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Prevent Cold Drafts From Coming Down Your Chimney

There’s no denying that cozying up to a warm fire is the best way to spend cold evenings. It’s an easy and effective way to warm up your living space, and it’s a great way to bring loved ones together night after night. Unfortunately, once that fire is out, it’s all too easy for the cold winds of winter to swoop down your chimney and enter your home. The last thing any homeowner wants is a freezing house, and those downdrafts can bring in some pretty unpleasant odors with them, too!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re here to help you out. We have the tools and expertise necessary for stopping downdrafts in their tracks, so they won’t be an issue for you or your family members any longer. Learn more below, then count on us to handle your regular chimney maintenance year after year!

Have A Chimney Cap Installed

One surefire way to stop downdrafts from occurring is to have a chimney cap installed. If you’re missing a chimney cap or if your current one is broken down, cracked, or rusted, then it’s time to call in our CSIA certified staff! Chimney caps seal the top of your flue, so that harsh winds and bad weather can’t enter your chimney and lower the temperature in your home.

Chimney caps are also great for keeping out excess moisture, blocking sparks and embers from landing on your roof, and keeping out pesky animals and debris. There’s no reason not to have one installed right away – and they’re extremely affordable, too! You’ll save yourself tons of stress, time, and money down the line… trust us when we say, chimney caps are a more than worthwhile investment!

Reline Your Chimney

Another issue that causes drafting problems is an improperly lined chimney. Chimney liners play a vital role in helping your system function efficiently, and they protect your interior parts from fire damage and excess heat, too! If your chimney is not properly lined, you’ll need to have it professionally relined as soon as possible to avoid expensive and potentially dangerous issues down the line. And once the job is done, downdrafts will be a thing of the past!

Schedule An Inspection

If you’ve tried time and time again to figure out your drafting issues, but can’t seem to find a solution, call us in for an inspection. From cracks to holes to problems with the damper, any number of things could be causing your system to malfunction, and we want to help you fix whatever problems are present. When you work with our expert team, you can trust that we’ve got your back, no matter what! Give us a call today!

By Jake Johnson on January 5th, 2018 | 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

A 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

Chimney Cap Options And Benefits

Although many people use their fireplaces regularly as a way to combat the cold Colorado winters, few of us truly understand the anatomy of our chimney systems. While components like the firebox or flue are important, there is one chimney part that is responsible for protecting the rest of the fireplace system – the chimney cap.

Options for Chimney Caps - Littleton CO

Benefits of a capped chimney

When it comes to protecting the overall health of your chimney system, nothing is more important than having a quality chimney cap. Whether it is made of aluminum, copper, or stainless steel, chimney caps play a vital role in maintaining the overall health of your fireplace system. Below are some of the ways in which a chimney cap protects your chimney system.

  • Animal entry: Birds, roof rats, raccoons, and other animals are often eager to take up shelter in an uncapped chimney. In addition to damaging to damaging the flue, animal entry can also expose your family to insects or disease. Chimney caps, however, feature mesh sides that let smoke and gas out while preventing even the smallest of animals from getting in.
  • Moisture: Whether it comes from rain, ice, or snow, water can cause serious damage to both the interior and exterior of your chimney system. A properly fitted and correctly installed chimney cap protects your chimney by keeping water out of the flue while allowing it to flow away from the chimney structure and safely onto the roof. This protects the masonry inside – and outside – the chimney.

Chimney cap options

Whether your home doesn’t currently have a chimney cap or your existing cap is damaged or needs to be replaced, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can help you find the right chimney cap for your home. We are proud to carry HomeSaver chimney caps and believe that create the best chimney caps in the fireplace industry.

One of the main benefits of choosing a HomeSaver chimney cap is that they have quality caps for nearly style of fireplace and chimney. Whether your need a chase cover for a prefabricated chimney or have a solid pack or relined flue, HomeSaver has the right chimney cap for you. The quality and style – as well as the warranty – of the HomeSaver chimney caps have made them a favorite with our customers for over 15 years.

Does my top mounted damper need a chimney cap?

Top mounted dampers are one of the newest innovations in the fireplace industry. As this type of damper continues to gain popularity, many homeowners are confused as to whether or not their new top mounted damper will require a chimney cap. In short – no.

Because of the location of the top mounted damper, when closed it acts in place of a chimney cap. As the damper is only opened when the fireplace is in use, the design and rise of warm air and smoke prevent water, animals, and debris from entering the chimney. Attempting to have a chimney cap installed over a top mounting damper would prevent the damper from being able to open.

A quality chimney cap is an important part of maintaining your entire fireplace system. If your chimney cap needs to be repaired or replaced, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today to learn about what the HomeSaver chimney caps can do to benefit your home!

By Jake Johnson on August 13th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Keep Birds Out of the Chimney

Birds don't belong in your chimney - keep them out with a new chimney cap!

Birds don’t belong in your chimney – keep them out with a new chimney cap!

Now that warm spring weather has arrived, birds’ nests can be seen popping up seemingly overnight in bushes and trees – and even chimneys. While it may not seem like a big deal to have a bird in your chimney – especially in the summer when fireplaces and other heating appliances are typically not used – birds can carry disease as well as cause damage to your chimney and flue.

How do birds get in?

Birds and other animals often view chimneys as safe places to nest and avoid predators. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not want their chimney to turn into nesting grounds. The best way to keep a chimney protected against bird and animal entry is with a chimney cap.

The most common way for birds and other animals to get into your chimney is through an uncapped chimney or damaged chimney cap. Even if they chimney cap has only a small hole or crack, most birds are able to wiggle their way in. Because of this, it is extremely important to have the chimney regularly inspected for signs of damage or deterioration.

The dangers of birds in the chimney

While it may not seem like anything more than a minor inconvenience to have birds in the chimney, it can actually cause major chimney issues as well as potential health problems to your family.

When birds nest in your chimney, their nests may sometimes block the flue completely. This prevents smoke and gas from the fireplace to fully vent, instead backing up into your home. Likewise, over time nesting materials can dry out, becoming increasingly brittle and at risk for igniting from sparks from the fireplace.

In addition to the fire hazard nesting materials cause, birds themselves are often carriers of disease. Bird droppings are often a toxic combination of various bacteria; ironically, homeowners are most at risk when they attempt to clean these droppings themselves. Instead, trust a professional with the correct safety equipment to remove them.

Preventing birds in the chimney

The best way to keep birds out of your chimney is through a good chimney cap and regular chimney maintenance. An annual chimney inspection is an excellent way to make sure the chimney cap has not been damaged. Likewise, an inspection can often catch other signs that animals are trying to get into your chimney such as scratches around the chimney cap or flashing.

If you have had birds in your chimney before, simply getting them out may not be enough. Oftentimes, birds return to the same areas each year to nest. This is especially true of migratory birds which are known to return to the exact same tree year after year. Because of this, it is important to fix how the birds are getting in to keep them from coming back. Furthermore, some birds, like the Chimney Swift, are protected by federal law by the Migratory Bird Act Treaty and cannot be moved once they nest. It is best to prevent them from nesting in the first place!

If you’ve had problems with past animal entry or fear you may have birds currently building a nest in your chimney and live around Littleton, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today. Our highly trained technicians can help repair your chimney to keep animals out – for good.

By Jake Johnson on May 26th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

Ways to Extend the Life of your Chimney

After years of constant usage of your chimney and fireplace, there will come a time where damages, cracks and leaks will gradually start happening. That’s why it’s best to always have us on your priority numbers’ list so that one of our CSIA-licensed experts can help you install, repair and replace any part that needs immediate attention. Here at Mountain Man, we want to make your chimney last as long as possible. Here are some tips on how to extend the life of your chimney.

The Flue and the Flue LinerThe life of a Chimney

One of the most important parts of the chimney is the flue together with the flue liner. It functions to make sure that the smoke from the open combustion in the fireplace is properly led out of the home. It also helps increase draft efficiency and will allow proper flow of air and smoke. However, when there are cracks, there might be a need to reline the flue. In worst cases, the entire flue needs to be replaced. Paying close attention to the flue and flue liner will definitely prolong the life of the chimney.

Waterproofing your Chimney

Water is one of the biggest enemies of chimneys; it can destroy it over time as water seeps into the mortar brick walls. Waterproofing your chimney by applying a waterproof sealant to the brick walls will definitely prevent water from entering thus adding more years to your chimney. Install a good chimney cap and chimney flashing too and you’re all set for any kind of weather. Having a chimney cap is a good thing because it also prevents obstructions like:

• Debris
• Small animals
• Birds and nests
• Spider webs
• Fallen leaves

These are only two of the courses of action you can take to make your chimney last longer. There are indeed many ways to extend the life of your chimney, but like everything else; it always comes with a price. Nonetheless, we will make sure that our services and our customer service are always worth both your time and money.