products of combustion to the outside of your home. If your current liner has deteriorated, it’s recommended that you either have a new one installed or have your current liner repaired. There are several different relining options available to you, depending on both the type of flue liner you currently have and the overall condition of your flue. Because of the nature of the job completed by your chimney’s liner, it’s a critical part. Every chimney must have a working liner!
Your chimney system is comprised of numerous parts, all of which are inspected by a chimney professional during your yearly chimney inspection and sweeping. To prevent major chimney system repairs, it is of paramount importance to make minor repairs as soon as problems arise. Some parts are in the line of fire more than others and are adversely affected by the heat, while other parts are exposed to the elements, thereby causing them to wear out faster. Contact the team at Weststar Chimney Sweeps with any and all of your chimney service related questions. We want you to have all of the information you need!