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Ways To Protect Your Chimney

Worried your chimney is facing more wear and tear than it can handle? These structures are known for being strong and sturdy, but only when they are adequately protected from the elements. Fortunately for folks throughout the Lake Norman area, the team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to help with it all. Follow our guidelines below, then reach out for further professional assistance from our qualified crew. We’d be happy to help with it all!

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Have A Chimney Cap Installed

Every chimney needs to have some type of cover installed over the opening at the top. Otherwise, water, dirt, debris, animals, and more will work their way in causing clogs to form and significantly damaging the structure. An easy and affordable fix comes in the form of a chimney cap. A chimney cap is something that is fitted over the fireplace opening, and it blocks out all of these harmful things, so your system stays free and clear, no matter what.

Along with keeping out woodland critters, birds, snow, rain, and all kinds of leaves, twigs, and other nesting materials, chimney caps are also known for stopping downdrafts, which ensure your system stays running as efficiently as possible. And you won’t have to worry about cold, smelly winds sweeping through your living space, either!

All in all, the issues one faces when their chimney cap is missing are expensive and time-consuming to address. You’ll be forced to invest in a thorough sweeping, a lot of repair work, and the animal removal process can get messy, too. Avoid it all by getting our team on the job now. We can set you up with the perfect fit for your needs.

Invest In Waterproofing Services

Another big must for those looking to keep their chimney in the best shape possible is investing in waterproofing services. If your masonry isn’t protected, water will quickly get absorbed into your brickwork and mortar, resulting in cracking, crumbling, and all kinds of deterioration. All in all, it leaves your entire system vulnerable, and it won’t be long before various chimney components start breaking down, rusting, and corroding.

Your home will also face damages in the form of rotting woodwork, stains on your walls and ceiling, clogs in your flue, and more. And if the freeze/thaw process occurs (which it likely will multiple times), then your structure becomes a lot more vulnerable to settlements and collapses. All in all, it’s not worth skimping on this effective preventative maintenance!

Thinking of doing it yourself? Unfortunately, store-bought sealers aren’t as effective as the high-quality products our professionals use, and attempting to paint the structure won’t do you any good, either. These strategies will leave your masonry looking worse at the end of it all and, while water will be effectively blocked out, any pre-absorbed moisture will stay trapped inside, where it will continue to wreak havoc.

For the best results possible, trust in our team to get the job done right with our vapor-permeable sealants that don’t affect the look of your structure whatsoever. We’ve got the tools and training to set you up right!

Switch To An Energy-Top Damper

Throat dampers have been doing an effective job for homeowners throughout the past few decades, but nowadays many of our customers are switching to something even better – an energy-top damper! These devices are installed at the top of your chimney, rather than the throat of it, and they are secured with a rubber gasket, so there’s no more worrying about air seeping through that metal-on-metal seal.

These units also work alongside your chimney cap to keep out rain, snow, and excess debris, so you get all that extra protection you desire. And they’re designed to be discreet, so you won’t need to stress about them turning your chimney into an eyesore. Ready to get yours? Our team can get this process going. Call today.

Have Your Chimney Flashing Looked At

Flashing consists of metal pieces that cover the vulnerable area where your roof and chimney meet. Since these two parts of your home are made from different materials, they expand and contract at different rates, making it easier than ever for water to work its way in and cause damage.

With properly fitted flashing in place, you won’t need to stress about moisture working its way into your home. Ask our professionals about setting you up with everything you need to live safer. We’ve got the know-how to get the job done right.

Schedule Your Annual Inspection

While all of the solutions we’ve discussed will do wonders for your chimney’s health, one of the most important steps a homeowner can take is investing in annual inspections. This gives your sweep the opportunity to spot creosote accumulation, debris build-up, and any damages that need addressing. The sooner these things are detected, the quicker your techs can get them fixed, ensuring you face as few issues as possible down the road.

Don’t wait any longer – our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are here and ready to set you up with everything you need to keep your home, chimney, and family better protected in the months ahead. Ready to get your inspection on the books? Call now to guarantee a spot that works best for your schedule. We’re ready to speak with you soon!

Common Masonry Repairs

If you own a masonry chimney, it is important to know about the regular maintenance required to keep it in the best condition possible. All of the elements of the chimney are important for efficient functionality and knowing the different components will help out a lot in the long run, as far as preventing any major issues. Read up on some of the more common masonry repairs below and be sure to ask your chimney sweep to check for any signs of deterioration or damage in your next annual inspection.

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The chimney crown sits on top of the chimney and does all of the hard work in keeping dirt and excess debris out of it. It also shields the chimney from bad weather and helps to prevent the damage that comes with excess rain and winds. Since the crown ends up taking on a lot of wear and tear, it is often in need of regular repair and maintenance.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have the tools and expertise necessary for repairing or rebuilding any chimney crown. The experts here will do a thorough inspection of your crown and assess what it needs to work effectively for your masonry chimney. We will also do whatever possible to ensure that it will stay stronger longer, keeping your chimney and fireplace safe throughout any type of weather conditions.

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When water gets into your brick and mortar, your chimney ends up a lot weaker throughout time. Brick is very absorbent and all of the water it takes in during the warmer months will freeze when temperatures drop. Once the water thaws again during spring, your chimney will settle, putting a lot of excess pressure on your brickwork as a whole.

We have many different solutions for repairing any cracks or damage and for keeping your chimney strong throughout time. You can also look into our waterproofing options so you can avoid any issues with water damage in the future. At SirVent, we take our time and carefully analyze the best options for each customer’s specific needs. We want your chimney to last and work efficiently so that you can enjoy it to the fullest for many years into the future.

Flashing

Flashing is necessary for preventing leaks and other forms of water damage. It entails putting metal sheets where the chimney and roof meet. If it is done correctly, you will find yourself with lasting protection, and your chimney will stay in great shape for many years. Unfortunately, if it is done by someone who is not properly educated on the process or technique involved in installing flashing, you may find yourself with more issues and problems.

Whether you need flashing repaired, have cracks or leaks, need crown work, or any other masonry issue, SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is here to help. Give us a call today!

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.

Avoid Leaks With Chimney Flashing

If you fear a leaking roof, then you are not alone. Moisture penetration in the home can mean water-stained walls and rotted wood, both of which are unsightly and cost a lot to repair. Avoid this issue altogether by investing in chimney flashing. This will help keep your home leak-free for years to come and will save you a lot of stress and extra costs down the line.Avoid Leaks With Chimney Flashing - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Charlotte

What Is Chimney Flashing?

There is a lot of information out there about the importance of waterproofing your brick to keep water out, but not a lot of people know what flashing is. The point at which the roof and the chimney meet is a common entry point for water to get it and start causing damage. The flashing is what protects this area from outside elements and keeps your home and roof safe and dry.

Potential Issues

There are many potential issues you may face, should you choose to neglect your flashing. Often times the damage caused by leaks and excess water are far more costly and time-consuming than the cost of regular upkeep. Get your flashing inspected today and avoid these issues.

  • Rust and Decay: The chimney itself, as well as the walls and surrounding areas, will face a lot of decay and deterioration should water be given the opportunity to penetrate them. This means unsightly stains and rot, as well as replacement costs for all the rusted metal components of the chimney (such as the chimney cap and fireplace accessories). On top of this, water can eventually make its way to your furniture and belongings, causing mold and mildew build-up.
  • Clogged Pathways: Owning a chimney means dealing with a lot of excess debris that needs to be cleaned out regularly. Adding moisture to this debris build-up makes it thicker, heavier, and that much harder to clean out. By keeping water out, you further avoid the possibility of tough clogs and other nasty build-up.
  • Nasty Odor: If you have a wood-burning chimney, then you know about creosote build-up. When water mixes with creosote the end result is not pleasant. This combination creates a foul odor that could permeate your home and soak into your curtains and furniture. Avoid this unpleasant scenario by fixing water problems before they start.
  • Chimney Collapse: If your chimney has problems with leaking, then getting these issues fixed right away is important in ensuring the longevity of your brick. The more moisture that gets sucked into the brick and mortar, the more likely your chimney is to break down entirely. A collapsed chimney means a lot of costly and time-consuming home repairs. Also, should your chimney collapse when someone is home, your family could be facing a lot of potential danger.

Save yourself the headache of dealing with these issues by taking preventative measures early on. Inspecting your chimney and flashing can be dangerous, and trying to install flashing to fit your unique chimney set-up is not ideal, even for the advanced do-it-yourselfers. Call in an expert today to get your flashing inspected so that you can keep your home and family dry for years to come.