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What Makes A Good Crown?

Your chimney crown plays a big part in keeping your masonry free from water damage. It takes on a lot of wear and tear, all while ensuring water is sent away from the sides of the chimney. This significantly minimizes the chance of your brickwork absorbing water and breaking down or experiencing the freeze/thaw process.

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Unfortunately, not all crowns are created equal. Some are more prone to deteriorate, leaving your brickwork and mortar vulnerable to all kinds of issues – not good! If your chimney crown isn’t looking so hot, invest in repair work from our team right away to ensure you don’t face problems when your burning season begins.

Is It Thick Enough?

From bad weather to heavy rainfall to harsh winds and more, your crown can really take a beating! It is important that it is at least two inches thick, so that it is able to withstand anything mother nature throws its way. Any thinner than that, and it may crack and crumble in a hurry, leaving you without the protection your chimney needs.

What’s It Made From?

All too often, we come across crowns that are made from cheap mortar mixes. While this may last you a little while, it definitely won’t stand the test of time, and you’ll need to invest in repair work again before you know it. A crown that is made from a more appropriate cement-based mixture is a much better option when it comes to getting those long-lasting results you’re hoping for.

Does It Slant Far Enough?

The design of a chimney crown makes a big impact on how effective it is. It should extend past the edge of the chimney, ensuring water gets pushed far away from the sides, and it should slant downwards as well, so that water doesn’t pool and settle on the top of it. When it comes to your chimney, water accumulating anywhere is never a good thing. Let us check things over so that you can rest easier knowing you are good this fall.

Is It Waterproofed?

Waterproofing your crown and chimney with our reliable, yet vapor permeable, products will play a big role in keeping everything out of harm’s way, no matter what kind of weather you are facing. Whether there’s snow, rain, sleet, or something else, your structure will stay better protected, giving you the peace of mind when lighting fires this holiday season.

We Can Restore Your Crown

Whether you have fixable issues that we can easily repair or bigger problems that can only be addressed with a rebuild, the sweeps here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service are here to lend a helping hand. We are certified with the CSIA, members of the NCSG, and passionate about bringing homeowners throughout Lake Norman the best care possible. Call today to set up your appointment!

We Can Handle Your Chimney Installations

Are you interested in having a new fireplace installed before fall? Then, it is important to work with a team of professionals that can tackle the job as safely and as efficiently as possible for the installation. Whether you are having a masonry system built, a prefabricated system assembled, or cap or damper installed, getting things done just right can make a big difference in how well everything runs.

Even a minor flaw in construction can put your home and family at risk, so do not do-it-yourself if you are not skilled with this kinds of projects. Incorrect installation can lead to damages, house fires, gas leaks, and more, all of these could cost you thousands to address. Investing in professional care from the beginning is always a good idea!

Exploring Your Options

A fireplace is a huge investment, so it is important to know exactly what you want before you purchase. At SirVent, we can help you explore your options. A gas-fueled unit is great for those with a busier lifestyle, but the ambiance of a crackling wood-fueled fire is often hard to beat.

Depending on what you have time for, and what level of convenience you want, we can help you find the perfect fit. Brands are another thing to explore. At SirVent, we sell Rumfords and Bellfires, both of these are smart investments. We can run through the positives of both, so you know that you are making the right choice.

Interested in a prefabricated unit? Many people are taking this route, giving them years of fireplace usage and enjoyment, without a huge commitment
permanently having a hearth in your home. Because of this, they are typically less expensive, as well. Have questions? Give us a call, and we would be happy to give you more info and help.

Need A Damper Or Chimney Cap?

We don’t just offer installation services for your fireplace and chimney. We also ensure your system is protected by having a chimney cap and energy-top damper in place. Chimney caps are known for keeping out water, excess debris, drafts, and animals. They also help protect your roof from stray sparks, as well. When it comes to keeping your chimney in good shape, this investment is a must!

Many homeowners are switching from the traditional throat dampers to energy-top dampers instead. Energy-top dampers are placed at the top of the flue and work alongside the chimney cap to keep out rain, birds, and more. They provide a tighter seal than throat dampers, so you fireplace is better protected when not in use. Ready to light a fire? No problem. These devices open easily, so you can get the perfect draft.

Let’s Get Started

Fall is still months away, so now is the perfect time to install a new system. Once temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall, you will be set and ready to enjoy your fireplace. Give us a call today, so we can get started now!

We Repair Leaky Chimneys!

We’re no strangers to hot summer days here, so rainy afternoons can be a welcome relief from the heat. That being said, it’s important to ensure your chimney is prepared for any harsh weather that might come our way! By equipping your system with preventative equipment and by regularly investing in inspections and repair work from our certified sweeps, you guarantee yourself a healthier, stronger system all around.We Repair Leaky Chimneys! - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney and Venting

If your chimney hasn’t been getting the care it deserves, count on our experts to help you out. We can repair leaks in a hurry and will ensure you’re all set with the tools and chimney parts necessary for keeping water out for good. Check out all we offer below!

Flashing Repair

One of the most common ways for water to enter is through the flashing. Flashing is the piece that safeguards the area where your roof and chimney meet. When in tip top shape, flashing does wonders in keeping water and excess moisture out of this especially vulnerable area. Unfortunately, when it falters, water can get in quite rapidly.

We can repair your flashing or, in more extreme cases, replace it entirely, so you’ll be all set and good to go in no time. No matter what issue you have faced, we’re certain we can help and, throughout our many years of service, you can trust that we’ve seen it all! Between animal tampering, poor installation work, weather damage, rust, and more, flashing can face a lot, but these damages are no match for our team. Give us a call now, so that we can help you out.

Chimney Cap Installation

Other times, the issue can lie with a poorly-fitted or broken down chimney cap. Like flashing, chimney caps do wonders when it comes to keeping out rain, sleet, and snow, but only when they’re properly installed and in good shape. Don’t give water an easy pathway into your home… have us look your chimney cap over right away! This is an easy and cost-effective way to make a big impact on the health of your chimney. There’s no time to lose, so let us know of any problems, and we’ll be on our way in a hurry.

Waterproofing

Another big reason why chimneys leak is because they aren’t protected with waterproofing products. Your brickwork and mortar will break down when water gets absorbed into them, causing leaks to form and your structure to weaken significantly. We’re determined not to let that happen! We use agents that are specifically formulated to work well with chimneys. This means that they both seal the masonry, keeping water out, while allowing fumes and pre-absorbed moisture to vent out. Most store-bought sealers and paints can’t do this effectively.

Get On The Phone With Us Today

There’s still a lot of summer left, and it’s important to ensure your chimney is protected and standing strong when fall comes back around. Count on us to set you up right! Give us a call and we’ll get your appointment set up right away. It’s well worth the peace of mind you’ll gain!

Common Chimney Repairs

What about Repairs?

If you are a fireplace owner, you know how important it is to schedule regular maintenance for your chimney and fireplace. A professional chimney expert comes to check that everything is running Common Chimney Repairs Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney and Venting Servicesmoothly and that no repairs are necessary.

What if repairs are needed? Never fear! SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here for you – ready and able to fix any issues you may be facing.

Here at Sirvent Chimney, we take chimney health seriously, which is why we strive to educate our customers on a regular basis. Does something seem off with your appliance? Check out this list of common chimney repairs.

Damaged Chimney Cap Or Crown

Chimney caps and crowns work hard to protect the opening of your chimney. Without these, your chimney will face a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. The caps and crowns work to keep water and excess moisture away, and keep your unit free from animals and countless potential blockages.

Crown or cap damage should be addressed right away. You will find yourself facing more damage the longer cracks and holes are left alone! A lot of time and money addressing complicated repairs that could have been easily fixed if spotted sooner. Call us in to inspect and repair your crown or cap today!

Cracked/Broken-Down Masonry

If your masonry is showing any signs of wear and tear, call in someone as soon as you can. You are in for a long list of problems if your brickwork is given the chance to absorb excessive amounts of moisture. Say hello to stains, deterioration, clogs, rust, cracks, rotting wood, and more!

Excess water means your chimney will experience the freeze/thaw process. The process occurs as water freezes and expands in the winter, and thaws and shrinks in the spring. This leads to a lot of unwanted problems. All that pressure could lead to a settlement or, worse, an entire chimney collapse! Save yourself countless stressful hours, and schedule your next inspection now.

Loose Flashing, Cracked Flues, Damaged Dampers, & More!

We’ve already listed a lot of problems, and that’s just the beginning. If your flashing becomes loose, you are looking at a lot of excess moisture and water damage. It could rust and deteriorate, leaving your chimney and roof vulnerable to countless issues. Professional inspections and installations are vital to chimney health and prevention of these problems.

Your flue or damper could be cracked or damaged, causing a long list of problems with ventilation. If you have any chimney experience, you know how important proper airflow is! Save yourself the hassle by investing in us today!

At SirVent Chimney, we can help you come up with solutions that will drastically reduce the need for repairs in the future. Now is the time – pick up your phone and call 704-621-9373!

Prevent Chimney Leaks

Springtime is finally here, but with the warmer temperatures often comes a lot of rain. Extra moisture throughout your chimney will eventually lead to costly and time-consuming damages. The best option is to take preventative measures beforehand to ensure that any leaks or excess water is stopped before it can soak into the brick and cause issues.

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A chimney leaks when it is not adequately protected. Although brick seems strong, outside elements can easily penetrate it, causing deterioration and cracking. Bad weather can quickly put wear and tear on your chimney and the brickwork will soak up moisture when it rains. Excess moisture breaks down the mortar and causes the chimney to settle when the freeze/thaw process occurs. All of these things contribute to leaks and the more leaks that occur, the higher the chances are of your chimney breaking down and collapsing.

How Can I Prevent Leaks?

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure that leaks do not become an issue. Follow these guidelines to ensure the structural soundness of your chimney.

  • Maintain Chimney Crown: A chimney cap or crown will help to keep water and animals out. Ensuring that it is kept up and made out of something durable will help a lot in keeping excess moisture out. If you are missing a chimney cap or if yours is damaged beyond repair, be sure to call in an expert to set you up with something sturdy. A professional chimney sweep will know what type you should get, based upon your chimney style, and can ensure that everything is installed properly.
  • Waterproof: By waterproofing your chimney before leaks and cracking can occur, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. There are various techniques and products that can be used to ensure that this job is done right. Knowing the correct process for applying these products can be tricky, so call an expert to be certain everything is addressed correctly. There is little sense in spending the money on these products, only to discover that water can still get through.
  • Address The Flashing: The flashing on your chimney can be a huge source of issues. The flashing is where your roof meets your chimney and water can easily enter at this point, should things not be properly sealed. Adding flashing can be a tricky and dangerous job, even for the more experienced do-it-yourselfer. A certified expert will know the best way to approach this situation and can fit the flashing to meet your specific chimney needs.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have everything you need to ensure that your chimney is waterproofed and ready to face any type of weather. Give us a call today so that we can prepare your brickwork before it is too late.