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We’ll Help You Fight Against Chimney Leaks

If you’ve noticed excess water in and throughout your fireplace, a rusted damper or flashing, or crumbling brickwork, then you are experiencing a leaky chimney. Leaks in your chimney need to be addressed immediately, as it can lead to bigger issues like clogs, mold accumulation, deterioration, and more. It’s vital to get your leaks repaired by a team of certified experts though, and our crew is here to help!

However, once your chimney is repaired and back in shape, it’s important to invest in preventative maintenance to ensure it won’t suffer leaks down the line. We have the tools and expertise to ensure you chimney is leak free from the beginning, let our team help!

Waterproofing

a lovely chimney capOne chimney service we strongly urge our customers to invest in is waterproofing. Unfortunately, your masonry is extremely absorbent. If your brickwork starts to crumble, your entire chimney structure is compromised, so it’s vital to keep your masonry protected. Waterproofing stops water from getting in, while also allowing your chimney to vent out fumes and moisture. Let our professionals help waterproof your chimney today!

Chimney Caps

Chimney caps are another necessity  to keep your chimney and fireplace in good shape. These devices keep water out of your flue, along with excess debris and animals. They work to ensure your system avoid all kinds of damage during your burning season. They are also known for stopping sparks from landing on your roof and blocking downdrafts. Overall, they are an affordable and worthwhile investment that make a huge impact on the health of your system.

Crown Repair

Your chimney crown works to send water out and away from your masonry. It sits on the top of your chimney, and its slanting structure and overhang ensure your brickwork gets as little water exposure as possible. Unfortunately, not all crowns are constructed properly and many show wear and tear earlier than the homeowner anticipated. We can restore or rebuild your crown, then seal it with a waterproofing agent to give it long lasting protection year after year!

Flashing Installation

One area of your home that is especially vulnerable to water damage is the place where the roof and the chimney meet – the flashing. Why is this spot so prone to leaks? Since your roof and chimney are made of different materials, they expand and contract at different rates, leaving openings where water can enter. Flashing consists of pieces of metal that seals this area, and it works to stop excess moisture in its tracks. We install and repair them!

Leaky chimney repair is not something you should put off. Call our team right away if you suffer from any of the above chimney damages. We’ve got the tools and training to help restore your chimney and fireplace!

By Jake Johnson on January 9th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Is There A Draft Coming From Your Fireplace?

If you’re noticing cold drafts swooping through your fireplace, you likely want to get the issue resolved in a hurry. Not only is this problem unpleasant and uncomfortable, it puts a strain on your energy bill too. Fireplaces are meant to provide a more affordable heating source for your home, but this doesn’t work so well if downdrafts are cooling down your home.

Fortunately for homeowners in and throughout Littleton and its surrounding areas, Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney has solutions for you. Learn more below, then give us a call for the fast, effective results you deserve.

Do You Need A New Damper?Is-There-A-Draft-Coming-From-Your-Fireplace

An effective way to stop downdrafts is to update your damper. Most fireplaces are equipped with throat dampers that have worked well in the past, but now it grows faulty over the years. They provide a metal-on-metal seal and, if too much rust or corrosion occurs within the chimney, it may not be keeping your cold air out effectively. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we recommend our customers to switch to a top-sealing damper instead.

Because dampers are essential for controlling draft and airflow, having one that does the job is vital to blocking downdrafts and saving money this winter. A top-sealing damper is installed at the top of your flue, which ensures no cold air enters your chimney. They also have a rubber gasket, which guarantees a tight seal. With a top sealing damper, you’re sure to save money!

Have You Considered A Fireplace Door?

Having a fireplace door installed is another way to stop cold air from entering your home, and they also provide other great benefits. Along with keeping cold air out and warm air in, they stop stray sparks from jumping into your living room to hurt family members or ruin rugs and furniture. They even look great, too! It’s easy to find a door to match your style and decor, which ensures you get that high-quality look this holiday season. Need some installation help? We can help with that too!

Is A New Fireplace The Way To Go?

Sometimes, investing in a new fireplace or upgrading to an insert is a great if you want more heat and save energy. For example, putting a gas insert into a wood-burning fireplace eliminate major issues with draft. Inserts are known for high heat output and comfort.

However, you must have your unit installed by a team of certified experts, and our team from Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help! We have the tools and guarantee a safer and more comfortable season year after year. Ready to get started? We are, too! Don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 303-679-1601.

By Jake Johnson on December 28th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Give Your Home A Gift This Holiday Season

Looking to make a solid investment for your home this holiday season? You should consider adding a stove, fireplace, or insert installed with the help from the experts from Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney! Your home has provided you and your loved ones with countless memories over the years, and a fireplace offers even more opportunities for good times.

People are drawn to a cozy hearth, and it provides the perfect spot for playing games, reading books, reminiscing about years past. The holidays are almost here, so now is the time to give us a call. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we are here to help you find the perfect unit, whether it’s a fireplace, stove, or insert, to make this holiday even merrier!

Upping The Value Of Your Home

fireplace insert A fireplace brings warmth, comfort, and peace to a household, so it’s no surprise that many home buyers have it on their wish list. It’s been proven that people are more likely to buy a home with a fireplace already installed. After all, a comfortable hearth is often considered a big factor in turning a house into a home!

Investing in a new hearth can only offer benefits for your home. You get to enjoy countless evenings indoors warm and relax in front of your cozy unit. You deserve it, and so does your home! Call us today, and we’ll help you set things up.

Heating Your Space More Efficiently

A big draw of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves is the ability for homeowners to save money on heating bills. These units provide a great alternative source for heat, and some designs are especially known for high heat output. A gas insert, for example, does wonders for keeping your space toasty, all without an increase in your heating bill.

An Aesthetic You Simply Can’t Beat

You simply cannot beat the feel and ambiance of a fireplace. If you’re looking to bring your loved ones together this holiday season, then a fireplace, stove, or insert is your answer. Your friends and family won’t be able to resist gathering around it.

If you’ve made the decision to invest in a new unit, count on our team to help! We install, repair, clean, and maintain heating appliances, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We’re certified with the CSIA, the NFI, and the FIRE, so you can rest easy knowing you’re in great hands. Our professionals have years of experiences and knowledge, so you know your family can enjoy extra heat without the threat of house fires or gas leaks. We’re just a call away, so give our team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney a call today!

By Jake Johnson on December 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Which Level Of Inspection Does Your Chimney Need?

With cooler temperatures upon us, you’ll likely be hosting a gathering or two with loved ones. If you’re gearing up for a busy couple of winter months, then it’s time to ensure your fireplace and chimney are ready. Whether you’re spending the evening with friends and family, or you just want to cozy up alone with a crackling fire. The team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help with all of your fireplace needs!

An investment you’ll definitely want to make is a chimney inspection. Our qualified and experienced team is CSIA certified, and we can perform all three levels of inspections. Not sure what level you need? Learn more about what each level offers below, and give us a call today!

One, Two, Or Three?Level Of Chimney Inspection

So, what does each level of inspection entail? Well, the first is the most simple. A lot of fireplace owners do a great job investing in regular care for their system, and this maintenance tends to pay off when the time comes for an annual inspection. In a level one inspection, we’ll examine all readily accessible parts of your fireplace and chimney, checking for signs of damage and build-up along the way.

If you haven’t made any major changes in construction or fuel type in the past year, and if you’ve regularly received care from a certified chimney professional, then you should be good to go with a level one inspection this fall.

A level two inspection includes all the steps of a level one inspection, but we’ll also include a video analysis. With the use of modern equipment, we’re able to snake a camera up your flue. This gives us a thorough, accurate, and in-depth look at the inside of your system. Level two inspections are done when there’s been a big change to the appliance or if there’s been extensive damage due to storms or bad weather. They are also required in the transfer of property such as when you are buying a selling your home.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection. These aren’t needed as regularly and are only done when parts of your fireplace need to be removed in order to find the source of an issue. We do our best to avoid this level of inspections, as it takes extreme measures, but sometimes it’s the only option, if we find that your system is life threatening to your home and family.

Inspections Lead To Safer Fireplace Use

Many people wonder if inspections are really necessary every year. We are here to reassure you that it’s well worth the money and time. By avoiding a yearly inspection, it can lead to big damages that require a lot of extensive repair work and lots of time and money. They also ensure your system is not clogged or other issues. This helps to lower your risk of chimney fires, house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and more hazards. Contact our crew today – we guarantee fast, efficient results!

By Jake Johnson on November 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

We Can Diagnose & Troubleshoot Your Chimney

Chimney issues are no fun to deal with, especially this time of year when things are finally starting to cool down. Ensure you’re prepared for the snowy days ahead by calling us in to diagnose and troubleshoot any problems throughout your fireplace and chimney. We’ll find out what’s going wrong, then fix it up in a hurry, so you can get back to enjoying countless cozy evenings indoors throughout this holiday season.

What To Expect From Our ExpertsWe Diagnose & Troubleshoot Chimneys in the mountains!

So, what can you expect when you hire our CSIA, FIRE, and NFI certified team for your chimney concerns? Well, you can rest easier knowing it’ll be a simpler and less stressful experience all around! Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney has been trusted throughout the area since it’s start back in 1998, and people continue to turn to us 20 years later because we never fail to bring the best services and products around.

When we leave a job, we ensure that our customers are well-informed and up-to-date on any changes made, so that they can feel more confident and safe when operating their fireplace system. We’re all about guaranteeing added protection and a more comfortable atmosphere all around. We’re honest, affordable, and we go above and beyond on every job. There’s simply no better team to trust!

Keep Your System Safer This Winter

Ignoring problems with your fireplace or chimney should never be an option. In fact, doing so could lead to some serious risks! Any number of things could be occurring, such as cracks in the brickwork, creosote build-up, or crumbling mortar… and that’s just a few of many. All of these things can trigger house fires, gas leaks, smoke back-up, carbon monoxide exposure, and more. It’s not worth taking any chances!

Creosote, for example, is highly flammable, and too much of it could trigger a chimney fire. This, then, causes all kinds of damages to occur that make your system unsafe for regular use. Often times, homeowners won’t even realize they have had a chimney fire, meaning they’ll use their fireplace without knowing the risks involved. That’s why hiring us to troubleshoot any issues is so important!

Carbon monoxide is another thing you need to be wary of. If your system is left with holes and other openings through which carbon monoxide or other dangerous fumes can escape, your friends and family could face some serious, life-threatening medical issues. Regular check-ups are a key component in avoiding carbon monoxide exposure. We also advise all of our customers to invest in carbon monoxide detectors, so that any presence of this colorless, odorless gas can be revealed right away.

These, plus other risks, emphasize the importance of investing in quality care from a professional chimney sweeping team. If you’re ready to get your fireplace up and running, then don’t wait any longer to give us a call. We’d love to help you out!

By Jake Johnson on November 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Benefits Of Owning A Fireplace Door

Have you been considering whether or not a fireplace door would be a good investment for your home? Well, the team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney are here to assure you that this is one purchase you won’t regret making! That being said, it’s important to ensure you get a product that will stand the test of time. Our team has everything you need to get the job done right, and you can trust in our CSIA certified experts to get everything installed correctly. Call today for more information!Fireplace doors keep your home and family safe

Higher Efficiency & Lower Bills

A big benefit of owning a fireplace door is the increased efficiency you’ll experience. It helps the heat from your fire radiate back into your home, allowing your loved ones to feel more warmth. If you plan on using your fireplace as a way to heat your home throughout the cold winter months that are fast approaching, then fireplace doors are a smart investment to make!

More heat in your home is one way to lower your bills during the colder months, but glass doors also help by ensuring air doesn’t escape out your chimney when it’s not in use. If your fireplace isn’t running and you’ve got your heater going strong, the last thing you want to is to lose heat up your flue. Doors block everything in so you stay cozier and your bills stay lower.

This also helps out when you have the air conditioning running in the summertime! This is a year-round benefit, and it’s one we’re certain you’ll be happy you made. You’re family members are sure to appreciate it, too!

Stopping Stray Sparks

When cold winds are blowing and snow is falling, sitting in front of the fireplace is the best way to spend the day. Unfortunately, sparks and embers can fly out from time to time making this a dangerous spot to be! If you have pets or young children at home, this can be especially worrisome. Along with this, stray sparks can easily land on your carpet or furniture, causing damage and potentially triggering fires.

Avoid any risks and keep your loved ones safer by getting a door installed right away. Anything coming out of your fireplace will be stopped in its tracks, lowering the risk of injury or damage significantly.

Add More Beauty To Your Home Today!

Feel that your hearth is missing a little something special? Fireplace doors may be just what you need to complete the look and enhance your aesthetic. We offer a wide variety of size and style options, from complex to simple, and we’re certain you’ll find something that matches your style. Choose the material, the finish, and more! You’re sure to get exactly what you’re looking for when you work with our expert team.

Ready to get started? We are, too! Fall weather is here, and it won’t be long before the holidays arrive in full swing. Ensure you’re all set and ready to go by counting on Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney from the very start. Call today to set up your appointment!

By Jake Johnson on October 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What Type Of Firepit Is Right For Your Patio?

Fall is finally here and with it is some beautiful weather, perfect for spending evenings outdoors with friends, family, and neighbors. If you’re looking to throw some get-togethers in the near future and would like to create the perfect ambiance for your yard space, why not invest in a firepit? We guarantee it will add just the right touch, allowing you to spend countless evenings enjoying some time outside before the harsh winds of winter come along.Firepits make for a cozy patio setting

Firepits add warmth and extra light to any evening, and as the days get shorter and cooler, we’re certain this is one investment you’ll be glad you made. Along with this, they come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your space, no matter what.

If you’re ready to amp up your backyard game by adding a firepit, call on our team today. We’ll be happy to discuss options and set up an appointment! Then, start thinking about what exactly you’d like to gain from your firepit. Here are some things to consider.

What Fuel Type Is Best?

There are two main options when it comes to what fuel type you’d like for your firepit – gas or wood. Wood-burning units offer an ambiance that many feel cannot be beaten. The smells and sounds associated with this type of crackling flame is hard to replicate, so we get why this is so appealing to homeowners in our service area.

That being said, wood-burning units always require a bit more work (think, hauling and storing wood), and there are also typically more restrictions on them throughout the summer months. If you want an option you can use all year long, then gas is likely the better way to go. Gas options are also a lot more convenient, featuring easy-to-use functions that help you better control your fire.

If you do decide that gas is the option for you, then you’ll also want to consider whether you’d prefer propane or natural gas. Figure out which would work best, based on your unique needs and preferences, and let us know. We’re happy to accommodate!

What’s Your Style?

Once you’ve decided on your fuel type, it’s time to think about your style options. Our showroom features many choices that you can view to help you narrow things down, or you can customize your firepit to match your current outdoor set-up. From shape to height to materials, there are certainly lots of things to consider! Feel free to stop on by or simply give us a call to learn more. We’re eager to get started.

Other Maintenance Needs

Fall is the start of most people’s burning season, so if you’re already eager to bring things indoors, then be sure to have us inspect your fireplace and chimney as soon as possible. Inspections ensure everything is running well and functioning safer, so you can enjoy your fireplace with peace of mind throughout the holiday season.

Get it touch with our CSIA, NFI, and FIRE certified crew right away, so we can set you up right.

By Jake Johnson on October 15th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Evaporative Cooler Winterization

An evaporative cooler is a system that uses evaporated water to cool down the air around you, lowering your need for regular air conditioning. It also allows more moisture into the air which can be a real benefit in dryer climates. All in all, it’s a very effective and cost-efficient cooling process that many homeowners are taking advantage of. That being said, your evaporative cooler needs maintenance and regular care to operate efficiently with every season.Evaporative Cooler Winterization - Littleton CO - Mountian Man Fireplace

Now, come wintertime, there’s little need for an evaporative cooler (or any type of air conditioning system), especially here in Colorado. Since it won’t be put to use, it’s important to ensure it’s protected from the elements and properly winterized, so that you start it up again easily when temperatures rise in the spring and summer.

Well, here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re now trained and qualified to help you out with this! Learn more about the process below, then contact us with any questions. Cold winds and snowfall will be here before we know it, so now is the time to call.

Why Winterization Is Important

So, how necessary is this service? Winterization is something that will keep your cooler lasting longer and working more efficiently year after year, making it well worth the investment. One reason it’s important is so that the water lines don’t get frozen. This could lead to struggles come summer, and the last thing we want to see is a homeowner with an evaporative cooler that doesn’t work on those first warm days.

This process will also keep the unit from rusting, and it allows our professionals the chance to clean out the interior of the system, as well, guaranteeing fewer problems when the seasons change. All in all, it prolongs the life on the appliance significantly and makes the transition to hot weather a lot easier. It’s a smart investment to make and will leave you lower energy bills this summer. Make the right choice and count on us!

Why Trusting A Professional Is Key

If you’ve already started winterizing your home for the cold months ahead, you may be asking yourself is evaporative cooler winterization is something you could handle yourself. This is not something we recommend, even for the most knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer. This process includes turning off the water, removing certain parts of the appliance, disconnecting various electrical components, properly covering the cooler, and a whole lot more.

One slip-up could lead to bigger issues down the line and, come summertime, you may find yourself with a unit that doesn’t work. This is obviously less than ideal and will only lead to more bills and stressful repair work. It’s always better to invest in affordable care earlier on than expensive and avoidable repairs down the line. Talk with our team to today, and we’ll get an appointment for you on the books. Thanks for depending on Mountain Man Chimney for it all!

By Jake Johnson on September 28th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Fall Chimney Maintenance & Sweepings

The leaves are starting to fall, temperatures will cool down soon here, and before we know it many of us will be engaging in apple picking, pumpkin carving, and all types of fun fall activities. Here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re gearing up for fall weather too by helping homeowners all throughout our service area prepare their chimneys for the holidays that are fast approaching.

Investing In Your Annual InspectionFall chimney maintenance

First things first, you’ll need to have an inspection done. The CSIA recommends investing in at least one inspection per year, as this will minimize the risk of further damage or troublesome issues that could put your home and family at risk. This is an easy step to take – all you have to do is call us and schedule an appointment!

Once we check things over, we can let you know of any further work you may need to have completed. We’re CSIA certified and qualified to perform level 1, 2, or 3 inspections so, no matter what state your chimney is in, we can set you up right. When you work with us, you get nothing less than the best!

Do You Need A Sweeping Or Repairs?

Should our inspection reveal further issues that need addressing, our team is more than ready to handle it all. Many times there are cracks, holes, and other forms of deterioration that need to be properly addressed before homeowners can safely light their first fire of the year. In these cases, we will utilize our best tools and materials, ensuring a job well done, so you can feel confident moving forward with your burning season.

Other times, we take note of excess creosote within a chimney system. Creosote can be very harmful when it accumulates and, no matter the texture or amount, it should be addressed promptly before any further issues arise. Creosote is known for being very flammable, so your chances of experiencing a chimney fire increase significantly when a lot of it is present.

In these cases, a thorough sweeping will be necessary. Our team stays up-to-date and trained on all of the latest technologies and techniques in this industry, so you can rest easier knowing we’ve got you covered from top to bottom.

There’s No Time To Waste

Fall weather is upon us, so don’t put it off any longer – give us a call today! As you can imagine, we get really busy this time of year, as many homeowners get eager to put their fireplace to use. We want to ensure we can fit you in during a time that works well for you and that we can address any extra maintenance in a timely manner, so you’re not forced to put off that first fire of fall.

Please give us a call, and we’ll get you set up right in no time!

By Jake Johnson on September 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Cap Installation & Accessories

Looking for an inexpensive way to solve countless chimney woes? Talk to our experts today about a new chimney cap! At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, there’s nothing we take more seriously than keeping your home and chimney as safe as possible, and a chimney cap offers countless protection. Why wait? Give our sweeps a call now, and we’ll come and install a chimney cap in no time!

Importance Of Chimney Caps

Chimney Cap Installation & Accessories - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyChimney caps serve many purposes for your fireplace and chimney. They’re mostly known for keeping water out of your flue, ensuring your masonry stay safe and last for the long haul. Protecting your chimney from water damage is one of the most important things, and a chimney is one of the best way to protect against water.

Chimney caps also protect against animal invasion. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other woodland critters love to hunker down in your warm chimney and build nests. This is obviously a big issue, especially if and when you go light a fire. A chimney cap keeps these animals out, guaranteeing a safer situation for you and the creatures.

Worried about sparks flying out onto your flammable roofing materials? Chimney caps can stop any stray sparks or embers trying to fly out of your chimney. Chimney caps are also great for blocking downdrafts. They keep out excessive debris, which lower your risk of clogs and buildup significantly. Call us today for more information!

Need Something Extras?

If you’re looking to enhance your chimney cap even more, talk to our team about purchasing some chimney cap accessories. We have various tools and equipment that can further inhibit downdrafts, animal entry, and more. We’re certain we have everything necessary for personalizing your cap to your needs and preferences.

Always Trust The Professionals

There’s no doubt that when it comes to keeping your chimney in tip-top shape by trusting a professional and certified crew. This ensures everything with your fireplace is as safe and efficient as possible. Fall is coming up fast, so now is the time to get all of your chimney and fireplace maintenance done. We’ll get your fireplace ready for the burning season ahead. Call our pros now at 303-679-1601. 

By Jake Johnson on August 31st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment