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Leaky Chimneys

Leak in Your ChimneyA leak can never mean a good thing. If your pipes are leaking, you could be in for a big mess that will take a lot of work to clean up. If there is a leak in your tires, you might end up with a flat in the middle of the interstate. If your roof is leaking, you might end up with an upstairs bedroom with the floor all wet once rainy weather hits. And if your chimney leaks, you could end up with some pretty costly repairs. If you’re like most people, there are plenty of things you’d rather buy before having to spend your money on expensive chimney repairs.

Signs That There’s a Problem

There are a couple of ways for you to tell that your chimney is leaking. An obvious one is that there is moisture in the firebox of your chimney. But there are other, more subtle clues, and the earlier you find these, the easier it will be to fix the problem. If you notice that the wallpaper or plaster by your chimney or fireplace is damp or shiny looking, especially when it rains, chances are that there’s a leak in your chimney. The same is true for the ceiling near your fireplace. If you notice sagging plaster or stains in your ceiling paper, it’s important to call Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service soon so that we can find the source of the problem and take care of it before further damage is done to the interior of your home.

Causes of Leaks

There could be several things that are causing leaks. One of these is precipitation, and although there’s nothing you can do to stop the rain from falling, there are ways to make sure that only minimal damage to your chimney occurs. First, take a close look at your chimney. If you notice that the mortar or even the bricks look crumbly or weak, or if there are flecks and little pieces of mortar or brick on the ground around the chimney, these can all be signs of spalling – another sign that you have leaks. Spalling is the process of water that is in your bricks or the mortar that holds your bricks together working its way to the surface, causing pieces to break away or pop off, which leaves these materials weakened. Over time and if left untreated, spalling can cause major structural damage to your chimney, including interior leaking.

Another cause of chimney leaks is a broken or cracked chimney cap. The chimney cap protects your chimney from animals or debris getting in, but also from precipitation entering. This is an important line of defense against leaks, and if it is in a state of disrepair, you could be finding water in your home.

Call the Pros

If you are concerned about chimney leaks, call us to take a look at your chimney and fireplace. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, we take pride in helping you keep your chimney and fireplace in the best possible condition. We work hard to make your life easier and worry free!

By Don Rhine on March 7th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

What You Should Know About Bellfire Fireplaces

As spring approaches, sometimes all you need is a change. However, it doesn’t need to be something drastic like a new job or house. There are other things that you can do that can change things up a bit. Maybe a new carpet would make things look new. A little paint can go a long way to clean and brighten things up. Some new furniture can completely change the look of your room as well. You should think about redoing your fireplace if you want a little bit more of a change. Bellfire refractory fireplaces are an excellent upgrade option.

What Does Refractory Mean?

What You Should Know About Bellfire Fireplaces - Mansfield OH - Chim CherooWhen you plan to make a big purchase, you know it’s important to understand what it is you’re buying. So when talking about a refractory fireplace, you’ll want to know what refractory means. A good definition of this is that it is something that can withstand high heat, and that is definitely something that you want to describe the new fireplace that you’re planning to have installed in your home.

History of Bellfires

Early fireplaces were most certainly not very efficient. They were used as the sole heating sources of the home, but a lot of the heat went right out the chimney. Benjamin Thompson, the Count of Rumford, saw the problems and decided to do some experimenting to see if he could improve this situation. One thing that he realized was that a new design on a fireplace was needed. He changed the traditional design of a fireplace and made a fireplace that was less smoky, cleaner, and hotter.

Others eventually continued to work, update, and improve Count Rumford’s designs. One man who did so was Professor Peter Rosin, who changed the design after conducting scientific tests on air and smoke flow. His changes increased efficiency and functionality, and eventually his information was used by Bell of England to develop what is now known as a Bellfire fireplace .

What Makes Bellfires Great

If you want a traditional look with efficient heating, give a Bellfire fireplace some real thought. The ceramic insulations keeps heat inside the firebox and fireplace. The heat will be reflected back into your room, and that will keep you and your family warmer and more comfortable during the cold days of winter.

As for installation, when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, we know exactly how to install these with a minimum of time, mess, and labor costs. We’ve had experience with installation and know how to install it into your existing hearth.

If you’re thinking about breathing some new life into your home, give some serious thought to a Bellfire fireplace. Give Chim Cheroo a call for expert advice on your new fireplace.

By Don Rhine on February 21st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment