Chimney Blog May 2017

Why You Need a Chimney Cap

Posted On: May 16, 2017

Even though a chimney cap is a minor and relatively inexpensive installation, most homeowners question whether it is necessary or not. However, the truth of the matter is that this small amount of metal protecting your chimney keeps your chimney, home and family safe. A chimney cap works in several ways to protect you from various forms of damage..

Animal Protection

An unprotected chimney is the perfect place for animals to build a nest. In the warmer months, it is a dark, cool place to get away from the weather and predators. For this reason they will make their nests close to or inside of the small and comforting space of the chimney flue. It doesn’t take long for a family of critters to move into your chimney. Animals can get stuck in there, causing smells as well as damage to the mortar inside your chimney.

Eliminate Moisture

Rain, snow and ice all create problems for your chimney if they are allowed in the chimney flue. Living in the Northeast exposes your home to cold winters, warm summers and torrential downpours. Excessive moisture and minimal chimney care causes deterioration problems within the structure of the chimney. Therefore, it is best to not allow the excess moisture into the chimney in the first place by preventing the elements from ever entering your chimney by having one of our experts at Always Affordable Chimney install a Chimney Cap.

Prevents Fires

Burning, leftover embers from the fire below get sent up and out of the chimney along with the burning gases. These embers that are still lit escape out of the top of the chimney and can cause chimney fires and damage to your roof. These problems are entirely avoidable with the addition of a chimney cap and spark guard to prevent the burning particles from escaping

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Freshen Up Your Chimney

Posted On: May 16, 2017

However! Always Affordable Chimney is here to save the day! Our experts, who are conveniently located on Long Island, but can provide service to the five boroughs and Westchester are available around the clock to provide emergency chimney service!

Water Damage

The second water seeps into the mortar and brickwork of your chimney, problems begin to arise and arise fast! Due to the water damage your chimney will be subject to rot, clogs, rust, mold, deterioration and terribly foul odors. Water, without any of these subsequent effects, can create odors on its own, so when it is mixed with these other problems, the smells can become unbearable.

So how do you go about addressing the issue? The best way to stop any issue is to prevent it from happening all together! Our certified chimney experts can repair any current damage, followed by a thorough installation of our waterproofing system (which you can read more about here), so you won’t have to face these issues again down the line. While our experts are on site. they will also look at your flashing, chimney cap, chimney crown and more to make sure they are not leaving you with any other problems!

Air Pressure

One of the biggest reasons that foul odors and smells seep into your home is due to negative air pressure. What this means is that the air from outside is being pulled into your home through your chimney and with it comes these odors that are stinking up your home! If this occurs, you must find a way to put an end to it immediately - enter Always Affordable Chimney.

How do we help? Well, we remedy the situation by installing a chimney damper. You can learn more about our chimney damper service here. Our chimney damper installations are quick and done with immense efficiency. By the time we are done those drafts and foul odors will be banished from your home.

Clean That Creosote!

You should have your chimney inspected and cleaned by one of our chimney experts at least once a year. A thorough and top of the line sweeping always helps your fireplace run better and it makes your home exponentially safer. Creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires and the smell it produces alone is hazardous to your family. When it comes to the safety of your family and your home, there is no one better to turn to than Always Affordable Chimney!

Animal Safety

Animals getting stuck in chimney is a rather common issue and one that is harmful to the animal and your home. If an animal were to get stuck, it is very likely their life is in danger and if they cannot get our or not rescued in time, they will not make it. If their presence is unknown to the homeowner, terrible smells will start to come from the chimney. Having one of our experts install a chimney cap, keeps your family, the animals and your home safe!

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Spring Cleaning for Your Chimney

Posted On: May 09, 2017

With winter finally coming to a close and the warm weather steadily approaching, it is the season when many people start getting active. One great active move you can make every spring is taking a few minutes to give your chimney and fireplace a once over, now that you won't be using it throughout the warmer months.

The winter months are hard on these structures, particularly if they’ve been used throughout the winter and especially if you’re using them to burn wood.  A chimney and fireplace inspection includes some tasks virtually any homeowner can perform, as well as a few that are best left to the professionals.

Chimney Checklist:

1. Chimney cap: Make sure it fits securely and has no draft obstructions from any kind of debris.

2. Chimney crown: Check for cracks, which can allow water to seep in and cause plenty of damage.

3. Chimney exterior: As with the crown, inspect the entire outside of the chimney structure for cracks and crumbling masonry/brick.  You can buy special sealant to cover very small cracks, but larger cracks could mean that the chimney is seriously compromised and needs professional repair.

4. Chimney flashing: This is the material that seals the gap between the chimney and the roof.  Look for damage and faulty seals that can let in water.

5. Flue: You won’t be able to adequately inspect the inside of your chimney, so call in a certified chimney sweep.  This person will use specialized equipment to determine the level of creosote buildup and any structural damage that might be present.  The technician also can clean your chimney.

6. Damper: Make sure the damper opens completely and closes completely.  Over time, these units begin to wear and need replacing.

7. Firebox: Your firebox should be free of cracks and rust.  Either of these signs could point to a serious problem for which you should consult a professional.

Is your chimney leaking?

The biggest problem with leaks in a chimney is that homeowners often don’t catch them before costly damage has occurred. Below are some signs of leaking. If you see any of these issues, please call one of our certified professionals at Always Affordable Chimney.

·      White patchy areas on bricks

·      Any kind of foliage/growth sprouting in mortar cracks

·      Dust, small chunks or any other sign of brick and mortar deterioration

·      Rusty areas

·      Discoloration of a brick or a section of bricks

·      A musty, damp smell

·      Water in the firebox

Spring is a good time to get this inspection taken care of, especially when looking for leaks. Upcoming rainy weather and storms will only make the problem worse, so don’t delay in scheduling repair work just because you think there won't be an issue - more times than not, there will be. Always Affordable Chimney, conveniently located on Long Island with professionals stationed in Westchester and throughout the five boroughs provide immaculate chimney service. From professional inspections to cleaning, repairs and maintenance, whatever you need, we can do it for you! Don't wait until it's too late, call us today!

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