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Is Your Chimney Leaking?

As much as we all love the warm weather that comes with Spring, but it also brings us lots of rain. While it helps to nourish our plants and grass, it can bring lots of troublesome issues for your brickwork and masonry. Chimney leaks are a huge problem and can trigger lasting damage. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat this problem. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we know many solutions to help your chimney’s masonry to last a lifetime!

Our Team Can Patch Things Up

If leaks are already present in your chimney system, then you should give us a call right away! We know exactly where to look and what to inspect to ensure all holes, cracks, or openings are found and sealed. If any part of your chimney is broken, let our experts come repair and replace them right now. It’s critical to get these issues resolved as soon as possible to avoid further decay and deterioration. With our team on your side, you can rest easy knowing things are taken care of and will be restored back to normal in no time!

Springtime is the most ideal time to get all of your leaks and repairs fixed. The products we use must cure in a certain temperature range to ensure the best results, and spring gives us the perfect weather to get things done just right!

Most chimney companies also have more openings during the spring and summer months. Fall and winter are very busy as you can imagine. By scheduling your appointments now, you are guaranteed more flexibility. We’ll make certain all repairs are addressed so your chimney and fireplace is ready to go when fall arrives!

Preventative Maintenance

Now that your chimney is back in optimal condition, it’s time to consider preventative maintenance to avoid any future concerns. A well-built chimney crown, for example, ensures water slopes down and away from your chimney and brickwork. A good chimney cap will stop water from entering your flue and wreaking havoc.

Another important part of your chimney system is the flashing. The flashing seals the area where the roof and chimney meet, and it plays an integral part in keeping water out of your fireplace and your home. Unfortunately, it inevitably cracks, rusts, or separates from the structure and needs to be mended over time. Our team is trained and equipped to fix any of your flashing problems!

Let our professionals help

Lastly, we strongly urge our customers to invest in waterproofing to prevent the masonry from absorbing too much water. As the brickwork soaks in water, it can cause the structure to become weaker. After going through the freeze/thaw process a few times, you’re looking at some big problems to come!

We offer the best products along with years of experiences in this industry. Call or contact us online to set up an appointment right now!

By Jake Johnson on April 30th, 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

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