Chimney Repairs

chimney repair

3/4 way finished rebuilding the back wall

No job is too small. We can do needed repairs, such as re-pointing the fire box mortar joints, completely rebuilding the fire box, (see picture to right) or replace damaged refectory panels in your prefab fireplace. If you notice gaps, cracks, loose brick or other damage to your fireplace or chimney, call Chimney Keepers in Raleigh for a professional estimate!

Firebox Repair

Standard size firebox back wall removed and replace bricks that are damaged, generally cost $600.00 to $900.00. Side walls start at $550. We use new firebricks as needed and high temp mortar with fireclay for added durability.

Chase Cover/Prefab Top Repair:

chase cap

Chimney Rust

Do you have rust stains on the side of the chimney structure from the chase cover. We can remove the old rusty and sometime leaking top replacing with a new stainless steel or other material  top that will last a lifetime and add peace of mind for you. To see more click here.

Replace chase cover on pre-fab chimney: starts at $600 and up. depends on material and height and size of chimney top.  Cost of additional repairs are estimated on a per project basis. Call for free quote and inspection of chase top.

Crown Repairs:

Cracks in chimney crown allow water to get inside structure causing white powder shown above.

Cracks in chimney crown allow water to get inside structure causing white powder shown above.

Water can also enter your chimney through cracks in the crown mortar. We can repair the cracks using Crown Seal® a material designed especially for mortar crowns. It covers the crown sealing cracks and remains flexible when dry to allow for expansion and contraction of the chimney.

This product come with a 10 year warranty which is backed by the manufacturer SaverSystems. We have used both products for over 5 years and highly recommend them to our customers. For pricing information please call and schedule to have your chimney looked at soon. We do charge a $69.00 inspection fee, with half rebated back when the work is complete.

Prefab Refractory Panel Replacement:

When a prefab fireplace get regular usage one thing we see happen most often, is the back wall
will start to get cracks in them. They start out small, almost hairline but in time get
bigger and bigger till they are quite noticeable.  The general rule of thumb is if the crack is wider than a quarter it should be changed out with new. 2014-09-10 08.28.59

Behind the refectory panel is the metal wall of the fireplace and cracks can allow high temps to reach the metal creating problem over time.

Replace the back panel in most prefabs fireplace runs $275.00 and up. Sometime the side panels become severely damaged as well resulting in a need to replace them as well. Side panels are $175 each when done with back panels. Individually they are $250.00 each.

Replacing the damaged old panels with a new refectory panel is the factory recommended method of repair ONLY.




  • Passing the Hat


    Karen and Carl Newton


    Sarah and Will Gilfillan

    Owning and operating Chimney Keepers for 27 years has been a very rewarding experience, and we have enjoyed the relationships we have built with our customers. We are now starting a new chapter and are selling the business to one of our Technicians. Though we will miss the many relationships and friendships we have built over the years, Karen and I are looking forward to traveling full time in our Airstream as we explore the nooks and crannies of North America.

    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Will and Sarah Gilfillan, who will be taking over Chimney Keepers as of March 30, 2020. Rest assured, Will has been well trained (by Carl!) and is very competent, with nearly four years of experience in the gas log/fireplace/ chimney service industry and over ten years as a firefighter. Sarah, the Office Manager/wife is a fast learner, and will do wonders in assisting you with scheduling appointments and answering questions. It was important to us to find a good fit for our customers, and we feel confident that you will find Will and Sarah to be knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.

    Thank you for your business over the years. It was my distinct pleasure to have been of service to you, and I wish you continued success and prosperity in the years to come.

    Sincerely, Karen and Carl Newton

  • Is Your Wood-burning or Gas-burning Fireplaces ready for Winter?

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Log unit ready to go? If not, or for a service, give us a call.

    During a power outage, a fireplace or gas log unit may be your only form of heat, so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up an appointment, 919-772-8110.

    PS: If you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs, GET ONE… NOW… We recommend the combination CO/Smoke, battery-powered, detectors found at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or most hardware stores.

    If yours are over 10 years old, replace them (there’s a date on back). If there is not a date of manufacture on the back, GET rid of it.

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