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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.

Common Chimney Repairs

Getting Started

The one thing you hear the most in the chimney world is to make sure you keep up with your annual maintenance.  This maintenance consists of an inspection and sweep every year.  When researching for a technician, make sure that they are credible.  You can find out a lot about the people working in your neighborhood through word of mouth of family and friends, or also checking internet websites where customers can leave reviews after the service has been completed.

Over time, water will wear down the defenses of your chimney. Common waterproofing repairs include restoring flashing and replacing chimney caps.

Over time, water will wear down the defenses of your chimney. Common waterproofing repairs include restoring flashing and replacing chimney caps.

Anyone you have perform a chimney sweep should be certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, (CSIA) a non-profit organization that serves as a great place of information for homeowners.  Having this maintenance done can prevent you from having many other problems arise in the long run, so make sure it is done on time and not just when you think it’s needed.  To schedule your appointment call the professionals at Mountain Man Chimney Fireplace & Chimney.

Biggest Threats

There are many things in a chimney that can malfunction, and can potentially cause big problems even though they seem small in the beginning.  First, water can enter your home and cause mold to form.  This is extremely common in areas that have high precipitation levels.  Water can enter when the flashing on a chimney becomes loose, cracked, or missing.  Sometimes caulk can be used to fix the gaps, but sometimes it will need replacing.

Bricks can become cracked which can also be a place for water to collect.  When this happens, call an experienced sweep that can come repair the unit properly.  They will be able to judge the size of the crack and what needs to be used to fix it.  The chimney crown serves as a roof to the unit, so that must also be repaired if cracked.  Lastly, installing a chimney cap will not only help keep water out, but animals as well.

After a chimney has been repaired, toss a little water on it to make sure that it was done properly and no water is still allowed to enter.  If the surface turns a dark color and absorbs into the chimney, you may still be in danger of water damage.

Taking Care of Business

To take care of this, you should have your chimney waterproofed.  There are special chemicals that form a sealant when applied that will repel the water as it hits the structure.  It is important to have a breathable substance so that vapors are not trapped inside of the chimney.  You always want to make sure that the chimney is cleaned before applying the repellent.

What is the Risk?

When these repairs go unattended they can become much worse.  If a crack becomes larger more water can collect inside of it.  This will lead to more mold, which can spread into the foundation of your home and also the air you and your family breathe.  Also, if you do not have your sweep in a timely fashion you can become susceptible to chimney fires and draft problems that could eventually lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or become a threat to the structural integrity of your home.

We recommend an annual chimney cleaning and inspection, so that we can identify and eliminate problems early on. Waiting is more dangerous and much more expensive. Call today!