WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY CHIMNEY INSPECTED?

TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES – Creosote is a highly flammable substance that naturally forms during the combustion process while burning wood. The more creosote that accumulates in your chimney the higher the risk of a chimney fire.

TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING – Cracks or gaps in your firebox or flue are the points of entry for dangerous deadly gases like carbon monoxide to enter into your living area.

Whether you heat your home with wood, coal, gas or oil, over time each of these fuels can create combinations of condensation, acidic build-up or creosote. These naturally forming by-products of combustion can and will, over time, deteriorate the clay flue tiles and mortar inside your chimney and, if left unattended, can lead to the unthinkable – deadly carbon monoxide gases escaping into the home or chimney fires.

Our certified technicians are trained to identify and remedy any issues that arise from the deterioration of the inner chimney flue and the exterior. We know that protecting your family and home is your # 1 priority so call us today to schedule your chimney sweep and inspection.

SPRING SHOWERS BRING ……..LEAKY CHIMNEYS

…….and May flowers which the rain is great for along with our gardens and wells but not so much for masonry chimneys –  especially ones that have suffered damage from the cold New England weather.  Signs of leaky chimneys can be water in your firebox, a rusty fireplace damper, water in your basement, staining on your ceiling as well as damaged wallpaper surrounding the chimney area.

WHY DOES YOUR CHIMNEY LEAK?

If the chimney does not have a cap it is possible that the rain is falling straight down the chimney, the crown (the cement part on top of the chimney) is cracked and rain/snow is falling down in, the chimney is leaking from the inside out (which would be why wallpaper is damaged) due to condensation from burning a gas appliance (which means the chimney probably isn’t lined).  The flashing ( material used to keep water from entering into the area where the chimney protrudes through the roof line) needs to be repaired/replaced or the leaks are coming through the brick due to their porous construction.

Sometimes, a leak starts in a different place such as your roof but finds its way to the chimney, and then visibly enters the inside of a room at the point of the chimney which can make it tricky to assess where the actual leak is coming from especially if the chimney has no obvious signs of being compromised.

WHY DOES COLD WEATHER AFFECT CHIMNEYS?

Chimneys are built from porous materials (brick & mortar) – over the course of the winter, your chimney absorbs the melting snow/rain and when it goes below 32 degrees, as we all know, freezing takes place.  Chimney damage occurs when we start to thaw out.  The brick and mortar expand creating cracks and or spalling (faces of the brick fall off) which in turn means a point of entry for water and leaking to occur.

WHAT CAN DON’S STOVE & CHIMNEY DO TO HELP WITH LEAKY CHIMNEYS?

We offer services such as cap installation, flashing repair, crown repair to fix the cracks on top or crown reconstruction (depending on the damage) as well as a professional waterproofing treatment which will halt the water from penetrating through the bricks and mortar all while still allowing the chimney to breathe (allowing any moisture/vapors on the inside to escape). Sealants should never be used since these products will lead to more damage.  Our waterproofing treatment has a warranty of 12 years.

Chimney maintenance is our specialty so give us a call or email info@donsstoveshop.com  today to discuss our recommendations for your leaky chimney.

When is the Best Time to Have a Chimney Swept?

The answer is NOW!

11-3-14-creosoteWe know, we know – thinking about anything that has to do with heating our homes right now is the probably the furthest thing from your mind, however, chimneys that haven’t been swept before the hot humid days of summer are upon us can be very stinky.  This odor is the result of creosote and the moisture (sweating) inside of your chimney.

Creosote ( a sticky residue naturally formed as a byproduct of combustion combined with condensation) is mostly unavoidable if you are a wood burner, and can emit an unpleasant odor if not removed from the chimney before the hot sweaty season sets in.  This sticky residue, which is also very acidic,  combined with  a sweaty chimney will also, eventually, eat away at the clay tile liner causing enough damage over the years that it will need to be replaced – a very expensive fix.

Keep your home smelling fresh – call or e-mail info@donsstoveshop.com today to request an appointment to have your chimney swept before the hot humid summer days are upon us.