Chimney Service

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About Us

Hello, my name is Steven Pratt. My wife Heather and I are the founders and owners of Pratt’s Professional Chimney Service. After serving 10 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy, I decided to try something new. My children were getting older and I was missing big parts of their life. Being stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes, we found we loved the area and wanted to stay.

After thinking of an interest in work, I found an opening at a local chimney service company owned by a fireman. After working for him for 5 years he decided to retire. Loving what I did, I wasn’t ready to give it up so I decided to start my own company. I have always treated people and lived by the same principles that made me a very successful member of the U.S. Navy.

I instill these principles in every employee; I believe that if we are honest, work hard, operate with integrity, and genuinely care about other people, you will find success in whatever you chose to do in life. In return, this has led to great success for our family owned business.

My wife and I wound up settling down right on the state line around the Antioch / Bristol area. Our kids attend Central High School, and we all love the local community. We are a small family owned business located near the IL/WI Stateline. This allows us to be able to service both Northeast Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin. With a house divided; half Bears fans and half Packers fans, it works out pretty good there too.

We have been Nationally Certified since 1997, and are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We have an A+ BBB rating, as well as an A rating on Angie’s list. Check out our reviews on google, Angie’s List, and Yelp and you will see what we are so proud of.

The majority of our employees have all served our country in some way or another, either ex-military or some currently still serving in the reserves and National Guard. I believe that our employees’ ambition to serve others gets carried over to our customers. Everyone here at Pratt’s Professional Chimney Service takes pride in helping others and genuinely cares about every customer.

We have developed a great team of technicians. Through training and education they are some of the most knowledgeable in the industry. If you have had bad experiences in the past with other service providers no matter what the industry, I urge you to give us a chance. You will be highly impressed with not only the level of service we provide, but the level of knowledge we provide to service your chimney needs.

Highest Quality of Work…
If your chimney or fireplace is in need of service or repair our skilled technicians are ready to help. We offer services from the basic chimney cleaning and inspection to complete fireplace and chimney rebuilds. We provide the highest quality of workmanship in the industry with the fairest possible price.

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Services

Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Caps

Chimney Relining

Chimney Tuck-Pointing

Chimney Rebuilding

Chimney Crowns

Highest Quality of Workmanship at the Fairest Possible Price...
If your chimney or fireplace is in need of repair or replacement our skilled licensed technicians are ready to help you with any problem. We offer services from simple chimney or brick/mortar repairs to complete chimney replacement & chimney restorations. As a family operated business with over 40 years of experience our goal is to offer the best possible service at the fairest possible price!

Our Services Include:

Chimney Rebuilding
When it comes to your home, you want to make sure everything is constructed properly according to all local building codes. Pratts Professional Chimney Service is dedicated to building you a chimney that will not only add curb appeal to your home, but will also last through the harsh climates we are accustomed to. We proudly give you the security in knowing that your chimney and fireplace are properly constructed for years to come. We have rebuilt many chimneys throughout the years and will educate you on proper construction and go over many common mistakes others make while rebuilding a chimney. We will ensure you that when construction is complete; your chimney will run as efficient and safe as possible.

Chimney Cleaning/Inspection
As per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 211) chimneys should be inspected annually and cleaned as needed to prevent chimney fires. A standard chimney cleaning includes: cleaning of the entire system from the firebox to the chimney cap. Description: Drop Cloths are laid down in front of the fireplace with a Triple-Hepa filtered vacuum running the entire time of the cleaning to control any dust. In most cases chimney flues are cleaned from the top with flat wire brushes. This is the proper way with the end result of a cleaner flue. Once the exterior portion of the cleaning is complete we will also clean from the inside.

Chimney Relining
Installing hundreds of Fireplace liners every year, we are the industry’s expert! The chimney flue is the passage way that goes through the chimney carrying heat and by-products of combustion safely out of your home. Over time the original linings (mostly made of clay) fail and must be relined. This passage way must be lined with an approved material to ensure that the heat from your fireplace is venting properly through your chimney. Gas and oil appliances (including; furnace, boilers, and/or water heaters) need to be properly venting out of your home; an unlined or cracked lining can leak gases back into your home. After properly evaluating your individual home’s needs, we will be able to ensure you with the proper assessment. We use the highest quality of stainless steel that comes with a lifetime warranty.

Chimney Caps/Dampers:
A chimney cap has many functions; it protects your fireplace by not allowing rain and snow to get inside your flue passage which can cause of deterioration and expensive repairs. A chimney cap will also keep out animals such as birds, squirrels, and raccoons. The two most common caps installed are stainless steel and copper caps with animal guards. Did you know the technical term of a chimney cap is a Spark Arrestor? It prevents any sparks from escaping onto your roof and nearby combustible material causing a fire. Chimney caps are a must! We install only the highest quality of Stainless Steel chimney caps that all come with a lifetime warranty.

Tuck-pointing
Tuck-pointing is needed when the mortar holding brick or stone has deteriorated and cracked allowing water penetration into the chimney. When you have your chimney tuck-pointed it is important that all mortar joints (space between the brick/stone) are first ground out one inch and loose mortar is removed. This will allow the new mortar to properly bond to the old brick and mortar. If the bond of the brick or stone has completely separated, tuck-pointing repairs will not last. If this is the case the chimney must be rebuilt.

Chimney Crowns
A properly constructed masonry chimney should have an overhanging concrete crown poured on top, preventing water from entering the masonry structure. This is one of the biggest issues with chimneys in our area and a major cause of deterioration. If you have cracks in your chimney crown or you need any other.

Waterproofing Chimneys
Whenever you have any masonry repair done on your chimney it is important to seal the brick and mortar upon completion. We waterproof masonry chimneys with Chim-Saver water repellent. It is the best waterproofing product available for chimneys and is a 10-year sealant. A properly built, properly maintained chimney will last a lifetime. Chim-Saver water repellent is applied to “older” chimneys as well. If you can’t remember when your chimney was last waterproofed, now is the time. It is the best thing you can do to help extend the life of your chimney.

We are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America for all chimney building projects. We are also a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. Contact Pratt's Professional Chimney Service today at 847-234-4114 or 262-862-1695, or browse our website for more information about chimney repair, chimney restoration, or chimney relining.