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.

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.
  • Relining a chimney: 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 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.

Flashing at the Base of the Chimney

Flashing refers to the layers of metal at the base of chimneys, stacks and vents. The real job of flashing 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 occasional inspection and maintenance of the flashing systems on your roof will help prevent future problems. And if you already have flashing problems, we can help! Here at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County, we use FlashSeal, a long-lasting flashing repair system designed to stop leaks in faulty or deteriorated flashing.

FlashSeal’s 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 when professionally-installed, FlashSeal 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.