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We Repair & Prevent Chimney Leaks

Summer rains can be a welcome sight after days and days of hot, humid weather. However, if you notice stains and leaks in your chimney and on the walls and ceiling, you are likely experiencing a chimney leak! Water damage is no joke, and your chimney and fireplace can suffer immensely if it does not have adequate protection. Fortunately, the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service has solutions for you. Learn more below.

Flashing Repair

A big reason leaks occur is because your flashing is rusted, damaged, or installed incorrectly. Flashing plays a big role in protecting the area where your roof meets the chimney. However, there are lots of reasons why the flashing may fail you, which is why having it regularly inspected by a team of experts is a must. Anything from animal tampering to wind damage to decay can leave you with a waterfall in your chimney before you know it!

Our team is equipped to help you with any of your flashing-related problems. We can do a thorough overview of it, then make repairs as needed, so you’re good to go for the burning season ahead. Call our team today, and we would be happy to get started.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is another important part of a leak-free chimney. Your brickwork and mortar are porous and absorb moisture when it does not have appropriate protection. Our team of sweeps can provide a strong seal to keep water out, without affecting the aesthetic appeal of your structure.

Worried about these products trapping in any pre-absorbed moisture? Don’t fret. They are designed to block water from coming in, while still allowing your structure to breath out fumes and vapors that need to escape. You can’t go wrong when you invest in care from our team!

Chimney Cap Installation

When it comes to stopping water from entering your chimney, a strong and properly installed chimney cap is a must. It covers your flue opening, so that water cannot enter and destroy your chimney liner. Without one in place, you would face all kinds of deterioration inside of your chimney! Chimney caps also keep out animals, excess debris, and annoying downdrafts, so you really can’t go wrong having one in place.

Crown Repairs

Your chimney crown needs to be in great shape to do its job effectively. It extends out past the edge of your chimney sending water away from the sides of your structure. Your brickwork stays better protected, and your mortar will face less damage too. This guarantees you countless stress-free nights in front of a crackling fire. If your crown is damaged or if it was built improperly, give our team a call today!

We love what we do, and we think that folks throughout Lake Norman and its surrounding cities deserve the best care possible. If you want to work with a team that always puts you first, give the SirVent sweeps a call today!

What Water & Moisture Can Do To Your Chimney

You may be aware that water and excess moisture are not good for your chimney, but many underestimate just how damaging these elements can be. As we enter the summer months, ensure your system is adequately protected through the rain. Learn more about the potential damages you could face below, then count on our team to provide the care and protection you need to put your mind at ease.

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Rusting Metal Components

When your chimney is exposed to water, any metal components will be prone to rust and wear down. A prime example is your chimney flashing. Animals or poor installation can easily damage your damper, causing water to pool or enter the system.

No matter what problems your flashing is facing, we can help. We repair and replace flashing all throughout Lake Norman and its surrounding areas, and we can get yours addressed in no time, too. With the rainy season upon us, there is no time to lose, so give our team a call today. We can set you up right!

Broken Down Masonry

If there is one part that is sure to suffer from prolonged water exposure it is the masonry. Your brickwork and mortar become especially vulnerable when they start to absorb water, causing cracks, gaps, and holes to form all throughout your structure. This leads to inefficiency, and it makes you more prone to experience house fires and gas leaks, too.

Fortunately, protecting your masonry is easier than ever when you invest in waterproofing services from us. When we are called to a job, we provide services necessary for patching up any existing damage, then we cover the brickwork with our effective waterproofing products, guaranteeing your chimney years of protection from rain and snow. Schedule your waterproofing services today!

Rot, Clogs, Mold & More

The list of water-related woes is seemingly never-ending when it comes to your chimney. Mold could accumulate, your adjacent woodwork could rot, debris is sure to accumulate and cause clogs, stains might form throughout your walls, and those problems are just a few of many. Why not invest in the preventative care you need to avoid these issues altogether? All it takes is a simple phone call to our team to get this process started!

Why Is SirVent The Team To Trust?

The SirVent team has years of experience in the service industry, and we work with organizations like the CSIA, the NFI, and more to ensure we have the knowledge and training necessary to do a thorough and effective job every single time. If you would like to work with a crew that puts your needs and safety first, then look no further than us. SirVent has your back every step of the way.

Ready to get started? We are, too! Call today to book an appointment with us.

Why Choose Energy-Top Dampers

Summer is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to get your chimney and fireplace serviced. Many people put off chimney maintenance until fall or winter, but this can be very troublesome as our schedule fills up fast and is full during the cold months. Bigger projects are definitely better to get done during the spring and summer months, so it gives your chimney professionals ample time to diagnose your chimney issues and repair them right away.

If you’re in need of new chimney parts, now it’s the perfect time to give our team of experts a call. We install chimney dampers and caps; we can even built you a brand new fireplace! One of the biggest issues we receive during spring times is chimney leaks and water damage, due to all the rain. If you want to ensure your chimney is protected from water during the raining season, you can have us install an energy-top damper for you! Learn more about this product below and then give us a call to set up an appointment before all the rain hits.

How Does An Energy-Top Damper Work?

An energy-top damper works very similar like a throat damper, as it opens and closes with the help of a handle inside your home. It works to keep out unwanted air from outside while keeping your heat or cool air inside your home where it belongs. When you need to light a fire, it easily opens so smoke and fumes can escape as needed.

The biggest difference between the two damper is the energy-top damper is usually located at the top of your chimney, and they provide a tighter and longer-lasting seal than a throat damper. Since they are positioned higher, they can work alongside the chimney cap to keep water, animals, and other debris out of your chimney. They also keep cold downdrafts from sneaking into your home.

Energy-top dampers can save you lots of money on your monthly energy bills as well. Throat dampers provide a metal on metal seal, which isn’t the most ideal for keeping indoor air in while keeping outdoor air out. Whereas, energy-top dampers seal with a rubber lining, this means nothing can get in or out unless it is opened by you.

Depend On Our Experts Today

As you can imagine, when it comes to installation of fireplaces and chimney parts, one minor slip-up can lead to hazardous, time-consuming, and costly problems down the road. You are always far better off putting your trust in a CSIA-certified professionals to handle any chimney issues. Our experts not only have the proper training and qualifications, but we’re also prepared to serve and help you with any chimney issues this spring and summer. Give us a call now so you can rest easy knowing your chimney is ready for fall when the cold strikes again.

Spring Rains Reveal Leaky Chimneys

Are you are ready for the cold weather to pass? If so, then you are not alone! As temperatures rise and flowers start to bloom, many are gearing up for outdoor fun and home renovations. Yet, with spring comes rain. Rain is great for nourishing our yards. However, all too often homeowners discover leaks in their chimney amidst these showers and storms. This can be serious and should be addressed right away.

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So, why do leaks seem to suddenly appear every spring? Well, the problems really start beforehand during the fall and winter months. The dropping temperatures and excess moisture that your brickwork faces throughout these weeks, puts a lot of wear on your system, as a whole. The materials deteriorate at a faster pace and problems, such as rust, clogs, rot, and more, start arising all throughout your masonry.

On top of this, many chimneys experience the freeze/thaw process. This occurs when your brickwork absorbs water when temperatures are above freezing, then expands as this water freezes during extra cold days. When everything thaws out again, your chimney settles, creating a lot of extra pressure. All that stress does a lot of damage!

All of this wear and tear is why scheduling your annual inspection is so important! This regular maintenance gives sweeps the opportunity to do a thorough overview of your appliance and ensure that everything is working properly. Inspections are one of the best investments you can make for your chimney, and they help keep things running strong for years and years.

Fixing Leaks

If you have discovered leaks in your chimney system this spring, turn to SirVent Chimney & Venting Service right away. The longer you wait, the worse off your system will be. By tackling any issues head-on, you will ensure your chimney avoids various types of deterioration that lead to settlements and collapses – both of which put your home and family at serious risk!

The CSIA certified professionals at SirVent can tackle any job with ease and get your home back in tip-top shape in no time. We can patch up holes, fill in cracks, and repair your flashing. This way you won’t see any more damage this spring and summer!

Taking Preventative Action

Our team can also set you up with waterproofing services, so leaks won’t continue to be a problem down the line. The professionals on staff with us work with the best products available, so you never have to worry about your brickwork becoming damaged or stained. Call us now for services you can trust. You won’t regret it!

For more information on all that we can do for you, browse our website today or give us a call at 704-621-9373 to speak with one of our representatives. We offer a full line of chimney services, along with repair and installation services, as well. We won’t let you down. Depend on us for any and all of your fireplace and chimney needs!

Typical Masonry Discoloration

Brickwork can offer a beautiful aesthetic to any home. The timeless look gained by well-maintained masonry is desired by many potential home buyers and it is sure to get the attention of friends, family, and neighbors.

Yet, regular maintenance is a necessity when it comes to ensuring that your masonry work stands the test of time. Excess water, cracking, mortar deterioration, and countless other forms of potential damage could occur if proper preventative measures are not set in place. All of these things not only make your exterior look unpolished, but can weaken the entire structure of your home, as well.

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When it comes to masonry work, protecting it from water as much as possible is important. The more moisture that is absorbed by the brick, the weaker the foundation will become as a whole. The mortar becomes fragile, stains form, and discoloration is a common side effect. Also, once cold weather hits, the brick will go through a freeze-thaw process that will cause excess pressure, which may eventually lead to a settlement or collapse.

All of these reasons are why protecting your brickwork is so important. Getting it waterproofed before discoloration can occur will save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run. SirVent has waterproofing options that are sure to meet your specific needs. We take pride in our professionalism and superior customer service, so check us out today to stay ahead on your chimney maintenance .

Repairing Masonry

If you are already seeing some damage to your masonry, then getting it repaired as soon as possible is necessary for keeping it strong over time. While you may discover some do-it-yourself techniques for fixing things up, this is not a recommended route to take. Masonry can be delicate to work with and using the wrong products can leave you with a bigger mess than you began with. Matching colors can be tricky and some chemicals will take off the actual masonry itself.

At SirVent Chimney, we know brickwork, so turn to us for any needed repairs or touch-ups. Our products are safe to use and we know exactly how to approach these fixes so that you are left with masonry that looks good as new.

We also offer services as far as inspections, cleaning, and have the tools necessary to address any cracks or leaks. Regular inspections are vital in maintaining chimney health and ensuring the longevity of your brickwork, as a whole.

Check out our website today to see all that we can offer you. The professionals at SirVent are all trained and certified by the CSIA, so you can rest easy knowing that you are in the best hands possible. Do not wait until it is too late and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to working with you!