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The Most Commonly Needed Chimney Repairs

Every part of the fireplace and chimney system works together. As is the case with any system, if one part isn’t properly functioning, the entire system can fail. Unfortunately, the source of chimney and fireplace problems can be difficult to pinpoint without the help and advice of a professional chimney sweep. At Chief Chimney Services, Inc., we have only highly-educated, trained, and certified technicians who are prepared to identify and address any problem you may be experiencing. Some of the most commonly needed repairs are:

  • Chimney Relining – The chimney flue is designed to withstand stray sparks and hot smoke, ash, and gases. Liners are typically made of clay, aluminum, or stainless steel, and can last for a long time when properly maintained. However, over time, there are many factors that can lead to deterioration, cracks or other damages in the flue liner. If your liner is made of clay and is exposed to water, it can develop gaps and cracks and crumble into dust. If your liner is made of aluminum or stainless steel and is exposed to water, the water can eat away at the liner, creating holes and increasing the risk of fire. Animals, earthquakes, and other environmental factors can also crack or damage the flue liner. With all of these factors, it’s a good idea to have your chimney inspected on an annual basis for any damage.
  • Masonry and Firebox Repair – The firebox of a chimney is designed to withstand high heat for extended periods of time. However, water damage, age, and improper maintenance can cause the masonry of a chimney and firebox to decay, leaving the entire system structurally unsound and unsafe. If you notice a breakdown in your masonry, it is important that you have it professionally dealt with immediately.
  • Crown Repair – The crown is the cement layer that covers the top of the chimney, keeping rain and other environmental debris out. If the crown is not properly sealed or maintained, it can be the source of leaks which can do thousands of dollars worth of damage to your chimney system and the surrounding areas. It is vital that your crown job is done properly and to the right thickness to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.
  • Leak Problems and Water Damage – Leaks can be caused by a faulty crown or chimney cap, problems in the masonry, or damaged or improperly installed flashing. Waterproofing and maintaining your chimney system is incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the cost of water damage repairs.

Don’t wait until you’ve got real problems – have your system inspected and waterproofed today!


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