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We Restore, Rebuild, and Renovate Your Chimney

Your chimney is built to last. However, it can become damaged, worn, and outdated over time. Sometimes your chimney can go on being used with a little work. Sometimes components should be removed and replaced to bring it up to safety codes. Other times your chimney may need to be rebuilt or renovated completely. Pristine Sweeps is a one-stop chimney sweep company! We can maintain your chimney from first construction and for its life thereafter. That is why our sweeps specialize in repairs, restorations, rebuilds, and renovations.

We Restore, Rebuild, and Renovate Your Chimney Image - Seatlle WA - Pristine SweepsCommon Chimney Work to Keep it Going

Pristine Sweeps specializes in masonry construction and repair.

Common chimney work that our chimney sweeps are proud to offer our customers in the Seattle area include the following:

  • Brick and Mortar Repair and Replacement
    Masonry repair such as tuckpointing may be the most common required for chimney restoration. Spalling bricks and mortar can become a serious problem quickly. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, it can result in chimney disuse. Pristine sweeps can get your chimney back to it’s former functionality and beauty by a process called tuckpointing. This is where bricks and mortar are removed and replaced with mortar of the same strength, consistency, and color as the existing. This process also restores mortar joints that might have affected the structural integrity of your chimney.
  • Fireplace Face-Lift
    During a renovation or upgrade before a sale or re-finance, you can hire Pristine Sweeps to help you maximize the results of a new fireplace. Our masonry experts can add a stone veneer, or construct a new, beautiful stone or brick hearth to bring your fireplace to life. Our technicians work closely with homeowners to ensure the finished product is the fireplace of your dreams! Making it beautiful, safe, and efficient.
  • Repair, Replacement, and Installation
    Missing or damaged components such as dampers, chimney caps, chase covers, and more can mean a fire hazard. This puts your family and home at risk. We can repair or replace the damaged parts of your chimney system. Thus, resulting in a beautiful fireplace and chimney that is efficient and safe!
  • Restore Fireplaces
    Is your firebox beyond restoration and you don’t want the stress and cost of a full rebuild? Pristine Sweeps can still restore your fireplace by instilling an insert! If the chimney is functional and safe, one of our fireplace experts can help you choose an insert. It will then retro-fitted into your existing firebox and connected to your chimney. It gets your fireplace back to burning before fall.

Professional Services and the Best Products

Our chimney sweeps at Pristine Sweeps are CSIA certified who put customer safety and comfort first. When you choose Pristine sweeps you can count on professional services, beautiful work, and competitive prices. To find out how you can benefit from the expertise of Pristine Sweeps call 206-574-8414 today!

Firebox Repairs

Although fireplaces and chimneys are built to withstand not only the heat from fires but also the outside elements, they can still become damaged or deteriorate due to wear and tear over time. While many homeowners focus on keeping their chimneys clean and in good condition, they may forget to check for damage to the firebox.

Because the firebox contains the fire itself, it is extremely important that it is not damaged and is in good condition. A damaged firebox does not mean you have to stop using your fireplace forever, however. Firebox repairs can allow you to get back to safely enjoying your fireplace system sooner.


Causes of firebox damage

Because the firebox is directly exposed to the heat and flames from a fire, they are sturdily built to withstand lots of wear and tear. Despite this, there are still a number of things that can cause your firebox to be damaged or deteriorate prematurely. The following are some of the most common causes of firebox damage.

Improper installation: If your firebox was not built correctly using appropriate materials, it may become damaged or deteriorate faster. Unfortunately, rather than hiring a skilled mason, some contractors or construction workers attempt to build fireboxes themselves in an attempt to save money. While this may slightly reduce building costs, it leads to significantly higher maintenance costs in the future. Fireboxes need to be built using high quality firebrick and refractory mortar; if subpar materials are used, the firebox will not be able to withstand repeated exposure to the flames and heat of a fire.

For homes with factory built fireplaces, new refractory panels can be installed. Installing new refractory can help extend the life of your factory built fireplace while ensuring it is still safe to use.

Setting: Similar to the building materials, how a firebox is built can impact its longevity. Because all homes settle over time, it is important that fireplaces are built using strong concrete footings. Fireplace footings should not only be able to support the weight of the fireplace and chimney, but should also keep the fireplace steady in the event of settling. In homes with footings that are lacking, cracks may appear in the firebox; this is a sign that settling is putting stress on the fireplace system. Likewise, these cracks in the masonry create the risk of exposing the surrounding building materials to heat, smoke, and gas.

Water entry: While most homeowners know that water can damage their chimneys exterior, few worry about interior water damage. If you have suffered a chimney leak – no matter how small – the water can cause damage to the firebox. Because the refractory materials used to build fireboxes are designed to reflect heat, they can be easily damaged by water.

Similar to exterior masonry, cracked or spalling firebox masonry can be repaired by tuckpointing. By repairing the firebox with proper refractory materials, the firebox can safely last for years to come.

Because the firebox is responsible for containing the majority of the flames and heat from the fire it needs to be free from cracks and other damage. If your firebox has been damaged, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Contact Pristine Sweeps today to learn about how we can help repair your firebox!