Last updated 2 days 4 hours ago
After years of exposure to the forces of nature, masonry chimneys are prone to deterioration. This not only makes a masonry chimney look less attractive, but it also opens up cracks and crevices for water to enter the chimney. In addition to destroying the appearance of the chimney, this encourages mold growth, which will erode the chimney to the point where it could completely fall apart. If your chimney cleaner notices chipping or cracking, he will recommend adding a chimney crown. A concrete chimney crown provides an overhang that that covers all sides of the chimney.
If you are concerned about the safety, appearance, or quality of your chimney, contact Priddy Clean Chimney Sweeps. In addition to installing concrete crowns, we offer chimney cleaning, masonry repair, brickwork services and more for the D.C. and Bethesda areas. Call us at (240) 396-9261 for more information, and visit us online to learn about how we can keep your fireplace and chimney in good repair.
Last updated 12 days ago
The chimney is more than just a practical piece that provides an outlet for the fireplace. Many of the most attractive homes in D.C. and Bethesda with a fireplace have beautiful, unique chimneys. For design inspiration that will transform the look of your home, read on.
There’s nothing like the rustic appeal of a stone chimney. You can integrate huge rocks, a large number of small stones, or a design that incorporates a combination of the two. Compliment your gray-stone chimney by incorporating red or metal trim on your home’s exterior.
Copper is a fantastic chimney material for a modern home. Over time, the surface of the copper may oxidize and develop into a brilliant verdigris color. Sheet metal paneling is another way to add smooth-looking texture to a modern home. Blend it with different exterior colors and materials for layers of interest.
Another stone option for your chimney is concrete. If you have a home with lots of wood siding, adding a concrete chimney will create a lovely contrast that enhances the visual warmth of the wood.
Spanish Stucco Chimney
A classic chimney made with stucco is the perfect addition to a Spanish-style home with a red-tile roof. Many Spanish-style chimneys are tower-like and made of stucco. It’s not uncommon to see intricate details on these chimneys as well, such as crown moldings and small, arched windows.
The red-brick look is a classic choice for your chimney design. Brick chimneys are surprisingly versatile. If you have an exterior design that incorporates brick or stone, a brick chimney will add charm and character.
If you are adding a chimney to your home, consult the experts at Priddy Clean Chimney Sweeps. We also offer chimney cleaning, air duct cleaning, masonry repair, and other services for the D.C. and Bethesda areas. Learn more about what we can do to improve the design and usability of your fireplace by visiting our website. If you have any questions for us, please call (240) 396-9261.
Last updated 16 days ago
Kids tend to have an innate curiosity about fire. To keep your children safe, it’s important to practice fireplace and chimney safety at home to set a good example for your kids. To keep your family safe around the fireplace and chimney, follow these tips.
Inspect the Fireplace
If you have never used your fireplace before, you can keep your kids safe by scheduling a fireplace inspection every year before fireplace season. Be sure that the fireplace has enough protective lining and smoke ducts, and that the chimney is clear.
Keep the Chimney Clean
Call a chimney cleaning service at least once per year to remove blockages, soot, and built-up deposits such as creosote. Sometimes items such as leaves, birds, and twigs get into the chimney, which can increase the susceptibility for indoor smoke and even a chimney fire.
Operate the Chimney Safely
Always be sure that the damper is open before lighting the fire and that it is kept open until the fire is completely out. Do not use coal, gasoline, or kerosene on the fire for any reason, and keep all other flammable items away from the fireplace. If the fire has artificial logs, do not poke them. Never overload the fireplace, or you risk starting a fire that’s hard to control.
Always Use the Screen
Accidental clothing ignition is a common safety concern for both kids and adults. Always use the fireplace screen to keep sparks inside the fireplace, and make sure your kids understand that they should never open the screen.
If you have any questions about keeping your kids safe around your chimney and fireplace, call the experts at Priddy Clean Chimney Sweeps at (240) 396-9261. Visit our website to learn about the chimney cleaning, masonry and brickwork repair, and air duct cleaning services we offer the Bethesda and D.C. areas.
Last updated 23 days ago
For many homes in the D.C. and Bethesda area, a fireplace is essential. And because fireplaces need chimneys, many homeowners choose to design a chimney that compliments the look of the home. The chimney can be encased with brick, wood composite, cement, natural stone, and many other types of materials. To ensure that the chimney is safe, it must be built with a fire guard that keeps the flame inside the chimney rather than letting it grow out of the top. Watch the video clip to learn more about the process of chimney design.
At Priddy Clean Chimney Sweeps we provide chimney design, maintenance, cleaning, and repair services to the D.C. and Bethesda areas. Browse our website to see what we can do for your fireplace and chimney, and call us at (240) 396-9261 if you have any questions.