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Chimney Repair

> Are your repair technicians certified?
> What are the most common repairs you make?
> What can I do to help prevent the need for repairs?
> Why do I need a chase cover on my chimney?
> How will I know that there’s a problem with my chase cover?
> What options do I have for chase covers?
> What types of units do you service?
> What will happen if I don’t have a chimney cap?
> What type of chimney caps do you carry?
> Does Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney recommend any accessories?
> What is a chimney damper?
> What are the different types of chimney dampers?

Masonry Repairs

> What can I expect from your expert masonry repair services?
> Why should I have my fireplace masonry repaired?
> What are some common masonry repairs you do?
> What’s the difference between a chimney cap, flashing, and crown?
> What is a chimney crown?
> What are some different types of chimney crown repairs?
> What is tuckpointing?
> Why do I need to have a professional do my tuckpointing work?
> Are your technicians experienced in tuckpointing repairs?
> Do you do fireplace and chimney tear-outs and rebuilds?
> Is rebuilding a masonry fireplace my only option?

Chimney Leaks

> How do I know if I have a chimney leak?
> What are common sources of chimney leaks?
> What is chimney waterproofing and how can it prevent leaks?
> How can I help prevent chimney leaks?

 

Are your repair technicians certified?

We are nationally certified by the CSIA(Chimney Safety Institute of America) and the NFI (National Fireplace Institute), and our company has 15 years of experience maintaining, repairing and building chimneys in Colorado. We know the needs of the Colorado homeowner, and we know chimneys.

Why do I need to have my chimney inspected every year?

We are nationally certified by the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) and the NFI (National Fireplace Institute), and our company has 15 years of experience maintaining, repairing and building chimneys in Colorado. We know the needs of the Colorado homeowner, and we know chimneys.

What are the most common repairs you make?

Repairing Or Replacing Chase Covers
Your factory-built chimney system should have a chase protecting the chimney, and a chase cover protecting that chase, up at the top. Chase covers are usually made of galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum or copper, and we most often see the need to repair or replace lower-grade covers. If you see rust streaks or other signs of damage, give Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney a call — we can install a cover that properly protects your chase and chimney.
Chimney Caps And Accessories
Having a chimney without a chimney cap is, more or less, like leaving a hole in the top of your home. A properly-sized and -installed chimney cap helps protect your chimney system and home against the intrusion of rain, snow and sleet, as well as birds and other animals. At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we carry an array of chimney caps and accessories that can protect your home and keep it looking great.
Dampers
Most home energy audits state that older fireplaces contribute considerably to energy loss. Top-sealing dampers, with gaskets that help thoroughly seal off the flue, can significantly reduce that loss. We recommend these to replace old throat dampers that are stuck in place or corroded, or for homeowners who just want to take advantage of that energy efficiency.
These are just a few of the repairs Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians can perform. Whether you need leaks repaired, masonry repairs (like chimney crown replacement or tuckpointing work) or full chimney tear-outs and rebuilds, our experienced staff can help.

What can I do to help prevent the need for repairs?

If something goes wrong in your chimney system, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians will be glad to help make it right. But taking preventative measures can help postpone the need for repairs.
The first step: Schedule your annual chimney sweeping and chimney inspection appointments. Having that annual maintenance done will help keep debris and deposits from damaging your system and will make sure that any problems that do come up are found early.
We can also recommend a waterproofing sealant that can protect your masonry against water and let you enjoy your chimney, worry-free, for a lot longer.

Why do I need a chase cover on my chimney?

The chase protects the chimney piping above your roof, and the chase cover, which sits at the top, plays a key role in that protection. Sometimes, especially when made of lower quality galvanized steel, chase covers corrode and rust and need to be repaired or replaced.

How will I know that there’s a problem with my chase cover?

Keep a look out for rust streaks — if you see that telltale sign on your chase, it means that water has permeated your chase cover and may be beginning to make its way into your system.
There are a lot of different reasons why a chase cover may begin to rust (improper installation, low-quality materials, or it may have just reached the end of its reasonable service life), but we can replace a damaged cover with one that will provide effective protection to your system.

What options do I have for chase covers?

Many homeowners choose galvanized chase covers because the material can be particularly affordable, but Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians prefers to install covers made with some other highly durable materials, such as:

  • Copper – While not quite as affordable as galvanized steel, copper is very durable, and very beautiful.
  • Stainless Steel – There’s a reason stainless steel is such a popular material: it’s incredibly durable and it isn’t susceptible to rust and corrosion the way galvanized metal is.

What types of units do you service?

At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we work on a lot of factory-built units, from installation and maintenance to repairing and replacing chase covers.

Factory-built fireplaces are hugely popular with a lot of homeowners. According to figures from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, more than half a million factory-built fireplaces are installed every year (and that makes up over 75 percent of total fireplaces installed).

There are several reasons why people find themselves drawn to these prefabricated units: they can be very affordable; they are available in a wide variety of looks and finishes; and installation options are broader than they would be with a traditional masonry fireplace, since their light construction eliminates the need for a concrete footing, and their high degree of insulation makes for a low clearance. Plus, since these units have to pass strict standards before they hit the marketplace, you can expect your prefabricated unit to be safe and efficient.

What will happen if I don’t have a chimney cap?

  • A chimney without a chimney cap is like a knight without a shield — it’s out there, battling the elements, with nothing protecting one of its most vulnerable points.
  • A chimney cap provides much-needed protection to your flue, not only against the constant barrage of rain, snow and sleet, but against the various critters that prefer to reside in chimneys.
  • Water can erode your masonry and even make its way into the interior of your home.
  • Animals can bring a lot of unwanted elements into your chimney like fur and feces.
  • Birds tend to carry in combustible debris, building nests that clog up your flue and create a fire hazard. Plus, federally-protected chimney swifts love to nest in chimneys, and if they choose to nest in yours, they legally can’t be removed. They have to leave on their own, and you have to wait them out. If you don’t take proper precautions, they’ll continue to come back, as chimney swifts are known for returning to the same place to nest.

Bottom line: You don’t want anything turning your chimney into a home, and chimney caps help stop that from happening.

What type of chimney caps do you carry?

In our 15+ years in business in Colorado, we’ve done a lot of research to find products that we believe to be the best for our customers. The products we use are selected based on whether or not they meet with our high expectations of quality, style, warranty, and service – that’s why we work with HomeSaver chimney caps.
HomeSaver offers an array of different chimney caps that we’ve found to be highly effective and highly durable. Whether you have a factory-built or masonry chimney, prefer stainless steel or black galvanized steel, HomeSaver has a cap for you. If you have a solid-pack or relined round flue, HomeSaver Pro’s Guardian Chimney Cap will be a great choice for your home — it is designed to slide down into these specific flue types for a snug fit. Your Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technician can talk to you about the most appropriate products for your chimney and help you make the best decision for your needs.

Does Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney recommend any accessories?

Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can also recommend a variety of chimney cap accessories, like draft inducers or animal screens, that can help protect and enhance your chimney system. Talk to our technicians about your needs!

What is a chimney damper?

The main function of your chimney damper is to close off the flue when it’s not in use (or, more specifically, when you’re not having a fire). But like many parts in your chimney system, the damper’s role is a multi-faceted one.
A properly functioning damper brings a couple of different benefits. An open flue allows for the free flow of air into and out of your home, which is great during a fire. But when a damper is improperly sealed or stuck in the open position when you don’t want it to be (when you’re not enjoying a fire), you’re spending a lot of money to condition temperate air in your living area, and then having your chimney fight against those efforts, letting conditioned air out. An excellent solution to this energy waste is the installation of an energy-top or top-sealing damper. These dampers provide an air-tight seal at the top of your flue, which keeps outside air out and inside air in.
There’s also the issue with your chimney system’s worst and most tenacious attacker, water. The damper is one of many parts built into your system to help protect against the intrusion of water, which, once inside your flue, can erode masonry joints, corrode metal parts and contribute to a generally unsafe and inefficient chimney system. Top-sealing dampers are especially good at keeping out water because of their location. They are situated just above the flue, and provide a protective water-tight seal at the very top of your chimney system.
If you’re experiencing a chimney leak, the damper is one of the first parts we’ll check to determine the source of your troubles. If, while operating your fireplace, you find that the damper isn’t opening and closing properly, give us a call – we’ll check your damper to see if it can be repaired, or recommend an energy-efficient replacement.

What are the different types of chimney dampers?

Many older chimneys were installed with what’s called a throat damper, which is installed right above the fireplace’s firebox. These dampers can last a long while when a chimney system is properly maintained and swept, but it’s not uncommon to see throat dampers get stuck, corrode or come off of their track. In some cases, we can repair a throat damper, but more often than not, homeowners choose to replace throat dampers with a top-sealing damper (for added energy efficiency and water protection).
Top-sealing dampers are installed at the top of your flue, and have a gasket that thoroughly closes your system off, preventing water from getting in and preventing the kind of air transfer you’ll see even with a functioning throat damper. Top-sealing dampers offer function, durability and energy efficiency that throat dampers don’t and we find that many homeowners choose to have them installed in their system even if their throat damper is still functioning.
We’ve seen home energy audits again and again note older fireplaces as being major sources of energy loss in a home. Top-sealing dampers make a big difference in minimizing that loss. In fact, replacing a throat damper with a top-sealing damper often saves homeowners up to $350 a year in heating costs.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we carefully select all of the products we install, including dampers, finding the best mix of quality, warranty and service. Our experienced technicians are trained to provide top-notch service, so that the products we install perform to the highest expectations and standards.
If you’re having trouble with your chimney damper, have a leak, or want to learn more about top-sealing dampers, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney!

What can I expect from your masonry repair services?

At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we’ve been working on masonry chimney systems in and around Littleton, Colorado for more than 15 years, and our experienced technicians know chimneys and fully understand the unique requirements of operating a hearth appliance in the mountains of Colorado. When you have a problem with your chimney system, you can expect our team members to recommend the right repairs and to perform those repairs to the highest standards.

Why should I have my masonry fireplace repaired?

Masonry fireplaces and chimneys are beautiful and timeless. We love the look of a well-built masonry chimney, and stone and brick fireplaces can bring a nostalgic, classic, cozy and unmatched charm to a home. In addition to being charming, fireplaces and chimneys constructed of brick or stone and mortar are incredibly durable.
While brick and mortar are indeed highly durable as building materials, they will require regular maintenance in order to hold up. With time and use, it can be expected that a masonry chimney system will require some repair. Properly repairing masonry is meticulous work that requires proper tools, experience and training.

What are some common masonry repairs you do?

Chimney Crowns
When your chimney system was built, a chimney crown was built at the top of the chimney, most likely out of masonry or concrete. It works with many other parts in your system to protect the chimney against the intrusion of water. But, given where your chimney crown sits (horizontally, at the very top of your chimney) it has to stand up to a particularly large share of water attacks. When chimney leaks crop up, it’s not uncommon to find a cracked chimney crown causing or contributing to the problem. Depending on the level of damage, there are different types of crown repairs that Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can provide. If you have a leak or have noticed cracks in your chimney crown, give us a call — we’ll inspect the crown and recommend the best approach for bringing it back to full and lasting function.

Tuckpointing
If your masonry chimney or fireplace shows signs of degraded joints or crumbling brick, you’ll likely need to have tuckpointing work done. From the outside, it might look like a simple process, removing damaged masonry and replacing it with fresh materials. But there are a variety of considerations that must be made in order to ensure that repairs aren’t visually obvious and won’t negatively affect the structure. Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians are trained to perform tuckpointing repairs that will return your chimney system to its visual and functional best.

What’s the difference between a chimney cap, flashing, and crown?

Your chimney system has a complex design, with different parts that play different important roles, either to help vent gas and byproducts or to protect your home (and the system itself) against the effects of fire and water. Some of the parts that help your chimney battle water are:

  • the chimney cap, which is installed at the very top of your flue
  • the chimney flashing, which is installed where the chimney meets your roofline
  • the chimney crown, which is installed at the top of your chimney, just below the cap

Although all of these safeguards play key roles in keeping the chimney system dry, the chimney crown is particularly important.

What is a chimney crown?

A chimney crown is generally constructed out of masonry or concrete, and sits horizontally at the top of your chimney, helping to divert rain, sleet and snow away from your flue’s opening. As you can imagine, with the elements constantly attacking it, the crown is under a lot of stress. It’s not uncommon for small cracks to form in the crown — if left unrepaired, water can work its way into these small cracks, making the damage far worse. As water in the masonry expands and contracts, it can turn small cracks into large cracks and cause the brick and mortar to crumble and flake.
A damaged chimney crown is a common cause of chimney system leaks. If you’re experiencing a chimney leak or have noticed cracks in your chimney crown, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney! Our experienced technicians can assess the damage and recommend the appropriate chimney crown repairs

What are some different types of chimney crown repairs?

If your chimney crown damage is less severe (small hairline cracks, for instance), Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can apply a crown coat sealant that will create a flexible and water-impermeable layer over the crown. This sealant will also seal the small cracks and equip the crown to properly repel water again.
More extensive crown damage may require more significant repair and even a full crown rebuild. If you do need to have a new crown built, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians can build a proper and durable one and apply a waterproofing sealant that will help extend its service life.

What is tuckpointing?

If the masonry work on your home or chimney begins to show signs of degradation (receding joints, crumbling brick), odds are you’ll need to have some tuckpointing done in order to repair it. Tuckpointing generally consists of removing degraded masonry joints and replacing them with proper new materials. But there’s a lot more to tuckpointing than meets the eye, and it’s important to have trained, experienced professionals do the job. When you have your tuckpointing work done by a professional, you shouldn’t notice the repairs visually, and the structural integrity of the masonry shouldn’t be affected.
Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians are trained to properly perform this specialized work, and are certified by The National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). We’ve been working on chimneys in the mountains of Colorado for more than 15 years, and we understand the unique problems that chimneys face in our geographical location.

Why do I need to have a professional do my tuckpointing work?

It’s no mystery that masonry materials (bricks, stones, concrete) are quite heavy. For this reason, it is important that masonry chimneys and fireplaces be designed to properly withstand the weight of materials. Repairing joints in masonry doesn’t just require doing it in a way that will visually mask the repairs (although that is indeed important) — the key to tuckpointing work is to rebuild the joints in a way that properly maintains the integrity of the structure. This is a complex process, particularly with older homes, because the bricks and mortar used in masonry chimneys and fireplaces has changed drastically over the years. Older and newer bricks have far different degrees of hardness and water permeability, and the same is true for mortar. If you were to replace masonry materials in a chimney with materials that didn’t match its functional properties, you’d be left with a chimney that was even more dangerous than it was before repairs were performed.

Are your technicians experienced in tuckpointing repairs?

Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians are highly trained in tuckpointing work and equipped with the proper tools. We have years of experience working on historic and new homes, so regardless of when your home was built, we’re ready to repair your chimney the right way. When you have us handle your tuckpointing work, you can trust that the results will match your masonry’s look and stand up to years of safe and efficient use.

Do you do fireplace and chimney tear-outs and rebuilds?

There are an array of reasons why you might be considering tearing out your current chimney and fireplace and rebuilding them.
While brick and mortar are very durable building materials, the effects of years of fires and the constant onslaught of the weather can wear down your system over time. We sometimes see historic homes with chimneys that are still strong after decades of use, but we also see chimneys with extensive masonry erosion and decay. In many of these cases, the chimneys were built and used for decades without a chimney liner, or were improperly maintained and neglected. For many historic chimneys, a rebuild is the safest and most efficient option.
Another common reason for a rebuild is improper installation. Perhaps your masonry chimney was not built correctly, or the concrete footing it sits upon was improperly designed and constructed. These and many other marks of poor workmanship can cause a chimney to degrade, lean or pull away over the years. To avoid the problems associated with improper installation, it is wise to hire technicians who are highly trained and certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
Major weather incidents can also make it necessary to tear down a chimney system and rebuild. If large cracks or other signs of serious damage form as the result of an earthquake or a major storm, it’ll likely be recommended that your chimney be rebuilt.
A major chimney fire can also make it necessary to tear down and rebuild. These events generally fall under the category of “sudden occurrences”, and are typically covered by your homeowner’s insurance. However, chimney system neglect can render coverage null. Talk to Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney about your individual circumstances, and we’ll be glad to talk you through your insurance claim.

Is rebuilding a masonry fireplace my only option?

Prefabricated or factory-built fireplaces have become incredibly popular in recent years, and for good reason. These units are built with lighter materials that allow for far more flexibility in installation. They can also be much more affordable than a full masonry rebuild. And since factory-built fireplace systems undergo rigorous testing to meet efficiency and safety standards, you know that you’re getting an appliance you can rely on to save you money and keep your home safe. If rebuilding a masonry fireplace is out of your budget, or if you’d just prefer not to make the time commitment, a factory-built unit might be the right choice for you.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time finding products that we believe to be the industry’s best in terms of quality, style and warranty. We can recommend a wide variety of wood, pellet and gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts that we firmly believe to be of the highest caliber.
If your current fireplace and chimney system needs to be replaced, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney at 303-679-1601. We’ll have you back to enjoying a safe and efficient fire in no time at all.

How do I know if I have a chimney leak?

We know the feeling you get when you notice that water is getting into your home through the roof or around the chimney. It’s a terrible feeling of worry and anxiety – wondering how extensive the damage is and what it will cost to fix it. At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, our goal is to clear your mind of those worries as quickly as possible, while doing everything we can to get your chimney system safe and dry again efficiently and economically.
One of the most frustrating things about chimney leaks is that it’s hard to pinpoint the location causing the problem. Since a chimney system is complex, made up of many moving and non-moving parts, there are a host of locations that can falter or decay, allowing water in.
Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney technicians have been finding and repairing chimney leaks in the mountains of Colorado for more than 15 years — we know the common culprits and can locate and address them quickly and efficiently.

What are common sources of chimney leaks?

It probably won’t surprise you that a lot of the parts in your chimney system that were designed to protect it against water are often the first places where leaks pop up. Extra effort was put into protecting these areas because they are the most vulnerable. But, even when the chimney is professionally built and well-maintained, these parts can fail.

  • Flashing – Your chimney should have flashing installed around the area where it intersects with the roof, because these seams are unfortunately very welcoming to water. Proper flashing provides a great defense, forming a thorough shield around the whole base of the chimney. But the metal that composes flashing can tear, bend or come loose during strong storms, or the caulking around it can loosen or come off. If you have a leak, we’ll thoroughly examine your flashing to make sure it’s intact and watertight. If there’s a problem, we’ll do the proper, custom repairs to have your flashing functioning as it should again.
  • Chimney caps – Is your chimney cap missing or damaged? Since chimney caps go a long way toward protecting your system from water, debris and animals, you most certainly want a properly installed and sized cap on your system.
  • Chimney crown – It’s not uncommon to see cracks in your chimney’s crown, since it is constantly bombarded by sun, rain, snow or sleet. Crown cracks very commonly lead to chimney leaks, inefficiency and other problems. We’ll check your crown for any signs of cracks or spalling (chipping or flaking) – should we locate any trouble areas, we’ll recommend the right repairs to keep your system protected.

What is chimney waterproofing and how can it prevent leaks?

Masonry is a great material for chimneys — it’s strong and sturdy, durable and beautiful, and its porous quality allows moisture, gases and small particles to vent through the brick and out of the chimney as needed. Unfortunately, this porous quality also has its downside. Water can seep into brick and mortar and slowly wear them down. Water in masonry also freezes and expands as temperatures change, causing serious damage like cracking and spalling.
Decades back, there weren’t really any ways to prevent water damage to masonry. Most homeowners protected their wood and other solid materials with paint, but if paint is applied to the outside of a masonry chimney, it will suffocate it. The paint may work to repel water, but the masonry will no longer be able to “breathe” and vent moisture and gases.
Nowadays, though, we have a great solution in vapor-permeable waterproofing sealants. When this type of sealant is applied to your masonry chimney, it works to protect the brick and mortar against water for years to come, often drastically extending its service life. Since the sealant is 100-percent vapor- permeable, any vapor or gas from combustion can escape through the masonry instead of being trapped.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we highly recommend having a waterproofing sealant applied. It can work to significantly minimize the chance of chimney leaks and will keep your chimney functioning well and looking great for years.

How can I help prevent chimney leaks?

Check Your Chimney Cap
Is the metal cap at the top of your flue damaged or missing? Chimney caps might seem like an optional part of your system, but we highly recommend having a correctly-sized and installed chimney cap at the top of your flue. Not only does a chimney cap go a long way toward keeping water out of your system, it helps keep birds and other animals from moving in and bringing unwanted noise, debris, bugs and smells into your home.

Have Your Annual Maintenance Done, Each & Every Year
Your chimney works hard to contain and remove high heat and dangerous byproducts so that your family can enjoy a fire without harm or health risk. In order for it to do that work properly, it’s important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. This will ensure that creosote and debris aren’t building up in your flue and that small problems are noticed before they become larger problems. These regularly scheduled inspections can alert us to any weak areas in your system before water makes an entrance and causes extensive damage.

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