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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!

Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather

With cold weather upon us, it is important to ensure that your chimney is safe for use throughout the winter months. There are many steps you can take to prepare, all of which will keep your chimney in good shape and ready to use. Nothing is more important than the safety of your home and family, and following these tips will give you peace of mind, while allowing you to enjoy your fireplace to its fullest potential.Preparing Your Masonry Chimney For Cold Weather - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

 

  • Get Inspected: Getting a professional in to clean and inspect your chimney is vital in maintaining the health of your fireplace. Experts know exactly what and where to clean, while using the appropriate tools. They can also look for any needed repairs and will clear out excess debris or animal nests that may be forming blockages that are causing improper air flow. Most importantly, they will remove creosote build-up. Creosote forms as your chimney is put to use and it is highly flammable. Getting it out significantly reduces your risk of having a house fire.

 

  • Address Needed Repairs: Once you know what needs to be fixed, make sure all of those things are taken care of before starting a fire. Cracks and other openings will cause your chimney to run much less efficiently and could cause even more damage in the long run if left alone. This will lead to a lot of wasted time and expense in future. Hire a professional to check out your damages to ensure all issues are properly addressed.

 

  • Clean Out Ashes: Make sure you are periodically cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace. Be certain that they are cooled down completely before removing. Then, take the proper steps to dispose of them, ensuring that they are not thrown any place where they could reignite. Many throw them in their garden, which can be very enriching for the soil.

 

  • Check The Chimney Cap: Your chimney cap keeps animals and other outside elements from entering and damaging your chimney. Make sure that it is in good condition and consider having it replaced if it is damaged. If you do not have a chimney cap, purchasing one would be a positive and necessary investment and will help to ensure that your chimney lasts a long time.

 

  • Check Smoke Detectors: Make certain that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order. During the night, many sleep through the first warning signs of a fire, making smoke detectors the only thing alerting you that there is an issue. Check yours today to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to escape, should a fire occur in your home.

 

SirVent Chimney and Venting Service has everything you need to get your fireplace ready for cold weather. Our experts are trained to offer advice and services based upon your needs. Give us a call today!