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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!

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.

rusty chimney on red brick

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.

Spotting Common Masonry Damage

Masonry throughout a home’s exterior creates a timeless and classic aesthetic that anyone can love. We deal with masonry chimneys a lot, and we love the way they enhance the value and look of homes all through the Lake Norman area! That being said, this material needs to be properly maintained in order for it to stand the test of time.

Fortunately for you, it’s easier than ever to make sure your masonry stays looking great year after year – just depend on the expert team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service! We’re sure we can fix up any damages or issues you may be facing. Give our CSIA certified staff a call today to see what we can do for you!

Water Damage

One of the most common causes of masonry wear and tear is due to water damage. When too much moisture is given access to your brickwork and mortar, your structure will break down fast! It may seem hard to believe, but brick is actually quite absorbent. When water gets access to your chimney system, you’re left facing stains, clogs, rot, rust, deterioration, and more. And you definitely want to avoid extra water once temperatures drop! It will freeze up, causing your brickwork to expand and inviting a whole new set of issues.

Luckily, we’re here to restore your brickwork and mortar, so that things look like new again in no time! When our certified technicians are on the job, you can rest easy knowing that your structure will stand strong and sturdy for years to come.

Once we’re done with our repairs and restorations, let us waterproof your system, so you don’t have to worry about excess moisture again any time soon. Our products keep water out, but still allow your chimney to vent out vapors and fumes, as necessary. Give us a call today to learn more!

Crown Issues

Crown issues are another common scenario when it comes to crumbling masonry. Your crown goes through a lot as it works to direct water away from your chimney’s interior. It faces all kinds of nasty weather, and all that wear and tear can definitely take it’s toll! If your crown wasn’t designed properly from the start, you may be noticing some crumbling and cracks. Such an important piece of your chimney’s anatomy should really be better protected!

We’ll get your crown back to normal in no time. Whether you need a few quick repairs or a total restoration job, we are here to help you out! Count on our crew to handle it all!

Other Cracks & Crumbling

Whether it’s due to water damage, heavy winds, unexpected collisions, or something else, crumbling and cracked masonry isn’t good for the health of your system or the safety of your home. Call in our experts ASAP, so that we can help you bring in 2018 with best fireplace system around! We’ll talk to you soon!

Chimney Crown Repair

Every part of your chimney is important, and each piece needs to be in prime condition to get you those cozy fires you’ve been looking forward to. Annual inspections and sweepings are vital for this very reason! By calling in a certified sweep before you kick of your burning season, you ensure that you and your loved ones are all set this holiday season.

One part of your chimney that always needs to be in tip-top shape is the chimney crown. Learn more about this essential piece of chimney anatomy below, and keep your home and family safer by calling on the qualified staff at SirVent Chimney today! We can handle any and all of your fireplace needs!

What Is The Chimney Crown?

The chimney crown sits at the very top of your chimney, and it works hard throughout the year to keep your system well-protected. It should be made from the strongest materials available, so that it can easily withstand years of weather abuse and exposure to moisture. It’s perfect for keeping rain away from your chimney interior, due to its sloping design, and, if adequately built, it should stand the time of time with no problems.

Dangers Of Water Damage

Unfortunately, many chimney crowns are poorly constructed. They chip and deteriorate much faster than they should and just aren’t built to do the job they’re meant to do. This leaves your entire system vulnerable to excess moisture and water damage. And if you think water is no match for your brickwork and mortar, think again!

Water can easily absorb into your masonry and trigger tons of issues, costing you tons of money in necessary repairs. Water weakens your structure significantly and can cause stains, rot, rust, clogs, cracks, holes, and lots more. Not to mention, the freeze-thaw process puts a lot of extra pressure and stress on your foundation throughout time.

You need to keep your crown and chimney protected, so that water troubles won’t come around to haunt you. That’s why you should depend on us for it all!

We Can Repair Your Chimney Crown

At SirVent Chimney, we train to handle any repair job thrown our way. Crown repair should always be handled with care. Anything from the wrong use of materials to improper construction causes it to break down far too soon.

Let us work on your crown today so you can rest easy this holiday season and many more! Whether you need a few cracks refilled or a total rebuild, we will get you taken care of. When it comes to work like this, you need a company you can trust… count on us! Give us a call today!

How Summer Weather Affects Your Chimney

Between the bright summer sun and rising temperatures, the last thing most homeowners think about in the summer is their chimney and fireplace. Many put regular maintenance off until later in the yea the when weather starts to get colder. Yet, investing in cleanings and inspections now will help your chimney stand strong through anything that the summer weather throws its way. Learn more below!

Summer Storms & Your Masonry

When it comes to your chimney and brickwork, you may think that weather problems can only occur during the cold months. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case! When summer storms and heavy rainfall occurs, your chimney faces a lot of wear and tear, and it becomes vulnerable to water damage.

Water damage triggers lots of other issues. Your unit will look unsightly thanks to water stains and deterioration, and the entire structure will weaken as rot, rust, cracks, decay, and more take their toll on your brickwork. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your chimney from all of this! Waterproofing is one of the best services to invest in. It provides a thin, yet strong, layer of protection, so that your chimney can vent, while stopping any moisture from getting in.

You can also take extra precautions by installing a chimney cap, installing flashing, inspecting your chimney crown, and by checking on the condition of your mortar. Call us in, so we can do a thorough check of your system right away!

Avoiding Summer Heat

Another issue we hear a lot is from frustrated homeowners concerned about the state of their air conditioner. If you have a chimney, chances are your A/C unit is just fine… What tends to happen is the cool air inside of your home escapes through your chimney into the outside air. This then forces you to crank up your A/C, which in turn causes your energy bills to soar.

Many homeowners have throat dampers, so they figure they’re in the clear when it comes to the indoor temperature of their home. Unfortunately, throat dampers aren’t always as effective as we’d like them to be. It’s easy for these products to leak out your cool air (or warm air in the winter) leaving you wondering why you can’t find that perfect temperature you’re seeking.

Solve the issue by having an energy-top damper installed! These units come with a rubber seal, so you no longer have to worry about any indoor air escaping. They’re also installed at the top of your chimney, rather than the bottom, so they help to keep out animals, water, and excess debris, as well! And on top of all that, they stop those annoying downdrafts from swooping down your chimney and into your home. It’s a no-brainer… have yours installed today!

Bad Smells

Lastly, summer heat can bring about some bad smells sweeping through your chimney. We can help you out with the appropriate tools to block these smells, but one of the best things you can do is schedule a cleaning with us. Call today, so we can get you in before the fall rush!

There’s no time to lose… pick up the phone now!