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Why Repairing Your Flue Liner Is Important

The chimney liner plays a major role in keeping your chimney functioning right. It protects your home in more ways than one, and using a chimney without a liner in place puts you at some serious risks! If you’re ready to learn more, read below. We’ll explain why liners are so important, then let you know what we can do to repair and restore yours.

Flue Liners Serve A Big Purpose

The liner in your chimney does a lot to ensure safer and proper functioning, so it’s important to keep it protected throughout the years. First things first, it keeps heat from traveling to other parts of your home and starting a house fire. This process occurs faster than you may think (just a few hours), and it puts you and your loved ones at serious risk!

Chimney liners also help protect your mortar from melting and deteriorating. If cracks and crumbling start to occur, gases and harmful fumes can easily enter your home and trigger sickness. Some of these gases, like carbon monoxide, can even be fatal and are extremely hard to detect! Play it safe – let us inspect your liner today!

Lastly, a chimney flue liner enhances efficiency of your appliance, but only when sized correctly. When measurements are out of whack, creosote and other debris will accumulate at a faster pace, causing damage and increasing your risk of chimney fires. In order to ensure proper air flow, your liner needs to be fitted just right, and our CSIA certified crew will make sure that happens!

We Use HeatShield

There is a trustworthy and dependable product that we use to handle all types of flue repair work – HeatShield! There are different types of HeatShield that can be applied to your chimney, depending on the extent of your damage, so, no matter what state your system is in, we are certain we can help out. All in all, you’ll notice a more efficient and safer-to-use fireplace for your home and family – that’s our goal!

The great part about using HeatShield is that it comes with a 20-year warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you’re taken care of down the line. Ready to learn more? Give us a call now!

Don’t Put It Off

With nicer temperatures and springtime sunshine here, now may be your best time to call us in for liner repair work! As you can imagine, we get pretty busy when fall comes back around, performing repairs, inspections, sweepings, and more all throughout our service area. While we do everything we can to accommodate each of our customers’ needs, sometimes finding that perfect appointment time is hard to do!

We would hate to see you forced to put off fireplace use due to damages and necessary maintenance work. Call us in now, while things are slower, so we can set you up right! Once temperatures drop, you’ll be ready to light up that first fire, with no problems in sight. You and your loved ones deserve that! Give us a call now!

Bird Nest & Beehive Removal

Having unwanted visitors in your chimney can be a frustrating ordeal, and getting rid of various animals isn’t always as easy as one might assume. Fortunately, the highly qualified team at Weststar Chimney Sweeps can handle the job! We specialize in bee and bird nest removal, so you can get back to normal again in no time. If you need some professional help, give us a call now!

Dangers Of Nesting Materials

If birds bring their nesting materials into your chimney, you’re going to start noticing all kinds of problems. First of all, birds and their chirping can get bothersome in a hurry, disrupting your lifestyle and making it a challenge to relax. They also bring in all kinds of leaves, twigs, and other materials to build their nests with, all of which clog up your flue and force smoke and other gases into your living space.

As you can imagine, having these fumes back up in your home can be quite hazardous to the health of loved ones. Not only will they stink things up and trigger bad odors, they’ll likely make people sick, as well. And some fumes, like carbon monoxide, are extremely hard to detect, making their presence that much more dangerous.

Along with this, excess debris obstructs airflow, causing creosote to accumulate more rapidly and increasing your chances of chimney fires. Chimney fires cause your liner and brickwork to break down considerably, which leaves open pathways for flames to escape to any adjacent woodwork. Using a fireplace that has damage from a chimney fire is extremely dangerous, and many homeowners don’t even realize a chimney fire has occurred until it is too late.

Play it safe by having us remove the animals and obstructions right away. Then, let us inspect and sweep your chimney! We’ll check for cracks, holes, and any other necessary repairs, so you don’t have to stress when fall comes back around.

Always Trust A Professional

While bird nest removal, beehive removal, and chimney sweepings may seem like something you can do yourself, this is really not the recommended approach. Even the smallest mishap can trigger tons of issues down the line, many of which will wind up costing you a lot more than a professional sweeping would.

On this same note, beehive removal can be a tricky and dangerous process. While many think lighting a fire will quickly scare the bees away, this action will only make matters worse by melting the honey, spreading the odor, and attracting even more bees. Trust in our crew from the very beginning. When you work with Weststar Chimney, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the best possible hands around!

Take Preventative Action Now!

The best way to keep bees, birds, and any other wildlife out of your chimney is by having a chimney cap or top-sealing damper installed right away! With springtime weather upon us, now is the time to get it done. Don’t give up control of your chimney and fireplace. Work with us, so that you stay protected for years to come! Call now!

How To Spot Chimney Water Damage

When water has easy access to your chimney, it can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Rusty flashing, cracked masonry, rot, clogs, and more can occur if your chimney isn’t properly protected, and the longer you put off corrective maintenance, the worse these issues will become. If you’re worried about the state of your fireplace system, our team at Weststar Chimney Sweeps has got you covered!

Learn more about how you can spot water damage by reading below, then call on us to provide the solutions you need to get the best performance possible from your chimney and fireplace.

Examine Your Masonry

If you’ve been noticing leaks or pools of water in your fireplace, your brickwork may be the culprit. Many don’t realize that, even though bricks are strong and sturdy, they can absorb water quite easily! When moisture gets absorbed, it triggers all types of deterioration throughout your system and causes your masonry to crumble.

If your masonry is looking worse for the wear, let us help you out. We can apply a strong, yet breathable, waterproofing sealant that will keep water out for good, so you can rest easy every time you put your fireplace to good use. If things are starting to break down, stop that excess moisture dead in its tracks – invest in our waterproofing services today!

Check For Rust

There are various metal components throughout your chimney and fireplace that if given the opportunity to rust, won’t be able to function properly. If rust goes unaddressed, it will form cracks and holes, allowing even more pathways for water to enter your system and cause damage. If you notice rust, call us in for the repairs and restoration work you need to get your chimney up and running efficiently again!

Whether your flashing is rusted, your chimney cap is damaged, or something else is going wrong with your metal chimney parts, count on us to get the job done right. We will get everything back to normal faster than you might expect and can handle any extra installation work you might need along the way. When it comes to your chimney, count on a professional from the very start. The crew at Weststar Chimney Sweeps has got your back!

How Is Your Crown?

Your chimney crown plays an integral role in keeping water away from your masonry. When built correctly, your crown will easily direct water out and away from the sides of your chimney, making a big impact on how much damage your system ends up facing over time. If your crown is broken down or wasn’t installed correctly from the start, count on our team to help you out! We can repair your crown, so you don’t have to stress any longer.

If you’re facing water damage, don’t let it bring you down. Give us a call today, so we can get your fireplace working great again!

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Chimney Repairs

The holidays are well behind us, and your chimney is likely seeing less and less use. As spring and summer approach, most homeowners abstain from fireplace use until the more festive atmosphere comes back around. If this sounds all too familiar, then it may be a good time to call us in to look things over!

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we believe that one of the best times for inspections and repairs is right after the burning season. Why? Well, your fireplace has just faced a lot of action over the last few months! Some wear and tear has likely occurred, and clogs and other issues may be present, too. In these cases, it’s important to have some maintenance done before anything gets worse.

Saving You Money

The longer you put off necessary repairs, sweepings, and more, the more issues you’ll wind up facing down the line. Bigger problems lead to bigger expenses, so it’s wise to invest in affordable repairs now, rather than high-priced ones this fall. It’s an easy choice to make, so why put it off any longer?

Saving You Time

Chimney repairs take time and, depending on the issue at hand, it could take quite a while to get everything squared away. Simple repairs take much less time. This is why we encourage homeowners to call us in sooner, rather than waiting until things deteriorate more than they already have. Don’t get stuck making multiple time-consuming appointments, when you can get us in and out in a hurry!

Along with this, waiting until fall for your chimney maintenance can lead to some scheduling conflicts. As you can imagine, the closer we get to winter and the holidays, the busier our sweeps get! If you schedule now, you are much more likely to get the exact date and time that works best for you.

If you want to ensure you can fire up your fireplace right at the start of your next burning season, call us in now to check everything over. Once fall rolls back around, you’ll be happy you did it!

Saving You Stress

When you save time and money, you save yourself a lot of stress. When your fireplace and chimney are undergoing repairs and maintenance, it can cause some frustration, but our expert and professional team are ready to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible. When you work with Weststar Chimney Sweeps, your needs always come first!

Along with this, you’ll be able to use your fireplace with the peace of mind you deserve, knowing your system is functioning as safely as possible. Regular maintenance decreases the likelihood of water damage, chimney fires, gas leaks, and more! Ensure your loved ones stay protected by calling us in from the start.

Dial Our Number Today!

Pick up the phone and dial us at 619-338-8116 today! Our CSIA certified crew is ready to help you out with any questions, concerns, and scheduling needs. We love serving San Diego and all of its surrounding communities, and we are more than ready to help you out soon. When it comes to the health of your chimney, there’s no time to lose – give us a call now!

Chimney Chase Maintenance & Replacement

Do you have a basic metal cover on your chase? If so, you may be noticing some issues, such as rust and deterioration. This type of damage is all too common, and it makes your chase cover less functional and less attractive. Soon, leaks will occur, causing even more damage throughout your home, woodwork, and masonry, such as rot, rust, stains, mold, clogs, and a whole lot more!

Unfortunately, most of these repair jobs cost a lot to address, and they take some time, too. Your best bet is to pay for a new chase cover now, rather than expensive repair jobs down the line. If you’re worried about the state of your current chase cover, or if you don’t have one installed at all, give our qualified staff a call. We can set you up right!

Benefits Of Chase Covers

Chase covers contribute a lot to your chimney’s curb appeal and overall efficiency.  If you’re tired of looking at your drab prefabricated chimney, then consider amping up its style with a chase cover! Let’s start with the design options available. We can easily match it to your home’s current decor, and it will make your chimney look fresh and streamlined. Definitely a worthwhile investment!

Along with looking great, chase covers provide extra protection for your home, too. As we stated above, water damage can cause a lot of problems in a short amount of time. The longer you ignore them, the worse things will get. A well-built chase cover can make all the difference in keeping your home and fireplace strong and standing tall for years to come!

Pricing Information

If you’re excited about the idea of a new chase cover, but are wondering about the costs involved, let us provide some insight. Having your chase cover replaced will cost you anywhere from $550 to $800, depending on the materials you choose. Stainless steel will cost you more, but the long-lasting results are well worth it! The most expensive option will be a copper chase cover.

Both copper and stainless steel options come with a lifetime warranty. If rust, corrosion, or other defects appear anytime throughout the life of your new chase cover, we will get it taken care of! Galvanized metal chase covers (the cheapest option) have one-year warranties against rust and defects. No matter which option you choose, your top will come with a one-year workmanship warranty on the installation of the product.

Costs will also be adjusted according to the size and height of your chimney, as well as how easily accessible it is. If you have questions, give us a call! We’re happy to help and we can work together to find the right solution for you.

Our CSIA Certified Team Is Here For You

When it comes to keeping your home safer, you need a chimney company that you can depend on and trust through it all. We’ll make sure your investments are built strong, so that you get the long-lasting results you deserve! Contact us now to set up your appointment. We can’t wait to help you out!