When a fire burns, it produces carbon monoxide and other toxic gases that need to be directed outside. If your chimney is blocked or damaged, these gases can intrude into your home. When burning your fireplace, the flue gases that are produced from wood make a tiny partials called creosote. After a period of time, these particles collect in the smoke chamber and flue. If these partials collect in a large amount, and they are heated to a point of combustion then a chimney fire can start. If the fire is intense enough, it can breach the brick structure. This is where a house fire can occur.
Experts recommend an annual maintenance check for all wood-burning chimneys, especially before the winter season. However, the quality of service you’ll get varies widely from company to company. In fact, chimney repair and cleaning scams are on the rise, and unsuspecting homeowners are sometimes pressured into paying for unnecessary or even detrimental services.
When you get your chimney or fireplace serviced by Black Velvet Chimney, you can rest assured that an experienced member of our team will be on the job. Our promise to our clients is that we will never affix any extra services or fees, and that’s just one reason our customers keep coming back to us year after year.
We offer comprehensive chimney inspection, chimney scan inspection, repair and installation services, and we demand the same high level of quality in the products we use as we do from our personnel. From fireplace accessories to chimney liners, caps and dampers, we provide everything you need to keep your chimney safe and energy efficient.
Another need for repair is flashing. The metal that keeps water from entering the chimney between the roofline and the bricks is called flashing. If your roof was repaired recently, you can forget about the roofer doing it. I have been on over 5,000 roofs in 25 years, and most flashing is done wrong.
Proper flashing around a chimney includes two layers. The first is called step flashing: Sections of L-shaped sheet metal are woven into the shingle courses and lapped up the side of the chimney. Next comes the counter flashing: A second layer of metal is embedded in the chimney mortar joints and folded down to cover the top of the step flashing. least 1/2 to 1 inch. This is the final defense to keep water out of your house.. If you see a stain around the ceiling where the chimney is the flashing is bad.
So if you suspect you may have a problem with your fireplace or chimney, or just want to schedule a routine cleaning and inspection, please contact us today.
Water intrusion into brick chimneys cost homeowner millions of every year. chimneys may look indestructible from the ground, but when weather turns cold and water freezes, it expands causing cracks that get larger over time. eventually the brick fails. According to the Brick Industry Association, chimneys require special attention and maintenance to prevent costly damage caused by water penetration. Because chimneys project above the roof line, they are vulnerable to the elements. Nearly every chimney you encounter has signs of water damage! The first step is to determine the cause and then find the best corrective measures. ChimneySaver, the first product developed specifically for chimneys, has been used successfully by leading chimney professionals for nearly 20 years. It reduces water penetration into the masonry by 99.9%, according to ASTM tests conducted at the University of Wyoming.
It’s also 100% vapor permeable, which means it won’t trap water vapors that may pass through the bricks when the chimney is in use, unlike other products found in most hardware or home improvement stores. Those products when applied to a masonry chimney can actually slow down water vapors as they pass through the chimney leading to water damage.
Whether to use Water-Base or Solvent-base
ChimneySaver is available in both solvent (mineral spirits) and water-based formulas. The water-based formula is most popular, however, if a water repellent has previously been applied to the masonry, we recommend the solvent-based formula.
Moisture from a variety of sources is always present in masonry and concrete. Sealers and silicone coatings form a water resistant surface film which trap water vapors inside. If these vapors cannot escape, they will contribute to spalling, scaling, deterioration, and freeze-thaw damage. ChimneySaver is 100% vapor permeable – a non film-forming water repellent that penetrates and lines masonry pores.
10 Year Warranty
100% Vapor Permeable
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If you are looking up at your chimney, you will not see the damage that weather will inflict on the top of your chimney. A crown wash protects the entire top of your chimney. make sure it is in good repair.
We provide quality repairs like firebox replacement and repair