Is it Time for a New Damper?

Answer this: is your home 30 years or older? If yes, it most likely has an outdated, unsafe masonry chimney. So yes – it’s time to replace it with a better damper!

Our recommendation is that you need to remove your existing damper, so that smoke can flow upwards more easily. What’s the solution? A top mount damper.

There are different types of top mount dampers, but essentially, they have the following features:

  1. They are installed on top of your chimney flue;
  2. they effectively seal to shut out airflow, as well as unwelcome critters, when not in use;
  3. and they are noted for including a metal chain in or beside your fireplace, that hangs down for easy access to pull open and close your damper.
Chimney Service Request

Keep Your Home Safe

Chimney Cleanings and Inspections are vital to keep your home and family safe.
Your fireplace should be cleaned per every cord of wood burned. It should be inspected yearly.

Prevent a Flue Fire

Don’t let a flue fire happen to you. If you have had or suspect you had a flue fire it is often covered by insurance. We will work with your insurance to get it repaired and back to fully functioning.

Masonry Restoration

Our skilled masons will restore the masonry project you need to looking better than before.  In addition to chimneys we do all other brick, stone, and block work during the spring and summer.

CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

Our Chimney Sweeps have the knowledge base from the only accredited Chimney Sweep association in the U.S.  All inspections are performed by one of our Certified Chimney Sweeps.

Chimney Cleanings

We thoroughly clean your firebox and flue to remove any build up of creosote without any mess left behind.
Our cleanings always include an inspection to make sure it is safe to use.

Level II Inspections

Our Chimney Technician will check all aspects of your fireplace and chimney.
You will receive a chimney condition report based on NFPA Codes and Standards with photos that day. 

Services

We take great pride in our work. Our staff treats each customer with professionalism and respect.  We strive to give you the confidence to ensure your home and family are safe.

Chimney Cleanings

Your chimney should be cleaned per cord of wood burned.

Camera Inspections

Fireplaces should be inspected yearly by a Certified Chimney Sweep.

Stainless Caps

Chimney Caps keep the rain, animals and debris out of your chimney.

Top Mount Dampers

A chimney damper seals the chimney airtight when not in use.

Masonry Crowns

Crown cover the top top of the chimney, often crack and need to be repaired. 

Gas Logs

Don't like burning wood, gas logs are an easy and convinient alternative.

Woodburning Inserts

Woodburning Inserts are a great way to heat your home and save on your energy bill.

Stainless Steel Liner

Prevent the heat & flames from spreading to nearby combustible materials.

Testimonials

We take great pride in our work. Our staff treats each home like their own. We are reliable, friendly, and trustworthy, ensuring that your home is safe.

Jason and the team at Custom Masonry were AMAZING. They were quick, clean, punctual, easy to work with, and Jason even made himself available off-hours (several times) to answer my million questions and to make sure I was fully informed about the work. The team was polite, communicative, and did great work - cannot say enough good things about this company. HIGHLY recommend!

Britt FrankBritt Frank

The owner Jason came over to do my inspection and was very friendly, very professional, and took the time to show me the scope camera and give me a good explanation of everything...answering all my questions. That's better than I have been getting for 17 years. And he found issues that other people either ignored or overlooked. He even gave me advice if I decided to talk to other people or get second opinions on what he found. His prices were clear from the start, and he truly is a local company. Plus he is using Internet payments through Square...didn't need to seek out a checkbook or anything. His estimates are delivered online and you can do all scheduling online, and choose to be contacted via phone or text or email. I'm gonna make this guy my yearly inspector, and have him do the work to make my fireplace right.

David KierasDavid Kieras

Jason was great! He came out and was super professional. I was having the inspection done on a rental property and he walked me through all of the details of what the management company had done prior to us moving in. Wonderful experience and definitely worth the piece of mind to understand the condition of the fireplace prior to use! Would highly recommend!

Eric McGraneEric McGrane

I highly recommend them for their customer service and work etiquette and the quality of work, the owner Jason was very hands on throughout the entire process, he was willing to education my claims rep, and answer any questions she had. My husband and I are completely satisfied with the work that was done

Kathy BriggsKathy Briggs

Just had Kyle at my home to inspect and clean my 2 chimney's and he was very professional and knowledgeable. I've just purchased my home and knew nothing about chimney care or even how to work it. Kyle was helpful and did a great job. Very courteous to ensure my carpet was covered before beginning. Highly recommend Custom Masonry! Will definitely be reaching out in the future for my chimney needs.

Brandi MoodyBrandi Moody

"Jason and the team at Custom Masonry were AMAZING. They were quick, clean, punctual, easy to work with, and Jason even made himself available off-hours (several times) to answer my million questions and to make sure I was fully informed about the work. The team was polite, communicative, and did great work - cannot say enough good things about this company. HIGHLY recommend!"

Britt FrankBritt Frank

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John SmithJohn SmithCEO

"I was negotiating a real estate contract and in a bit of a time crunch but Jason was able to work me in on short notice to do a chimney inspection. He was thorough with his explanation of the scope of work, explained further maintenance items that needed to be addressed, and gave me estimates quickly. I recommend Custom Masonry and will certainly use them again in the future."

Jessica SharpJessica Sharp

I just want start with saying best customer service ever! Kyle was extremely knowledgeable, straight shooter, was able to work quickly and efficiently. If you’re looking for a company to help with your fireplace (inspection and cleaning) he’s your guy. Can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the service. Thank you guys and especially thank you Kyle for such great work.

Steven EverettSteven Everett

Getting ready for your chimney sweeping appointment is simple:

 

  • Avoid having a fire for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment
  • Move furniture or any breakable items away from the area around your stove or fireplace — about six to eight feet
  • Confine your pets in another room, away from the work area

 

Your chimney sweep should take about an hour to complete the job, and you can expect your technician to:

 

  • Inspect accessible portions of your chimney’s interior and exterior
  • Inspect factory-built units for cracks
  • Sweep your chimney with special brushes
  • Check your chimney liner for cracks, gaps and missing joints
  • Scrub your chimney’s smoke chamber, smoke shelf and damper with hand tools
  • Sweep the firebox and clear any ash
  • Remove and brush the grate
  • Check for any fire safety hazards

We have over 25 years of experience serving Missouri and Kansas including: Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Raytown, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee, Bonner Spring, Belton, Raymore, Liberty, Cass County, Johnson County, Jackson County, Bates County, Miami County, Clay County & Platte County. Experience, quality, price and credentials make Custom Masonry the best choice when selecting a chimney care professional in the Kansas City area.

 

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