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The Most Common Chimney Problems

If you are experiencing chimney problems, let Magic Sweep take care of it for you. Call us now.

If you are experiencing chimney problems, let Magic Sweep take care of it for you. Call us now.

In no particular order, here are the five most common chimney problems that Magic Sweep Corporation finds and repairs throughout the Hampton Roads and Tidewater communities:

1. Cracked Chimney Crowns

Masonry chimneys are topped by what we call “chimney crowns,” which seal your chimney from the edge of the flue liner to the edge of the chimney. Lots of crowns are built using a common mortar mix that tends to crack and chip over time, which in turn allows water into the chimney and begins to erode nearby brick and mortar. Most crowns can be made to be watertight once more, though in some cases a crown may need to be rebuilt entirely.

2. Loose Flashing

Too often flashing comes loose because it was installed by someone who does not know how important it is to keep water out of a chimney or by someone who does not understand all the ways that water can get into a chimney. We also see on occasion that flashing is leaking because it has rusted, especially where there are nail holes. We can sometimes repair existing flashing, but we find that it’s often best to start fresh with a custom flashing job to create a watertight seal.

3. Deteriorated Chimney Liner

Cracked tile chimney liners are dangerous, as they can allow toxic gases like carbon monoxide to escape into your living space, where they pose a danger to your health. If this is the case we recommend applying HeatShield, which will resurface your flue, making it safe for use once again.

4. Caps and Dampers in Disrepair

Most chimneys are equipped with either a chimney cap or a top-sealing damper to keep rain and animals out of your chimney. When your chimney’s damper or cap is leaky, loose, or broken, it is useless and needs to be repaired or replaced right away.

5. Crumbling Masonry

If you notice that your chimney brick or mortar is crumbling, cracking, stained, or spalling (which means the brick faces have popped off), then the integrity of your chimney has been compromised, since water is now able to get into your chimney. Masonry repairs can be variously simple and straightforward or dreadfully elaborate; the sooner you address the problem, the easier and less expensive it will be to correct.

Schedule your chimney repairs with Magic Sweep Corporation today.