our founder and CEO of Masters Services,
has earned his Certified Master Chimney Technician certificate. Serving the chimney industry for now over 22 years, Congratulations Chad!
Hire a Certified Chimney Professionals for your Chimney Inspections and Chimney Sweeps.
Regular chimney cleaning and service will minimize the amount of creosote in the chimney and as a result, reduce the severity of a flue fire should it occur. Ensuring the safety of your home is our top priority, having even a controlled fire in your home can be dangerous if the tools, your fireplace and all of it’s parts, are not maintained properly and kept in great condition.
Masters Services Certified Chimney Professional visually inspects all components of the firebox and chimney for fire worthiness. Checking to see if any water damage has occurred from a leak in the flashing, mortar crown, chimney chase, and maybe even from the chimney cap. Water Leak Inspections on chimneys is our specialty, roofers call us for water leaks. Cracks in the firebox or panels are the leading cause in chimney fires other than operator error. Common inspection issues include animal nesting debris, rusty broken dampers, lintel deterioration, smoke damage, and brick spalling. Call today for your chimney inspection.
You have a choice when it comes to having your chimney serviced! It’s your safety at stake! You deserve to have a competent, chimney professional who has proven by independent, professional level examination that they possess the knowledge and have committed to the character issues you expect from a Certified Chimney Professional™.
All of our Chimney Inspections and Fireplace Inspections are done with the use of an IPad. Upon completion of the inspections a copy of the report will be emailed to you.
Direct Vent, Vent Free, Natural Vent Fireplace Inspections
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- These are gas fireplaces with wall buttons to turn on the flame, or solid piece of glass on the front.
- Pilot light is not staying lit or turning off after a couple of minutes?
Important Chimney Sweeping Fact
“Regular cleaning of the chimney will NOT prevent flue fires from happening! It will minimize the amount of creosote in a chimney and reduce the severity of a flue fire should it occur.”
– Quoted from the Manual for the Certified Chimney Professional Designation 2013, page 52
Masters Services is a Certified Chimney Professional and will visually inspect every chimney and firebox before performing a chimney sweep. Every inspection is done to provide a detailed safety report of any moisture, fire, or animal damage that has occurred over time to the chimney components.
Masters Services Certified Chimney Professional has been in the fireplace industry in Texas and Oklahoma since 1996. Colorado was expanded to in 2013.
Chad Murray, founding owner (Certified Chimney Professional), of Masters Services is published in Chimneys.com.
Masters Services handles every chimney related repair, product, and installation for your chimney and your fireplace. We keep current with the new codes, products, materials, and new methods for repairing or upgrading your chimney. If you have an idea for a chimney product and we do not offer that product contact us and we will look into offering it or becoming a dealer for that product.
As a Certified Chimney Professional, Masters Services has cleaned over 50,000 chimney and fireplaces in any and every condition. A homeowner never really knows how dirty the chimney flue is until a chimney professional has completed a thorough inspection. We have often found that the fireplace looks remodeled and appears to be brand spanking new, when in fact the chimney was never serviced and is a complete fire hazard. New home buyers should always get the chimney inspected by a Certified Chimney Professional in addition to the home inspector.
The Masters Services Chimney Sweep Process
1st Stage Creosote is Removed
- Set up tarp.
- Bring in equipment.
- Turn on vacuum.
- Clean pipe with poles that have a chimney sweeps brush at the end. Run poles with brush on it to the top of the chimney and the vacuum will clean up all the falling creosote (soot).
- Clean all sides of firebox and damper with hand brushes.
- Take all equipment outside.
- Wrap up tarp.
This process is proven to be a no mess chimney cleaning that takes about 30 – 45 minutes.
What if 3rd degree glazed creosote is present…
Totally different process is performed before the Stage 1 chimney sweep can be performed. A dissolving material will be applied to absorb the stage 3 creosote. After 2 days or more the dissolving has stopped. Then a Stage 1 chimney cleaning is performed.
Cost to remove 3rd degree glazed creosote – $1000 – $2500
Cost depends on difficulty and chimney height.
Until a chimney inspection is performed we will not know if you have 3rd degree glazed creosote.
Cannot be quoted over the phone.
Ask a Technician
What are some of the problems that you commonly find during chimney sweeps?
Mike M: I often find that the refractory panels in the home have cracked and are in need of replacement. The refractory panel is in place to help your firebox absorb heat from the fire and keep your metal firebox from warping from the heat.
Rory: A Common issue that I have found is damage to the mortar crown of the chimney. The mortar crown is located at the top of the chimney and is the layer of brick and mortar that protects your chimney chase from the elements.
Andrew: Missing chimney caps, this invites animals into your chimney that then nest, raise their young and leave a mess that has potential for catching fire.
Phillip: Water damage is a common problem that I find. Water gets into the little cracks of an unprotected chimney and erodes the mortar to the point where it starts to fall apart. This can be a huge fire/safety risk.
What is the best way to prevent these problems from occurring?
Mike M: Installing a reflector panel that is made to redirect the heat as well as protect the refractor panels can help to extend the life of the panels. And of course getting routine chimney inspections done on your home to identify any trouble spots before they become larger issues.
Rory: Having a custom chimney cap in place on your chimney will protect the mortar crown from exposure and damage.
Andrew: A correctly installed, high quality chimney cap will help to prevent this as well as provide long-term protection.
Phillip: Repair any mortar that is damaged, check to make sure the flashing is correctly sealed and waterproof the entire chimney. Also, getting routing chimney sweeps can help to find any problems as they are coming about.
What is the best advice that you can give to a homeowner when it comes to the care of their fireplace and chimneys?
Mike M: Take measures to prevent damages from occurring, by this I mean get your routine chimney sweeps and chimney inspections and have a custom chimney cap installed on your home. A majority of the chimney issues that I find can be prevented through proper maintenance.
Rory: Get a chimney cap installed and getting your chimney inspected regularly.
Andrew: Get chimney cleanings preformed at least once a year. And remember that if you try and get repairs done by someone other than a Certified Chimney Professional you normally end up paying for it in the end.
Phillip: The best advise I can provide to the homeowner is to get a yearly inspection/cleaning of your entire fireplace and chimney by a Certified Chimney Professional. This will make any repairs more cost effective and provide peace of mind for the homeowner.
During a chimney inspection our technicians will look for a properly installed chimney cap. Chimney caps come in many different shapes and sizes. Getting a cap that is professionally measured and installed on your chimney will help to eliminate water leaks, birds and other animals from getting into your chimney as well as help to prevent the deterioration of your chimney chase. Once your chase has started to break down the integrity and safety of your entire chimney and fireplace are at risk.
Starting with our inception in 1996, we have always striven toward offering our clients the best products available on the market for their homes. It was during this time that we were unable to find the best chimney cap, we were looking for one that was not only top of the class in performance but also offered the look and class that our clients wanted and deserved. We were looking for a product that would withstand time and weather. It was then, in 2005, when we decided the only way that we would be able to offer a product that we were happy to stand behind was to fabricate our own. Our chimney caps are made right here in house, custom to your home. They are never made in advance and sitting on a shelf to be purchased, we factually make them to fit your exact needs. Each chimney cap is made with 24 gauge colored metal, this allows us to offer you a polished design with no concern of the paint chipping or fading over time. We are so confident in our chimney caps that we offer transferable Lifetime Warranties with each chimney cap we make and install. It is not code to have a chimney cap, but the presence of a chimney cap and/or its condition will be noted in every chimney inspection. Contact us for a free cap estimate today!
Another key element that will be looked for during a chimney sweep and inspection is the chimney damper. Look at the damper as a door to your chimney, it needs to be open when the fireplace is burning to let out the hot air and carbon and closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep any air conditioning or heating from leaving your home. When it comes to routine chimney maintenance, a properly functioning chimney damper can save homeowners thousands of dollars a year in energy charges alone.
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