I am John Adams, I have worked for Kiva Chimney Sweeps for over 15 years, and I am now the proud owner. I specialize in chimney cleaning and repairs. I have worked on historical homes and hotels and everything in-between. I have also been in the construction business for over 20 years.
CHIMNEY CLEANING AND INSPECTION
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends that a chimney or venting system be cleaned and inspected once a year with normal use. Even chimneys that are rarely used should be inspected minimally once a year to ensure that there are no animals and debris blocking the flue and that all masonry is in good condition and intact.
A professional cleaning done by Kiva Chimney Sweep leaves no mess and includes a top to bottom safety inspection in accordance with the NFPA 211 fire code.
We sweep the inside of your chimney (flue), from firebox pan (floor) to chimney top
We then clean and inspect the damper and damper assembly
We use brushes on rods to sweep the flue, hand brushes for the firebox and smoke chamber and drop clothes and a vacuum to catch the dust
While cleaning the chimney, we do a visual inspection of the chimney including the cap, crown, brickwork and mortar or woodstove installation
We notate our findings on our invoice/evaluation form and if there are any problems we discuss them with the homeowner (often showing them photos of the unsafe condition) and offer solutions to bring the system up to code
Statistics suggest that over 22,000 home fires a year are caused by chimney fires. Chimney fires occur due to lack of cleaning as well as improper building and installation and system degradation. In New Mexico, our chimneys experience a wide range of extreme hot and cold temperatures. The expansion and contraction of the masonry in our fireplaces due to these extreme temperatures can cause the masonry to crack and crumble, allowing smoke and fire access to the walls of your home. The two most common repairs due to masonry degradation are flu relines and firebox repairs/rebuilds
When the clay tiles within the flue become cracked the fireplace is unsafe and out of code. In order to remedy this situation, we reline chimneys using an appropriate metal liner made of stainless steel and/ or titanium. These liners are specially designed to withstand temperatures that would disintegrate clay tile. Our liners are impervious to rain and water damage and are easier to clean and maintain than clay tiles. Most liners have a lifetime guarantee.
FIREBOX REPAIRS AND REBUILDS
The firebox is the part of the fireplace that holds the fire. In a code-worthy firebox, the firebrick are stacked and held together with high temperature fireplace mortar. Over time, these joints can become loose or crack and even fall out. Occasionally, the brick will deteriorate and begin to crumble as well. This is an extremely dangerous condition which renders the fireplace unsafe and out of code.
Depending on the severity of the conditions, we remedy this situation by cutting out and replacing the mortar (tuck pointing) or rebuilding the firebox. All of our masonry and masonry products are UL listed for fireplace repair and installation applications.
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