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Have you looked at your chimney lately? This may seem like an odd question because a chimney is something that most people take for granted. It is an extremely sturdy structure, made of durable materials such as bricks or stone and mortar. It probably looks pretty good when you drive in every evening after work, and most people don’t give it more than a glance when they walk by.House in a water drop But if you take a closer look, you may notice that your chimney isn’t in as good of shape as you may have thought. There may be loose bricks or crumbling mortar, and that can be a very expensive problem to have. But even if your chimney seems to be in great shape, it’s a good idea to have a professional come in and take a closer look. In fact, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected on a yearly basis to make sure that the structure is in good condition and performing as it should be to keep your family safe and healthy.

Waterproofing

As solid as your chimney seems, it can still use some protection. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, we know just the steps to take to protect your chimney from the ill-effects of precipitation, and that means waterproofing. This process involves coating the outside of your chimney with a liquid sealer to keep the precipitation out of the pores of the brick and mortar. Although this seems like a simple process, the bricks and mortar probably already have moisture resting in the pores, and if the sealant you choose isn’t water permeable, that moisture will sit and cause further problems. That’s why Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc uses ChimneySaver water-repellent. This product is amazing because it is designed in a way that keeps precipitation from entering the surface while allowing any moisture that has accumulated in your bricks and mortar to leave. This leaves your chimney completely protected from the damages caused by moisture, both inside and out.

Another thing that should be waterproofed is your chimney crown. Your chimney crown is the piece that is built on to the top of the chimney, and it should be made of concrete. Some contractors, however, try to cut corners by making this structure out of mortar instead, and this means that the crown will be more susceptible to cracking and crumbling. If this is the case, it won’t be able to do the job it’s built for, which is protecting your home from leaks from precipitation and the water damage which can result. Your chimney crown can also be coated with CrownCoat, a sealant made by ChimneySaver. This material will seal cracks and chips and make your chimney strong enough to withstand the elements.

Call Today

If you’re worried about the state of your chimney and chimney crown and want to protect your home from expensive repairs caused by water damage, give Chim Cheroo a call today. We’ll take a look and discover any problem areas. Set up an appointment as soon as you can, and you’ll save yourself from worrying about the damage caused by the next big rainfall!

By Don Rhine on August 14th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Waterproofing

Chimney Caps

You wouldn’t just leave a hole in your roof because you know that precipitation, cold air, animals, or leaves and twigs would get in through the hole. But doesn’t it seem like that’s exactly what your chimney is? A hole that lets stuff in. That’s why a chimney cap is so important. Your chimney is designed to be topped by the chimney crown. This is the solid piece of concrete material at the very Chimney Cap or Chase Cover - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimneytop of your brick chimney. It actually has a great design which directs rain off its sloped sides and away from the point where the roof meets the roof because that spot would be particularly susceptible to leaks. But it does nothing to keep precipitation out of the opening itself. That’s the job of the chimney cap.

Structure of a Chimney Cap

Not every chimney has a chimney cap. This is something that the homeowner can purchase and add to the chimney structure. It sits on top of the chimney crown. It is designed like a little one-room shed, with a solid roof with sloped sides to direct precipitation towards the chimney crown. Because the purpose of the chimney is to allow smoke to leave, the chimney cap is designed with metal grated sides so that the smoke is released but outdoor things are kept out. This is a great way to ensure that stray debris, leaves, twigs, and animals are kept out of your home.

Now is a great time to be thinking about chimney caps because it’s chimney swift season. Chimney swifts are a unique little bird, shaped like a cigar, and resembling a smoky smudge. They aren’t much bigger than a sparrow or a robin, but they do have long, narrow wings. A swift spends most of its life in flight, in part because it can’t perch, but instead clings to walls when it lands to roost. In fact, a chimney swift even eats, drinks, and cleans itself in flight. These little travelers migrate to Peru every winter, then head back up north to build their nests and raise their young. Because they can’t perch, they need to look for hollow logs or caves to build their nests, but these sites are in short supply in modern-day America. That’s why the innovative swift began to use chimneys to build their nests instead. Chimney swifts also tend to go back to the same nest again and again if it’s available, so if they start out in your chimney, they’ll come back year after year unless you stop that from happening.

Prevention

Chimney sweeps are noisy nest makers and their babies are noisy, also. Other animals can make lots of noise while they’re raising little ones as well. There is also some smell associated with having animals in your chimney. If all of this is more than you want to deal with year after year, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call and we will make sure you have a chimney cap that keeps critters, leaves and twigs, and other debris out of your chimney.

By Don Rhine on July 31st, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Chimney Caps