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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!

Chimney Crown Failure & How We Can Help

When it comes to keeping your chimney in good health, minimizing water damage and investing in preventative maintenance is key. For this reason, it’s important to have your chimney crown inspected and repaired regularly as the years go by. If you’re concerned about the state of your chimney crown, give our CSIA certified team a call today. We’re ready to help you out, and with winter fast approaching now is the time to get our team on the job!

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For those not quite as familiar with chimney terms and anatomy, the chimney crown is what sits on the top of your chimney. It starts at your liner and extends past the edge of your chimney at a downward slope. This unique design allows water to flow out and away from the sides of your chimney, which helps keep the brickwork better protected in times of bad weather.

In order to function well, the crown needs to be made from strong materials that can withstand years of abuse. It also needs to hold the appropriate shape, size, and design in order to work effectively. This is why hiring trained experts, like our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, is always the way to go! We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Addressing Your Issues

There are a couple of different ways to approach a faulty crown. If yours has small cracks or other issues, then there’s no need to do anything too extensive. There are simple repair techniques we can apply that will get the job done right, allowing you to enjoy your system with peace of mind and relaxation month after month.

In other cases, the crown may be beyond basic repair work, and in these situations the entire thing may need to be rebuilt. This is obviously a more extensive job, but you don’t need to worry about a thing when we’re getting it done. We’ve been rebuilding crowns and working on chimneys for years, so you can rest easy when you hire us.

Benefits Of A Well-Working Crown

Once your crown is patched up and in good shape, you’ll notice countless immediate benefits. You’ll be less prone to chimney leaks, your brickwork will stay in better shape, and you’ll notice less overall deterioration throughout your system. Crowns are very important and they do a big job for the health and functionality of your system.

If you want to guarantee yourself a better working and safer to operate chimney and fireplace this fall, then the time to call us in for an inspection is now. Not only will we inspect your crown, but we will check your entire chimney over as well. We’ll be happy to note and address any issues that may be present, and we’ll let you know if ant repairs may be necessary too.

You deserve a safer, more comfortable holiday season. Get that by scheduling an appointment with us today!

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!

Waterproof Your Masonry Chimney

The look that masonry adds to any room is often desired by homeowners, making older fireplaces a popular item to obtain. If you own a lot of masonry, it is important to study up on how to take care of it so that you can enjoy its beauty for years to come. A key in chimney maintenance is waterproofing. If your chimney is waterproofed early on, it will save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as ensure that your chimney is safe from future damages.

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Water and Masonry

Water and masonry do not mix well and exposure to excess water will cause a lot of damage to brick throughout time. Water deteriorates all of the parts of the chimney that help it to function. Metal becomes rusted and the mortar becomes weak, which will eventually cause structural damage and sagging.

Water also affects the look of your masonry. Stains, discoloration, rust, and cracks all contribute to poor chimney health and turn what could be a beautiful showpiece into an eyesore. Waterproofing will greatly reduce the risk of these things occurring and will allow you piece of mind as a homeowner, knowing that your chimney is safe from outside elements.

How To Waterproof

Waterproofing is done with the help of products that are designed specifically to keep water out of your masonry. A good product will allow your chimney to breathe, while still preventing water from being sucked in. Masonry is highly absorbent, so ensuring that the correct products are applied properly is extremely important in preventing further damage.

The best option would be to call a professional who can ensure that your chimney will be safe from harm throughout any type of weather. Water repelling products are great for keeping water out, but if damage has already occurred before the products are put to use, then nothing will stop that damage from getting worse. A professional will assess any needed repairs before starting the waterproofing process in order to ensure that your chimney is in the best condition possible

As a homeowner, it is smart to examine your masonry regularly to ensure that moisture is not negatively affecting it. If you are in a climate where your chimney is likely to be exposed to the negative effects of freezing and thawing, carefully note how your brickwork is doing both before and after the cold season. Note any cracks or possible damages and have them repaired before any further harm occurs. Fixing small things now will save for costly and large replacements in the future.

SirVent Chimney and Venting Service wants to make your chimney and home as safe as possible for your family to enjoy. We have all the tools and products you need to keep your chimney safe from the elements that do it harm. Put your mind at ease and call us today to schedule an appointment!