Fireplace Chimney in Downriver Michigan

The word “chimney” is derived from the Greek word “kaminos,” which means “furnace.” It also comes from the 13th century French word “cheminee” or “fireplace.” If you notice cracked or deteriorating bricks on your fireplace chimney, you need the services of an expert repair contractor. For more than 20 years, Downriver Roofers has been inspecting and repairing chimneys in the Downriver Michigan area. It’s always a good idea to look for soot buildup in your fireplace, as well as other debris such as bird’s nests. Buildup like this can cause a fire on your property. As for an official chimney inspection, you should call masonry repair experts. Here are some commonly asked questions from homeowners:

What will a masonry repair contractor be looking for during my fireplace inspection?

We will inspect your fireplace and chimney for defects such as lightning damage, cracks or deterioration, smoke damage, and water leaks.

What are chimneys made of?

Most traditional chimneys are made of stone, concrete, or brick. Modern chimneys may be constructed from prefabricated metals or other materials. Sometimes older chimneys must be retrofitted with a stainless-steel liner, to ensure full protection and safety. Downriver Roofers have all the latest GAF-approved chimney materials needed to repair yours if needed.

Are there state or federal guidelines I must follow as a fireplace owner?

 Yes. For example, in the state of Michigan, masonry fireplaces must be constructed in accordance with the Michigan Residential Code, Chapters 3 and 4. The code outlines in detail what the exact measurements of components such as the smoke chamber, hearth slab thickness, and chimney. Downriver Roofers has the knowledge and expertise to ensure your fireplace and chimney are 100% up to code and compliant with all local and state regulations. A chimney inspection is the first step toward making sure it meets all the necessary requirements.

How often should I clean my chimney?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, chimneys should be inspected at least once a year, and cleaned regularly. Delaying yearly chimney inspections can lead to a serious hazard in your home.

What if my damper or flue are damaged or broken?

A chimney damper keeps your home’s hot or cold air from escaping through the flue when you aren’t using your fireplace. When using your fireplace, you need the damper to be fully open to allow for adequate airflow so the smoke can flow out. When homeowners in Downriver MI search for chimney services near me, Downriver Roofers is their #1 go-to contractor.

What is involved in a chimney inspection?

Downriver Roofers uses a high-powered camera when inspecting your fireplace chimney. We inspect and clean all areas including the damper, flue, interior, lining system, and smoke chamber. We’ll make sure air can easily flow through your chimney with no blockage or debris and check your gas connections and make sure there are no gas leaks.

 Avoid fireplace dangers and hazardous situations

A chimney or fireplace that is not inspected regularly may be violating city codes, and more importantly, could cause harmful chemicals and toxins to come into your home. By calling Downriver Roofers, you will be ensuring your chimney is in excellent shape and is safe to use. Wild Michigan weather can lead to fireplace or chimney cracks, water damage, and deterioration. Spring is almost here and is a perfect time to schedule your chimney inspection. Odds are you will be using your fireplace less frequently as warmer weather approaches, making it a great opportunity to have it inspected and repaired, or replaced, if necessary. When ash and dirt build up in your fireplace, they can form a substance called creosote over time. Creosote is highly combustible, and if fire embers ignite it, your house could go up in flames. Dangers like this can be avoided by calling fireplace and chimney experts who are fully licensed and insured.

Damaged chimney flues are unsafe

If your chimney flue is damaged or cracked, the carbon monoxide created by your fireplace may not fully escape. Carbon monoxide is odorless and deadly, and even if you own a carbon monoxide detector, why take chances when you can easily set up a chimney inspection. Our masonry and chimney experts have the experience and equipment needed to do the job quickly and safely, and our rates are affordable. If you need a new chimney liner, we can help you with that, too. A new liner can withstand higher temperatures, restore your chimney for proper use, and improve the structural stability of your chimney. Call Downriver Roofers today at 734-548-9919 to schedule a no-obligation chimney assessment. We can also inspect your roof for any issues while we’re at your property. We want you to stay safe and warm!

The chimney is one of the most taken-for-granted parts of a home.  It typically does not receive the attention or the concern given other household systems.  It is a fact that chimneys usually operate well and even do their job when abused or neglected.  This, unfortunately, contributes to the atmosphere of indifference relative to regular maintenance.  Did you know that a chimney deteriorated by constant exposure to the weather can be a potential safety hazard?


As roofing experts, Downriver Roofers believe regular maintenance is essential to prevent damage, deterioration and future high-cost chimney repairs.  We have encountered every type of roofing problem in the more than 20 years we have been in business.  Chimney and chimney masonry maintenance and repair are amongst the many services we provide at Downriver Roofers.  If your roof is old and you think it may be time to replace or update it, chances are your chimney should be considered as well.


Start by calling us at 734-548-9919 for your complementary, NO obligation inspection today!!  We are available 24/7 year-round to service all your roofing needs.  We service both residential and commercial customers.  Protect your property.  Water damage from worn chimney masonry causes leaks that are often difficult to detect. With regular maintenance, our roofing professionals will stop water damage before it happens.


Work with people who are trustworthy, knowledgeable and local.  We have been voted #1 year after year for being a highly rated roofing company servicing Downriver, Michigan.  This includes customers who live or work in Wayne and Monroe counties.  Timely, efficient, high quality workmanship at competitive pricing are our top priorities.  Review our menu of services and contact us before an emergency occurs.


We take on all types of projects.  No job is too big or small.   We can save you money and time by doing preventive maintenance.  We employ only fully licensed, bonded and insured roofers, who are fully certified in all aspects of roofing.  Our roofing contractors adhere to safety requirements as provided by the State of Michigan.  Please review these requirements and other roofing topics at



A roofing professional will come to your home or business usually within a day of receiving your request for a full exterior and interior inspection.  They will give you an honest opinion and a fair, written estimate of the condition of your roof and all of its systems.  This includes your chimney masonry.  No structure is excluded.



Our roofing contractors are available 24/7 year-round to help you deal with weather related emergencies that could compromise your property.  Rain, high winds and snow can be severe in Michigan.  Timely response to emergencies is important.  We give you our full satisfaction or your money-back guarantee.  From snow shoveling to ice dam removal to removal of debris and fallen branches and leaves to damaged chimney masonry, we want to help you protect your most valuable investment, your home or business.   Keep our phone number handy 734-548-9919 or contact us through our website at



An inspection will often uncover potential maintenance and repair issues.  We have materials on hand and are able to get what we need quickly if necessary.  Minor leaks and shingle replacement as well as new seals are easily remedied.  Your chimney masonry may need sealing or the chimney may need a cover to keep out debris, leaves and even unwanted animals.  Securing your property from damage at minimal inconvenience to our customers is important to us. We can get the job done in a timely manner.



If your roof or chimney needs replacement, we are fully equipped and available to handle the job. And, most installation projects are completed in one day.  We are a full service roofing company.  Call us today 734-548-9919!!