Monday, November 28, 2011

It's That Time Of Year...

If you haven't already scheduled your annual chimney cleaning & inspection, now is the time to do it.

With the autumn holidays officially behind us, it's now time to turn our attention to winter weather, safety and preparedness. So many of us love a cozy fire in our fireplaces this time of year, especially after a long day of work, running the kids around and various shopping excursions. Here at Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC, we want you and your family to be winter-ready, so you can enjoy those warm, inviting fireplaces.

Call us today to schedule your annual chimney cleaning, and we'll give you our 20-point safety inspection - free of charge. If your chimney and/ or masonry work needs any improvement or repair, we'll have our technician write you up an estimate detailing the necessary adjustments. (This estimate would be free of charge). We'd be happy to talk to you about scheduling any work you need to have completed, as well.

Don't wait until it's too late! Call today to take advantage of this limited-time offer. (360) 691-9828

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us here at Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's a Blustery Day...

....and it's not going to get any warmer, either!

7-Day Forecast
Photo courtesy of

This forecast doesn't look too promising.
Is your chimney and/or masonry ready to withstand the test of winter weather in the Pacific Northwest?

Currently, with any cleaning, we are providing the 20-point safety inspection free of charge ($50 value). Call us today to schedule your annual chimney cleaning & inspection. (360) 691-9828

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Before & After - What We Can Do For You

Brrr, it's definitely a chilly morning in the Pacific Northwest! Here in Arlington, the temperature dipped to below freezing last night.

This weather is not going to get any warmer. It's best not to delay any home improvement projects that have to do with keeping your home cozy and warm - especially those that have to do with your fireplace and masonry.
Dave F. Before #1

Dave F. Before #2
Here is an example of some work we did for Dave F. earlier this month.

Note the roof flashing especially in the left picture. It's basically rotting away, and rusting. This is bad news bears for any masonry work. Moisture is the silent killer of masonry. There's no faster way to have major damage to your chimney, fireplace and home than to let a project like this go. Dave called us, and we were able to save a great deal of trouble for the future by simply replacing the roof flashing. This will prevent moisture damage, keep the heat in better, and most of all protect the integrity of the masonry on his chimney.

Here is what his chimney looked like when we were finished:
Dave F. After #1
Dave F. After #2
Note the flashing looks consistent, clean and dry. There is no more rust or wear, and the masonry is fully protected. Now, the flashing works with the chimney instead of against it. A vast difference from what was there before!

The next example is of a complete rebuild and tuck-pointing work that we did for Debbie N.
Debbie N. Before #1
As you can see, these two chimneys Debbie had were in a state of disrepair. There's moss, a lot of wear and tear on the grout, and evidence of efflorescence.
Debbie N. Before #2

In order to get these chimneys into proper working order ASAP, we had to first take care of the moss and efflorescence problems. Then, we did a rebuild on the chimney that was beyond repair, and did tuck-pointing on the other one to repair the grout that was severely hindered by a lack of proper care.

Here are the results of our work:

Debbie N. After #2
The chimney was cleaned, tuck-pointed and also had a new cap installed. As you can see, it looks a lot healthier than it did before! The life of the masonry work will also be extended due to the work we did on the chimney.

Says Debbie of our work: "The technician was very calm, helpful and polite. Great crew, great work, and everyone was very nice. I had a good experience! Everything looks fine from the ground."

Is your chimney or masonry work reflecting some of the problem areas as pictured in the "Before" shots in this blog post? Are you not sure if your chimney is ready to stand the test of winter? Call us today to schedule a free estimate. Our technicians will tell you exactly what needs to be done, how much it will cost and exactly why the work needs to be done. If you want, you can also schedule a 20-point safety inspection instead ($50), and we'll be able to give you an estimate for repairs from the safety inspection. If you schedule the work with us, we'll refund your $50 20-point safety inspection fee.

Don't wait until you're already cold, and your masonry is falling apart. Call us today. (360) 691-9828.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

1st Annual Company BBQ

As Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC celebrated our first anniversary last week, we got together for a company BBQ on Saturday.

We had a blast celebrating together!

One of the fun activities we did was an "Iron-Man Competition." Any of our crew who wanted to participate could do so.

This is Ryan, hauling a wheelbarrow full of concrete. (1st step of the Iron-Man Competition.)

Here's Kyle, hauling two buckets of bricks (2nd step of the Iron-Man competition).

Scott definitely got props for enginuity! He put the two buckets of bricks on the wheelbarrow's handles!

Here's a closer view of Scott with his master idea.
This is my (Kimi's) husband, Robert. He definitely doesn't do this for a living, but he gave it his best shot!
Rohn, from CAMP, giving the Iron-Man Competition a 100% effort.

Here's Steve, our General Manager, hauling that wheelbarrow back to the finish line!

This is Steve and Daisy, his wife.
Kyle was officially declared our winner!!! To the right of him is Zack, our Owner/ Operator.

We had a blast cooking out, too! Michelle, Zack's fiance, is on the right.

Just thought we'd share some pictures from our fun-filled Saturday with our readers. :) Thanks for being a part of our very successful first year in business!

Pictures courtesy of Laurie Williams.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

One Year Anniversary!

This day in history:

On November 1, 2010, Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC ventured into business from a garage.

Today, we are an industry leader, as a reliable and honest company.

If you call us for an estimate (which is always free), you won't get an astronomical figure that you can't comprehend along with an estimate that you don't understand - you will get a friendly and efficient technician who is willing to explain everything in detail to you, and an estimate that doesn't include any unnecessary improvements or repairs. We are straight-forward and concise in our efforts to provide you with answers to any questions, detailed information regarding any repairs or improvements needed, and friendly, accurate service.

When it comes to a masonry job, we've got the best masons on our crew to service your needs. Whether we're rebuilding a retaining wall, rebuilding a chimney from the ground up, or even doing tuck-pointing work, they're always spot-on with precision and care. Additionally, if our crew comes across something that is in need of repair or replacement that wasn't on the original estimate as they are working, they'll let you know right away - no hidden costs or fees; just up-front information, and integrity behind our work.

Scheduling a cleaning is always hassle-free. We can go from the Pierce County Line to Skagit County, from Monroe to Camano Island. Currently, we're adding a 20-point safety inspection to any cleaning scheduled free of charge. That's a $50 value! Our safety inspections go over everything in depth, from the damper to the crown, the mortar to the hearth protection. When our technician finishes, they'll be sure to clean up any mess or debris left behind before they leave your home. (If you scroll down on the left-hand side of the page, you'll see a review by Terry M. in Duvall that says, "The price was great, and you got us in quickly, and did the job fast and efficiently. There wasn't even a spec of ash left behind! It was a great job. The work that needed to be accomplished in the near future was clearly stated and understood, and the crew is fantastic!")

After one year in business, Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC would like to thank all of our customers, vendors and suppliers for the fantastic first year we've had. We credit our success to you, as we could not have done this without you.