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Service Areas (Alabama): Alexander City, AL; Auburn, AL; Beauregard, AL; Beulah, AL;Dadeville, AL; Daviston, AL; Eclectic, AL; Equality, AL; Five Points, AL; Fort Mitchell, AL; Hatchechubbee, AL; Hurtsboro, AL; Jackson’s Gap, AL; Lafayette, AL; Lanett, AL; Loachapoka, AL; Montgomery, AL; Notasulga, AL; Opelika, AL; Phenix City, AL; Pike Road, AL; Prattville, AL; Roanoke, AL; Salem, AL; Seale, AL; Smiths Station, AL; Tallassee, AL; Tuskegee, AL; Union Springs, AL; Valley, AL; Wadley, AL; Waverly, AL; Wetumpka, AL

Service Areas (Georgia): Cataula, GA; Columbus, GA; Cusseta, GA; Fortson, GA; Hamilton, GA; Hogansville, GA; Lagrange, GA; Manchester, GA; Midland, GA; Pine Mountain, GA; Upatoi, GA; Waverly Hall, GA; Westpoint, GA

LEAKY CHIMNEY OR ROOF

Let's address those pesky water issues.

HEADS UP

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CHIMNEYSAVER

ChimneySaver is the perfect water repellent because it’s 100% vapor-permeable. There are two types of ChimneySaver water repellent:

  1. Water-based – Used when the chimney has not ever been treated with another water repellent

  2. Solvent-based – Used when the chimney has been treated with another product or ChimneySaver is reapplied after 10 years

Both products provide the same great protection and the same benefits, including:

  • Carries a 10-year warranty

  • 100% vapor-permeability

  • Imperceptible (won’t alter the appearance of your brick)

  • Resists mildew

  • Protects brick & prevents stains

  • Eco-friendly

When you have this amazing product applied to your chimney, you’ll enjoy water protection without sacrificing the safety and integrity of the chimney system or your eco-system.

FOUR EXAMPLES THAT MASONRY AND WATER DO NOT MIX WELL.

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INSTALLED PROPERLY IS THE KEY

Unfortunately, not all flashing jobs are done well. Here is why it’s important to have a certified professional do the work:

  • If the flashing has any bends or divots in it upon installation, water can settle in these spaces and eat away at the metal over time. Our certified technicians have decades of experience properly installing flashing, so you can be confident your home is protected for years to come.

  • If the flashing has any gaps or rises in it, water can get in and make its way down into the home. Moreover, these gaps can also give insects and animals a way into the home.

  • Lastly, a good flashing job should not negatively affect the appearance of your home. With Top Hat Chimney Sweeps, you can expect both not only expert protection, but also a product that is going to looking great on your home!

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY FLASHING INSPECTED?

Aside from installation flaws, flashing can fail when:

  • strong storms dent, bend or lift it

  • animals tamper with it

  • house settling causes a separation

  • rain rusts or corrodes it

All of these things can happen suddenly or over time, which is why it’s important to have your flashing examined annually and also after any major weather event.

 

DO I NEED A CRICKET?

Industry standards require a cricket on all chimneys wider than 30¨ where the roof slopes down towards the chimney. However, chimneys with much smaller widths could certainly warrant a cricket dependant upon the slope of the roof, chase construction material, and the regularity of debris build-up (i.e. leaves, sticks, etc.). Crickets are extremely important for the wellbeing of your chimney structure. Without a properly constructed cricket, the roofing directing behind your structure proves to be a direct route for rain-water penetration. In addition to water penetration issues, non-cricketed chimneys can collect debris that saturate the roofline and cause major water damage (i.e. flashing rust-out, roof rot, etc.). 

Your chimney system is exposed to the elements day after day, and if your chimney is not properly protected and inspected regularly, you could notice some or all of the following water-related damages:

  • Rust, corrosion and holes riddling the metal components of your chimney system, like your flue liner, firebox, or damper

  • Gaps, cracks, holes, decay and crumbling brick and mortar

  • Color variations within brick, including darkening and white patches (efflorescence)

  • Mold and vegetation growth in and on your masonry

  • Rust stains on the siding of your home and chase

  • Water-stained ceilings and walls

  • Musty, dank odor within your home

 

Siding, just like masonry, has its own contentions with rain water. Yet, unlike masonry, siding oftens masks the prevailing issues rather than exposing them. That is, though siding will eventually show signs of water damage as it wraps or discolors, it often conceals the ensuing issues leaving you with far more damage than initially expected. This is precisely why it is imperative to have one of our certified technicians inspect your siding chimney system on a periodical basis.

WEATHER-RESISTANT SIDING

The siding on your home is your home’s first defense against the elements. We recommend not only your chimney, but the entirety of your home be sided with a weather-resistant siding and trim. Designed to resist warping, rotting, rusting, staining and other water and weather-related damage, the weather-resistant siding we install will keep your home looking great for years to come. Additionally, it is sure to save you money down the stretch with its water protectant and non-fade properties.

 

COMMON ISSUES

Unfortunately, water can do a number on your chase pan. Some common problems with a chase pan include:

  • If your chase cover is too flat, water can pool on the top causing it to rust and eventually form holes, which enables water to penetrate directly into your chimney system 

  • If your chase pan is allowing water to flow directly into the chimney system this will certainly lower efficiency, raise risk of a chimney fire, and cause further damage and rust to the internals of your system.

  • Lastly, if your chase pan is not coupled with a chimney cap, the flue of your chimney system is directly exposed to the elements, causing a variety of potential issues.

UPDATE YOUR PAN

If you are experiencing rust stains on the chase from your chase pan or simply want to update the look of your home give us a call today! We commonly recommend stainless steel or some other non-corrosion metal for chase pans. This ensures your chase is not only protected from the elements, but that your home will look beautiful for years to come!

 

Chimney caps are designed to fit snugly onto flue liners or chimneys extending beyond the crown or chase pan. Their purpose of course is to keep out rain, wind, insects, animals, debris and other elements. Whether you have a single or a multi-flue system, there is a cap that will work for you.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT OPTIONS?

Of course! In fact, dependant upon your system you may have an abundant of options and looks possible for your chimney cap. We often recommend a full-coverage stainless steel chimney cap. These caps function as both a chimney cap and a chase pan all-in-one, and serve your chimney best in regards to water intrusion prevention. See below for some potential options for your home!

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The certified technicians at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps can properly perform all of the aforementioned repairs. For any further questions or to schedule please give us a call today at (334) 749-3559 or Book Online now!