Brickliners – Vermont’s Chimney Repair Experts
A chimney takes quite a beating both internally and externally, and this can cause some serious problems. As with anything, proper maintenance is the key to longevity. While it may be painful to pay for necessary repairs, doing so can save you massive headaches and big bucks in the long run. A chimney in disrepair will only get worse if not properly addressed — that’s where we come in. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified professionals at Brickliners know what it takes to properly repair all kinds of issues that arise with chimneys and fireplaces.
What Are Some Common Chimney Repairs?
A chimney and fireplace system is very complex and there are many things that can become damaged over time. Luckily, some of them are very minor fixes if caught early enough.
Chimney Relining – If your chimney has a clay tile liner, it is likely that at some point it will need to be replaced or repaired. Clay tile liners are very susceptible to fracture from the constant heating and cooling of the chimney. Without a properly functioning chimney liner, your chimney’s masonry will take on the brunt of the temperature changes, which will cause cracking and spalling of the mortar and masonry. Additionally, damage will occur as a result of the combustion byproducts deposited on the exposed masonry. Is your clay tile liner in bad shape? Chimney relining and repair is much cheaper than an entire chimney rebuild! Learn more about chimney liner options here.
Masonry Re-pointing – This is a process that resolves masonry damage issues. As a chimney is battered by wind, rain, snow, and temperature changes, the mortar that holds the bricks or stones together can crack, chip, and fall apart. These small cracks and chips can cause big problems if left unchecked. Luckily, it is a rather small repair process if caught early on, and our masons have the skills to do the job right! Your chimney will look as good as new when we are finished! Read more about re-pointing here.
Leaky Chimney Repair –Water can do immense damage to a chimney system and the home it is attached to. Repairs vary depending on the source of the leak, but it is crucial to have these repairs performed as soon as the issues are discovered. When it comes to water and chimneys, the problem will only get worse with time! Find out how we can help prevent and repair leaks here!
Chimney Cap Repair and Replacement – A functioning chimney cap is crucial to the proper operation of your chimney, and helps to keep water, animals, and debris out. Because it sit at the apex of the chimney system, it is especially vulnerable to tampering or damage. When damage is discovered, it is crucial that a new cap be installed by a qualified professional as soon as possible. Read more about caps here.
Chase Cover/Crown Repair and Replacement – If your crown or chase cover is in disrepair, you’ll have a serious water problem on your hands. Here at Brickliners, we provide options for crown repair and can install a new chase cover or give you a new crown that will meet your needs.
As I sit in my house here in Jericho on this very rainy morning, I notice that all the sounds of rain coming down is coming from outside. Inside everything is snug and dry.
I want to thank you all for an efficient and most effective repair and the most professional yet friendly manner in which it was completed.
Thank you again for fixing the chimney. The gentleman who came out was courteous, professional, and explained everything that he did to our chimney.
How Can I Tell If I Have A Problem?
An annual chimney inspection is a great way to make sure you stay on top of any problems that may arise in your chimney system and to make sure you identify them before they become bigger issues. With that being said, there are some warning signs to look for:
- Smoke entering your living area while burning a fire
- Smoky or moldy odor coming from your fireplace
- A dripping sound in your chimney
- Water in your firebox
- Stains on the outside of the chimney
- Cracked or crumbling masonry
- Water damage on the ceiling around your chimney
If you notice any of these problems, it is best to call a CSIA-certified chimney sweep sooner rather than later.
Let Brickliners Handle Your Chimney Repairs
Do you know what condition your chimney liner is in…or do you even know whether your chimney has a liner? We can offer reliable advice from our years of experience with this and other chimney and fireplace services.