Our Company Blog

Summer Is An Ideal Time For Masonry Repairs

Is your masonry looking worse for the wear? You’re not alone. Many love the look and design of a masonry chimney or fireplace, but will begin to notice some cosmetic issues when the structure isn’t regularly inspected and maintained. Unfortunately, these cracks, holes, and crumbling pieces can lead to bigger issues that eventually put your home and family at serious risk. Summer Is For Masonry Repair - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Our team of experts is ready and able to help people all throughout our service area maintain stronger and longer-lasting chimneys and fireplaces. If you need help call on the CSIA certified crew at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today. We’re ready and eager to help you out!

Why Is Now A Good Time?

Fall is only a couple of short months away, so it won’t be long until our schedule books start to fill up. Many homeowners put off maintenance until right before the burning season begins, but this doesn’t always work out in an ideal manner. Because time slots fill up fast, finding the perfect appointment time based on your schedule isn’t typically an easy thing to do. We love it when we can perfectly accommodate homeowners, but this becomes increasingly more difficult the busier we get.

Between planning around busy time frames and addressing countless masonry repairs throughout the area, it could end up being quite some time before we get in, get the work done, and give you the okay to light your first fire of the year. We want your holiday season to be as festive as possible, which is why we urge you to call us now while we’re still in our slower time of year. We’ll get your masonry issues addressed in no time!

Many find the satisfaction of crossing chimney care off of their to-do list a huge incentive for calling our team in right away, but that’s not the only reason why summer-time repairs are encouraged. This time of year also offers an ideal temperature range for these types of jobs because the materials we use need to be applied in certain weather in order to cure properly. If you put off maintenance too long, we might advise you to wait until spring comes back around to get your work done-.

Let’s work together now to get your masonry looking and functioning great before fall and winter arrive. We’d love nothing more than to offer you the peace of mind you’re looking for regarding your fireplace, and we know you won’t regret calling us in early when you’re lighting up a fire on that first cold day.

Don’t Let Crumbling Masonry Bring You Down Any Longer

When it comes right down to it, a broken down chimney isn’t especially fun to come home to and it’s dangerous to light fires when damages are present. Your risk for house fires and gas leaks increases significantly, and you may eventually face a collapse which could cause injury and cost you hundreds in damages. Don’t take any chances. Give our team a call now!

By Jake Johnson on August 10th, 2018 | 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.

chimney-cap-maintenance-image-evergreen-co-mountain-man-chimney

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!