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Chimney Cleaning Logs Are No Substitute For a Professional Chimney Sweeping

Trust a CSIA certified technician like those found at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Trust a CSIA certified technician like those found at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

We all love convenience, so it’s tempting when you see a log at the grocery store, hardware store, or big box store that promises to “sweep” your chimney. You could buy the log, take it home, burn it in your fireplace, and check one thing off your to-do list. It seems easier than finding time to schedule a chimney sweep. But chimney sweeping logs are no substitute for your regular, annual chimney cleaning and inspection by a certified chimney sweep.

How do creosote sweeping logs work?

Chimney sweeping logs, or creosote sweeping logs, are placed in your fireplace and burned, either on their own or as part of a regular wood fire. They let off a chemical that reacts with the dangerous creosote deposits on your chimney, causing that creosote to flake off and fall down into your firebox, where it can be cleaned away, or burned up in the fire. Generally, creosote sweeping logs promise to reduce creosote buildup in your fireplace over a 15-day period.

Why aren’t creosote sweeping logs an adequate replacement for chimney sweeping?

Some chimney sweeping logs carry seals of approval from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), but the CSIA maintains that the only way to keep your family and home safe from the dangers of a chimney fire or carbon monoxide is an annual cleaning and inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep.  At best, chimney sweeping logs promise to remove up to 60 percent of creosote deposits in your chimney. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that coats your chimney each time you burn a fire, and any significant amount of creosote buildup in your chimney poses a fire hazard to your home. Additionally, creosote sweeping logs encourage creosote to flake off of your chimney’s walls and fall back into your chimney. However, many chimneys are not straight shots to the firebox, which means creosote flakes can accumulate on horizontal services. Creosote is highly flammable, and as flakes fall into your firebox, they can cause flare ups in your burning fire.

Most importantly, creosote sweeping logs can clear away some buildup, but they cannot provide the important inspection component of your annual chimney sweeping. When you have your chimney serviced each year, your certified chimney sweep looks for problems with your chimney, such as damage from an undetected chimney fire, animal nests, or cracks that have formed in the masonry. All of those things can put your home at risk for a chimney fire, or lead to a weakening in your chimney’s structure.

How can I reduce creosote in my chimney?

You can reduce creosote buildup in your chimney by burning firewood that has been properly seasoned and dried, as wet or unseasoned wood does not burn efficiently. It lets of more smoke, which causes creosote to build up faster in your fireplace.

The best way to remove creosote from your chimney is with your annual chimney cleaning and inspection. Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney will make your sweeping as convenient as possible. The entire process, which involves specialty brushes and a high-powered vacuum only takes about an hour and a half and will leave you assured that your chimney is creosote free.

By Jake Johnson on November 17th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Fires – Causes And What To Do If They Occur

More than 30% of homes in the United States have fireplaces. While they provide us with heat and create a welcoming atmosphere in our homes, sometimes even the most well maintained fireplace systems can have chimney fires.

After a chimney fire, many homeowners are unsure of what to do next: will I ever be able to use my fireplace again? Is it safe for my family to stay in our home? Does the chimney need to be torn down?

While dealing with a chimney fire can be a scary experience, they can be preventable. By learning about the causes of chimney fires, how to prevent them, and what to do if they occur, homeowners can feel confident enjoying their fireplaces all winter long.

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The primary cause of chimney fires is ignition of creosote buildup. Creosote is a sticky, tarry substance that is created in fuel burning fires; because it is extremely flammable, it is important that creosote is removed during annual chimney sweepings.

Signs of a chimney fire

Chimney fires are not always as dramatic as flames erupting from the top of the chimney; because of this, many homeowners may not even realize they’ve had a smaller chimney fire. Below are some of the signs of a chimney fire.

  • Puffy creosote
  • Cracked, collapsed, or damaged flue tiles
  • Damage or warping of the metal of the damper
  • Discolored or damaged chimney cap
  • Evidence of smoke or heat damage to the roof

What to do after a chimney fire

If you’ve experienced a chimney fire, it is important to have your chimney inspected by a CSIA certified chimney sweep before attempting to use it again. A certified chimney sweep will be able to assess the damage and make recommendations for necessary repairs.

If the chimney fire was minor, repairs can be as simple as a thorough chimney sweep to remove any additional creosote or replacing any damaged flue tiles. More serious chimney fires, however, many need to have the flue relined or even have the entire chimney rebuilt. Because it involves major construction, rebuilding is typically only recommended when the chimney has compromised structural integrity.

How to prevent chimney fires

Thankfully, there are a number of ways that homeowners can prevent chimney fires. The best way to prevent chimney fire is by having your chimney regularly swept. Because chimney fires are fueled by creosote, an annual chimney sweeping can seriously reduce your risk for chimney fire.

Likewise, it is also possible to reduce the amount of creosote your fireplace produces. Because burning green wood creates more creosote, it is important to only burn seasoned firewood in your fireplace. In addition, homeowners should avoid allowing fires to burn at low temperatures or smolder for long periods of time. Low temperature fires lack the hot air to push the products of combustion up and out of the fireplace, allowing them to accumulate in the chimney and leading to creosote buildup.

Whether you’ve experienced a chimney fire or want to learn more about preventing one from happening in your home, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today. Our expert staff can help make sure your fireplace and chimney are safe and ready to be used all winter long.

By Jake Johnson on August 27th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Schedule a Chimney Sweep this Summer

Summer is a great time to get a jump start on your annual chimney sweeping!

Summer is a great time to get a jump start on your annual chimney sweeping!

As summer’s hot temperatures continue to rise outside, very few homeowners are using their fireplaces for anything other than decoration. While it may still be too hot to enjoy a fire, fall will be here before we know it! This year, schedule your chimney sweeping for the summer to make sure your fireplace system is ready to use in the fall.

Why choose summer chimney maintenance

Very few homeowners pay attention to their fireplaces when the weather outside is warm. What many may not know, however, is that the warm months of summer make for one of the best times of year for chimney maintenance!

Because the temperatures outside are warmer, few people are using their fireplaces. This means that homeowners experience no breaks is usage while the chimney is being swept or when waiting for repairs. Likewise, some masonry repairs cannot be done in cold or wet conditions, making the summer the ideal time for chimney maintenance.

If all you need is a chimney sweeping, summer is the ideal time of year to schedule your appointment. Summer is traditionally considered a “slow” season for chimney sweeps; for homeowners, this means shorter wait times and greater availability of convenient appointments!

Why having a chimney swept is important

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that all homeowners have their chimneys swept at least once per year. Even if you take excellent care of your fireplace, use an alternative fuel such as gas, or rarely use your fireplace it is still recommended to have an annual chimney sweeping.

If you use your fireplace as a primary heat source or keep it burning for most of the winter, your chimney may need to be swept more than once per year. In addition to a regular annual sweeping, fireplaces should be swept anytime the sooty buildup in the flue is greater than 1/8th of an inch. This amount of buildup typically occurs after burning one full cord of wood; if you use more than this amount each season, talk to you technician about scheduling additional chimney sweepings.

Having your chimney regularly swept is an important part of ensuring your family’s health and safety. When chimneys are swept, creosote buildup within the flue is removed. Created by fuel burning fires, creosote is extremely flammable; when ignited by sparks or embers from the fire, creosote ignition is the leading cause of chimney fire.

Excessive creosote buildup can also cause chimney odors, especially during the warm and humid months of summer. In addition to creating an unpleasant odor within your home, this can also affect the air quality. This is especially dangerous for those with respiratory problems such as asthma.

While very few homeowners use their fireplaces during the summer, we shouldn’t forget our chimneys just because the weather outside is hot. This year, schedule summer chimney maintenance in order to prepare your fireplace system for the fall. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney here today to schedule your summer chimney sweeping!

By Jake Johnson on July 31st, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

We Do More Than Sweep Chimneys

There's more to us than just being chimney sweeps!Regular chimney maintenance, such as chimney sweeping, is an important part of keeping your fireplace and chimney working safely and looking beautiful. While many of our customers use us for our chimney sweeping services, we can do much more than that!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we specialize in masonry rebuilding and repairs. Keeping your home’s masonry in good condition can not only make sure your fireplace system is structurally safe, but can also keep the exterior of your home looking beautiful.

Our masonry repairs

There are a number of things that can cause your masonry to fail. One of the most common causes of masonry deterioration is water damage. Rain, ice, and snow can all penetrate the brick, causing it to expand and crack when the water freezes. This can lead to cracked and spalled brick, as well as damage to the surrounding masonry or underlying building materials.

Masonry can also be damaged by a number of other causes including severe weather, settling, or lack of maintenance.

To keep your masonry looking beautiful, we are proud to offer our customers a variety of high quality masonry repair services. Below are just some of the masonry services we offer.

  • Chimney crowns: The chimney crown is a masonry slab that covers and protects the top of the chimney surrounding the flue. A damaged chimney crown is often the cause of many chimney leaks, and can also lead to water damage to the masonry of the chimney.
  • Tuckpointing: Tuckpointing is the delicate process in which the mortar joints of your chimney are replaced without affecting the surrounding brick. When done correctly, tuckpointing can strengthen your masonry structure while also seamlessly blending in with the existing mortar joints.
  • Rebuilds: Whether your chimney has been severely damaged or you simply want a whole new look for your fireplace, a chimney or fireplace rebuild can revitalize the look and feel of your home. A chimney or fireplace rebuild gives you control over the design as well as allowing you to take advantage of modern building materials and techniques.

Why Choose Us

When choosing a company for your home’s masonry repairs, it is important to work with someone who not only understands masonry work but is also experiencing working specifically on fireplace and chimneys. Because the masonry in your firebox and chimney need to withstand high heats and exposure to smoke, gas, and the elements, installing it can be very different than the masonry you find elsewhere on your home.

If done incorrectly, masonry repairs can further weaken your damaged chimney or fireplace instead of strengthening it. Likewise, it is also important to make sure the masonry repair matches and blends in well with the existing masonry. If not, the repaired or patched section of masonry may stand out worse than it did when it was damaged! At Mountain Man Chimney & Fireplace, our expert masons have the necessary experience to create a safe and beautiful masonry repair.

No matter what your chimney or fireplace needs are, Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney can handle it all. In addition to keeping your chimney clean, we can repair or rebuild any damaged masonry. If you live in the Littleton, CO area, give us a call (303-679-1601) to schedule your fireplace or chimney appointment!

By Jake Johnson on June 9th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Leave a Comment

The Advantages of Keeping your Chimney Cap Clean and Free of Debris

The chimney cap is one of the most important parts of your chimney. In addition to keeping hot coals and embers from flying out onto your roof, it also prevents animals, debris, and moisture from getting into your chimney.

To keep working well, chimneys and chimney caps should be regularly inspected and maintained. A chimney cap that is clean and free of debris will work more efficiently and minimize potential hazards.

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What is a chimney cap?

A chimney cap is a metal covering designed to protect and cover the top of the flue. Made of clay or metals such as stainless steel or copper, chimney caps also have mesh or wire sides that prevent animals or debris from getting into the chimney structure.

Chimney caps are important in that they protect your chimney. Water entry can cause serious damage to nearly every part of your chimney and fireplace, and debris can clog the chimney and become a fire hazard.

How do chimney caps become clogged?

The same wire or mesh that prevents animals or debris from getting into your chimney is also the reason your chimney cap may be clogged. If the spacing in the mesh is too large, small birds or mammals may be able to squeeze through and into the chimney. If the spacing is too small, it may become clogged from the inside with creosote, soot, or ash.

Likewise, over time leaves and debris may blow onto the outside of the chimney cap and get stuck, restricting airflow. During winter storms, the mesh may also be blocked by accumulating ice or snow.

Advantages of keeping your chimney cap clean

Because chimney caps play such an important role in protecting your fireplace and chimney, it is important that they receive regular upkeep and maintenance. A chimney cap that is clean and free of debris allows open airflow into the chimney. This allows fires enough oxygen to start quickly and burn fully. Likewise, a clean chimney cap reduces potential fire hazards as there is no creosote to be accidentally ignited by stray sparks or embers.

Chimney caps that are clean and free from blockages also prevent smoke or gasses such as carbon monoxide from backing up into your home.

How can I tell if my chimney cap is clogged?

Identifying a clogged chimney cap may be difficult because of their location. However, there are a number of signs that you may be experiencing a clogged chimney cap. Because a clogged chimney cap restricts airflow into the chimney, homes where the cap is partially or fully blocked may have issues starting or maintaining a fire in the fireplace.
Homeowners may be able to identify a clogged chimney cap without getting on the roof. Excessive creosote buildup on a chimney cap may cause discoloration to the surrounding bricks and mortar. Likewise, if the chimney cap is visible from the ground, you should be able to see light through the screen. If it is opaque or if there is visible debris on the exterior of the chimney cap, it is most likely clogged.

If you think your chimney cap is clogged or simply need to have an annual chimney sweep or inspection performed, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today!

Fireplaces and Feng Shui

Fireplaces can make a beautiful addition or focal point to any room. Their comforting appearance, soft glow, and warm heat create a homey atmosphere that invites others to sit down, relax, and enjoy the ambiance.

What many homeowners may not know is that fireplaces can also serve another purpose. Fireplaces can influence the Feng Shui of a room, representing the five elements. Even if you’ve never studied Feng Shui before, you may be surprised at how it can influence and impact the design choices in your home.

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What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of balancing energy. Developed over 3000 years ago, good Feng Shui is said to bring good luck wheras bad Feng Shui can bring misfortune.

The practice of Feng Shui involves using the compass to balance the five elements: fire, wood, earth, metal, and water. Placing items representing these elements at different points on the compass – North, South, East, or West – can have different effects. The placement of these elements throughout your home can influence its Feng Shui and bring harmony into your home.

How do fireplaces influence Feng Shui?

A fireplace can represent multiple elements for practitioners of Feng Shui. They are primarily used, however, to represent the element of fire. The fire element is also associated with the colors red, yellow, orange, purple, and pink.

According to tradition, the best position for a fireplace is in the South. This placement will bring you luck, fame, and recognition. Other good positions are Southwest (increase in romance) and Northeast (success in education and a clear and calm mind). If your fireplace is not in one of these positions, don’t stress – you can balance the Feng Shui of a room by adding representations of other elements.

What causes bad Feng Shui?

Bad Feng Shui can be created when the elements are unbalanced. With regard to fireplaces, bad Feng Shui can be caused by a vacant hearth from a fireplace that is no longer used. The easiest way to improve the bad Feng Shui of a non-working fireplace is to have it fixed. If your fireplace is working but it not used frequently, considering using design elements such as faux logs or candles to fill the hearth.

Designing with Feng Shui

In traditional Feng Shui, fireplaces send energy out of a home. To combat this, place a mirror over the fireplace to bounce energy back in. If you have décor on your mantle, choose design elements that come in pairs, such as placing a vase on each end of the mantle. In Feng Shui, pairs like this represent love and nurturing.

Other themes and motifs to include in a room are circles (which have no beginning and no end and represent the flow of the universe), plants (which attract positive chi and represent prosperity), and aquariums (which are said to attract wealth and abundance).

If you want to add a fireplace to increase the Feng Shui of your home and live near Littleton, CO, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today! We sell and install a wide variety of fireplaces, stoves, and inserts. Our expert staff can help you select the appliance that is right for you style, budget, and the Feng Shui of your home.

By Jake Johnson on January 15th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Have Your Chimney Cleaned In Time for Santa

As the holiday season approaches, the fireplace often becomes the focal point of many family celebrations. Fireplaces have even made their way into several of our most popular Christmas songs and stories as we roast chestnuts over an open fire and hang our stockings by the chimney with care.

Often the most important role fireplaces play during the holidays is to aide in Santa’s arrival. To help the big man in red slide down your chimney without getting covered in ash and soot, have your chimney cleaned in time for Santa’s arrival!

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How often should chimneys be cleaned?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “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.” Additionally, the Chimney Safety Institute of America also recommends that all fireplaces, flues, and chimneys should be cleaned and inspected at least once per year.

Even for fireplaces and chimneys that are only infrequently or seasonally used, an annual cleaning is an integral part of making sure your fireplace system is still able to safely operate. Likewise, most homeowners lack the training, expertise, and tools to be able to correctly clean their chimney systems themselves. Even contractors, roofers, and other handymen may not have the appropriate knowledge to ensure your chimney is properly swept. Instead, homeowners should only trust their chimneys to certified chimney sweeps who can completely remove creosote, soot, ash, and other debris. This allows your fireplace to be able to burn more efficiently and with a greatly decreased risk of chimney fire.

The importance of chimney inspections

Even homeowners who regularly have their fireplaces and chimneys swept should consider having a chimney inspection. A chimney inspection will be able to identify any emerging issues or pinpoint the cause of ongoing problems such as leaks or drafts.

Most homes with well maintained chimneys and fireplaces receive a Level I inspection. During this level of inspection, technicians will inspect the accessible areas of the interior and exterior of the chimney structure. This includes the firebox, masonry of the chimney structure, and fireplace hardware such as the damper and flue. If any additional problems or areas or damage are discovered, a more intensive Level II or Level III inspection may be recommended.

Why is preventative maintenance important?

Homeowners often wait until they are experiencing problems to have their fireplaces or chimneys cleaned or inspected. By this point, however, there may already be extensive damage that will cost considerable time and money to repair.

Instead of waiting until there is a problem, homeowners should have annual preventative maintenance completed. Doing this lengthens the life of both the chimney and fireplace, allowing them to be safely enjoyed for years to come. While an annual cleaning or inspection may seem like an unnecessary expense or a service that homeowners can do themselves, investing in annual preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run by identifying issues before they become major problems.

At Mountain Man Chimney, our CSIA certified chimney sweeps will be able to clean and inspect your chimney in order to keep them in their best possible working condition. If you have not yet had your chimney swept this year, and live around Littleton, contact us today to get your fireplace and chimney in pristine condition before Santa’s big arrival!

Zen and the Art of Chimney Sweeping

If you grew up watching Disney movies, thinking about chimney sweeps may conjure up images of Dick Van Dyke and crew singing “Chim Chim Cher-ee” in Mary Poppins. Unlike their fictional singing and dancing counterparts, modern chimney sweeps are known for their professionalism and high levels of expertise and training.

A brief history of chimney sweeps

Once your chimney is swept and inspected, you can breathe easy, knowing that you’ve been proactive about minimizing the possibility of fire hazards or toxic carbon monoxide leaks. If you’re ready to schedule your annual chimney sweeping appointment, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney at 303-679-1601!

Once your chimney is swept and inspected, you can breathe easy, knowing that you’ve been proactive about minimizing the possibility of fire hazards or toxic carbon monoxide leaks. If you’re ready to schedule your annual chimney sweeping appointment, call Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney at 303-679-1601!

While homeowners had been keeping their own chimneys clean for centuries, the chimney sweep profession did not develop until the Industrial Revolution. As the number or homes and businesses in cities steadily grew, master chimney sweeps would hire young boys as apprentices to climb inside the chimneys, scraping the inside of the flue with small, handheld brushes.

This practice fell out of favor around the turn of the century due to several pieces of legislation passed in order to protect the working conditions of chimney sweeps. In addition, new technology and building standards allowed sweeps to more efficiently clean chimneys and flues, eliminating the need to have young boys climb inside the chimney structure.

Since then, the profession has continued to evolve. Modern chimney sweeps are subjected to the oversight of several regulatory groups and must maintain their qualifications in order to be certified. In addition, chimney sweeps are qualified to do much more than just clean chimneys; most are also able to assess the condition of a chimney structure and make some repairs as needed.

How does someone become a chimney sweep?

Many chimney sweeps get their start by finding an older, certified sweep to serve as their mentor. In addition, new chimney sweeps have the ability to attend various industry seminars, classes, and training events to improve their skill sets and knowledge levels.

Professional chimney sweeps traditionally are certified by several different organizations. In the United States, certifications for chimney sweeps are issued by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the Certified Chimney Professionals. In addition, the National Chimney Sweep Guild works to improve the professionalism and perception of the trade by ensuring that high standards of expertise are maintained. In order to become professionally certified by these organizations, chimney sweeps must show a certain level of proficiency in their ability to identify and fix potentially hazardous problems, as well as their knowledge about issues affecting modern masonry chimneys.

What does a modern chimney sweep do?

Modern chimney sweeps are certified technicians who are well equipped to deal with most chimney or fireplace concerns. For most chimney sweeps, the majority of their work involves preventative maintenance and cleaning of chimneys, flues, and fireplaces. While tools such as the traditional chimney brush are still used, chimney sweeps now employ a vast array of more modern tools such as vacuums, cameras, and other electronic equipment.

Certified chimney sweeps have also been trained on how to repair most of the common fireplace hazards, including the removal of creosote, animals or nests, and the repair of dampers or smoke chambers. In addition, some chimney sweeps may be able to complete more extensive or complex repairs including repairing flues, chimney crowns, chimney caps, or masonry structures.

By Jake Johnson on August 29th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Why is My Chimney Leaking?

There are few things more aggravating to a homeowner than having water leaking into their home. Finding the exact source of a leak around a chimney can be particularly frustrating.  The inherent complexity of having a masonry structure pass through a framed roof can turn the proper diagnosis of a leaking chimney into a time-consuming headache.

Annual chimney maintenance is helpful because it alerts you to problems early, before they become catastrophic.

Annual chimney maintenance is helpful because it alerts you to problems early, before they become catastrophic.

To understand the fundamentals of why a masonry chimney will or won’t leak, let’s start at the top of the flue and work down to the roofline.  First, if you don’t have a chimney cap, get one.  An uncovered chimney allows whatever rain and snow are falling to enter right into the fireplace flue.  Over time, that water erodes the mortar joints between the flue tiles and it also damages the chimney as the water is heated into steam during operation of the fireplace.

The chimney crown is the ‘lid’ over your chimney.  It’s useful to think of a chimney as a hollow box built out of cinder blocks or bricks.  To keep water from entering the chimney from above, a crown is poured.  The crown should be concrete that is 4” – 5” thick and contoured to drain moisture.  Lots of chimney crowns in our area were just built with mortar instead of concrete or they lack an expansion joint to allow the top flue tile to expand when the fireplace is in use.  The result is cracks and erosion that allow water to penetrate and cause increasingly larger cracks as the freeze-thaw cycle occurs.

The sides of a masonry chimney are often the least understood culprit when making a leaky chimney diagnosis.  Like all masonry materials, mortar joints will allow water penetration when saturated.  When the mortar joints are cracked or damaged, water easily flows through them and into the space between the cinder block structure and the stone veneer.  It flows downward until it reaches the framing of the roof and into your home.  Even in our dry climate, when a chimney is exposed to excessive rain and snow, it will absorb moisture through the rocks or bricks on the sides. The solution is to locate the weakened joints and cracked rocks and seal or replace them as necessary.

Where the chimney meets the roofline can be the most complicated region of a leaking chimney to diagnose.  Every roof-chimney interface should have an overlapping system that includes both flashing and counter-flashing.  The flashing starts under the roofing materials and runs up alongside the chimney.  The counter-flashing starts out with a ‘cut’ into the side of the chimney and then overlaps the flashing to create a barrier to water intrusion.  Unfortunately, a huge percentage of homes in our community have chimneys that are flashed improperly.  We often see chimneys where the counter-flashing is just placed along the chimney and ‘sealed’ with some type of goop.  WRONG!  Chimneys like these need significant repairs to keep the water out of your home.

To correctly diagnose and fix a leaking chimney, we evaluate the entire chimney as a system: top (cap and crown), middle (stonework or bricks) and bottom (flashing and counter-flashing).  If any of the three sections is leaking, then the chimney has a potential for water to enter the home.  Next month we’ll explain how to find the leaks on a framed chase with a factory-built chimney.

To schedule a fireplace/chimney sweeping and/or inspection – call us today at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, Inc – (303) 679.1601 / 838.3882 or electronically at office@MtnManChimney.com.  Semper Fi!