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IS IT TIME FOR CHIMNEY REPAIR? 5 SIGNS TO LOOK FOR in Ridge, NY

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It can be difficult to tell if your chimney needs cleaning or repairing. In some cases, it can be difficult to tell if a chimney is in good condition by looking at it. It is possible, though to determine whether chimney repair is necessary if you know what to look for. We at Ageless Chimney are committed to helping you and your family stay safe. We want you to familiarize yourself with the telltale signs of chimney damage since chimney safety is synonymous with protecting against obvious fire hazards. Take a look at the signs of an impending chimney repair.

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Mortar Joints are Damaged


It may require a rooftop vantage point to spot, but damaged mortar joints between chimney masonry are an issue that should be quickly repaired. Failing mortar joints can mean accelerated damage to the chimney since the condition exposes the bricks to greater amounts of moisture. When water gets into small cracks in the masonry, it can turn into larger cracks, particularly as a result of freezing and thawing. Ultimately, if the problem isn’t addressed, the chimney could collapse. Call one of the professional chimney sweeps at Ageless Chimney to assess the situation right away.

Rust on Firebox or Damper

Signs of moisture in a chimney or fireplace are red flags that the chimney isn’t operating the way it should. Rust is one clue that there is too much moisture, and you may see rust in the firebox or on the damper. You’ll know to take a close look at the damper if it becomes difficult to operate or if it isn’t sealing properly. If there is moisture in your Suffolk County chimney, rust will create numerous problems, including causing flue tiles to crack. A cracked or deteriorated flue lining is highly dangerous since it could allow too much heat into vulnerable areas and cause a house fire. If you notice your fireplace’s damper or firebox looking a bit rusty, call Ageless Chimney for an emergency inspection or chimney cleaning today!

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Spalling on Bricks

Have you noticed your masonry popping out, peeling, or flaking off? This could be a sign of spalling. It should be pretty easy to spot spalling since bits of it fall from the chimney. If this does not get repaired, your Suffolk County chimney could continue to crumble and cause an eventual collapse of your chimney.

Chimney Crown is Cracked

If you notice that the top of your Suffolk County chimney has a crack in it, you are definitely in need of not only a chimney cleaning company, but some major repairs as well. The chimney crown must always be in good condition because it provides the first line of defense against outdoor elements. If the crown is cracked, water could seep through and cause even larger cracks. Spalling would likely occur if this problem doesn’t get repaired right away. Damaged Wallpaper

Damaged Wallpaper


If you notice that the wallpaper is damaged in areas near your Ridge, NY chimney, it could be because of excess moisture building up in the chimney. Whether the moisture problem is caused by any of the conditions already mentioned or others that are less obvious, it should be repaired without delay. Remember that rust could lead to further damage as well.

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Getting your chimney swept and inspected improves the quality of the air in your home, keeps your loved ones safe from toxins, and reduces your home’s fire risk. Ageless Chimney takes pride in providing the safest, most cost-effective cleaning procedures. Call us today at 516-795-1313!

Ridge is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 13,336 at the 2010 census.

In 1693, William “Tangier” Smith, who owned a homestead in Setauket, was allowed to purchase a large tract of land on the South Shore of Long Island in recognition of his being mayor of Tangier in Africa. The land, called Manor St. George, stretched from the Carmans River (then called the Connecticut River) in the west to the edge of the town of Southampton in the east, with a northern border around present-day New York State Route 25, as much as 81,000 acres (330 km2) of land. He made his manor seat on the South Shore in present-day Mastic, and the northern part, now the south side of Ridge, was called “The Swamp” or “Longswamp”. A house wasn’t built at Longswamp until after the American Revolution. In 1817, William Sydney Smith inhabited the house and changed the name to Longwood.

In 1955, what then remained of William Smith’s original manor was primarily located in Ridge and was surrounded by the world growing up around it, in the form of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the surrounding areas becoming increasingly populated. Longwood’s 750 acres (300 ha) fell into the hands of Elbert Clayton Smith, who immediately moved his family from California to live there. He seems to have been very generous to his new community; his donations included 51 acres (21 ha) to the school board for the construction of Longwood High School and 6 acres (2.4 ha) to Middle Island Presbyterian Church. In 1967, Elbert Smith died, and the Longwood Estate was carved into housing developments and nearly destroyed until enough noise was made about preservation to have the house and 35 acres (14 ha) of land given to the Town of Brookhaven in 1974. The Smith Estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

In 1738, northern Ridge was settled by widower Samuel Randall of North Stonington, Connecticut; his only son Stephen Randall and his descendants farmed a 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) plot of ground that Samuel had always referred to as “the Ridge” based on the geographical terrain. First called “Randallville”, Ridge was the name selected by its residents for postal delivery. The Randall burial plot near the William Floyd Parkway includes the grave of Lt. Stephen Randall (1736-1818), patriot of the American Revolution and a Suffolk County Militia veteran of the Battle of Long Island. Graves of Randall’s wife Elizabeth Swezey (1747-1834) and several descendants are also within the plot.

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