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Seattle is well into fall, and winter is just around the corner. As the temperatures drop, homeowners have begun switching off the air conditioners and firing up the furnaces. Those who have fireplaces are able to save on central heating. Another reason families are choosing fireplaces is purely for the beauty of it, and the ambiance of a crackling fire during the holidays is unrivaled. So, whether you’re looking to update an old fireplace, or looking for your first installation, you can find your dream fireplace at Pristine Sweeps.

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A stove is a great addition to any home. They are versatile and can be installed in any room as long as the appropriate piping is installed. Pristine Sweeps sells the best brands on the market, and the stoves we sell and install are efficient, safe, and beautiful. We can even install a stove in a corner with stylish bricks and stones to protect walls and floor. Check out a time-lapse video of a corner installation that went off without a hitch and imagine which corner of your house a new stove would suit you.

When you choose a stove, you get the benefit of an efficient fire, a beautiful window to see the flames through, and a factory-built and tested appliance that is long-lasting and under warranty. When you choose Pristine Sweeps for your stove installation, you can rest assured that your stove is installed correctly and maintained properly when you schedule routine maintenance.

Pristine Sweeps Insert Installation

If you have a fireplace, but want a change, want to avoid a pricey firebox rebuild, or just need to raise efficiency, an insert is the way to go. Pristine Sweeps takes meticulous measurements so that the insert can be retrofitted directly into the existing fireplace, and connected to the existing chimney. It’s important to have inserts professionally installed so that the chimney is piped appropriately for the new insert’s capacity. When you choose Pristine Sweeps, you get the added benefit of hiring a CSIA certified chimney sweep that can inspect the system after the new installation.

Investing in Your Dream Fireplace

Your home is an investment, and so is your fireplace. Don’t settle for warmth only. Choose a stove or insert because it has what you need, will heat the space you need, with the capacity you need, and all for the right price. Pristine Sweeps strives to warm the homes and the hearts of all of our customers in the Seattle area, and we start by selling the best products at affordable prices. Whether you want a contemporary, sleek style with sharp edges of steel and glass, or a traditional cast-iron look, we have a stove or insert for you.

Start your search for your dream fireplace now, and start with Pristine Sweeps so that we can help you with the process from start to finish. Call us today at 206-574-8414 or make an appointment online for your convenience.

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What is Chimney Flashing?

For our service area of Seattle and surrounding areas, the rainy season begins now and will continue on through spring. Between the rain and the cool temperatures coming our way this winter, your chimney is in for some work. The chimneys work constantly while fires are burning, but they work year-round to keep water and weather out.

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Flashing is made up of many thin layers of metal, laid in a specific pattern in order to keep water out. It is used to reinforce the area where the chimney and roof meet–the weakest part of the entire chimney system, and most susceptible to water penetration. When flashing is missing or damaged, water has a direct route into seams and cracks that lead right into the home and chimney.

Water and Winter Damage

Once water has penetrated the chimney system, it can ruin masonry from the inside out. Because masonry is constructed of materials that react poorly with water, the entire structure is affected by water, and homeowners often can’t see it until it’s too late.
Water causes damages including:

  • Rusted damper assemblies, fireplace accessories, hinges, and handles
  • Rotted and ruined wood and wall coverings
  • Deteriorated firebox assemblies and central heating system
  • Stained and decayed exterior mortar (spalling)
  • Deteriorated flue lining system
  • Collapsed hearth support and chimney structure
  • Settlement

During the winter water damage turns to winter damage. The water then enters the masonry chimney system in the home and cools, then freezes, and expands, damaging the structure. When it warms up, the water melts and moves further into the damaged area, repeating this process until serious structural damage occurs.

Hire a Professional

You can avoid water damages by hiring a professional for all of your chimney needs. Schedule chimney inspections annually, so that a professional can get a look at your chimney in the areas that are out of sight. When a certified chimney sweep sees your flashing is shifted or missing, it can be corrected before major damage occurs and any damage can be repaired.

Only a professional should install flashing because it is a meticulous process that is often done incorrectly due to lack of general knowledge and experience. The flashing is laid specifically so that no nails are visible (for water to access), and placement differs based on the slant of the roof and the roofing materials. If this isn’t done correctly, it will not last and it will leak.

If your chimney sweep finishes a flashing installation and you see nails or a covering of tar or paint, then you have a problem. Many amateurs cover the flashing with other sealers in order to prevent water penetration when they haven’t completed the job correctly.

We have a long rainy season ahead of us here in Seattle, Washington, and it’s our goal at Pristine Sweeps that every household in our service area has a safe and efficient fireplace this winter. Talk to Pristine Sweeps to ask about our flashing repairs and installation. Call 206-574-8414 or make an appointment online.

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