Smokestack Maintenance

Smokestack Maintenance and Smokestack Repair:

 

The second law of thermodynamics developed through the fundamental work of Carnot, Clausius, and Kelvin states that every system left to itself changes in such a way as to approach a definite final state of rest.

For structural contractors, this law is never quite so evident as when it comes to industrial chimneys.

There are few structures which encounter more adverse conditions: conditions such as winds that rock a chimney in every direction, acid that can eat through concrete, wide variations of temperature, and sometimes problems from gases or lightning. In order to preserve industrial chimneys effectively, they must be maintained regularly, being monitored closely and carefully by an experienced industrial smokestack contractor or a commercial chimney contractor.

Continental Chimney:

A chimney maintenance company where quality is number one.

At Continental Chimney And Engineering Corporation, we keep up with the studies for better products and solutions to provide our customers with what may best prolong their chimney life beyond the norm of what has been industrial standard. Our goal is to provide smokestack repairs that will allow chimney operation for greater numbers of trouble free hours, making for a more economical plant. Our aim is to provide effective, efficient and outstanding service.
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At Continental Chimney we believe the greatest way to advertise is through quality workmanship enduring the test of time.  At Continental Chimney we employ engineers skilled specifically in industrial chimney construction, steel smokestack construction, smokestack maintenance, and smokestack repair.

Our commercial chimney repair, boiler smokestack maintenance team is involved with different chimney engineers incorporating up to date solutions for industrial concrete chimneys, concrete smokestacks, steel smokestacks steel chimneys, brick factory smokestacks and fiberglass smokestacks, using a variety of new and old approved materials and methods.

Information About Industrial Chimney Maintenance, Industrial Chimney Repair

 

Paint: Some smokestack companies will sell work to paint brick smokestacks and also paint concrete smokestacks to help lower maintenance costs or else for advertisement reasons.  However, when an industrial brick smokestack is painted water can get trapped behind the bricks and cause damage if the paint coating is not carefully inspected every few years.  Brick smokestacks should never be painted.  Concrete can be painted with less concerns, however once a coating is applied to a smokestack it needs to be maintained, otherwise it can cause more harm than good.

Weather: Like any exposed structure, chimneys deteriorate over time, especially here in the colder climates, where there can be greater fluctuations in temperatures.  When water can get into the mortar joints the brick column of the chimney can become soaked.  After this freezing weather can cause large sections of brick faces to break away from the chimney.  Sometimes down the column water can flow and accumulate in the lower sections cracking and slowly turning all the bricks to sand.  On any typical day of the week there can be some kind of wind, and in an industrial chimney this means that it is always in motion.  In strong winds there can be serious damage when if a stack is not properly maintained.  We advise for some older chimneys that they be tied off with guy wire and rope to prevent them from incurring damage if there is a hurricane approaching.

Pointing: Regular pointing of the mortar joints by a reputable smokestack company, replacing cracked bricks that will prevent water from soaking into the chimney column, is of the first things that needs to be considered.

Banding: Steel banding is often done on factory chimneys to prevent or stop cracks from progressing by the industrial chimney contractor.  Banding is also used to stop the column from bellowing out in smokestack walls when it is over a certain age, and there is a history of acid attack.  However, for these bands to function properly they need to be made of heavy steal and bent on the ends around to the inside rather than over the band clamp around and out.  Welding bands together on the chimney does not work as well as using band clamps because after so many years rust will break the band apart.  This is because it can be difficult to properly weld under the band or match steel end to end when a band is being constructed on a chimney.

Lightning: Damage from lightning strikes is more prevalent on radial brick chimneys, and we believe this is because a lack in maintenance in brick chimneys leads to ledges and openings in the top of the brickwork allowing water to soak into the brick column.  When lightning strikes, these arias become super-heated and there is an explosion, sometimes long cracks are formed in a lighting strike down a side of the chimney column.  Often a broken down lead goes unrepaired which is the cause.  Typically a concrete chimney does not have so many problems and sometimes the steel in the concrete may be tied into the ground.  Nevertheless, older concrete chimneys also become soft and porous for water to set into.  Frequent industrial chimney inspection and maintenance of LPS components by a smokestack company should be done on a regular basis.

Inspection recommendations:  Binocular inspections should occur once a year.  Full height interior and exterior hands on inspection should be done every three years. Smokestack inspection and maintenance should be implemented on a regular basis to avoid rapid deterioration, as well as doing a pressure wash every five years. After an inspection there should be a careful consideration for maintenance.  Commercial chimney maintenance and industrial chimney maintenance sometimes have different concerns.  Location plays a part in how and in what way a chimney can be restored.  Depending on the location various industrial chimney repairs should or should not considered by a company and their smokestack contractor

Improper Inspections: The Youtube link below leads to an improper cement repair job which was followed by a improper inspection.  We bid on this job, and as a favor to Concord Steam, NH we removed this old cement work so new cement would go all the way back to sound cement.  In other words, having a good inspection is just as important as doing a good repair job.

Industrial Chimney Repair at the Philadelphia, P.A. Social Security Administration Building. Confined space repair patching of two 130′ X 2′ steel chimney columns at various heights inside the flue pipe.
Smokestack Repair
Smokestack Maintenance
Smokestack Maintenance at the SS Administration Phila, Pa
American Concrete Institute

Industrial Chimney Repair Challenges

Water damage from open joints.

Industrial Chimney Repair Challenges

Check out this video of some of the equipment we use in our shop and in the field.

Smokestack Maintenance

Smokestack Maintenance and Smokestack Repair:

 

The second law of thermodynamics developed through the fundamental work of Carnot, Clausius, and Kelvin states that every system left to itself changes in such a way as to approach a definite final state of rest.

For structural contractors, this law is never quite so evident as when it comes to industrial chimneys.

There are few structures which encounter more adverse conditions: conditions such as winds that rock a chimney in every direction, acid that can eat through concrete, wide variations of temperature, and sometimes problems from gases or lightning. In order to preserve industrial chimneys effectively, they must be maintained regularly, being monitored closely and carefully by an experienced industrial smokestack contractor or a commercial chimney contractor.

Continental Chimney:

A chimney maintenance company where quality is number one.

At Continental Chimney And Engineering Corporation, we keep up with the studies for better products and solutions to provide our customers with what may best prolong their chimney life beyond the norm of what has been industrial standard. Our goal is to provide smokestack repairs that will allow chimney operation for greater numbers of trouble free hours, making for a more economical plant. Our aim is to provide effective, efficient and outstanding service.

At Continental Chimney we believe the greatest way to advertise is through quality workmanship enduring the test of time.  At Continental Chimney we employ engineers skilled specifically in industrial chimney construction, steel smokestack construction, smokestack maintenance, and smokestack repair.

Our commercial chimney repair, boiler smokestack maintenance team is involved with different chimney engineers incorporating up to date solutions for industrial concrete chimneys, concrete smokestacks, steel smokestacks steel chimneys, brick factory smokestacks and fiberglass smokestacks, using a variety of new and old approved materials and methods.

Information About Industrial Chimney Maintenance, Industrial Chimney Repair

 

Paint: Some smokestack companies will sell work to paint brick smokestacks and also paint concrete smokestacks to help lower maintenance costs or else for advertisement reasons.  However, when an industrial brick smokestack is painted water can get trapped behind the bricks and cause damage if the paint coating is not carefully inspected every few years.  Brick smokestacks should never be painted.  Concrete can be painted with less concerns, however once a coating is applied to a smokestack it needs to be maintained, otherwise it can cause more harm than good.

Weather: Like any exposed structure, chimneys deteriorate over time, especially here in the colder climates, where there can be greater fluctuations in temperatures.  When water can get into the mortar joints the brick column of the chimney can become soaked.  After this freezing weather can cause large sections of brick faces to break away from the chimney.  Sometimes down the column water can flow and accumulate in the lower sections cracking and slowly turning all the bricks to sand.  On any typical day of the week there can be some kind of wind, and in an industrial chimney this means that it is always in motion.  In strong winds there can be serious damage when if a stack is not properly maintained.  We advise for some older chimneys that they be tied off with guy wire and rope to prevent them from incurring damage if there is a hurricane approaching.

Pointing: Regular pointing of the mortar joints by a reputable smokestack company, replacing cracked bricks that will prevent water from soaking into the chimney column, is of the first things that needs to be considered.

Banding: Steel banding is often done on factory chimneys to prevent or stop cracks from progressing by the industrial chimney contractor.  Banding is also used to stop the column from bellowing out in smokestack walls when it is over a certain age, and there is a history of acid attack.  However, for these bands to function properly they need to be made of heavy steal and bent on the ends around to the inside rather than over the band clamp around and out.  Welding bands together on the chimney does not work as well as using band clamps because after so many years rust will break the band apart.  This is because it can be difficult to properly weld under the band or match steel end to end when a band is being constructed on a chimney.

Lightning: Damage from lightning strikes is more prevalent on radial brick chimneys, and we believe this is because a lack in maintenance in brick chimneys leads to ledges and openings in the top of the brickwork allowing water to soak into the brick column.  When lightning strikes, these arias become super-heated and there is an explosion, sometimes long cracks are formed in a lighting strike down a side of the chimney column.  Often a broken down lead goes unrepaired which is the cause.  Typically a concrete chimney does not have so many problems and sometimes the steel in the concrete may be tied into the ground.  Nevertheless, older concrete chimneys also become soft and porous for water to set into.  Frequent industrial chimney inspection and maintenance of LPS components by a smokestack company should be done on a regular basis.

Inspection recommendations:  Binocular inspections should occur once a year.  Full height interior and exterior hands on inspection should be done every three years. Smokestack inspection and maintenance should be implemented on a regular basis to avoid rapid deterioration, as well as doing a pressure wash every five years. After an inspection there should be a careful consideration for maintenance.  Commercial chimney maintenance and industrial chimney maintenance sometimes have different concerns.  Location plays a part in how and in what way a chimney can be restored.  Depending on the location various industrial chimney repairs should or should not considered by a company and their smokestack contractor

Improper Inspections: The Youtube link below leads to an improper cement repair job which was followed by a improper inspection.  We bid on this job, and as a favor to Concord Steam, NH we removed this old cement work so new cement would go all the way back to sound cement.  In other words, having a good inspection is just as important as doing a good repair job.

Industrial Chimney Repair at the Philadelphia, P.A. Social Security Administration Building. Confined space repair patching of two 130′ X 2′ steel chimney columns at various heights inside the flue pipe.
Smokestack Repair
Smokestack Maintenance
Smokestack Maintenance at the SS Administration Phila, Pa
American Concrete Institute

Industrial Chimney Repair Challenges

Water damage from open joints.

Industrial Chimney Repair Challenges

Check out this video of some of the equipment we use in our shop and in the field.