The Key to Restoring Your Fireplace and Chimney

One of the wonderful things about living in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC area is the great architecture you find in some of our grand old buildings and homes. However, if these grand structures have not been properly maintained there are dangers that can be lurking behind the walls and up the chimneys of all kinds be it your fireplace, furnace, water heater or flue.

The First Step

That’s why the very first step in restoring the grand fireplaces and chimney systems in our area is to conduct a thorough inspection inside and out to assess any damage that may be in the flue and firebox as well as check for masonry issues that may have not been addressed through the years. We will also take a look at the condition of the damper, crown and chimney caps as well as any “growths” that may have developed over time such as overhanging trees and branches that may interfere with proper function and draft.

Close up of technician hands performing restoration of masonry

We’ll also inspect the flashing and other building materials for what needs to change, if anything, to bring the structure up to current codes and standards, such as any clearance to combustion issues, as well as making sure there is a working and up-to-standards flue system, etc. This is just the beginning to restoring many of the fireplaces and chimneys in the area.

The Budget & The Plan

Once we have been able to get a good idea of any damage and or changes that should be made, we will work with you to come up with a budget and working plan to address the issues. In many cases, there are some very good options that will meet budget restrictions and still reach the end results with a wonderful, safe and restored fireplace and chimney.

Our technicians at Winston’s are certified and ready to help you not only restore your wonderful fireplace system but to also come out to clean and maintain your unit for years to come. This will add years to the life of your fireplace and chimney and give you great joy as you and your family are gathered around your hearth.

Just give us a call. Given the chance, we believe we can make your old fireplace look like new. What are you waiting for? Contact us today.

Two technicians on roof restoring masonry on chimney


Even if your fireplace and chimney are in good working order, chances are good they still need to be cleaned. Chimney sweeping by trained professionals is all part of our expertise at Winston’s, providing complete chimney and dryer vent services in D.C., N. VA and MD.