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Benefits Of Having A Chimney Cap

Does your chimney need more protection? Here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we can set you up right! We offer crown repair services, waterproofing products, inspections, sweepings, and a whole lot more! All of these things do a lot for your chimney, but there is one thing we’d really like to focus on today – chimney caps.

Here are some reasons why you should have a chimney cap installed as soon as possible!

Reduce Water Intake

Too much moisture can turn into a big problem when it comes to maintaining the health of your chimney. When your brick absorbs water, you start to see lots of issues arise such as rot, rust, stains, and more! These things all wear on your chimney, leaving you with a big mess and lots of costly repairs ahead of you.

Chimney caps sit overtop your chimney and prevent water from running down the inside of it. Heavy rains won’t be something you have to worry about anytime soon. Invest in one today!

Prevent Animal Entry

It’s common knowledge that birds, squirrels, and other woodland critters love to set up camp in chimneys. And we can’t blame them! It’s warm, cozy, and they’re completely surrounded by a strong, durable structure. Unfortunately, their nesting materials can cause blockages and fire hazards, and it puts the animals themselves in a dangerous situation, as well.

Chimney caps prevent animal entry so that there is no risk of something getting in, only to discover there’s not an easy way out. Having one installed will do wonders in keeping your home and family as safe as possible.

Minimize Chances Of Fire

Chimney caps are known to go by a different name, spark arrestors, from time to time. That’s right, these metal devices can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your roof protected. When stray flames, sparks, or embers make their way up your chimney, your chimney cap will put them out before your roof potentially catches fire.

Do The Right Thing – Work With Us Today!

Chimney caps are a necessary component for allowing your fireplace to function as efficiently as possible. In fact, the Underwriters Laboratory requires that a chimney cap is installed in order for a chimney lining system to meet their highly reputable list of standards.

Whether you need a new chimney cap installed, your old chimney cap replaced, or you simply need a few repairs done on your current one, the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney cap help! No matter what type, size, or material you’re chimney is, we have the right products for you!

We are trained and certified to meet all your chimney and fireplace needs. Give us a call today!

By Jake Johnson on May 8th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

How To Tell There’s A Problem With Your Fireplace

Because so much of the chimney is inaccessible or located in difficult to reach areas, many of us do not know what state our fireplace systems are in. However, there are often a number of signs that there may be a problem with your fireplace. By learning how to recognize early signs of damage, you can call a chimney professional before a minor issue turns into a major problem. Below are a few of the most common signs that there may be a problem with your fireplace.How To Tell There's A Problem With Your Fireplace - Evergreen CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Water in the fireplace

Water in the flue or firebox should never be ignored; while chimneys and fireplaces are built to withstand significant heat, water can quickly wreak havoc and cause damage throughout your fireplace system.

One of the most common causes of chimney leaks is a damaged chimney cap. Chimney caps are designed to cover and protect the top of the flue against animals, debris, and moisture. However, if the chimney cap is damaged in any way water can freely enter the flue and cause damage throughout the chimney system.

Fireplace odor

A strange smell coming from the fireplace is more than just an inconvenience; it can affect your home’s air quality or create smells that permeate every room of the house. Because there can be many causes of fireplace odor, a professional fireplace inspection may be needed to pinpoint the exact cause; however, there are three of the most common causes of chimney odor.

  • Animals: Sudden sharp or rotting odors often indicated that animal has gotten into your chimney. If the smell is accompanied by animal cries, scurrying, or clawing sounds it is important to have the animals professionally removed as soon as possible. Homeowners should never attempt to smoke out animals; the smoke and heat from the fire can cause animals to become disoriented or die before they exit the chimney.
  • Creosote: If it has been several years – or longer – since your chimney has been swept, your chimney odor may be caused by creosote. Odors caused by creosote often come and go and may be stronger during warm weather, when the air conditioner is running, or if it is extremely humid.
  • Water: Water in the fireplace or flue can cause mold or mildew to grow. If caused by mold growth, this musty, damp smell will continue to worsen and can eventually affect the air quality in your home, especially for those with respiratory issues such as asthma.

Damaged masonry

The state of your fireplace’s masonry may reveal an underlying issue. Masonry that is cracked, chipped, or crumbling may be deteriorating due to water damage. Likewise, interior or exterior bricks that are excessively stained may be due to a drafting issue.

Knowing how to recognize signs of fireplace problems can help you know when it’s time to call in the chimney professionals for help. If your fireplace is experiencing any signs of damage or deterioration and you live around the Denver area, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney to start your appointment today or call 303-679-1601!

By Jake Johnson on February 16th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , | Leave a Comment