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Types Of Chimney Repairs

Chimneys are tough structures and last for decades, which is why families love having them in their home! But that doesn’t mean they don’t need care and regular maintenance from time to time…

Despite being highly durable, sometimes repairs are simply inevitable. If you suspect there are issues with your chimney, or if you’re due for your annual inspection, give the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney a call today! We are qualified to address any issues with your chimney, and you’ll be happy you patched things up sooner, rather than later. Learn more below.

Broken Down Brickwork

Bricks are made from some tough materials, but that doesn’t mean they can withstand anything. Weather, neglect, and years of wear and tear can take its toll on your brickwork, and sometimes tune-ups are necessary. Invest in our tuckpointing services right away! We will take care of any cracks, holes, and worn down brick, so that you can get back to enjoying your fireplace to the fullest.

Leaks & Water Damage

Leaks are another common issue in chimney systems. Heavy rains and snowfall are inevitable, and your brickwork faces the brunt of any bad weather. Tons of moisture gets soaked into the chimney, and it triggers a lot of issues such as clogs, deterioration, rust, rot, stains, and more. Along with this the freeze-thaw process will occur, which puts a lot of extra pressure on your system as a whole.

Addressing water damage as soon as possible will benefit you greatly in the long run. A weakened structure only leads to more issues down the line, and any unresolved problems will only get worse and worse. You could eventually face a settlement or collapse and, in the meantime, your chimney will not function nearly as efficiently as it could. Not to mention, using a damaged chimney puts your home and loved ones at risk, as it increases the likelihood of fires and can causes toxins to back up into your home.

Talk to us today about what we can do to resolve any issues associated with a leaky chimney. Then, ask about our waterproofing services! We have high quality products that will seal your brickwork, protecting it from bad weather while allowing it the ability to breath out necessary vapors. It’s an investment worth making – call today to learn more !

Caps, Covers, & Dampers

What would a chimney be without proper working parts? Your chimney needs to stay protected from outside elements and vent properly to enhance its overall functioning. That’s why we can repair and/or replace various parts of your chimney, as needed. Keep animals out and warm air in this winter by working with our expert team today.

There’s no time to waste… the holidays are coming quick, so set up your appointment with us now. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

By Jake Johnson on November 1st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Issues With Damaged Chimney Flashing

Flashing is a vital part of your chimney’s construction. It protects the area where your roof and chimney meet, so that no water enters your home and causes damage. Your ceiling, walls, and more could be left vulnerable if flashing isn’t installed or if it is need of repair. Luckily, the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is trained and certified to help you out!

How Does Flashing Work?

First of all, let’s review how flashing works. The area where your roof and chimney meet needs extra protection due to the different materials that are present. The roofing materials and your brickwork expand and contract at different rates, thus creating small openings for water to enter.

Flashing works by sealing this area, while allowing these parts the flexibility they need. It’s typically made from a strong, metal material, and it will be custom fitted to your unique set-up. Then, caulking will be applied to ensure added protection and durability.

Typical Forms Of Damage

There are a few ways your flashing can be damaged. The first is corrosion. As time passes, you may eventually notice rust, holes, and similar types of wear and tear throughout your flashing. This is obviously not a good sign, and it should be addressed as soon as possible. When issues like this occur, water can enter fast, and your home will be left vulnerable. Give us a call and we get your system back to normal in no time!

Another problem comes in the form of loose parts. Bad weather and strong winds can sometimes cause parts of your flashing to detach, leaving you with open pathways for water to enter. Let us take a look at the problem, and we’ll see what we can do to repair any damage.

Bending is also a problem at times. If your flashing comes into contact with heavy items, the metal may bend, which will eventually lead to even more damage down the line. If water gets into the bent area, it will simply sit there until rust and corrosion occur. Also, the flashing itself will be weaker in the bent spot and cracks will eventually form in the affected areas.

What Can We Do?

We will do our best to repair your flashing so it looks and functions as good as new. If repairs cannot be completed, that’s no problem. We can install new flashing so that your home stays protected for years to come! We can also work with you to find the best fit and materials for your home and budget. No matter what, your home will be safer after the job is done!

Learn more by giving us a call. We can answer any questions you may have, then set you up with an appointment. Gain the peace of mind you deserve and get this maintenance done now, so you can rest easy. We looking forward to helping you out soon!

By Jake Johnson on June 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Waterproofing The Chimney

When it comes to keeping your fireplace and chimney burning safely and in good condition, few things are as important as regular preventative maintenance. This is especially true of protecting your chimney against water, one of the most damaging force’s to your bricks and mortar. Whether your chimney is in pristine condition or has a few cracks or chips, having it waterproofed can protect it for years to come. Waterproofiging the Chimney-Evergreen-CO-Mountain Many Chimney-w800-h800

Water and chimney damage

Masonry is not a delicate building material; it is built to last and can withstand years of exposure to the elements when properly maintained. However, your bricks and mortar still may be susceptible to water damage caused by the freeze thaw cycle.

The freeze thaw cycle can cause major moisture damage to your masonry in as little as one season. Because masonry is naturally porous, it can absorb very small amounts of water from rain, snow, ice, dew, or exposure to hoses or sprinklers. While this minute amount of water may not affect a chimney in good condition, if there are cracks or holes in the masonry the amount of water that is absorbed will increase.

In cold temperatures, the moisture in the bricks can freeze and expand; the causes progressively larger and larger cracks and holes to form. This damage from the freeze thaw cycle will continue to get worse over time causing large cracks to form in the bricks, spalling, or even structural damage to the chimney itself.

Waterproofing protects your chimney against moisture

While a chimney’s exposure to water is inevitable, there are steps that homeowners can take to minimize damage to your chimney. The most effective way to protect your chimney against moisture damage is by having it waterproofed.Professional chimney waterproofing products are unique and unlike another paints or sealants you can buy at a big box home improvement store. These products are specifically designed for use on porous bricks; they allow the bricks to retain their porous properties without letting new water in.

Having your chimney waterproofed can not only protect a chimney in good condition, but it can also help stop the progress of water damage to your chimney. Even if the masonry of your chimney has already begun to crack or spall, applying waterproofing products can slow the progression of the damage and protect the remaining masonry.

Other ways to protect your chimney

Water can affect more than just your masonry; there are a number of other steps homeowners can take to protect their fireplaces and chimneys against water damage. Chimney caps, which protect the top of the flue against moisture, animals, and debris, should be regularly checked for signs of damage – especially if a chimney leak occurs. Likewise, chimney flashing – or the sealant that protects the seam between the chimney and the roof – should be inspected as the flashing can lose its watertight seal over time.

It is important for homeowners to be proactive in protecting their chimney’s against water damage. If you live around Littleton, Lakewood, CO or the surrounding areas, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for more information on waterproofing your chimney or to schedule an inspection to check for other signs of water damage or chimney leaks.

By Jake Johnson on March 15th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

How Snow and Ice Impact Your Chimney

When the weather outside is cold, snowy, or icy, our fireplaces keep us warm and comfortable inside our homes. Unfortunately, winter weather can have a serious negative impact on our chimneys. How snow and ice impact your chimney-Evergreen, Colorado- Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, INC-w800-h800

Snow and ice can be the roughest weather conditions for your chimney system. The combination of moisture and freezing temperatures can cause major chimney and masonry damage, often in as little as one season. Because of this, it is important to have any damage repaired as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse during winter weather.

How do snow and ice damage my chimney?

The primary way that snow and ice impact your chimney is through water damage. While water damage can occur at any time of year because of rain, hail, and even water from sprinklers, it is most common in winter because of the freeze thaw cycle.

The freeze thaw cycle damages masonry by creating progressively larger and larger cracks and holes. Bricks are naturally porous, meaning that they can absorb small amounts of water at any time. While strong, undamaged bricks may only take in a miniscule amount, masonry with cracks or holes – no matter how small – can absorb more than the usual amount. As this water freezes in cold temperatures it expands; this creates a larger area of damage that will allow even more water to be absorbed in the future. The freeze thaw process is so harmful that masonry can crack and spall in as little as one winter season.

How can I prevent damage from snow and ice?

The best way to protect your chimney against damage from snow and ice is through preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance keeps your fireplace and chimney in good condition all year round, making it less susceptible to damage from snow and ice during the winter.

One way to protect your masonry from water damage all year round is through waterproofing. Professional waterproofing is very different from painting or sealing your chimney with a regular commercial product; professional-grade SaverSystems sealants are designed specifically for use on permeable brick. Our waterproofing products block water from being absorbed by the brick while still allowing gasses to pass through. This keeps the chimney venting safely while also protecting the bricks and mortar against damage from moisture or the freeze thaw process.

Another way to keep your chimney in good condition all year round is by having a regular chimney inspection. A yearly chimney inspection can help spot areas of damage long before they turn into major problems. This can be key to fighting chimney damage caused by snow and ice; if small masonry cracks or holes are identified and repaired early, it can prevent damage from the freeze thaw process from occurring. This can help extend the life of your masonry and save you money on costly future repairs.

Snow and ice can have a major impact on the safety and stability of your chimney system. To protect your chimney against future damage from winter weather, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on March 1st, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment