Chimney Blog February 2019

Get Your Chimney Ready

Posted On: February 18, 2019

It's Time to get Your Chimney Ready for Spring & Summer!

Spring has sprung and we are now in the Summer months. While the summer time brings many home improvement projects, maintaining your chimney should actually be one of your projects at the top of the list. If not done correctly your home could experience draft problems or even a chimney fire, which puts your family and home at risk!

How frequently should your chimney be cleaned?

If you are someone who uses your chimney often throughout the winter and even chilly Fall and Spring nights, you should have it swept at least twice a year. While most home improvement projects can be done on your own without an expert, chimney maintenance is a project meant for said experts. Sweeping your chimney before the winter months, on a warmer day (if possible) during the winter and before the Spring and Summer months will greatly reduce your chances of experiencing a chimney fire. It will also greatly reduce your repair costs if a problem were to arise.

The types of chimney repairs are as follows:

Living on Long Island can expose your chimney to harsh weather conditions both in the Winter and Summer months. So once early Spring comes around, that is the best time to get these repairs done. Flashing and rain caps are two common things that your technician will check when they examine your chimney. With the rainfall that tends to fall during spring time, our experts will determine how well your chimney is sealed and whether it is waterproofed. After several winters without proper maintenance and repairs, your chimney will eventually begin to have small cracks and the caulking may become loose.

Are you having trouble with animals?

If you neglect your chimney, especially during the warmer months of the year, it could become a home or a trap for animals. Animals, whether trapped or nestled in their new home, do not belong in your chimney and they could cause serious damage to the interior of your chimney as well as your home, your family and themselves. To keep both you and the animal safe, this removal should only be done by a professional and having a cap repaired or installed by one of our experts will keep animals out completely. Your chimney is often the most forgotten part of your home, yet can pose serious risks if not taken care of. Call Always Affordable Chimney, your one stop shop for all chimney needs!


Can a Broken Flue Ruin Your Chimney

Posted On: February 04, 2019

Chimney Flue RepairsMany people take their chimney for granted and don’t understand that it is more than just a tower of bricks that funnel smoke from your home. There aren’t a lot of moving parts, and to most people, that indicates that the only thing that can go wrong is if a moving part stops moving the way it’s supposed to.

The moving part people are most familiar with is the damper. The damper is what closes the cold from entering your home when it’s closed and it lets the smoke out of your home when it’s open. The other part you usually notice is the door in the firebox that allows the ash to flow down to the ash box.

But your chimney is what protects the inside of your home from fire, moisture, noxious fumes and smoke. But what is the flue and where is it? The flue is what provides the passage of smoke and gases from your fireplace or wood stove. It runs all the way to the top of your roof and rises above it. You call it a chimney but it is the flue. Flues can be lined or unlined, but unlined flues are extremely dangerous. There are a variety of linings for a flue but the most common are steel or ceramic flue tiles.

The part of your chimney that extends beyond your roof is constantly exposed to the elements. The exposure to heat, moisture and cold, in conjunction with the intense heat and corrosive sediments that are produced by fires in your fireplace, has a detrimental effect on the liner of your flue. It can cause cracks, flaking and gaps in the masonry that can allow gases and moisture to migrate from the inside of your flue into your home.

The gaps and cracks can cause your chimney bricks to loosen. It can cause your chimney to shift and to not stand straight. It can also cause your chimney bricks to fall and if left alone to further deteriorate can eventually cause your chimney to fall apart resulting in roof damage, falling bricks and the worst case scenario, a falling chimney.