All fireplace, stove, and flue cleaning comes with a full safety inspection.
We offer multiple solutions for needed chimney repairs.
We guarantee satisfaction for all of our services.
Have us out to evaluate the heating benefits of a wood stove insert installed into the existing fireplace. Heat 1,500 square feet of your home!
Fireplace and chimney cleanings are recommended annually for all fireplaces, stoves, and oil exhausts in use. Included with every cleaning is a dry (sweep) to remove all loose creosote and soot in chimney flue system and fireplace system. Complete safety inspections are included and reviewed with customer at every cleaning and servicing.
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- Masonry Fireplace
- Wood Stove
- Oil Burning Flue System
Cleanliness, Safety, and Customer Service are our top priorities!
Universal Chimney specializes in chimney repairs that bring fireplaces and heater flues up to NFPA211 and IRC code guidelines. These repairs include Fireguard resurfacing, Smoke chamber parging, firebox repointing, damper repair and installation, relining, exterior pointing, and more.
Masonry chimneys will experience degradation from time and use. Our harsh climate combined with expansion and contraction of masonry construction units will cause cracks and holes that must be repaired for safe use.
Please call Universal Chimney for any questions regarding chimney repair or to schedule a free estimate.
Fireplace flue liners with cracks and open mortar joints can be dangerous when combined with any creosote buildup. A quick video inspection will assure that the fireplace is a tight system. In the case that these concerning cracks and holes are found, we can offer a great repair rather than an expensive new liner.
UCL specializes in Fireguard by Firesafe industries resurfacing flue repair.
The patented FireGuard pure ceramic system is certified, listed, and labeled to the previously published U.L. Subject 2425 by Guardian Fire Testing Laboratory Inc. (ISO 17025). The FireGuard system is specifically designed to correct open mortar joints, misaligned flue liners, and fractures within flue liners.
Please refer to the manufacturer website for additional information or call UCL with any questions.
We install both aluminum or stainless steel chimney lining systems. We do recommend stainless steel products for quality.
It is recommended that you install a new chimney liner in your chimney for one or more of the following reasons:
- Your appliance(s) are currently exhausting through a clay flue (pipe) system. These masonry flues develop cracks and holes over time. Excessive moisture from high efficiency appliance exhaust drastically accelerates masonry degradation which may lead to holes, blockages, and structural damage.
- Heater flue is lined with old aluminum or other metal pipe that is showing signs of degradation.
- No clay flue pipe exists in your chimney and so your appliances are venting through an open brick cavity. This is called “open chase” and is common in pre 1920’s construction.
Price is set by the diameter of pipe needed to vent the total combined BTU input of appliances being vented as well as height/length of the liner. Additional cost may be included with the installations requiring extensive staging for chimney access as well as for chimney liners larger than 5.5″ in diameter.
* All 316Ti stainless steel chimney liners include a lifetime guarantee.
Prices include replacement of damaged/corroded galvanized connector piping for appliances. More material costs may be applied if excessive connector piping needs replacement.
Our estimates are always free. Please call to schedule today!
We provide competitive pricing and never suggest unnecessary repairs.
We are always happy to offer multiple solutions for our customers needs when possible.
If you are seeking an inspection or certification for a U&O or a home sale we have extensive experience with this. Please call today to schedule.
All inspections are based off of National Fire Protection Association 211 code for safe functioning chimneys.
Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level as defined by the NFPA 211:
If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.
A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations. There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.
A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system. Inspection Definitions
Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.
Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or covering.
Chimney caps are important to protect the chimney flue system from water penetration, animal intrusion, and other natural elements.
Chimney caps can be multi-flue or single flue. Materials and finish options are stainless steel, black galvanized steel, and even copper.
Stainless steel fireplace lining systems may be installed if the fireplace flue liner is considerably degraded. We can often recommend to repair the clay flue liner as a more cost effective and less intrusive solution.
Fireplace liners are always sized properly with the opening of the fireplace as well as insulated for best efficiency and to satisfy required clearances to combustibles.
We are happy to offer Napoleon brand wood burning stoves and inserts. Napoleon provides the highest quality stoves with modern or classic looks at a great price! Please inquire for a catalogue or visit //napoleonfireplaces.com/
We are happy to offer Napoleon brand gas stoves and inserts. Napoleon provides the highest quality stoves with modern or classic looks at a great price! Please inquire for a catalogue or visit //napoleonfireplaces.com/
Lock top dampers are installed to effectively cut all air flow from the fireplace when not in use. This may save considerable money on the home heating bill!
Please call today to inquire about masonry repairs and to schedule a free estimate!
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Universal Chimney Lining and Universal Chimney is a full service chimney company serving greater philadelphia areas including Chester Delaware and Montgomery counties. Located in Paoli, PA.
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