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Why Chimney Crown Maintenance Is So Important

There are many parts to a chimney and all are important for proper functioning. It’s important to take a step back from time to time and inspect each of these parts on an individual basis. Today, we’re focusing on the chimney crown. This is a piece that withstands a lot! And it faces all kinds of wear and tear in order to keep your chimney protected.

What Do Chimney Crowns Do?

Chimney crowns are located at the top of your chimney. They play a big role in keeping excess moisture away from your masonry.

Chimney crowns also:

  • Help cover and protect the opening of your chimney while steering water away from the sides with their sloped design.
  • Extend past the edge of your chimney, so any water that comes down will be forced away from the brickwork (thus reducing the chance of deterioration).

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If you’re having issues with your crown, it’s important to address them right away. Some homeowners discover that their chimney crown was installed incorrectly from the get-go. This means that it could have been built from inadequate materials or maybe the edge doesn’t overhang enough to keep your chimney protected. No matter the case, some modifications need to be done as soon as possible.

Other times, the crown will be installed just fine, but cracks and decay will start to form. This is usually due to water damage, and it needs to be stopped fast! You’ll want the damage mended quickly so that no more water can seep in. The more moisture allowed in, the more damage you’ll face, triggering stress and costing you precious time and money.

We Can Help!

If you are worried about the state of your chimney crown, have no fear. The staff at Weststar Chimney Sweeps is trained, experienced, and more than qualified to help you out! Our professional crew is happy to come out and inspect the current state of your chimney. Once we evaluate the situation, we’ll provide you with the next best steps for resolving the issue, so you can get back to using your fireplace in no time!

Our staff uses a product called CrownCoat, which seals any cracks or holes while providing your entire crown with a strong, waterproof seal. This a product that can withstand water, while allowing your crown the ability to vent out vapors and moisture. It’s a great way to keep your chimney protected for years, and we are certain you’ll be more than satisfied with this service!

I’m Ready! What Now?

If you are ready to invest in the best products and services for your fireplace, give Weststar Chimney Sweeps a call right away. We can find a time slot that works best for your schedule, and get our CSIA certified staff out there as soon as possible! When it comes to the health of your chimney, you don’t want to put off any necessary repairs. Call us now before things get worse – we can’t wait to help you out soon!

By Mike O'Mara on July 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

What Is A Top-Sealing Damper?

Have you been having issues with your throat damper? You are not alone! These devices have worked well in the past. However, there is a new option available that homeowners seem to love. We don’t blame them! If you need a new damper, consider investing in a top-sealing damper for your chimney.

If you’re wondering just what a top-sealing damper is, let us explain. This device sits at the top of your chimney, rather than the bottom. It has a rubber gasket so that a tight seal is formed, and it is controlled by a lever that is inside of your fireplace.

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There are a lot of reasons why top-sealing dampers tend to function better than throat dampers. One of the biggest is their ability to seal your home a lot better, saving you lots of money on heating and cooling bills.

With throat dampers, any outside air gets sucked down your chimney, then can easily seep in through cracks and any possible holes. That makes keeping things cool hard to do… and watch out for any cold, nasty weather because things will get chilly fast!

Worried about the A/C escaping throughout the year? Worry no longer! Homeowners that invest in a top-sealing damper see significant drops in their monthly bills, and we want you to get all the savings that you can. Consider these products so that the warm, humid air stays out of your chimney altogether!

By Mike O'Mara on July 3rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment