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Types Of Chimney Repairs

Chimneys are tough structures and last for decades, which is why families love having them in their home! But that doesn’t mean they don’t need care and regular maintenance from time to time…

Despite being highly durable, sometimes repairs are simply inevitable. If you suspect there are issues with your chimney, or if you’re due for your annual inspection, give the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney a call today! We are qualified to address any issues with your chimney, and you’ll be happy you patched things up sooner, rather than later. Learn more below.

Broken Down Brickwork

Types of Chimney Repairs - Littleton, CO - Mountain ManBricks are made from some tough materials, but that doesn’t mean they can withstand anything. Weather, neglect, and years of wear and tear can take its toll on your brickwork, and sometimes tune-ups are necessary. Invest in our tuckpointing services right away! We will take care of any cracks, holes, and worn down brick, so that you can get back to enjoying your fireplace to the fullest.

Leaks & Water Damage

Leaks are another common issue in chimney systems. Heavy rains and snowfall are inevitable, and your brickwork faces the brunt of any bad weather. Tons of moisture gets soaked into the chimney, and it triggers a lot of issues such as clogs, deterioration, rust, rot, stains, and more. Along with this the freeze-thaw process will occur, which puts a lot of extra pressure on your system as a whole.

Addressing water damage as soon as possible will benefit you greatly in the long run. A weakened structure only leads to more issues down the line, and any unresolved problems will only get worse and worse. You could eventually face a settlement or collapse and, in the meantime, your chimney will not function nearly as efficiently as it could. Not to mention, using a damaged chimney puts your home and loved ones at risk, as it increases the likelihood of fires and can causes toxins to back up into your home.

Talk to us today about what we can do to resolve any issues associated with a leaky chimney. Then, ask about our waterproofing services! We have high quality products that will seal your brickwork, protecting it from bad weather while allowing it the ability to breath out necessary vapors. It’s an investment worth making – call today to learn more !

Caps, Covers, & Dampers

What would a chimney be without proper working parts? Your chimney needs to stay protected from outside elements and vent properly to enhance its overall functioning. That’s why we can repair and/or replace various parts of your chimney, as needed. Keep animals out and warm air in this winter by working with our expert team today.

There’s no time to waste… the holidays are coming quick, so set up your appointment with us now. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

By Jake Johnson on November 1st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Preventing Carbon Monoxide In Your Home

There are a lot of things to worry about as a homeowner… that’s why we are here to help you stay educated on the important topics! We want to make it easy to keep your home protected and safer to live in all year long, which is why we’d like to focus on carbon monoxide and how to avoid exposure to it. Learn more about this hazardous gas below, then review our tips for properly avoiding it.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Preventing Carbon Monoxide in Your Home - Littleton, CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyCarbon monoxide is known for it’s undetectable nature and harmful medical side effects. It has no color and no odor, which makes it nearly impossible to notice within your home. This is a major reason why this particular gas is so scary! Unfortunately, it can cause some serious illnesses to occur and could even be fatal if not addressed right away. Take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your home stays carbon monoxide free, no matter what.

How Can I Avoid It?

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your loved ones don’t become victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. First off, have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the residence. This a surefire way to know whether or not carbon monoxide has found its way into your home. Be sure to regularly test these devices and change the batteries twice a year to ensure they are always working properly.

Next, have a certified technician inspect your appliances at least once per year. This is the best way to prevent bigger issues from occurring down the line, and these professionals can let you know of any potential leaks or airflow issues that could bring about exposure to harmful toxins.

And remember… never light camp stoves, grills, or similar items inside of your home, and never use a fireplace or stove that isn’t hooked up to a proper ventilation system. Always have a professional install any new appliance in your home to ensure no potentially harmful problems occur. Also, never let your vehicle run while parked in your garage, as these fumes can lead to serious illness or death.

We Can Help You Out

Whether you need help with inspections, installations, repairs, or other regular maintenance, the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help you out. Call us today, so that we can make your home safer for years to come!

If you are aware of carbon monoxide in your home, exit the premises at once and call 911. Proper authorities can then address the issue, while you and loved ones are safely away from danger. If you suspect anyone has symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or lightheadedness, let medical personnel know right away.

By Jake Johnson on October 17th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What Causes Chimney Leaks?

If you’re noticing excess water in and throughout your chimney system, then it’s time to call in an expert (and fast)! Water damage can lead to a lot of costly and hazardous damages down the line, so the sooner you can schedule repairs, the better off you will be. Excess moisture leads to rust, rot, stains, clogs, and a whole lot more. And if things get too bad, you may face a chimney settlement or collapse. Call on us now to avoid further damage!

There are a few main reasons why you may be facing leaks… Let’s review the most likely causes, then we’ll tell you how we can help you out. When you depend on Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got your back!

No Chimney Cap

What Causes Chimney Leaks - Littleton, CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyA chimney cap is essential for keeping water out of your chimney and for keeping your brickwork, mortar, and inner lining protected. Chimney caps provide a covering for your chimney or flue, so that you won’t have to worry about water (or any other debris) entering anytime soon. Along with this, chimney caps are great for keeping animals out and they also help prevent sparks from escaping onto your roof. All in all, they are a great and affordable way to promote a healthy and strong chimney system.

No matter your chimney type, the staff at Mountain Man Chimney & Fireplace can get a chimney cap installed for you. We have various options for your unique needs and preferences. Give us a call today to learn more!

Cracks In Your Brickwork/Crown

Another common issue chimney owners will face is holes and cracking throughout the structure. Bad weather, wear and tear, and neglect are just a few of many reasons why your brickwork or crown may be crumbling. Trust in us to patch things up and get your system looking and running like new again! Whether it’s tuckpointing or crown repair, we have got you covered.

And once you’re fixed up, invest our waterproofing services to ensure your home and chimney get the protection they deserve. Leaks won’t be a problem again!

Rusted/Broken Flashing

If your crown, cap, and brickwork all look fine, the there is likely a problem with your flashing. The flashing in your chimney system is what seals the area where the roof and chimney meet. The two different materials in place expand and contract at different rates, leaving a gap for water to enter – that’s why flashing is so important! Unfortunately, it can get misaligned, rusted, or torn. Count on us to repair or replace any damage that is present. We’ve got you covered, no matter what!

Our CSIA certified staff has been serving the area for 15 years and counting. Turn to us now – you won’t regret it!

By Jake Johnson on October 4th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Ready To Light Your First Fire? Have Your Chimney Inspected First

It’s getting colder, leaves are falling, and homeowners everywhere are anxious to get their fireplaces going. We totally get it! Fireplaces add the perfect ambiance to the fall and winter months, and they make holiday parties more festive than ever. It’s no wonder so many homebuyers look for them in potential future homes!

We hope that all of our customers enjoy their fireplace to fullest throughout the months ahead and create lasting memories with loved ones at they gather around their hearth.

But before you gather that firewood, we want to remind you to invest in an inspection done by a certified professional. This is an important step in keeping your chimney strong and your family safe. Avoid any hiccups or hazardous situations this winter by giving the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney a call today!

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One major reason why inspections are necessary is to check for necessary repairs. If your system is facing cracks, holes, or other malfunctions it will leave you in a big mess this upcoming holiday season. On top of that, these damages leave the door open for gases and other toxins to escape into your home.

When it comes right down to it, putting off repairs will only lead to more damage and more expenses down the line. You’ll end up paying more in energy bills (due to a lack of efficiency and heat output) and the cost of fixing any structural damage will only increase as things get worse. Invest in us now, and let us set up you right!

What About A Cleaning?

Another reason why inspections are necessary is to determine whether or not you need a cleaning. Going without regular cleanings leads to creosote accumulation, which puts your home and family at risk for fires. Creosote is very flammable, which is why it needs to be cleared up before it can trigger lots of damage to your home and chimney.

There are many reasons why creosote may be accumulating at an increased rate, and we can help you minimize this build up. Whether your airflow is restricted, you’re not using the right type of fuel, or something else, we are certain we can resolve the issue and help you run your fireplace safer and more efficiently.

Why Call Now?

If you’re ready to take the next step and invest in better care for your appliance, we encourage you to give us a call now! Why so soon? Well, our busy fall season is starting to take off, so the earlier we get you in, the better! If your system is in need of large repairs, we’ll need to schedule further appointments and, as our books fill up, it may be harder to find a spot that’s convenient for you.

Call now, so that you’re all set when the temperatures drop!

By Jake Johnson on September 19th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Home Fireplace Options

Fireplaces are known for enhancing the aesthetic of any living space. Nothing quite beats a quiet evening cozied up in front of a warm fire, especially once outdoor temperatures drop. And they always set the perfect mood for any holiday gathering. Not to mention, homes with fireplaces tend to be greatly desired by potential future buyers. Many say they would be willing to pay more money for a home with a fireplace installed!

If you’re looking to add or upgrade a fireplace, the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney can help you out! But first, you need to know what type of fireplace you want to purchase. Let’s review the more common options below.

Wood-Burning Fireplaces Home Fireplace Options Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Chimney

Wood-burning options are an obvious choice and are what most people think of when they hear the word fireplace. These types of are fueled with actual wood logs that you need to light up your yourself. Learning how to build a fire takes some practice, but nothing quite beats the atmosphere offered by this more traditional fireplace style.

The downside of wood-burning options are that they take some work. Between hauling fuel, lighting fires, scooping out ash, and maintaining the fire while it’s lit, you’ll definitely have your hands full! Many enjoy this extra work, but if you have a busy lifestyle wood-fueled options may not be the best fit for you.

Gas-Fueled Fireplaces

For those who are constantly on-the-go, gas-fueled fireplaces are great. All is takes is a flip of a switch and you’ve got yourself a fire! When you’re ready to leave or go to bed, just flip the switch again, and you are good to go. It’s easy and still offers the unbeatable appeal that fireplaces add to any home or living space.

To top it all off, there’s no clean-up involved. Just invest in your annual inspection every year, and your system will stand strong for years to come. You couldn’t ask for anything easier!

Factory Built or Masonry?

You’ll also have to decide if you want your system built into your home (masonry) or factory built. Masonry options are sturdy, durable, and are known for looking great in a home. That being said it’s a process that takes time and will end up costing you a lot more than the factory built options.

Factory built fireplaces are lighter in weight and much more cost effective. Since they are built without a footing needed, they can be installed in more places throughout your house than masonry options. Many prefer this type due to their flexibility, inexpensive cost, and faster installation time. Both are great choices, so discuss your needs with our technicians, and we’ll find the best option for you!

For more information, give us call. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we are here for you!

By Jake Johnson on September 1st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Make The Right Choice – Hire Certified Chimney Technicians

Are you ready to schedule your regular chimney maintenance? Whether you need repairs, a good cleaning, or just a standard inspection, it’s important to hire a company you can trust. Unfortunately, scams are all too common in this industry. We strongly advise you to hire a company that has a solid reputation, with certifications to back up any of the services they offer.

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we are CSIA, NFI, and FIRE certified! On top of that, we have 15 years of experience serving satisfied customers all throughout this area. Learn more about these organizations below. Questions? Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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The CSIA is widely acknowledged across the country and holds the standard for chimney care. This non-profit organization strives to educate sweeps and homeowners on a national basis, and they have successfully increased fireplace safety awareness since their establishment in 1983. If a chimney company is striving to be the best, you can bet that they are CSIA trained and certified!

The great part about the CSIA is that they require their sweeps to renew their certifications every few years. In an industry where new techniques and regulations are constantly introduced, renewing your education on a regular basis is extremely important! When you hire a CSIA certified sweep, you can rest easy that they know what they’re doing no matter what.

NFI

The NFI is another organization that strives to increase the safety of homeowners all throughout the nation. Like the CSIA, sweeps are educated on the safest techniques and practices to use, and they must renew their credentials every three years. They provide extensive knowledge so that sweeps everywhere can provide the best service possible. When you hire a NFI certified sweep, you are in good hands!

FIRE

When it comes to delivering a top-notch inspection, you can count on the FIRE to provide you with the knowledge and detail you’re looking for. This organization also focuses on installation services, as well as investigating the root of any potential issue a homeowner’s fireplace may be experiencing. The schooling they provide is specifically designed and developed to make sweeps the best that they can be when providing your regular chimney maintenance.

We’ve Got Them All!

As we stated before, Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney staffs sweeps that are trained and certified in not one, but all three of these highly esteemed organizations. When it comes to being as dedicated as possible, you can tell that we don’t skimp! Turn to us and get the high-quality care you deserve – we’re waiting for your call!

For more information on our long list of services, please browse our website today. We are certain that we can provide you with everything you’re looking for!

By Jake Johnson on August 17th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Keep Your Home Safe With A Dryer Vent Cleaning

As a homeowner, finding ways to keep your home as safe as possible is always a priority. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we are happy to help you out with that! We push ourselves to obtain and maintain the best certifications in the industry so that we can provide you with high-quality services all year round.

If you’ve invested in any of our fireplace or chimney inspections, repairs, sweepings, or more, you know how dedicated we are to doing our job right. And we are proud to offer dryer vent cleaning services, too! Like chimneys, dryer vents need regular inspections and cleanings in order to run more efficiently and remain safer for everyday use. Learn more now!

Avoiding Harmful ToxinsKeep Your Home Safer With A Dryer Vent Cleaning Images - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Chimney

One way that clogged dryer vents can cause trouble is by exposing your family to harmful toxins and fumes. The heated air from your dryer needs to escape through a series of vents and into the outdoors. Yet, if their pathway is blocked, where will they go? That’s right – back into your home! This could lead to some pretty intense illness for your loved ones, especially if the gases aren’t detected right away. Avoid any risk by calling us in today.

Reducing Risk Of Fire

Another purpose dryer vent cleaning serves is reducing your risk of house fires. Most people don’t think of their dryer being a source of flames, but these appliances actually cause thousands of fires every single year! And what is the leading reason they ignite? Clogged dryer vents. Things can easily overheat, sparks can trigger, and once the flammable lint and debris catch fire, it won’t be easy to stop the flames.

There’s no reason to stress over something that can be easily prevented. Learn more from us by stopping by or giving us a call – you won’t regret it.

Increasing Overall Efficiency

Increased safety isn’t the only thing clean dryer vents have to offer. Investing in this service once per year will also increase the efficiency of your appliance. If your clothes take forever to dry, the problem is likely not with the dryer itself. Chances are, all you need is a good dryer vent cleaning! Clear out that built-up dirt and lint, and you’ll be amazed at how much better your unit runs.

What Have You Got To Lose?

When it comes to dryer vent cleaning, you’ve got nothing to lose. There are only benefits to gain when you call us in for this top-of-the-line service! We can also install dryer vents, making us your one-stop shop for it all! Learn more by visiting us online or give us a call during our regular business hours and one of our staff members will be happy to help you out.

We can’t wait to talk to you soon!

By Jake Johnson on August 3rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What We Look For In A Chimney Inspection

The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) is a nationally recognized non-profit that has been training and certifying chimney sweeps for years. Chimney companies all across the country know that holding these certifications gives them a step up in chimney knowledge. And at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney we take pride in maintaining these certifications year after year!

The CSIA strongly recommends scheduling at least one chimney inspection per year. This not only ensures your chimney stays healthy… it also keeps your home and family safer. Give us a call today, and know your fireplace is clean and in great condition with every season that passes you by!

The Inspection Process What We Look For In A Chimney Inspection Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace

First things first, we’ll find out what exactly you need based on your unique situation. When it comes to fireplaces, everyone is different! Some are newer, while some have been in a home for decades. Some have been completely restored, while others have a more traditional look and feel. Whatever the case is, we need to know what type of inspection you’re going to need.

Once we have that figured out, we will proceed with either a level 1, level 2, or level 3 inspection. A level 1 inspection is pretty basic. If your system is well-maintained and no serious changes or issues have occurred recently, then this type of inspection is likely all you’ll need. We’ll make sure everything is still running smoothly and that no new issues have popped up over the course of the last year.

If your chimney or fireplace has seen some renovation, a level 2 inspection will be the best option for you. This inspection is a little more in-depth and will ensure that everything is still functioning normally, despite any changes that have occurred. Also, if you are buying or selling a home, a level 2 inspection will be in order before any final decisions are made.

Lastly, there are level 3 inspections. These are far less common and are typically only required in more extreme circumstances. If special tools are required or certain parts of the chimney need to be removed, then we’ll opt for a level 3 inspection.

We Can Do It All!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we can perform all three levels of inspections, so you know that you are covered, no matter what. We take pride in what we do, and we really strive to do it all for our customer base.

If you are due for a chimney inspection, there is no time to lose! With our busy fall and winter season soon approaching, you’ll want to get something scheduled as soon as you can. Give us a call anytime to get on the books!

By Jake Johnson on July 20th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why Summer Is Ideal For Chimney Services

Have you considered scheduling your chimney repairs, cleanings, etc. now instead of waiting until fall? We think that you should! Many homeowners put chimney care out of their minds until things cool down again, and this doesn’t always end up working in their favor. We are here to encourage you to give us a call right away, and get this maintenance done sooner rather than later.

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One of the biggest benefits to summertime chimney service is the peace of mind you gain knowing everything is good to go when temperatures drop. This is something you can easily cross off of your to-do list early, so that you have less to think about during fall and winter. With kids back in school and the holidays fast approaching, it’s best to get as much done as you can now.

But homeowners aren’t the only busy ones… we get really swamped, too! Fall is our busiest season as everyone rushes to get their inspections and cleanings in before it gets too cold outside. By putting off these services, you add unnecessary stress to an already busy schedule, and you may struggle to find a time that works.

Getting Repairs Done

Another reason to schedule services now is so that we can inspect everything and get any repairs done in a timely manner. We struggle more and more to get repairs done in the fall and winter because our books are already so full. We do our best to get everyone in, but it may not happen as soon as you’d like. Schedule now, so we are sure to get you set up right for the cold months ahead!

Not only will we be able to get these repairs done more quickly, but they will be done in an ideal temperature range for the products we use. Sometimes, working in colder weather means the job simply cannot be done because lots of materials need the opportunity to cure. Let us get the job done now so that you get the lasting results you deserve.

Working On Your Time

When hiring service workers, there are always times of day that are more ideal for the customer. We love being able to come at the time that works best for you! That’s why summer services are always a better option. Putting it off will likely force you to maneuver around already scheduled appointments, thus inconveniencing your entire afternoon.

Help Us Stay Safe

To top it all off, summertime repairs are better because our crew can work in ideal conditions. Trying to get a job done on a slippery and icy roof can often lead to injury, and we want to keep our employees as healthy as possible, so that we can best serve you! Help us out by getting these tough jobs done now.

Call Us Anytime!

You can give us a call anytime during our regular business hours to set up an appointment, or feel free to fill out our online form, and we will get back to you soon! Thanks for choosing us!

By Jake Johnson on July 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Issues With Damaged Chimney Flashing

Flashing is a vital part of your chimney’s construction. It protects the area where your roof and chimney meet, so that no water enters your home and causes damage. Your ceiling, walls, and more could be left vulnerable if flashing isn’t installed or if it is need of repair. Luckily, the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is trained and certified to help you out!

How Does Flashing Work?Issues With Damaged Chimney Flashing - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney Inc

First of all, let’s review how flashing works. The area where your roof and chimney meet needs extra protection due to the different materials that are present. The roofing materials and your brickwork expand and contract at different rates, thus creating small openings for water to enter.

Flashing works by sealing this area, while allowing these parts the flexibility they need. It’s typically made from a strong, metal material, and it will be custom fitted to your unique set-up. Then, caulking will be applied to ensure added protection and durability.

Typical Forms Of Damage

There are a few ways your flashing can be damaged. The first is corrosion. As time passes, you may eventually notice rust, holes, and similar types of wear and tear throughout your flashing. This is obviously not a good sign, and it should be addressed as soon as possible. When issues like this occur, water can enter fast, and your home will be left vulnerable. Give us a call and we get your system back to normal in no time!

Another problem comes in the form of loose parts. Bad weather and strong winds can sometimes cause parts of your flashing to detach, leaving you with open pathways for water to enter. Let us take a look at the problem, and we’ll see what we can do to repair any damage.

Bending is also a problem at times. If your flashing comes into contact with heavy items, the metal may bend, which will eventually lead to even more damage down the line. If water gets into the bent area, it will simply sit there until rust and corrosion occur. Also, the flashing itself will be weaker in the bent spot and cracks will eventually form in the affected areas.

What Can We Do?

We will do our best to repair your flashing so it looks and functions as good as new. If repairs cannot be completed, that’s no problem. We can install new flashing so that your home stays protected for years to come! We can also work with you to find the best fit and materials for your home and budget. No matter what, your home will be safer after the job is done!

Learn more by giving us a call. We can answer any questions you may have, then set you up with an appointment. Gain the peace of mind you deserve and get this maintenance done now, so you can rest easy. We looking forward to helping you out soon!

By Jake Johnson on June 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment