For Added Safety & Performance, Have Your Smoke Chamber Professionally Repaired & Parged Smooth By Sweeps & Ladders

Another portion of your chimney system which is prone to damage and can quickly become a threat is the smoke chamber. The smoke chamber is the inverted funnel just above your fireplace, and its sole purpose is to contain all the heat, floating embers, smoke, and gases produced by the fire, and usher them up into the chimney flue so they can exit the home. But what happens when the smoke chamber gets damaged?

Smoke chamber parged with smooth surface.  Liner in the background.
Smoke chamber parging process.
Smoke chamber parging with liner in background.

Well, these are some of the most common problems caused by a damaged smoke chamber:

  • smoke issues
  • performance problems
  • framing, walls, and insulation damage
  • chimney fire

These problems arise because a damaged or corbeled (stepped) smoke chamber causes draft resistance, slows the exit of smoke, and allows heat transfer. Smoke and byproducts then linger in this area (instead of traveling up the chimney), which is why they oftentimes end up right back in your living room. Likewise, trapped smoke can settle on the walls of the smoke chamber in the form of creosote, a highly flammable and corrosive byproduct that can easily cause a chimney fire or lead to further damage.

Gaps, cracks, and corbeled stepping in the smoke chamber can also hinder the performance of the fireplace, and allow heat to enter through gaps, cracks, and other damaged areas of the smoke chamber. Heat transfer can lead to framing damage, wall damage, insulation damage, and house fire as well. That’s why it’s imperative that a damaged smoke chamber be repaired ASAP — and we can help.

ChamberCoat Will Leave Your Smoke Chamber Safer & More Efficient

Here at Sweeps & Ladders, we parge smoke chambers smooth and repair them using ChamberCoat, a leading smoke chamber restoration system from ChimneySaver. This product can be applied to the surface of the smoke chamber, sealing and smoothing over any cracks, gaps, holes, or jagged edges.

Why do we love ChamberCoat?

  • It has incredible insulating properties, which means smoke chambers that are repaired with ChamberCoat are more resistant to heat transfer and house fire.
  • It’s UL listed.
  • It can be used to reshape the smoke chamber and increase performance and efficiency.
  • It’s resistant to temperatures up to 2550 degrees F.
  • It meets and/or exceeds all of the national and local building codes for new construction and repairs.

Is your smoke chamber damaged? Find out if your smoke chamber is in need of repair by scheduling an annual inspection with Sweeps & Ladders. Our chimney sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), and we have the experience, training, products, and know-how to make long-lasting, effective repairs that provide you and your family with peace of mind. Call 615-791-7457 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule your inspection and smoke chamber repair today. We look forward to serving you and your family with respect and professionalism.


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