Our Company Blog

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!

How To Spot Winter Chimney Damage

We still have some winter ahead of us, but the end is at last in sight. In just a couple of short months, we’ll be able to enjoy warmer weather and longer days. Yet, in all the fun that comes along with higher temps, don’t neglect your fireplace and chimney! Many wrap up their burning season and call it good, without considering the harmful effects that winter weather may have had on their chimney.

Learn more about potential damages you could face, then count on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service to help you out. Your fireplace will be good as new and looking better than ever in no time!

Effects Of Excess Moisture

One of the biggest issues we see after winter is water damage throughout your masonry. Excess moisture in your system will lead to countless issues and, when you don’t resolve them in a timely manner, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. Some things you’ll notice are rust, mold accumulation, clogging, and decay – and that’s just some of many!

When things build up in your chimney and your flue gets clogged up, your system won’t function as efficiently, and it makes lighting fires more dangerous, too. Count on us to get things done right the first time. We can handle all of your repairs, restorations, and more!

Beware The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another big thing to be aware of in the winter is the freeze/thaw cycle. The freeze/thaw cycle is what happens when the absorbed water in your brickwork freezes and expands. This puts a lot of extra pressure on your masonry and it opens things up so that more water can enter. It’s not uncommon for this cycle to occur multiple times a winter, all in all putting tons of extra stress your entire structure. Eventually, your chimney could settle or collapse, putting your home in danger and costing you thousands in repair work.

Avoiding Damages Down The Line

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to invest in preventative measures. Once your chimney is repaired and in tip-top shape again, ask us about our waterproofing services! Waterproofing is a surefire way to stop water from entering your brickwork. Along with this, our products are vapor permeable, so you won’t have to worry about toxins and moisture getting trapped. At SirVent Chimney, we only use the best of the best!

We also encourage you to invest in products that keep water out. This includes a chimney cap and flashing, both of which stop rain and snow dead in their tracks! We also suggest having your chimney crown looked at and, if necessary, repaired. All of these parts play a huge role in preventing water damage, and each needs to be in optimal condition to do its job effectively!

Call us in for an inspection, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with everything you need for the rest of the winter. Once we’re done, you’ll be good to for years to come!

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.

What Causes Leaks?Prevent Chimney Leaks - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

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.