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.
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.
CRACKS AND CRUMBLING
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 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!