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Our Chimney Services?
Your chimney is the part of your building that is most exposed to the elements, so it tends to become worn down the fastest.
Since it takes so much stress, it is really important to maintain your chimney. Even small cracks can allow for water infiltration, which will quickly begin to damage the rest of the chimney. Soon bricks will begin to crumble and fall off and extensive repairs are needed.
At A Competitive Inc, we can inspect your chimney for wear and damage, and suggest the best solutions. We then promptly tuckpoint, repair, or rebuild your chimney so it will last for years to come.
Why Do Chimneys Need Repairs?
Most homes that are more than 60 years old have masonry fireplaces and chimneys, which over time need maintenance, and often repairs. If the chimney has not had proper maintenance, it may have problems with failing brick and mortar, which need to be repaired quickly to avoid even more damages, as well as a poor, or non-existent chimney lining, and damaged crowns. These things can cause water infiltration and structural damages if not dealt with properly.
Broken Chimney Caps
Are A Danger
The chimney cap, or crown, is an essential element to your chimney. It helps with smoke dispersal, to keep flames from burning your roof, and even keeps animals from entering it.
If your chimney cap is broken, it can put you in danger through: fire risk, air quality dangers, or from unwanted animals nesting inside. If your chimney cap is rusted and cracked, or missing, be sure to have a professional replace it.
How To Know That Your Chimney
Needs A Repair?
Maintaining your chimney can help avoid issues, but sometimes repairs are needed regardless. A damaged chimney is a dangerous fire hazard. Here are tips for recognizing chimney damage:
White discoloration on a chimney, also called efflorescence, is a clear sign of excess moisture in the masonry. It is easy to remove the staining, but important to address the core moisture issue to avoid more water-related problems.
Your firebox or damper should not be rusty. Rust is evidence of a lot of excess moisture in your chimney. If there’s enough moisture in your chimney to cause rusting, it may be an indicator for other serious damages in your chimney structure.
Cracked, crumbling, and missing mortar is an early warning sign for damaged masonry and should be fixed via tuckpointing. Damaged mortar allows for water infiltration which effectively breaks down the masonry and causes structural damages through wearing down mortar and freeze thaw cycles with changing seasons.
Thin slices of chimney tile collecting in the fireplace is a good indicator of possible exterior damage allowing moisture to penetrate the chimney. This needs to be fixed quickly because the flue lining is essential to safely operate a chimney. An annual chimney inspection of exterior masonry parts can help you catch these problems early and reduce repair costs.
Spalling is the term for falling mortar, brick, stone and concrete off a masonry structure. The cause of spalling is excess moisture that forces the surface of the brick, concrete, or stone to peel off, pop out, or flake off. If you see masonry materials collecting around the base of your chimney you need immediate repairs to prevent further deterioration.
A cracked or damaged crown can cause many issues for your chimney, but this will have to be observed from the top of the roof. The chimney crown provides the first line of defense against harsh weather conditions, so it is crucial that it is in good shape. If your crown is damaged it can allow for water filtration, which results in further structural damage and can encourage mold growth and rusting of metals and rotten wood in your home.
What Other Chimney Services Can We Offer?
The Chimney Foundation Cover - Chimney Flashing
The flashing on your chimney is a thin piece of metal and caulking that prevents water from infiltrating your home. Chimney flashing is what provides the watertight seal at the base of your chimney against your roof.
Chimney flashings are a bit more complex than normal flashing, and poorly made or broken chimney flashing is a common source of roof leaks. Chimneys come in a few shapes and sizes, and are either masonry or made of metal, they are then clad in wood, stucco or aluminum siding. For round metal chimneys, the flashing is the same as other pipes. The flashing on masonry chimneys are more challenging.
One issue with chimney flashing stems from the fact that chimneys often have a foundation that is independent from the house. Good flashing is two-part, and made to accommodate shifts in the house or chimney foundation relative to the other. This is achieved by having base flashings secured to the deck, and cap flashing secured to the masonry. This way, when either foundation moves, the overlap between these two flashings maintains watertightness.