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How To Build An Efficient Fire

Constructing an Effective Fire Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyWhen cold, winter winds strike, most hope to find themselves inside, cozied up by a warm fireplace. Yet, this idyllic image can only be made a reality if you know how to build a top-notch fire. Study up on these tips so that you can build great fires, not just at Christmas time, but all year round.

Prep The Fireplace

Your fireplace needs to be swept at least once per year in order for you to build safe and effective fires. If it has been out of use for a while, you should have a professional stop in to check things over. A certified sweep will keep an eye out for leaves and other outdoor debris that could cause blockages. Any creosote, animal nesting, and other similar material puts your home and family at an increased risk for house fires, smoke back-up, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

You will also want to make sure the damper is open and the flue is warmed up, so the smoke can efficiently escape. Failure to do either of these could leave you will a very cloudy living room.

Picking The Best Fuel

You will also need to ensure that you have picked out the best wood logs you can find. Did you know that every piece of firewood contains some amount of water? It may seem strange, but it takes a lot time for fresh-cut wood to dry out! The goal is to find the pieces with the least amount of water possible. Once they reach a certain moisture level, they are deemed “seasoned” and can be used for your fires.

There are some things you can look out for when searching for seasoned fuel. It will likely be dark and split at the ends. This indicates that it has been drying out for a longer period of time. This wood will also be lighter weight and will make a clearer thunk-ing noise when smacked together.

Build Your Fire

There are countless techniques for building fires, but one in particular seems to be growing in popularity. The following steps will guide you on how to build a top-down fire. These fires are longer-lasting, and you rarely have to tend to them. On top of this, they do not collapse on themselves, thus smothering flames and causing ash and embers to fly up and out. Try this method out today!

  • Stack your largest logs on the floor of your fireplace. Continuing stacking your firewood so that the logs get smaller and smaller the higher up it goes. Do this until the logs are about half way up your fireplace’s opening.
  • Place your kindling on top of this stack. Kindling consists of small twigs and branches.
  • Place tinder on top of the kindling. You could use newspaper, grass, or anything similar that will easily ignite until your kindling really gets going.
  • Enjoy! Once your fire gets going, it will simply work its way down the wood pile, while you sit back and relax.

Contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney for help with any of your fireplace-related needs. We look forward to working with you today!

By Jake Johnson on December 21st, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Is Your Chimney Ready For Santa?

Santa Chimney Clean Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceWith Christmas just weeks away, homeowners everywhere are facing some long to-do lists. Between gift wrapping, meal prep, decorating, and more, it can be hard to find the time to get it all done! That’s why you should count on the experts at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney to set you up right this holiday season. We can ensure your chimney is clean and soot-free for Santa’s arrival. Schedule your annual inspection and cleaning today!

Benefits Of A Clean Fireplace

Impressing Mr. Claus is not the only reason to have your fireplace and chimney checked out. There are countless reasons to get your cleaning in right away.

  • Clearing Blockages: When temperatures start to drop, birds and other outdoor creatures start scoping out warm places to store food and nest down for the cold winter months. Unfortunately, chimneys are an ideal spot for these little critters. The more these nesting materials pile up, the bigger issues you will face when trying to light a fire.

A certified chimney professional knows where to look and how to remove these things as efficiently as possible. They will ensure nothing is blocked off, so you can gain the peace of mind you desire when lighting your fires. Kiss smoking issues and harmful toxins good-bye by calling us in right away!

  • Preventing Fires: Cleaning out creosote on a regular basis is vital for maintaining chimney health. It is a highly flammable substance and having a lot of it puts your chimney and home at a heightened risk for fire. When most think of a chimney fire, they picture a big, obvious event, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, these will occur without anyone realizing it!

Regardless the situation, an out-of-control fire will cause lasting damage to your chimney and puts your family in harm’s way. Don’t take the risk – schedule your cleaning today.

  • Impress Guests: Keeping your home and family safe is always our number one priority, but we want to make sure your décor looks good, too! Fireplaces are often considered the focal point of a room or living area. Have yours cleaned today, so that your home will be in great shape for any holiday parties or events.

Friends and neighbors will rave about your great taste for weeks on end, and you can relax and enjoy your evening, knowing your fireplace is in the best condition possible. Pick up the phone and give us call, so we can set you up right.

If you are ready to get that cleaning in, depend on Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney. We have been serving this area for 15 years and we continue to receive great reviews from countless satisfied customers.

Impress your friends, family, and, most importantly, Santa Claus by getting your professional chimney cleaning in now. Thanks for working with us!

By Jake Johnson on December 8th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

We Can Install Your New Fireplace Or Insert

Installing a Fireplace Insert Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceFall is here and colder weather is starting to make an appearance. If you are lucky enough to own a fireplace, this means countless cozy nights bundled up by a crackling fire. When the snows arrive, there is no better spot to be!

If you do not have a fireplace, consider purchasing one today. A fireplace is a beautiful focal point for guests to admire and truly adds an unbeatable aesthetic to any home. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we sell and install a wide variety of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves, along with countless hearth accessories. Hiring an expert is the best option when it comes to your complete satisfaction. Call on us to ensure the job gets done right!

Why Hire A Pro?

You may be asking yourself why hiring a professional to install your new unit is so important. With all of the online resources and do-it-yourself tutorials floating around the web, why pay the installation costs? There are countless reasons to hire an expert from the start. Check out a few of these reasons below.

  • You Save Money: Many people opt to do it themselves in hopes of saving their dollars, but it rarely works out that way in the end. You will likely need to purchase extra tools and parts, all of which add up quickly and put a big strain on your wallet. Also, if anything gets installed incorrectly, you face more labor and repair costs down the line. Hire a pro from the start to avoid the headache.
  • You Keep Your Home Safer: Improper installation could easily lead to fumes and other harmful toxins backing up into your home. Venting issues also lead to excess creosote and other debris build-up, all of which increase the chance of house fires. Don’t take the risk and call in a pro today to ensure the job gets done right.
  • You Minimize Stress: Certified experts are trained in the intricate process that installations often require. There are a wide variety of factors that need to be taken into account before getting started and anything that gets missed could trigger countless issues when it comes to running your unit. Between sizing issues, ventilation systems, and more, you will definitely want to get the help you need.

Along with these, you invite a lot of mess, research, and potential risk of injury when trying to perform an installation on your own. We are trained and certified with the NFI and the CSIA, both of which highlight the importance of hiring a professional when it comes to the safety of your home and family.

Turn to Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney right away. Our satisfied customers have been relying on us for 15 years and counting because we continue to provide the best service around. Let us help you out today!

By Jake Johnson on November 22nd, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Don’t Wait! Schedule Your Chimney Sweeping Today

Chimney Sweeping Scheduling Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceThe holiday season is fast approaching and homeowners everywhere are getting excited to put their fireplace to more frequent use. When cold weather hits and snow begins to fall, nothing is more idyllic than cozying up to a crackling fire with loved ones. Yet, ensuring the proper steps are taken to keep your home and family safe is vital when you own your own chimney and fireplace.

Now is the time to schedule your regular sweeping and inspection. Chances are, your fireplace has been in the back of your mind throughout the Spring and Summer months, which means a few steps need to be taken to ensure it is safe and ready for regular use.

Chimney Sweepings

Dirty chimneys are a leading cause of chimney fires. Not only do they damage the health of your chimney, but they put your home and family at risk, as well. Fires spread quickly, and one could easily work its way through the rest of your home.

Chimney fires put your fireplace through a lot. Too much heat causes the various parts to break down at a rapid pace. Cracks and holes will form and the mortar and other materials will break down quickly. The more wear and tear your chimney faces, the more potential danger your home is in. These damages will likely lead to a collapse or settlement, leaving you with a big mess and countless costly repairs.

The reason dirty chimneys are more vulnerable to fires is due to the build-up of creosote. Creosote forms as your fireplace is put to use and it is highly flammable, so excess accumulation is not good. This is why having your fireplace professionally cleaned is so vital! Experts know where to find this debris and how to remove it with the proper tools and chemicals, so schedule your appointment today!

Chimney Inspections

Inspections are another important aspect of pre-Winter chimney maintenance. After months without much attention, your chimney and fireplace will likely need some tuning up before you start building fires. An inspection offers you peace of mind, knowing that everything is working great and ready to operate. Should a sweep find anything abnormal, they will know how to proceed forward with the necessary repairs and leave you with a great looking and well-running fireplace.

Inspections are also good for making certain no blockages or build-up will cause venting problems. Birds, squirrels, and other critters often deem chimneys and pipes ideal spots for building homes and storing their findings. Unfortunately for you, these materials not only trigger fires, but prevent smoke and other toxins from properly escaping. The last thing a homeowner needs is dangerous gases backing up into their home, affecting the health of friends and family. Schedule an inspection today to ensure you are good to go before building any fires.

At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, our customers continue to turn to us for all of their chimney and fireplace needs. Call us today to schedule your sweeping and inspection and to get the service you deserve. We look forward to working with you!

By Jake Johnson on November 10th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

The Effectiveness of Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace insert effectiveness Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyAccording to the National Association of Homebuilders, fireplaces are the second most popular home feature buyers look for. Because of this, adding a new fireplace to your home or updating an existing one can add value and help your home sell faster in the future – as well as keeping your family warm and cozy for years to come.

Benefits of a new fireplace insert

If you have an existing masonry fireplace, you may be losing as much 90% of its heat up the chimney. This extreme inefficiency can make it more difficult to heat your home as well as cost you more in heating and fuel costs. To combat this, consider installing a fireplace insert.

Fireplace inserts are easy to install, use, and maintain, and can help save you money thanks to their increased efficiency. Below are three of our favorite reasons to consider installing a fireplace insert in your home.

Improve efficiency

While open hearth masonry fireplaces are notoriously inefficient, inserts of all fuel sources have significantly high efficiency ratings. Burning with closed system combustion, inserts more effectively burn the fuel source and lose less heat up the chimney. Not only does this save you money on fuel costs, but it can also lower your electric bills. The Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association found that installing an insert in place of a masonry fireplace could reduce energy bills by as much as 40%.

Fireplace inserts aren’t just more efficient – they are also better for the environment. The EPA established strict particulate emission standards for all fireplace inserts. In order to earn the EPA certification – and be sold – inserts must create minimal amounts of smoke and other particulate emissions; by burning cleaner, fireplace inserts are often helpful for family members suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma.

Switch to a new fuel source

Installing a new insert can give you the opportunity to switch fuel sources. This is most commonly seen in homes that currently have a wood burning fireplace and want to switch to gas. In cases like this, installing a new insert into an existing hearth can help save money – while still giving you the fireplace of your dreams.

If you are switch fuel sources, your chimney may need to be relined. Because gas and wood fires create different byproducts of combustion, different chimney liners are needed; while wood burning fires create more smoke and creosote, gas fires create an acidic or corrosive condensation. Having the right flue liner can ensure your new fireplace is burning and drafting safely.

Find a fireplace that matches your style

Whether your home is rustic and traditional or has a distinctly contemporary look, there is an insert to match your style! With a variety of sizes and styles available, it is easy to find an insert that will seamlessly blend into your home’s décor. Likewise, accessories such as fireplace screens can also be used to add even more design to your new heating appliance.

Get your new insert before winter arrives!

There is still time to have your new insert installed before winter arrives. Whether you want to improve efficiency, change fuel sources, or merely update the look of your fireplace, a new insert will add warmth and comfort to your home this winter and for years to come. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today for more information on new fireplace inserts.

By Jake Johnson on October 28th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

The Benefits of Chase Covers Through Changing Seasons

Chase Cover Seasons Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplacePrefabricated fireplaces are a cost effective alternative to masonry chimneys; however, these heating appliances still have components that need to be regularly cleaned, inspected, and maintained. One of the most important parts of any prefabricated fireplace is the chimney chase cover.

What is a chase cover?

Sitting at the top of the chimney and protecting the flue, the chimney chase cover has a similar to function to chimney caps on masonry chimneys. Traditionally made of metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, or copper, chase covers protect the top of the flue, letting smoke and gas safely draft out without letting debris, animals, or water in.

Chase covers are designed to extend over the sides of the chimney chase. This allows moisture, ice, rain, and snow to drain onto the roof instead of onto the sides of the chimney. This design features helps protect the chimney from water entry, as well as keep the chimney chase from being damaged by water.

Why is my chase cover important?

The chimney chase cover is the first line of defense for your fireplace, protecting the chimney and flue against water, animals, and debris. This important function protects the chimney year round; from keeping water out during spring rains to preventing leaves from falling in during the autumn, chase covers keep your fireplace burning safely throughout the changing seasons.

Because of the important function of the chimney chase cover, any damage to it can create serious problems for your fireplace system. Water entry is a serious concern for prefabricated fireplaces; not only can water damage and rust the metal fireplace components, but it can also lead to mold and mildew growth in the chimney.

Leaves, sticks, and other falling debris can also pose a problem for unprotected chimneys; without a chase cover, debris can damage the flue and cause chimney blockages that prevent proper venting and drafting. Animal entry can be equally problematic, with birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other small animals causing damage – and uncomfortable odors – in your fireplace and chimney.

Signs your chase cover may be damaged

While prefabricated chimneys do not last as long as their masonry counterparts, with regular upkeep and maintenance they can continue burning safely and efficiently. However, overexposure to the elements, strong winds, poor construction, and other problems can all cause damage to your chase cover.

One of the most common signs of chase cover damage is rust or staining on the sides of the chimney chase. This kind of staining indicates that the metal of the chimney chase cover has begun to rust and deteriorate; by the time rust stains occur on the side of the chimney chase, the damage is often bad enough to cause chimney leaks. Even without staining on the sides of the chimney chase, the presence of any water inside the fireplace indicates a chimney leak.

Chimney chase covers are important to protecting your prefabricated fireplace during the wet and cold months of winter – and throughout the rest of the year. To have your chase cover inspected, repaired, or replaced, contact the experts at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on October 14th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

How To Spot Chimney Leaks

Recognizing Chimney Leaks - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyFire and water simply aren’t meant to mix – and that includes in your fireplace system. Water can be extremely damaging to both interior and exterior fireplace and chimney components. Because of this, it is important to be able to spot chimney leaks as soon as they happen.

What causes chimney leaks?

Chimneys are complex structures; because of this, there a number of areas where water can find its way in. While a chimney inspection is often needed to uncover the source of a chimney leak, the following are four common causes of chimney leaks.

  • Chimney cap: The chimney cap sits on top of the chimney structure and protects the top of the flue from water, debris, and animals. With a metal top and mesh sides, a damaged chimney cap can let water flow directly into the flue.
  • Chimney crown: The chimney crown is the masonry slab that seals off the top of the chimney structure around the flue; the chimney cap sits on top of the chimney crown. Because it is flat, the chimney crown often bares the brunt of the exposure to the elements. If the crown is not slightly sloped, water can pool on top and cause cracks, damage, and leaks.
  • Flashing: Flashing protects the joint between the chimney and the roof. Made of layers of metal, flashing creates a watertight seal that keeps moisture out; if damaged, however, a leak caused by faulty flashing can damage both the chimney and the roof. Repairs to the roof-line, damage to surrounding shingles, or even being installed with too many nail holes can all cause flashing to lose its watertight seal. Many flashing leaks are mistakenly thought to be caused by a leaky roof.
  • Masonry: While bricks and mortar are semi-porous – means they absorb small amounts of water – too much water absorption can cause cracks to form in the masonry. Even water damage to a single brick can quickly spread; the more damaged the masonry becomes, the more water it absorbs and the greater the chance of damage to the chimney becomes. Masonry with too much water damage can become structurally unsound.

Preventing chimney leaks

The best and most effective way to prevent a leaky chimney is through regular preventative maintenance. Yearly chimney sweepings and chimney inspections help make sure there are no damaged areas where water can get in; likewise, regular maintenance can help extend the life of your chimney and keep it burning safer longer.

Chimneys can also be protected against water entry by applying waterproofing products. Products designed specifically for masonry chimneys allow the bricks and mortar to retain their semi-porous properties; gas and water can evaporate out of the brick, but new water is not able to be absorbed. Waterproofing can also be helpful in slowing down deterioration in cases where the masonry has already been damaged by water.

Don’t let water entry cause damage to your fireplace or chimney; if you suspect you have a chimney leak it is important to call a chimney professional as soon as possible. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule a chimney inspection to uncover the cause of your leaky chimney – and prevent the leak from coming back.

By Jake Johnson on September 28th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Prepare Your Fireplace For Use!

In Use Fireplace - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney Labor Day has passed, football season has started, school is back in session… fall will be here before we know it! After a long spring and summer of disuse, make sure your fireplace system is ready to use again this winter by having it serviced now!

Get your fireplace ready for winter

Once the beautiful weather and warm temperatures of spring and summer arrive, few homeowners continue to use their fireplaces; because of this, most units have not been used in six months or more. To make sure it is safe, clean, and ready to use for winter homeowners should have their chimney and fireplace swept and inspected.

Having your chimney swept and inspected now is the best way to make sure your fireplace is prepared for use this winter. By having maintenance done at the beginning of the burning season, you can ensure your fireplace is clean, free from blockages, and ready to use in the coming months.

Chimney sweepings

A chimney sweeping by a Chimney Safety Institute of America certified chimney sweep is the best way to keep your fireplace and chimney clean. The CSIA recommends that all homes have their chimney swept at least once per year. No matter what kind of heating appliance you have, its chimney or vent still needs to be swept; wood burning fireplaces, gas units, stoves, inserts, and manufactured fireplaces all need to have their chimneys swept.

During a chimney sweeping, the chimney technician will use brushes, vacuums, and other tools in order to remove any buildup or debris in the flue. While soot and ash are often easy to remove, flammable creosote can be difficult, especially if it has been several years since the chimney has been swept. A naturally occurring byproduct of fuel burning fires, excessive creosote accumulation can lead to chimney fires if it is accidentally ignited. Because creosote can damage the flue liner in addition to causing chimney fires, it is important to remove it annually.

Chimney inspections

Chimney inspections are another way to ensure your fireplace is safe to use. During an inspection, a certified sweep will check the accessible portions of the interior and exterior fireplace and chimney for signs of damage or deterioration. Often the problems spotted during regular inspections are still so small no performance problems have even started; dampers that have lost their air tight seal, small cracks in the masonry, or damage to the chimney cap are all examples of small problems that only a thorough chimney inspection can spot.

If any problem areas are identified during the chimney inspection, repairs can be recommended and completed as soon as possible. This gets your fireplace back to functioning sooner – and can save you on repairs and upkeep costs in the long run. Finding damage when it is still relatively minor can help prevent major deterioration – and costly repairs.

Regular maintenance can extend the life of your fireplace system, helping it burn safely and efficiently for years to come. This year, make sure your fireplace system is ready to use by having it serviced before winter arrives. To schedule your chimney sweeping or inspection, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.

By Jake Johnson on September 10th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now!

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyWith warm temperatures and long days still outside, few homeowners are using their fireplaces. However, fall is just around the corner; make sure your chimney is ready for this burning season by having it serviced and repaired now!

If your chimney needs to be repaired, now is the perfect time to have it done. Having your chimney repaired before the heavy burning season will ensure you and your family can enjoy a safe and efficient fireplace all winter long.

What causes masonry damage?

The exterior masonry of your chimney is meant to withstand the elements; however, even the best built chimneys can be damaged or deteriorate over time. The following are three common causes of masonry damage.

  • Moisture: Water is one of nature’s most damaging elements, especially to the masonry of your chimney. The freeze thaw process, during which small amounts of water absorbed by the brick expand and cause further damage, can cause masonry to crack and spall in as little as one winter. Water from rain, ice, snow, and even sprinklers can lead to damage or chimney leaks.
  • Settling: Settling happens to all homes; if your fireplace were not built on a strong foundation, settling can cause the chimney to crack and shift. Cracks in the refractory masonry of the firebox are a common symptom of settling. Chimneys that have shifted or cracked due to settling should be inspected as soon as possible to ensure they are still structurally sound.
  • Other causes of masonry damage: Even the toughest masonry can be damaged in a number of surprising ways. Painting the chimney with a non-breathable sealant can trap water inside, causing hidden masonry damage behind the paint. Likewise, attempting to power wash a dirty chimney can do more damage than good; power washing masonry can cause cracks and holes that let water in and cause further damage.

Benefits of having your masonry repaired now

Even though you aren’t currently using your chimney, now is the perfect time to have your chimney repaired. Below are three reasons to have your masonry repaired now.

  1. No breaks in use. Damaged masonry often means an unusable fireplace. While this isn’t an issue during warm weather, it can literally leave you out in the cold in the winter months. To prevent any breaks in use, have masonry repaired now so it is fixed and ready when cold weather arrives.
  2. Better appointment availability. Fall and winter are the busiest times for chimney companies as homeowners rush to have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and repaired. Avoid the rush – and get a more convenient appointment time – by having your masonry repaired now.
  3. Less chance of weather delays. Unpredictable winter weather can side track and delay masonry repairs. Likewise, some masonry repairs cannot be completed in freezing temperatures or when moisture such as snow and ice are present. Avoid this by having masonry repaired now.

If your masonry is damaged, don’t put off the repairs until fall. Now is the perfect time to have your chimney serviced and repaired. To schedule your masonry repair, chimney sweeping, or other fireplace appointment, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on August 30th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

What is a Chimney Crown?

Chimneys are not just straight columns of brick; instead, these complex structures have a number of different components that work together to help your fireplace burn and vent safely and efficiently. One of these important chimney components that is rarely acknowledged is the chimney crown.Crumbling Crown - Littleton CO - Mountain Man

What is a chimney crown?

A chimney crown sits on top of the chimney much in the same way a real crown sits on the head of a king or queen. Your chimney crown, however, has much more than just a decorative function. These large slabs are typically made of concrete and are used to protect and cover the top of the chimney structure around the flue. Chimney crowns are an important component of protecting your chimney against water entry as well as protecting the masonry of the chimney.

Because of their location, chimney crowns often bear the brunt of the elements. In order to last longer, it is important that they are built using the right materials; good chimney crowns should be made of concrete, not masonry, as the direct exposure to moisture can cause masonry chimney crowns to quickly deteriorate.

Chimney crowns should also not be completely flat. Chimney crowns built with a slight dome or slope are better than those that are completely flat as it prevents moisture from building up and sitting directly on the crown. Lastly, chimney crowns should have a lip or overhang that goes several inches beyond the chimney. Known as a kerf, these edges prevent moisture from flowing straight from the chimney crown onto the masonry of the chimney. This can help protect the chimney structure are water from rain and snow flow onto the roof instead.

Chimney crown damage and repair

Your chimney crown can be damaged even if the rest of your fireplace system is still working well; because of its location, chimney crown damage is often only spotted during chimney sweepings and inspections. Even if it seems like your fireplace is still burning well, chimney crowns should still be repaired as soon as damage is found.

Chimney crowns are particularly prone to damage and deterioration caused by the elements. Their location at the top of the chimney structure and constant exposure to moisture, direct sun, and the ups and downs
of outdoor temperatures can cause them to rapidly deteriorate if damaged.

There are several ways to repair damaged chimney crowns. If the damage is minor, such as small hairline cracks, waterproof sealant can be applied to the chimney crown. These sealants protect it against moisture and stop the deterioration of the crown while also preventing future damage from occurring. More extensive chimney crown damage may require more intensive repairs or a complete crown rebuild.

While many homeowners do not understand what it is, the chimney crown plays an important role in protecting your chimney system from damage from the elements. When built using the right materials and inspected every year, your chimney crown can last for years to come. For more information about the importance of chimney crowns or to have your chimney crown repaired, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on July 28th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment