What we offer, how we offer it and the reasons we are the chimney sweep company for you.
Insight Into The Services We Offer
Most chimneys are exposed to the elements 24/7. This means they take a beating through the whole year- Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall. Eventually somethings gotta give, and that is usually the mortar or the crown. Once cracks start to appear anywhere on the chimney, water will get in and go to work on deteriorating the masonry. It may take a while, but eventually, the masonry will start to break down. If the damage is caught early enough, most of the time the chimney can simply be repointed. However, if the damage has been long term, it usually requires a teardown and rebuild of the damaged areas. This is more extensive work than repointing.
Here at Beitlers Chimney Service, we offer chimney repointing, rebuilding, and crown work. Our masonry experience and knowledge go a long way with providing our customers with the very best and high quality job they can get. There is nothing worse than paying for something and getting a very low quality job.
Our repointing work is ahead of the game because we do not fill the mortar back in by hand. We use a handheld mortar gun that is auger driven and has a vibrator in it. This allows the air to be removed from the mortar and then is pushed and packed into the joints. This not only gives a superior repointing job but one that will outlast any job done by hand.
Our rebuilding work is also top notch. Tearing down a portion of the chimney and building it back up is no small task, but we are more than capable. Our process involves cleaning the brick, matching the mortar and carefully laying the brick back in place. All this is done while taking caution not to do any damage to your roof.
Chimney crown resurfacing is our specialty. We use a product called ‘Crown Coat’ that comes with a 15-year warranty. Crown coat looks like new mortar when it dries, but it is so much more than that. It is flexible, which makes it virtually impossible to crack. With all chimneys expanding and contracting through the seasons, crown coat will hold up. 15 year warranty is a long time, so you know it has to be good stuff.
Stainless Steel Chimney Caps
There are many reasons to have a cap installed on your chimney.
1. Reduces moisture
A chimney cap will keep rainwater from coming down your home’s chimney. Rainwater can damage chimneys with stainless steel liners, chimney dampers, and chimney mortar joints. Beyond the damage from the water itself, moisture from rainwater can produce mold and mildew.
2. Keep out animals
Animals like birds, raccoons, and squirrels often try to make their homes within chimneys. In many cases, these critters will enter the chimney but won’t be able to exit, eventually dying. This can produce maggots, flies and unpleasant odors in your home. A professionally installed chimney cap, sized properly, will prevent animals from entering the chimney.
3. Block downdrafts
If the wind is blowing in a certain direction, it can introduce a downdraft. If you don’t have a chimney cap and you’re using a wood-burning fireplace at the time, a wind-induced downdraft has the potential of blowing smoke back into your home. The flat-shaped top of a chimney cap is designed to help prevent wind-induced downdrafts.
4. Stop sparks and embers
Some people refer to chimney caps as spark arrestors, which basically means that the chimney cap helps prevent lit embers or sparks that travel up the chimney from landing on the roof, possibly catching it on fire.
5. Prevent debris build-up
Leaves, branches, twigs and other debris can enter a chimney and build up if a chimney cap is not in place.
All of our stainless steel caps come with a lifetime warranty. Also, by buying and having our stainless steel caps installed by us, we guarantee them to stay on your chimney. If by some chance a cap would blow off your chimney, we will reinstall it for free and if it were damaged it will be replaced for free. No questions asked. (North Coast Masonry)
Most chimneys are exposed to the elements 24/7. Through the years, masonry chimneys can wear down with the constant barrage of rain, snow, sleet, and sun. This can eventually lead to a leaky chimney, and of course potential water damage to your home.
Waterproofing is a great preventative maintenance option. We feel that a strong barrier of protection can go a long way in keeping water out. Think of waxing your car, and how the water beads of off it after it rains. The same applies when a chimney is waterproofed.
The bricks on a masonry chimney are like sponges. They can actually absorb water. That water can then be transferred to the interior of the chimney, causing leaking issues. Also consider in wintertime that any water absorbed into the brick, or cracks in the masonry can freeze. When water freezes it expands, and that expansion means damage to the masonry and potential major repairs.
A routine maintenance program to waterproof your chimney can go along way in keeping your chimney protected.
Chimney crowns are the very top of the chimney and the part of the chimney that is completely exposed. Therefore, cracks and deterioration of the crown are a common issue. Cracks need to be addressed because water will lay in them and in the winter that water will freeze. When water freezes it expands and cracks the crown even more.
Eventually, this scenario will work it’s way down into the chimney and causing even more damage. So with all the damage that can occur, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the integrity of the crown. This can be done by having an annual chimney inspection performed.
If a chimney crown has not deteriorated to the point where a new crown needs to be poured, we can resurface it. Resurfacing consists of applying a wonderful product called ‘Crown Coat’. This product resists future cracking as it can flex. It is so good that it comes with a 15 year warranty.
If the chimney crown is too far gone to resurface it, then a new one will need to be repoured.
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