Your Chimney Will Need a Repair in its Lifetime

All chimney systems are made up of metal and/or masonry, including oil and gas furnaces. In other words, they have many parts that can be damaged by water, fire or just normal wear and tear from use or lack of use. When these parts fail, it’s important that you call a respected company to make the necessary chimney repairs before your next fire or lighting of the furnace. Having a blaze that can reach upwards of 2000 degrees in a damaged or poorly functioning chimney can be incredibly dangerous to you, your family and your home.

Chimney Repairs Should Not Be Ignored

When it comes to your wood stove, fireplace, furnace and chimney, it’s important to ensure all parts are well-maintained and functioning great, so you can enjoy with peace of mind your home heating appliance during the winter months. Putting off repairs can not only make the problem worse, but may end up costing you more money at the end of the day.

Summertime Is The Right Time For Chimney Repairs

Why is this time of year so ideal? It’s pretty simple. In the fall and winter, chimney technicians tend to get really busy, which means we don’t always have the time to get repairs done as quickly. Scheduling now means we can put all of our energy into the project at hand, and we will be sure to get the job done in a timely manner. 

~ Nick B. Jr., Glen Burnie

Thank you for the promptness and the high quality of work your company performed.Your crew was very courteous and performed their job in a very astute manner. Kudos to them and your company shall have my highest recommendation. Not only did they do a great job, but left the premises cleaner than before the work was begun. Again, my sincerest thanks for a job well done.

Common Chimney Repairs:

  • Leaking chimneys & water-repellent measures: Everyone worries about fire when it comes to their fireplaces and wood stoves, but it is water that does the most damage. That’s why we spend a lot of time with customers discussing what can be done about waterproofing their chimney system. Our experts can evaluate the system’s ability to keep water out of the chimney and apply a professional water-repellent for added protection.
  • Chimney Flue Liner Repair: Another common repair comes when we find deteriorating flue tiles or mortar joints in a ceramic flue or rusted out places in a metal flue. This means it’s time for a new or restored flue liner. The good news is there are options.

Below, we have listed some other common chimney repairs that we see often. If you feel or have ever been told you need to replace or repair any of these, just give us a call. We will be happy to take a look and give you a second opinion.

Chimney Caps

Every chimney should have a chimney cap in place, as this provides maximum protection for your chimney and home. There are many things that could invade your chimney flue without a chimney cap. A chimney topper protects your chimney from the elements, animals, debris, unwanted drafts, and more. Even if you have a chimney cap, it may be improperly installed or damaged from winter weather.

Check out the before and after videos. 

Chimney Crown

The crown is a masonry roof that covers the top of your chimney. It essentially prevents water from seeping into the masonry below.

Unfortunately, the crown can take quite a beating from Mother Nature, rendering it ineffective. Additionally, water- damaged or cracked chimney crowns can lead to costly repairs if not addressed in a timely manner. In other words, if the mortar crown on your chimney is loose, crumbling, or severely deteriorated, have it professionally repaired as soon as possible!

Masonry Repairs

Repointing or tuck pointing is required when the mortar joints in the masonry are disintegrating or cracked. Water damage and/or settling are typically to blame for this cracking and crumbling — that’s why we recommend water proofing the newly repointed joints.

Chimney Flashing

The purpose of the flashing of your chimney is to waterproof the junctures where they penetrate the roof. Faulty or deteriorated flashing can cause water damage to the surrounding roof deck and, if left alone, the interior finishes of your home.

The good news is that our technicians will evaluate this during an inspection because this area is susceptible to water penetration and leaks. And if you already have flashing problems, we can help! Here at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County you can trust our flashing repair system designed to stop leaks in faulty or deteriorated flashing.

Its strength and flexibility will provide years of trouble-free service and help put a stop to water penetration of a faulty or deteriorated flashing system, and carries a 7 year warranty.

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To top off your chimney, you may need to think about installing or replacing your chimney flue cap and we have just the crew to help you with this part of your chimney service needs.

Thinking about scheduling repairs for your appliance?

When you call we will have a couple questions for you.

  1. What is the appliance needing inspection? Is it a furnace, wood stove, or gas fireplace?
  2. What does the outside of the chimney look like? Is brick, stone,block, covered in siding or a metal pipe?
  3. Are you having any problems with your system? Campfire smell or odor, animals or birds getting in, system smokes inside the home when you use it, water leaks?
  4. Are you buying or selling your home?
    This information allows us to explain what our technicians will do when they come to your home and what to expect during our inspection process.
    *If you don’t know these answers, it’s okay! We can help you figure it out.


You may not noticed that we don’t have prices listed with our services. That is because pricing is decided on multiple factors including the number of flues, type of appliance, etc. We are not the cheapest, but our testimonials are proof that we make our clients happy. For more information on pricing before your appointment give us a call!