Chimney Repair & Cleaning in Kansas City
A clean chimney means a safer home. The chimney specialists at Aardvark Residential and Commercial Services are proud to provide Kansas City area home and business owners with chimney repair and cleaning services. With thorough inspections and extensive experience performing a variety of repairs—from chimney tuckpointing to flue cleaning—after a visit from Aardvark, you can rest assured that your chimney is working optimally and preventing nasty smells and toxic fumes from entering your home. An Aardvark chimney specialist is more than just a chimney sweep. We provide chimney cleaning, repair, and inspection with expertise.
Every professional on our team is fully bonded, insured, and licensed to perform the following services:
- Masonry services
- Chimney repair
- Camera inspections
- Chimney tuckpointing
- Chimney flue repair
- Chimney caps
- Chimney cleaning
- Furnace flue cleaning and repair
What is the purpose of your chimney?
Your chimney provides ventilation for your stove, furnace, incinerator, or fireplace, ensuring products of combustion from these appliances don’t circulate back through your home or business. Products of combustion include hazardous and noxious gases such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and smoke or soot. If these products escape into your home or business, they can raise a variety of health and safety concerns.
How often should you have your chimney serviced?
There are an estimated 25,000 chimney fires every year in the United States, causing upwards of $125 million in property damage and sometimes even resulting in injury or other tragedy. One of the most common causes of chimney fires is a build-up of creosote. Creosote is a byproduct of wood burning that builds up inside your chimney. It actually contains tar, soot, and the carbonaceous chemical actually known as creosote, though the mixture of the three is professionally referred to as just “creosote.” The flammability of creosote is precisely why it is recommended to have your chimney swept at least twice per year when you are burning wood or bituminous housed coal and once per year when burning smokeless fuels.
At Aardvark, we can ensure your chimney is safe and healthy for your home with a thorough chimney inspection, so you can know exactly what cleaning or repair services are needed. We’re not here to up-sell you—we’re just here to give you the peace of mind of knowing you can safely use your fireplace.
Our Professional Chimney Repair, Maintenance, and Inspection Services
From chimney cleaning to masonry services, we have the experience and knowledge to make sure your chimney is operating at full efficiency.
There are a variety of chimney repair options that we can apply if your chimney is in need. Relining happens when the chimney flue or liner starts deteriorating—this creates a hazard in the use of your fireplace. Liners are an essential piece of the chimney puzzle because they channel heat and gases up through the top and block the heat from causing combustible materials around the chimney from catching fire.
Signs your chimney is in need of repair:
- Deteriorating mortar joints
- Spalling bricks
- Cracked chimney crown
- Damaged flue tiles and lining
- Rust on firebox or damper
- Damaged wallpaper or drywall surrounding fireplace
- Leaking chimney
Masonry Chimney Services & Fireplace Repair
If there are cracks in your chimney or fireplace, our professional masons can make it like new again. We can repair, reconstruct, or totally replace your indoor fireplace, hearth, and chimney. We also perform chimney tuckpointing, which is the process of removing damaged mortar and then regrouting with fresh mortar. If you are missing mortar, we can go right to the regrouting. This protects against water and other elemental damage as well as prevents corrosion of mortar joints. All in all, it re-stabilizes your chimney.
If you are planning on using your fireplace this winter, or are going to be using a fireplace for the first time, a chimney inspection is probably necessary. Old homes mean old chimneys that may have a dangerous buildup of ash and debris, not to mention animals that have found their way in.
We recommend having your chimney inspected once a year to ensure functionality and the health and safety of your family. A reliable inspection by one of our expert chimney sweeps may reveal the need for chimney repair or cleaning. A clean chimney keeps everyone safe and warm.