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Common Issues Found During Chimney Inspections

If there’s one thing we stress (especially this time of year), it’s that chimney inspections are vital for maintaining good chimney health. When you skimp on this regular maintenance, your system faces a lot more wear and tear, and it will break down at a faster pace, shortening the lifespan of your fireplace. Eventually, you’ll either have to say goodbye to cozy nights by the fire or invest in costly repairs and reconstruction jobs. Neither sound like a great option!

Scheduling annual inspections is definitely the way to go. You’ll save yourself time and money, and you’ll keep any extra stress far away, too! Take the easy route this holiday season, and hire Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for all of your chimney, venting, and fireplace needs. We can help you out!

Excess Creosote

So, what do we usually come across in our inspection? It’s fair to wonder what issues you are avoiding by calling us in, and we love to keep homeowners up-to-date and educated on the chimney sweep world! One thing we check for is excess creosote. Creosote is one of the most harmful substances your chimney can come across and it’s known for its flammable nature. That means, the more you have of it, the higher your risk is for a chimney fire!

Chimney fires can wear down your chimney fast and lead to bigger issues, such as gas leaks and house fires. The worst part is that many go unnoticed by the homeowner! It may seem hard to believe, but a chimney fire can be very quiet and sneaky, and many continue using their fireplace long after one has occurred. Since stray flames and fumes can easily escape through cracks and holes that form after a fire, this is highly dangerous!

When we inspect your chimney, we’ll check for it all. If there’s creosote, we will take the appropriate steps to remove with the best tools and products available. And if we notice signs of a chimney fire, we can get things taken care of in no time! Our CSIA certified staff will get your fireplace back in working order, so that you can put it to use throughout the cold months ahead. Count on us today!

Necessary Repairs

Repairs are another issue we spot from time to time. If your brickwork or mortar is crumbling, we will fix it up, so that it looks and functions great again! We can also repair or replace any parts that seem to be out of order. This includes chimney caps, chase covers, dampers, and more! We’ll get you taken care of, no matter what !

Blockages & More

We can also take care of any blockages, that may be inhibiting airflow, and we’ll check your liner for any cracks, too. On top of that, we’ll make sure your crown is in top-notch condition! Once we’re through, all of your chimney issues will be resolved, and your fireplace will function better than ever this holiday season (and for many more winters to come)!

Don’t put it off any longer… let us make your home safer this holiday season! Call now!

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

Signs Of A Chimney Fire

When it comes to chimney fires, you may assume you would know if you had one. Fires tend to be loud, hot, and bright, so, should one occur, it would be obvious, right? Not necessarily!

Many fireplace owners discover a chimney fire has happened well after the fact, with no knowledge of it ever occurring. Chimney fires are terrible for the health of your chimney and can lead to extensive damage down the line. They greatly weaken the structure of your entire fireplace and call for immediate action, as far as repairs. A certified sweep can let you know the best steps to take for moving forward and getting your fireplace back to where it needs to be.

If you are worried that you have had a chimney fire, but aren’t sure what signs to look for, check out these clues that may indicate a fire has occurred.

Deformed/Excess Creosote

Generally speaking, creosote is not good for the health of your chimney and, the more of it there is, the higher your risk is for a chimney fire. This substance is highly flammable, which is why having a professional clean it out on a regular basis is so important.

Inspecting the creosote in your chimney can help you decipher whether or not a chimney fire has occurred. If the creosote is puffy-looking or if you notice flakes and other pieces of it scattered throughout your roof or around your hearth, then you should call in an expert right away to take a closer look.

Heat Damage

Too high temperatures in your fireplace can lead to lasting damage down the line. Check your TV antenna, the metal pieces of your chimney, and your roofing materials for potential heat damage. If anything is warped, distorted, or discolored, then you have likely had a chimney fire.

Cracks And Holes

If a chimney fire has occurred, you may notice cracks, holes, or missing pieces throughout your chimney. The brickwork, tiles, mortar, and more will show obvious signs of deterioration that will only worsen if not properly addressed. These cracks will also allow smoke to escape through various parts of the bricks and liner, causing countless ventilation issues.

By getting these problems addressed fast, you save yourself time, money, and loads of stress. Call in an expert as soon as possible, so your fireplace is ready for use all year long.

Give Us A Call!

All in all, having a professional come in and check things over is the best way to ensure your chimney is safe, clean, and strong. If you want to maintain good chimney health for years to come, schedule an inspection today! The staff at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney is ready to set you up right so that you can enjoy your fireplace to the fullest anytime you’d like.

Call on our CSIA certified experts now!

By Jake Johnson on February 23rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

We Can Install Your New Fireplace Or Insert

Installing a Fireplace Insert Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceFall is here and colder weather is starting to make an appearance. If you are lucky enough to own a fireplace, this means countless cozy nights bundled up by a crackling fire. When the snows arrive, there is no better spot to be!

If you do not have a fireplace, consider purchasing one today. A fireplace is a beautiful focal point for guests to admire and truly adds an unbeatable aesthetic to any home. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we sell and install a wide variety of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves, along with countless hearth accessories. Hiring an expert is the best option when it comes to your complete satisfaction. Call on us to ensure the job gets done right!

Why Hire A Pro?

You may be asking yourself why hiring a professional to install your new unit is so important. With all of the online resources and do-it-yourself tutorials floating around the web, why pay the installation costs? There are countless reasons to hire an expert from the start. Check out a few of these reasons below.

  • You Save Money: Many people opt to do it themselves in hopes of saving their dollars, but it rarely works out that way in the end. You will likely need to purchase extra tools and parts, all of which add up quickly and put a big strain on your wallet. Also, if anything gets installed incorrectly, you face more labor and repair costs down the line. Hire a pro from the start to avoid the headache.
  • You Keep Your Home Safer: Improper installation could easily lead to fumes and other harmful toxins backing up into your home. Venting issues also lead to excess creosote and other debris build-up, all of which increase the chance of house fires. Don’t take the risk and call in a pro today to ensure the job gets done right.
  • You Minimize Stress: Certified experts are trained in the intricate process that installations often require. There are a wide variety of factors that need to be taken into account before getting started and anything that gets missed could trigger countless issues when it comes to running your unit. Between sizing issues, ventilation systems, and more, you will definitely want to get the help you need.

Along with these, you invite a lot of mess, research, and potential risk of injury when trying to perform an installation on your own. We are trained and certified with the NFI and the CSIA, both of which highlight the importance of hiring a professional when it comes to the safety of your home and family.

Turn to Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney right away. Our satisfied customers have been relying on us for 15 years and counting because we continue to provide the best service around. Let us help you out today!

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