Your fireplace and chimney, like everything else in life, can wear out and begin to deteriorate over time. There is a wide range of elements that can contribute to the deterioration of your chimney, making it necessary to perform varied repairs and maintenance. Homeowners many times are unaware of the seriousness of a weathered and deteriorated chimney which can ultimately lead to much more serious problems, such as destructive home and/or property fires.
Lightning and Rain Damage to Your Chimney
Lightning damage to chimneys occurs quite often resulting in serious damages to your home and or your property as well. Most homeowners are completely unaware of the damage that lighting can actually cause to your home and are unaware of the quality services that we at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair offer to resolve these unsuspecting chimney damages. In addition, there are various other elements and conditions that can lead to the deterioration of your chimney. Since chimneys are exposed to harsh weather elements often, they are at the top of the service list for brick repairs to homes. At All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair, we understand the damaging effect that lightning and other elements can have on your chimney. Our experienced and highly trained specialists are fully aware that the condition of both brick and mortar can lead to a deteriorated chimney over time.
Our All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair technicians and specialists are highly trained in all types of brick, mortar, chimneys, and fireplaces. Though most bricks are hard fired and typically should last for an incredibly long period of time, more often than not over 100 years, there are still some forms of deterioration that can occur with extensive exposure to harsh elements. Adobe and varied blends of bricks are much softer and far more porous than hard fired bricks. This type of brick lasts for perhaps fifty years or less. Regardless of the type of brick your chimney is made of, damage and deterioration can still occur.
When rain soaks into the brick on your chimney, it can freeze and then expand, causing separation of thin layers of the brick. When this occurs the affected layers begin to fall off and will accumulate at the base of the now deteriorated chimney. Further, the mortar joints on your chimney can also deteriorate over time depending upon the type of mortars used and the process by which they were installed at the time of construction. Each of these scenarios can present damaging conditions that need prompt attention in order to avoid more serious problems and issues which is why many Nashville homeowners rely upon the quality services of the professional experts at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair.
Cracked Crowns Cause Damage as Well
Most chimneys, when constructed, are typically finalized with the installation of a crown built with mortar. Though these crowns are not necessarily required, more often than not chimneys have some type of a mortar crown installed. We at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair know first hand that mortar crowns can shrink and crack causing premature deterioration. When this occurs, they allow water to seep into the top of your chimney. When water gets into your chimney it causes the brick to come loose or begin to deteriorate which ultimately leads to other problems with your chimney and the adjoining construction components as well.
The experts at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair understand the importance of a secure and healthy chimney which is why we strongly believe that chimney crowns should be designed and poured with concrete or Portland cement rather than mortar. If, however, a chimney is poured with mortar, then it is our recommendation that the chimney be completely covered with some type of a custom chimney cap to keep water, the elements and anything else from getting into your chimney.
The Importance of Chimney Caps
Every chimney needs some type of a chimney cap. If your chimney does not have a chimney cap, water is allowed to pour into your fireplace through the massive opening at the top of the fireplace each and every time it rains. This potentially can cause a great deal of damage to the many components that make up your fireplace and present with a seriously deteriorated chimney over time. Our chimney experts here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair advise all our clients on the importance of chimney caps. The reasons why it is necessary to have a chimney cap installed are many and include:
- To prevent water from entering into the flue or the chimney shell;
- To help prevent or minimize downdrafts in windy weather conditions;
- To keep debris such as nesting materials and leaves from getting into the chimney and causing blockages of any type;
- To keep birds, squirrels, chipmunks, mice and other animals out of the chimney;
- To block sparks and any other burning debris that is airborne from exiting out of the chimney and potentially causing a fire; and
- To help prevent or minimize fireplace odors that are caused by excessive dampness or animals in the chimney.
There is a wide range of chimney caps that our chimney experts can install to help prevent the formation of a deteriorated chimney. There is a basic chimney cap that simply clamps onto the flue liner that can provide the necessary protection you need for your chimney. In addition, we can provide all our Nashville homeowners with a custom cap made of sheet metal, copper, or stainless steel that are specifically designed to protect the entire top of your home’s chimney. Many of our custom chimney caps are designed to fit your chimney much like a glove. Our custom caps are securely installed with masonry anchors that are drilled directly into your chimney and are sure to last a lifetime. These custom caps are every bit attractive to look at as they are affordable and provide the utmost in protection to both your chimney’s crown and flue.
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If you have a deteriorated chimney that needs some real love and care from industry professionals who have not only the experience and know how, but the state of the art equipment and resources to take care of all your chimney repair needs, then look to the experts at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair. Our certified and licensed chimney specialists are committed and dedicated to providing all our Nashville customers with the repair and maintenance they need for their chimneys and fireplaces any time of the year. Contact us today and put all your chimney worries into the hands of some of the industry’s absolute best. You are sure to be more than satisfied with our extraordinary quality services and products each time, every time.