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Consider Installing A Top Sealing Damper

Your chimney’s components each have a unique role in keeping the fireplace burning safely and efficiently. However, many chimney and fireplace components have changed little in the last century. One advancement in the industry that is improving efficiency and changing chimneys is the top sealing damper.

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Traditional dampers, also known as throat dampers, sit at the top of the firebox and separate the firebox from the rest of the chimney structure. The chimney is then open to outside air while the top of the flue is protected from the elements by a chimney cap.

Top sealing dampers are installed on top of the chimney. This seals the entire flue off from outside air and the elements. The damper is still opened and closed using a lever or pulley when the fireplace is in use. Top sealing dampers have grown in popularity because of their functionality, safety, and ability to improve efficiency.

Do I still need a chimney cap if I have a top sealing damper?

If you decide to install a top sealing damper, your chimney will no longer need a chimney cap. Because of the location of the top sealing damper, it acts in the same was as a chimney cap when it is closed, keeping moisture, debris, and animals out of the chimney by forming an airtight seal around the top of the flue.

The top sealing damper can be easily opened before a fire is started in the firebox; when the damper is open, the solid top protects against downdrafts and moisture getting into the chimney. Likewise, as a top sealing damper is only opened when the fireplace is in use the smoke, gas, and heat coming up the chimney act as a natural deterrent against animal entry.

How can my top sealing damper be more efficient?

Although they have similar functions not all dampers are created equal. Top sealing dampers differ from traditional throat dampers in that they can save you money on your heating and cooling bills; while they may not make your fireplace itself more efficient, they can prevent outside air from affecting the temperature inside your home.

While throat dampers seal off the firebox, the flue is left open to outside air; this means that the air inside the chimney is subject to the same temperature changes as the outside air. The fluctuating air temperature inside the chimney can affect the temperature in surrounding rooms. This causes the HVAC system to work harder and run longer to keep your home at a constant temperature.

Top sealing dampers can help minimize fluctuations in temperature inside your home; this means that your HVAC system can run less – and save you money on heating and cooling bills. Because the entire flue is sealed off from outside air, the air inside the chimney is less prone to temperature fluctuations. Likewise, keeping air inside the chimney at a constant temperature may make lighting fires easier.

Top sealing dampers are effective, easy to use, and can even save you money on your energy bill each month. For more information on top sealing dampers, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on July 13th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What Causes Chimneys to Leak?

Chimneys are designed and built to withstand constant exposure to the elements. However, even the best built chimneys can be damaged or deteriorate over time. Chimney damage often leads to chimney leaks; with so many different components, it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of a chimney leak.What Causes Chimneys to Leak

Causes of chimney leaks

Diagnosing the cause of a leaky chimney can be difficult; because of this, we recommend having a chimney inspection done by a certified professional to identify the cause of the lea. Finding and repairing the source of the chimney leak first can prevent additional water from getting in after chimney repairs are made. The following are four of the most common causes of leaky chimneys.

– Chimney cap: The metal top and mesh sides of the chimney cap keep moisture, animals, and debris out of the chimney. However, if the chimney cap is improperly fitted, incorrectly installed, or damaged, water can easily flow into the top of the flue and down into the rest of the fireplace system.
– Chimney crown: The stone or masonry of the chimney crown is the slab that surrounds the flue and covers the top of the chimney structure. Because of their location, chimney crowns often bear the brunt of the chimney’s exposure to the elements; this can cause them to deteriorate faster than other chimney components. When this occurs, water can seem into cracks or holes in the chimney crown.
– Flashing: Chimney flashing creates a watertight seal on the joint between the roof and the chimney. Flashing can lose its seal due to overexposure to the elements, damage from storms, changes to the surrounding roofing materials, or improper installation. Leaks caused by flashing are often misidentified as roof leaks because the water appears on ceilings and walls instead of inside the chimney.
– Masonry: Water from rain, ice, snow, and even sprinklers can cause masonry to deteriorate over time. Damaged masonry can chip, crack, and spall because of overexposure to moisture. Not only does this let water into the chimney, but it can also affect the structural stability of the chimney structure.

How to prevent chimney leaks

While it is impossible to keep your chimney away from water, it is possible to help prevent chimney leaks. One of the easiest – and most important – ways to prevent a chimney leak is by having regular sweepings and inspections. This annual maintenance allows minor chimney problems to be identified and repaired long before they create serious damage.

In addition to regular annual maintenance, masonry can also be waterproofed in order to prevent water damage. During the waterproofing process a specially designed water repellant is applied to the masonry; this allows the bricks and mortar to retain their semi-porous nature without letting water be absorbed by the masonry. Waterproofing may also be able to stop the deterioration process on chimneys with existing water damage.

If you have a chimney leak – no matter how small – don’t wait for the leak to get worse before calling a chimney sweep. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule an inspection; our certified technicians can find and repair the source of your chimney leak!

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

The Benefits Of Fireplace Doors And Firebacks

A fireplace is an excellent way to add heat and ambiance to your home. Unfortunately, many open hearth fireplaces are extremely inefficient; this means that using them can cause you to lose more heat then you are generating.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways that homeowners can improve the efficiency of their fireplaces. Two of the easiest and most economical ways to improve fireplace efficiency is by installing fireplace doors and firebacks. These fireplace accessories can change the look of your fireplace while also minimizing heat loss.

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The efficiency of your fireplace depends on the size, type, and fuel source of the unit. Gas fireplace inserts are the most efficient fireplaces on the market today; the closed circuit combustion allows these inserts to burn as high as 92-99% efficiently. Fireplace inserts that burn pellets and wood are also fairly efficient, with most burning between 50-80% efficiency; pellet stoves are sometimes considered a “greener” fuel source because the pellets are made from recycled materials.

While open hearth wood fireplaces are both traditional and popular, they are also extremely inefficient. Most open hearth fireplaces are at best 10% efficient, meaning 90% of the heat generated by the fire is being lost up the chimney. There are a number of ways that homeowners can combat fireplace inefficiency.

How can I improve fireplace efficiency?

If you have an open hearth fireplace, accessories may be the best way to improve efficiency without installing a completely new fireplace. Two easy to install accessories that can greatly improve efficiency are fireplace doors and firebacks.

  • Fireplace doors: Glass fireplace doors can improve the safety, aesthetics, and efficiency of your open hearth fireplace. When the fireplace is not in use, closing the glass doors can prevent conditioned air from leaking out of the chimney or from downdrafts blowing outside air in. Fireplace doors are also an excellent deterrent for small hands – or paws – that like to come near the fireplace; depending on the heat resistance of the glass, doors can be partially or fully closed while the fire is burning to help keep sparks and coals inside the firebox and off of your furnishings and carpets. Lastly, fireplace doors can be used to makeover the look of a fireplace without refacing or replacing masonry.
  • Firebacks: A fireback is a large piece of metal such as wrought or cast iron. Placed at the back of the firebox, firebacks are used to help retain and reflect heat away from the chimney and back into the room. This can increase the amount of heat created by the fire without the technological challenge of installing new fans or units. Firebacks are sometimes plain but often come in a variety of decorative designs; this can allow you to choose a fireback that reflects the style of your home.

Fireplace doors and firebacks are important fireplace accessories that can help improve safety and efficiency. For more information about installing one of these accessories in your home, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

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

Repair Winter’s Damage With Tuckpointing

With winter weather finally gone and warm spring temperatures here to stay, most of us are finished using our fireplaces until next fall. Unfortunately, the long winter may have caused damage to the masonry of your chimney.

The combination of freezing temperatures along with moisture from freezing rain, sleet, and snow can all cause serious chimney damage during the winter. Not only that, but these conditions can make existing masonry problems or damage significantly worse. If your chimney was damaged during the winter, tuckpointing may be able to help repair your masonry.

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During the winter, the combination of freezing temperatures and moisture can cause damage to your masonry during a process called the freeze-thaw cycle. Because bricks are vapor permeable, they are naturally porous and can absorb small amounts of water. When outside temperatures dip below zero the water in the bricks freezes and expands; this leaves behind progressively larger and larger holes and cracks. Over time, this damage can cause bricks to crack and spall, even to the point of affecting the structural stability of the chimney.

Chimneys that have large cracks, chips, crumbling masonry, or missing bricks may be suffering from water damage caused by winter weather. In these cases, it is important to repair the masonry as soon as possible to avoid further damage and protect the bricks and mortar surrounding the damage.

What is tuckpointing?

The mortar of your masonry is often affected by winter weather damage before the bricks are. Because of this, it is important to repair the mortar to prevent damage to the surrounding bricks. One way to do this is through tuckpointing.

During the tuckpointing process, the old, damaged mortar is carefully removed before new mortar is applied. Tuckpointing can help reinforce your chimney’s structural stability and prevent damage to surrounding masonry. Our technicians also take the time to specially mix mortar specifically for your chimney; this ensures a seamless transition between the old and new mortar.

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, our technicians have the training and expertise to perform this specialized chimney service. With certifications from the National Fireplace Institute and the Chimney Safety Institute of America, we have more than 15 years of experience working on chimneys in the mountains of Colorado.

Preventing future winter weather damage

One of the best ways to prevent winter weather damage is through regular chimney maintenance. Annual chimney sweepings and inspections can help spot minor areas of chimney damage before they progress into major problems. Waterproofing may also help protect your chimney against winter weather damage. Water repellants specially designed from chimneys allow the masonry to retain its gas permeable qualities while keeping moisture off of the bricks and mortar.

Winter weather can seriously damage your chimney’s masonry; thankfully, the tuckpointing process can help repair winter weather damage and leave your chimney structurally sound. For more information on repairing your chimney’s winter damage with tuckpointing, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.

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

Have Your Chimney’s Damper Inspected

Your chimney has a number of components that work together to keep your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. One chimney component that is used every time you have a fire is the damper. Having your chimney’s damper inspected is important to the overall condition of your chimney system.

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Located at the top of the firebox between the firebox and the flue, metal dampers are designed to seal off the firebox from the flue when the fireplace is not in use. Dampers can be opened and closed using a pulley or lever; opening the damper allows smoke and gas to freely vent up the chimney when the fireplace is in use, while closing the damper prevents conditioned air from escaping up the chimney. While most homes still have throat dampers, more and more homeowners are choosing to upgrade to top mounting dampers.

Why are dampers important?

Dampers are serve important purposes in both the safety and functionality of your fireplace. One of the primary purposes of the damper is to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air up the chimney. Closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use prevents conditioned air from travelling up the chimney, as well as outside air from rushing in and affecting the temperature in your home. In this way, closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use can prevent energy loss and reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Dampers also help protect your fireplace system in the event of chimney leaks or animal entry. When the damper is closed, water from chimney leaks stays in the flue; this protects the delicate refractory tiles of the firebox. Likewise, keeping the damper closed keeps animals out of your firebox – and the rest of your home. Because of this, it is important to keep the damper closed whenever the fireplace is not in use.

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Exposure to heat, damage from water, or years of wear and tear can all cause damage to your damper. The following are signs your damper may need to be repaired or replaced.

  • Broken pulley or lever: The pulley or lever allows you to open and close the damper when the fireplace is in use. If the pulley breaks, the damper remain stuck open or closed.
  • Loss of airtight seal: If you can hear or feel air flowing through the damper even when it is closed, it may have lost its airtight seal. Exposure to heat or the elements can warp the metal of the damper and break its seal.
  • Rust on the damper: Rust or oxidization of the damper is caused by exposure to moisture. Because of the location of the damper, the presence of rust is indicative of a chimney leak.

Your chimney’s damper does more than just help smoke safely vent during fires. Because of this, it is important to have it regularly inspected for signs of damage. To schedule an appointment to have your damper inspected, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.

By Jake Johnson on May 9th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Benefits Of Scheduling A Chimney Sweep Early

Since spring has finally arrived, most of us have cleaned out and shut up our fireplaces for the season. Even if you don’t plan on using your fireplace again until things cool down in the fall, springtime may be the best time to have your chimney swept! Benefits of Scheduling a Chimney Sweep Early- Evergreen, CO- Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney inc. -w800-h800

Having your chimney swept early helps you beat the rush in the fall – our busiest season – and ensures that your fireplace is ready to use when you’re ready to use it. Below are just a few of the benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep early.

The importance of annual chimney sweepings

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, homeowners should have their chimneys swept at least once per year. Likewise, National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 also states that, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

Annual chimney maintenance like sweepings and inspections are an important part of keeping your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. During a chimney sweeping, your certified chimney sweep will use special hoses and brushes to remove ash, soot, and creosote that has built up in the flue after a year of use. Removing creosote is especially important as this byproduct of combustion is extremely flammable; creosote ignition is the leading cause of chimney fire, and removing it during an annual sweeping is one of the best ways to prevent chimney fires from occurring.

Chimney inspections can also keep your fireplace burning safely. During an inspection, your certified sweep will check all accessible interior and exterior parts of the chimney for signs of damage or deterioration. Inspections can help identify minor problems before they require serious – and costly – repairs.

Benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep in spring

Even if you aren’t currently using your fireplace, spring is a great time to have your chimney swept. Below are just a few of the benefits of scheduling a chimney sweep early.

– Have your chimney ready in the fall. By having your chimney swept in the spring, there will be no delay waiting for services when temperatures cool off again in the fall.
– No delays in repairs. Many masonry repairs can only be done in mild weather conditions ; this can cause delays in getting repairs done during the fall and winter. Mild temperatures and a lack of severe weather can keep repairs on track.
– Convenient appointment times. Because spring is a typically “slow” season for chimney sweeps, customers are more likely to get a convenient appointment time. This also means you most likely won’t have to spend weeks waiting for an appointment to open up.

Don’t wait until fall to have your chimney swept! Schedule your chimney services during the spring and have your fireplace be ready to use again in the fall. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule your spring chimney sweep appointment.

By Jake Johnson on April 26th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Spring Is The Best Time For Exterior Chimney Services

For your fireplace, winter means more than just snow, ice, and freezing temperatures; it is also the period of heaviest fireplace use during the year. Because of this, many fireplaces enter spring a little worse for the wear and are in need of repairs. Luckily, spring is the best time for exterior chimney services!

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There is a reason chimneys are built out of bricks and mortar – it is one of the strongest building materials on the planet. However, there are a number of ways that masonry can become damaged. Exposure to the elements, extreme weather, house settling, and even animals can all cause damage to your masonry. However, the most common cause of masonry damage is from moisture; water from rain, snow, ice, and even hoses or sprinklers can all cause damage to the bricks. Over time, exposure to moisture can even damage the masonry to the point of affecting the structural stability of the chimney.

What are the signs of masonry damage?

There are varying degrees of masonry damage, ranging from minor cracks and chips to spalling bricks that affect the structural stability of the chimney. However, there are several signs that may indicate your masonry has been damaged.

– Chips or cracks in the bricks and mortar
– Missing pieces of masonry
– Stained masonry
– Growth of ivy or climbing vines on the chimney
– Chimney leaks

Since most of us do not spend a great deal of time studying our chimneys, it can be difficult to tell when damage has occurred. Because of this, an annual sweeping and inspection are an important part of keeping your chimney in good condition. Regular inspections can often identify masonry damage before it progresses into a dangerous problem.

Why is spring the best time for masonry repairs?

The following are four reasons why spring is the best time of year for exterior chimney services.

– Low use period: With warmer temperatures outside, most homeowners do not use their fireplaces in the spring. This means that you will not be affected if the fireplace cannot be used for a period of time during repairs.
– Flexible scheduling: Because spring is the “off season” for chimneys, scheduling during this time of year is more flexible. During the spring, homeowners are often able to get appointments times that are convenient for them with minimal waiting.
– Weather: Many masonry repairs cannot be completed if the weather is too cold or too hot. Spring has ideal weather conditions to help get repairs completed quickly with minimal delays.
– Be ready for fall: Even if you aren’t planning on using your fireplace for several months, having it repaired during the spring means there will be no waiting when you’re ready for fires in the fall.

If your chimney’s masonry needs to be repaired and you live around Lakewood, now is the best time of year to have it done. Call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule your exterior chimney services!

By Jake Johnson on April 12th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What Do Chase Covers Do?

Prefabricated fireplaces have become a popular alternative to full masonry fireplaces. They are often less expensive to install, allowing more and more homeowners to enjoy the beauty and comfort of having a fireplace in their home. However, it is important that prefabricated fireplaces receive regular maintenance and upkeep in order to continue burning safely and efficiently. One important component of the prefabricated fireplace is the chimney chase cover.

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What is a chase cover?

The flue of prefabricated fireplaces need to be covered and protected; while masonry chimneys have bricks and mortar built around their flues, prefabricated fireplaces have chimney chases. The chase is built around the flue of the prefabricated fireplace – often using the same siding or materials as the rest of the home’s exterior – to protect the flue as well as create a more aesthetically pleasing look for the chimney.

At the top of the chase is the chase cover. The chimney chase cover is typically made of metal such as aluminum, copper, or stainless steel. Chase covers are designed to extend over the sides of the chimney structure; this allows water from rain, ice, and snow to drain onto the roof and safely away from the sides of the chimney.

What does a chase cover do?

The purpose of a chimney chase cover is to protect the top of the chimney, especially from leaks and other forms of water damage. Because the chase cover seals and protects the top of the flue, any damage or deterioration can lead to problems such as animal entry or leaks. Water entry can be particularly damaging; a leaky chase can cause damage to not only fireplace components, but also the walls and ceilings of your home. Likewise, long term exposure to moisture – coupled with dark and often cool environments – can encourage mold and mildew growth; this can create extremely unpleasant odors in the chimney as well as affect your home’s air supply.

Is my chase cover damaged?

Because chase covers are not at eye level, it can be hard to tell how they are holding up. One of the most common signs that your chase cover may be experiencing a problem is discoloration or rust on the sides of the chimney chase. While more expensive materials such as copper or stainless steel may not rust, less expensive chimney chase covers made of galvanized metals like aluminum – which often come standard on most prefabricated fireplaces – are more likely to experience issues. Red, orange, or brown staining on the side of the chimney chase is therefore often one of the signs of chase cover deterioration; when rusting or staining occurs, there is a chance your chase cover may already be leaking.

While it is easy to overlook, your chimney chase cover has an extremely important role in keeping your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. If you live around Lakewood, Denver, or the surrounding area, and want more information on how to maintain your chase cover through preventative maintenance, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on March 29th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Waterproofing The Chimney

When it comes to keeping your fireplace and chimney burning safely and in good condition, few things are as important as regular preventative maintenance. This is especially true of protecting your chimney against water, one of the most damaging force’s to your bricks and mortar. Whether your chimney is in pristine condition or has a few cracks or chips, having it waterproofed can protect it for years to come. Waterproofiging the Chimney-Evergreen-CO-Mountain Many Chimney-w800-h800

Water and chimney damage

Masonry is not a delicate building material; it is built to last and can withstand years of exposure to the elements when properly maintained. However, your bricks and mortar still may be susceptible to water damage caused by the freeze thaw cycle.

The freeze thaw cycle can cause major moisture damage to your masonry in as little as one season. Because masonry is naturally porous, it can absorb very small amounts of water from rain, snow, ice, dew, or exposure to hoses or sprinklers. While this minute amount of water may not affect a chimney in good condition, if there are cracks or holes in the masonry the amount of water that is absorbed will increase.

In cold temperatures, the moisture in the bricks can freeze and expand; the causes progressively larger and larger cracks and holes to form. This damage from the freeze thaw cycle will continue to get worse over time causing large cracks to form in the bricks, spalling, or even structural damage to the chimney itself.

Waterproofing protects your chimney against moisture

While a chimney’s exposure to water is inevitable, there are steps that homeowners can take to minimize damage to your chimney. The most effective way to protect your chimney against moisture damage is by having it waterproofed.Professional chimney waterproofing products are unique and unlike another paints or sealants you can buy at a big box home improvement store. These products are specifically designed for use on porous bricks; they allow the bricks to retain their porous properties without letting new water in.

Having your chimney waterproofed can not only protect a chimney in good condition, but it can also help stop the progress of water damage to your chimney. Even if the masonry of your chimney has already begun to crack or spall, applying waterproofing products can slow the progression of the damage and protect the remaining masonry.

Other ways to protect your chimney

Water can affect more than just your masonry; there are a number of other steps homeowners can take to protect their fireplaces and chimneys against water damage. Chimney caps, which protect the top of the flue against moisture, animals, and debris, should be regularly checked for signs of damage – especially if a chimney leak occurs. Likewise, chimney flashing – or the sealant that protects the seam between the chimney and the roof – should be inspected as the flashing can lose its watertight seal over time.

It is important for homeowners to be proactive in protecting their chimney’s against water damage. If you live around Littleton, Lakewood, CO or the surrounding areas, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for more information on waterproofing your chimney or to schedule an inspection to check for other signs of water damage or chimney leaks.

By Jake Johnson on March 15th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

How Snow and Ice Impact Your Chimney

When the weather outside is cold, snowy, or icy, our fireplaces keep us warm and comfortable inside our homes. Unfortunately, winter weather can have a serious negative impact on our chimneys. How snow and ice impact your chimney-Evergreen, Colorado- Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, INC-w800-h800

Snow and ice can be the roughest weather conditions for your chimney system. The combination of moisture and freezing temperatures can cause major chimney and masonry damage, often in as little as one season. Because of this, it is important to have any damage repaired as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse during winter weather.

How do snow and ice damage my chimney?

The primary way that snow and ice impact your chimney is through water damage. While water damage can occur at any time of year because of rain, hail, and even water from sprinklers, it is most common in winter because of the freeze thaw cycle.

The freeze thaw cycle damages masonry by creating progressively larger and larger cracks and holes. Bricks are naturally porous, meaning that they can absorb small amounts of water at any time. While strong, undamaged bricks may only take in a miniscule amount, masonry with cracks or holes – no matter how small – can absorb more than the usual amount. As this water freezes in cold temperatures it expands; this creates a larger area of damage that will allow even more water to be absorbed in the future. The freeze thaw process is so harmful that masonry can crack and spall in as little as one winter season.

How can I prevent damage from snow and ice?

The best way to protect your chimney against damage from snow and ice is through preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance keeps your fireplace and chimney in good condition all year round, making it less susceptible to damage from snow and ice during the winter.

One way to protect your masonry from water damage all year round is through waterproofing. Professional waterproofing is very different from painting or sealing your chimney with a regular commercial product; professional-grade SaverSystems sealants are designed specifically for use on permeable brick. Our waterproofing products block water from being absorbed by the brick while still allowing gasses to pass through. This keeps the chimney venting safely while also protecting the bricks and mortar against damage from moisture or the freeze thaw process.

Another way to keep your chimney in good condition all year round is by having a regular chimney inspection. A yearly chimney inspection can help spot areas of damage long before they turn into major problems. This can be key to fighting chimney damage caused by snow and ice; if small masonry cracks or holes are identified and repaired early, it can prevent damage from the freeze thaw process from occurring. This can help extend the life of your masonry and save you money on costly future repairs.

Snow and ice can have a major impact on the safety and stability of your chimney system. To protect your chimney against future damage from winter weather, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on March 1st, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment