Trust Ozark Stove and Chimney for All Things Chimney & Venting in Neosho
The most populated city in Newton County, Neosho is a great place for anyone to reside. It has:
- great parks, like Morse Park and Big Spring Park
- everything you need to run busy errands, like a post office and a great library
- many great shopping and dining options
- lots of fun community events
- …and more
Whether you’re new to the area or have been here many years, there’s no denying that this city is welcoming and thriving. But one great thing about Neosho that we have yet to mention is access to top-notch home service businesses, like Ozark Stove and Chimney. Count on us to set your fireplace, stove, or insert up right, so you can enjoy cozy fires when the weather has you stuck inside.
Live in any nearby cities, like Seneca, Granby, Stark City, Stella, Goodman, Anderson, Pierce City, Monett, or Miami? We’d be happy to help you out too. We serve Newton County, Greene County, Benton County, and more. Call or book an appointment with us online today.
Book Your Next Sweeping or Inspection With Us
No matter what type of heating appliance you have – a wood stove, a gas insert, a furnace, etc. – annual inspections and regular chimney sweepings are imperative for ensuring safer and more efficient functioning. And we’re not the only ones recommending this yearly investment. Reputable organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) promote the need for it too.
In the end, most issues that can hinder performance or cause damage will remain hidden until the problem is so big that it’ll cost you a lot of time and money – and stress – to address. Inspections are an affordable and smart investment that ensure any small problems are spotted and taken care of long before they escalate.
We Also Offer Repair & Installation Services
Did your annual service or inspection reveal the need for repairs? For some chimney and fireplace companies, this is as far as their services go – identifying the problem. That’s not how it works here at Ozark Stove and Chimney, though. We offer a long list of repair services, ensuring you can continue relying on us until your system is back in tip-top shape again.
Count on us for any of the following:
- Leaky Chimney Repair
- Chimney Relining & Resurfacing
- HeatShield® Liner Repair
- Masonry Repairs
- Stucco Repairs
- PriorFire Installation
We Perform Installation Services Too
If it’s a new system or upgrade you need, turn to us to install your new wood stove, gas log set, gas insert, or Central Boiler outdoor furnace. By trusting a certified expert for a job like this, you ensure your system works well and is safe to use when you need it. Don’t risk gas leaks, fire hazards, and inefficiency. Put your trust in us from the very start.
Do Your Dryer Vents Need a Cleaning?
Dryer vent maintenance is something that tends to get pushed to the bottom of homeowners’ to-do lists – or just doesn’t show up on it at all. But that doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, clogged up dryer vents actually cause more fires in the home than chimneys do! This is due to lint building up in the ducts, and when that flammable material combines with your overheated appliance, well… you can guess what happens next.
Clogged dryer vents can also lead to an increased risk of carbon monoxide exposure. For those unaware, carbon monoxide is 1) highly poisonous 2) has no distinctive scent and 3) can’t be seen. This makes it a major threat in multiple ways, and exposure leads to many deaths and hospital visits every single year.
To sum up, be sure you’re getting your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least annually to avoid any potential hazards.
Avoid Water Damage – Work With Us
Our chimneys go through a lot. Out and exposed to the elements, animals, and everything else nature throws (sometimes literally) their way, chimneys are a visual pillar of strength in your home. They are not, however, indomitable – especially when it comes to water.
Now, we’ve mentioned a lot that can go wrong with a chimney or venting system when it’s not well-maintained, but did you know that water is actually a masonry chimney’s biggest threat? That’s because brick is naturally porous and can soak up moisture when not adequately protected. Because of this, booking the following leak repair services with our qualified crew is a must:
- Chimney Waterproofing
- Chimney Cap Installation
- Chase Cover Installation
- Flashing Installation & Repair
These will keep your entire system better protected, help you avoid home and chimney damage, and ensure your masonry doesn’t break down due to water exposure or the freeze/thaw process.
What Is the Freeze/Thaw Process?
For as strong and sturdy as we know brick to be, it is also highly permeable and absorbent. This means that, over time, water can seep into the pores of the brick and the mortar where it will then remain.
When the weather changes and begins to freeze, all the trapped water freezes too. Frozen water, aka ice, takes up more space than its liquid predecessor, and is strong enough to take up the space it needs, shifting around anything else in the way. Even when the material that surrounds it and stands in its way is something as sturdy as brick.
The result of this is crumbling, damaged mortar joints and spalling bricks that flake and decay, falling in bits and pieces around the base of your chimney and littering your roof. Eventually, the ice will melt and the space it once took up will become vacant – that is, until more water soaks up inside of bricks.
You can see how, as time goes on and more freeze/thaw cycles occur, your damages will only get worse and worse. Soon, there will be cracks and gaps in between your brickwork where mortar once held it all together, and your bricks will have likely shifted, too, if even just slightly. A few times through this cycle without appropriate waterproofing and it won’t be long until you need repairs.
Can I prevent freeze/thaw damage?
Indeed you can! Well, mostly, anyway. With proper waterproofing, you can protect your chimney against water and moisture damage, while still providing it the ability to breathe properly. Keep in mind that the chimney materials still need to be at least somewhat permeable so the vapors present in the smoke exhaust are able to escape.
Waterproofing your chimney may not seem like a huge deal. You might think it’s a simple matter of picking up any old waterproofing sealant and coating your chimney a few times to ensure maximum protection. The reality is that it is much more complicated than that. Professional chimney technicians utilize products with the proper components and ratios so that your chimney is appropriately waterproofed from the outside, while still remaining breathable for the vapors and pre-absorbed moisture on the inside.
For more information on chimney waterproofing and, more specifically, our waterproofing process and services here at Ozark Stove & Chimney, schedule a time to chat with us. Book an appointment online or call 417-201-6585 to learn more. We’d love to help you properly protect your chimney against water damage.
How Can Damaged Mortar Joints Be Repaired?
While bricks are known to be a very reliable material, they are still prone to weathering and other damage. Especially when it comes to the mortar that holds them together. When applied and treated correctly, mortar is still only expected to last between 20 – 30 years. Over time, water from rain, melted snow, and other moisture in the air will penetrate these mortar joints and begin to break them down. As they age, they become more susceptible to water damage, which, in turn, makes your chimney system more vulnerable too.
It might not seem like much, but tuckpointing your masonry is crucial for maintaining a healthy, functional chimney. When mortar joints fail, and cracks and separations are formed, your system becomes less efficient and more dangerous for use.
Not only can water seep in and collect within the chimney system, walls, and ceilings – creating the perfect environment for mold to grow – but the exhaust and smoke produced when you light your fireplace has a harder time getting out. When this happens, you’re at a risk for issues with downdrafts and smoke filling your living space, as well as an increased exposure to the harmful gases produced during combustion, like carbon monoxide.
Why should I work with a professional for tuckpointing?
Alright, so tuckpointing is important. That part makes sense. However, is there a reason you can’t just run to the hardware store, pick up some mortar mix, and climb the ladder to do it yourself? You bet there is.
It may seem like a straightforward and simple process, but tuckpointing takes not only a lot of skill and knowledge, but also a certain level of artistry. It’s much more involved than simply snapping a photo of your chimney and running into Home Depot to find the mortar color that most closely matches.
- Firstly, not all mortar compositions are identical. It takes a professional with experience in the field to investigate that which exists in your system currently and attempt to match it. In order to adhere and function properly, it is important for all the ratios of adhesion and bond properties to be as close as possible to the original.
- Secondly, the actual application method is crucial to the success of the service. Just because you slap some fresh mortar in the gaps between your bricks doesn’t mean that it will magically seal off and protect your chimney. Water is your chimney’s greatest enemy, and if these products are applied incorrectly, it could do more harm than good by creating pockets and areas where moisture can collect and pool.
- Thirdly, poor execution can leave you with bad-looking results. Because tuckpointing requires such accuracy and precision, if done incorrectly, not only does it not support the chimney system and structure, but it also just doesn’t look good. And a chimney that is both not functional and not visually appealing will not be great for the overall value of your property.
If you’re looking for a professional company to perform tuckpointing services on your masonry chimney, you’ve come to the right place. The technicians at Ozark Stove & Chimney are the ones for the job.
We Serve Benton County, Greene County, Newton County & More
When it comes to providing quality fireplace and chimney services in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, we’re the team that homeowners turn to time and time again.
If you need to hire someone for a chimney repair, fireplace installation, inspection, or anything else related to your chimney, venting, or fireplace system, there’s no better crew to call on. Book your service right here online or call our certified techs at 417-201-6585 to get started. We’d be happy to help you out.