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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

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

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now!

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyWith warm temperatures and long days still outside, few homeowners are using their fireplaces. However, fall is just around the corner; make sure your chimney is ready for this burning season by having it serviced and repaired now!

If your chimney needs to be repaired, now is the perfect time to have it done. Having your chimney repaired before the heavy burning season will ensure you and your family can enjoy a safe and efficient fireplace all winter long.

What causes masonry damage?

The exterior masonry of your chimney is meant to withstand the elements; however, even the best built chimneys can be damaged or deteriorate over time. The following are three common causes of masonry damage.

  • Moisture: Water is one of nature’s most damaging elements, especially to the masonry of your chimney. The freeze thaw process, during which small amounts of water absorbed by the brick expand and cause further damage, can cause masonry to crack and spall in as little as one winter. Water from rain, ice, snow, and even sprinklers can lead to damage or chimney leaks.
  • Settling: Settling happens to all homes; if your fireplace were not built on a strong foundation, settling can cause the chimney to crack and shift. Cracks in the refractory masonry of the firebox are a common symptom of settling. Chimneys that have shifted or cracked due to settling should be inspected as soon as possible to ensure they are still structurally sound.
  • Other causes of masonry damage: Even the toughest masonry can be damaged in a number of surprising ways. Painting the chimney with a non-breathable sealant can trap water inside, causing hidden masonry damage behind the paint. Likewise, attempting to power wash a dirty chimney can do more damage than good; power washing masonry can cause cracks and holes that let water in and cause further damage.

Benefits of having your masonry repaired now

Even though you aren’t currently using your chimney, now is the perfect time to have your chimney repaired. Below are three reasons to have your masonry repaired now.

  1. No breaks in use. Damaged masonry often means an unusable fireplace. While this isn’t an issue during warm weather, it can literally leave you out in the cold in the winter months. To prevent any breaks in use, have masonry repaired now so it is fixed and ready when cold weather arrives.
  2. Better appointment availability. Fall and winter are the busiest times for chimney companies as homeowners rush to have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and repaired. Avoid the rush – and get a more convenient appointment time – by having your masonry repaired now.
  3. Less chance of weather delays. Unpredictable winter weather can side track and delay masonry repairs. Likewise, some masonry repairs cannot be completed in freezing temperatures or when moisture such as snow and ice are present. Avoid this by having masonry repaired now.

If your masonry is damaged, don’t put off the repairs until fall. Now is the perfect time to have your chimney serviced and repaired. To schedule your masonry repair, chimney sweeping, or other fireplace appointment, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on August 30th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Spring Is The Best Time For Exterior Chimney Services

For your fireplace, winter means more than just snow, ice, and freezing temperatures; it is also the period of heaviest fireplace use during the year. Because of this, many fireplaces enter spring a little worse for the wear and are in need of repairs. Luckily, spring is the best time for exterior chimney services!

What causes masonry damage? Spring is the Best Time For Exterior Chimney Services-Evergreen, CO- Mountain Man Chimney -w800-h800

There is a reason chimneys are built out of bricks and mortar – it is one of the strongest building materials on the planet. However, there are a number of ways that masonry can become damaged. Exposure to the elements, extreme weather, house settling, and even animals can all cause damage to your masonry. However, the most common cause of masonry damage is from moisture; water from rain, snow, ice, and even hoses or sprinklers can all cause damage to the bricks. Over time, exposure to moisture can even damage the masonry to the point of affecting the structural stability of the chimney.

What are the signs of masonry damage?

There are varying degrees of masonry damage, ranging from minor cracks and chips to spalling bricks that affect the structural stability of the chimney. However, there are several signs that may indicate your masonry has been damaged.

– Chips or cracks in the bricks and mortar
– Missing pieces of masonry
– Stained masonry
– Growth of ivy or climbing vines on the chimney
– Chimney leaks

Since most of us do not spend a great deal of time studying our chimneys, it can be difficult to tell when damage has occurred. Because of this, an annual sweeping and inspection are an important part of keeping your chimney in good condition. Regular inspections can often identify masonry damage before it progresses into a dangerous problem.

Why is spring the best time for masonry repairs?

The following are four reasons why spring is the best time of year for exterior chimney services.

– Low use period: With warmer temperatures outside, most homeowners do not use their fireplaces in the spring. This means that you will not be affected if the fireplace cannot be used for a period of time during repairs.
– Flexible scheduling: Because spring is the “off season” for chimneys, scheduling during this time of year is more flexible. During the spring, homeowners are often able to get appointments times that are convenient for them with minimal waiting.
– Weather: Many masonry repairs cannot be completed if the weather is too cold or too hot. Spring has ideal weather conditions to help get repairs completed quickly with minimal delays.
– Be ready for fall: Even if you aren’t planning on using your fireplace for several months, having it repaired during the spring means there will be no waiting when you’re ready for fires in the fall.

If your chimney’s masonry needs to be repaired and you live around Lakewood, now is the best time of year to have it done. Call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule your exterior chimney services!

By Jake Johnson on April 12th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment