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We were fortunate to have contracted Elite Chimney Restoration & Maintenance, Inc. to complete this project.  The results are not only visibly appealing (the masonry work is exceptional), but also this project provided improved heating efficiency in this building and resolved all safety concerns regarding the stability of the chimney. 
S.J. – Hackettstown, NJ  

 

 

First of all, I don’t usually write letters of complaint, so you can imagine how rare it would be for me to write a letter of extreme satisfaction but that’s what this is.  I am writing to tell you how pleased I am with Elite Chimney Restoration and the persons who did the cleaning in my house. Admittedly, I haven’t has a lot of actual “face” time with the gentlemen, but they have always been very friendly and pleasant when I do—like they actually enjoy their job. They have been knowledgeable and thorough and I felt safe knowing that they have inspected my chimney and then given me a report with a full explanation of any problems and concerns and answered any questions I might have without feeling like I was holding them back. Again, I just wanted to acknowledge the good service of your company. 
M. L.– Califon, NJ

 

I wanted to hire someone who would be honest with me about the condition of my chimney.  I wanted to hire someone who would actually show up as scheduled.  Elite is fabulous.  
L.P. – Morristown, NJ

 

 CHIMNEY PRODUCTS

We offer a complete selection of chimney 
caps, draft exhaust fans,
clay pot chimney tops & fireplace damper


CHIMNEY CAPS


TOP MOUNT DAMPERS


EXHAUSTO CHIMNEY FANS / 
DRAFT INDUCERS


CLAY CHIMNEY POTS & TOPS

 

Crew at the site were extremely professional.  Do not lose sight of the fact that your crew works in presentable uniforms and arrives in clean maintained vehicles which adds an air of confidence and professionalism. 
P. T. – Kinnelon, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS & CHIMNEY SWEEPING

 

Elite Chimney Restoration & Maintenance Service, LLC provides complete chimney inspection and chimney sweep services.

A visual, level one inspection will determine whether or not your chimney needs to be swept.

Chimney sweeping is performed to remove soot and flammable creosote from your chimney. Creosote is formed when smoke rises through the chimney; the smoke cools down and becomes solid. 

A dirty chimney can affect performance of the appliance by restricting draft flow. Malfunction of the appliance due to heat buildup or inability to draft can spark a flame that is fueled by creosote, resulting in a chimney fire.

Annual chimney inspection is crucial to appliance performance and home safety. All fireplace chimneys and any chimney that vents a fuel-burning appliance (oil or gas furnaces and water heaters, wood stoves) need to be inspected yearly and cleaned when needed.

We're often asked if sweeping the chimney causes a mess. Please rest assured that we have the very latest in professional chimney cleaning equipment including specially designed, high velocity vac systems for the ultimate in dust control. We carefully cover all surfaces and furnishings within our work area of your home to assure a mess-free job. 

Our technicians are highly trained chimney service professionals who are well prepared with knowledge, experience and the best tools & equipment in the trade. BEWARE if you are quoted a very low price on a chimney cleaning. 

 

 

 

 

 




A tight fitting brush, in the size and shape needed for the chimney, is pushed downwards from the top. Extension rods are added to extend to the bottom of the chimney.

















Fireplace chimneys are also swept from the bottom so that the smoke chamber, a larger area just above the damper, can be thoroughly cleaned. On a fireplace chimney, this is most often the dirtiest area.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We specialize in the big jobs that include extensive masonry skills, such as rebuilding chimneys & fireplaces and restoration / renovation projects. Annual inspection of the chimney and appliance and chimney cleaning would prevent most of these damages from occuring. However, if your home has suffered fireplace or chimney related damages, we're the specialists to call! 

Your chimney systems are an important part of your home heating system.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends an annual evaluation of all chimneys, fireplaces and vents.  For safe and efficient operation, your chimneys should be checked annually by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and cleaned as needed.

Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, know and follow all fire safety codes and guidelines provided by the National Fire Protection Association and are trained to perform the appropriate level of inspection. 


ABOUT CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS
No homeowner should assume his chimney can be used without a thorough examination, both exterior and interior.  Rain, flue gases, and freezing moisture cause erosion and deterioration in chimneys.  Breaks in the chimney liner – even small ones – can be a risky condition by allowing combustion gases and condensation into the home. LEARN MORE ABOUT FLUE LINERS, and how they help protect your home.

 

Level I Inspection
Visual Inspection with digital photography


A Level I 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 I inspection, we examine the readily accessible portions of the exterior chimney, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection.  The certified technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flues as well as the basic appliance installation and connections.  The certified technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits. 

A Level I inspection is included with our chimney sweeping services at no additional charge.

A Level I inspection will generally determine if sweeping is needed at the time of our visit.


The photo above shows a fireplace chimney that suffered a chimney fire the day before. Cracks in the flue tile (upper left corner) are visible. However, there is still a creosote coating on the flue liner which prevents a complete inspection. So the Level 1 inspection notes some visible damage, but the chimney still needs to be swept in order to inspect the entire chimney system. 

 

Level II Inspection
Chim-Scan (Internal Evaluation System) Closed Circuit Camera Inspection

A Level II 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 (relining) or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency.  A level II inspection is required upon 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).


A Level II Inspection includes everything in a Level I inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney and the interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements.  It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.  There are no specialty tools required to open doors, panels, or coverings in performing a Level II inspection.  A Level II also includes a visual inspection by scanning the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney, using the Chim-Scan closed circuit camera system. 

While viewing the monitor screen from the hearth, homeowners see the condition of their fireplace and chimney.  The scan operator can point out vital information about the chimney interior condition.
The chimney professional will be able to show you the following precarious conditions, if they exist:
 Improper new construction
 Chimney fire damage
Deterioration from gas appliance connections
Cracks, even hairline cracks, in flue liners
 Broken or missing tile liners and mortar joints
 Deterioration of the smoke shelf or damper
 Hidden Breechings
 Nests, Limbs, and other blockages 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please give us a call to find out how we can make your chimney an 
Elite Chimney 973 537-0001

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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