5 Common Chimney Problems

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1, Chimney Crowns Common chimney crown problems include cracking and chipping. This issues will commonly arise in improperly constructed chimney crowns. Key aspects to a properly poured chimney crown include flashing between concrete and brick, expansion joint between concrete and liner, proper overhang, and proper slope. 2, Chimney Counter Flashing Chimney counter flashing is rather simple and has two issues that can arise. The simpler fix and maintenance is upkeep of the caulking on the maintenance joints. The larger issue it the rusting or damage of the counter flashing itself as it should be replaced then.


5 Common Chimney Problems


Chimney Problems

3, Chimney Liner System The liner system includes the firebox, smoke chamber, and liner. A firebox will often need tuckpointing and possibly the replacement of cracked firebrick to properly keep heat where it should be! The second part is the smoke chamber. Smoke chambers often are not smooth and need to be parged. This prevents build up of creosote and helps funnel smoke better to the liner. Finally, the chimney liner needs to be maintained and cleaned. If too much creosote builds up in a liner, it can cause a large array of issues from draft issues, to house odor, to chimney fires, etc. This is a costly fix if not maintained.

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4, Chimney Creosote As mentioned above, creosote can cause a lot of chimney problems. Regarding draft issues, a liner is sized very accordingly to the size of your firebox. If enough creosote buildup develops, it can limit the draft causing smoke to draft backwards into the house. With creosote buildup, if there is ever negative pressure even with no fire, the odor of the creosote can leak into the house. Other potential issues can arise too. 5, Chimney Brick & Mortar Common brick & mortar issues include cracked or spalling bricks, and cracked or sanding mortar. Brick and mortar issues are rarely a doing of their own. On a chimney, leaking gases in a liner, creosote, or poor chimney crowns usually lead to premature deterioration.

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At CTC, we repair, restore, protect, and preserve masonry including brick, stone, or even a chimney crown. Whether it is chimney problems, masonry issues, or a stainless steel chimney liner installation our expert masons are here to help. We use the latest masonry technology, ladder safety, and roof saefty techniques to restore brick and protect your home.

We at CTC Masonry are the complete solution to your masonry needs and making your chimney last longer. We highly value our clients and seek to gain their confidence by offering the highest level of customized chimney tuckpointing services and masonry products at a competitive price.

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