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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).

Fixing A Damaged Crown

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!

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.

Saving You Energy

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!

Schedule Your Chimney Inspection Soon!

If you own a fireplace, scheduling a yearly inspection is important. This regular maintenance helps ensure overall functionality, and it gives you peace of mind knowing that your home and family are being kept as safe as possible. In fact, the CSIA recommends scheduling an inspection at least once per year to help avoid chimney fires and exposure to harmful toxins.

If you’re due for an inspection, count on the staff at Weststar Chimney Sweeps. Our sweeps are CSIA trained and certified, so we are sure we can handle any job you throw our way. Learn more by browsing our site, then give us a call to schedule your appointment!

Keeping Your Home Safer

Inspections are necessary for maintaining the safety of your home and loved ones. Sweeps can spot any clogs, excess debris, or creosote buildup, all of which contribute to chimney fires and smoke backup. They can also look over your masonry to ensure no cracks, holes, or other damage is present. If your structure is suffering, you could eventually face a collapse or settlement.

On top of all that, nothing can beat an expert’s eye when it comes to the health of your system. Sweeps can recommend the next appropriate steps (repairs, cleanings, etc.), and they can advise you on some preventative measures to take, such as waterproofing. All in all, inspections help your system stay strong and durable for years of enjoyment.

Why Summertime Inspections?

So, why is now an ideal time to get that inspection done? There are many advantages to scheduling your fireplace and chimney maintenance in the summer. First of all, there will be more availability in our books, as our busy season won’t start up for another couple of months. That means you can schedule your appointment at a time that is most ideal for you!

On top of that, we will have more time to devote to your chimney. Should you need repairs, a sweeping, or anything else, we can easily get it all done in a timely manner. Once fall comes around, our books fill up fast, and squeezing in last-minute repairs isn’t always so easy. By scheduling now, you know your system will be up and running when the holidays arrive.

You Can Trust In Us

Here at Weststar Chimney, our staff is reliable, professional, and trained to meet your every need. We love serving this area, and we want to help out people all throughout it! One glance at our certifications, reviews, and decades worth of experience is all you need to know that we are dedicated and passionate about what we do.

Please give us a call today – we look forward to hearing from you!

How To Increase Dryer Efficiency

Have you been having problems with your dryer? Maybe your clothes aren’t drying in one load… or you could have issues with lint showing up everywhere. Some homeowners complain about excessive heat coming from the dryer or clothes being extra hot when the cycle is finished.

Whatever the problem is, it’s clear that something isn’t running efficiently. If you notice any of these signs, chances are you need some help from a certified professional. Weststar Chimney Sweeps knows all there is to know when it comes to inspecting and cleaning your system! Keep reading to learn more about what we can do for you.

Ensuring Correct Installation

One thing we may check is that everything was installed correctly. Improper installation can lead to countless issues (and headaches), and we want all of our customers to be able to use their appliances with ease. If the ducts or venting systems were installed poorly, we can find the problem and make any necessary corrections.

Sloppy installation jobs can lead to inefficiency and they can put your home and family at risk, as well. Let us take a look so that you have a clear picture of just how exactly your system is setup. We can’t wait to help you soon!

Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

Another important service to invest in is dryer vent cleaning. Thousands of homeowners per year face hazardous situations due to clogged up vents. Overheating puts you at a higher risk for house fires, and toxins will likely back up into your home if they cannot properly escape. Both of these issues put your home and family in dangerous and life-threatening situations.

Excessive heat, lint inside of the dryer, longer than normal dryer times, a musty odor, and increased temps in the laundry room are all signs that you need help as soon as possible. Call in a professional fast, so that you can gain the peace of mind you deserve!

We can clear any excess lint out of your dryer vent system so that you can rest easy knowing your home is safer. On top of this, clean dryer vents ensure shorter dryer times, saving you money on energy bills. Not to mention, you can cross laundry off your to-do list that much faster! Our certified staff will use the appropriate tools to clear out your system – count on us for your dryer vent cleaning every year!

Providing Top Of The Line Home Care

If you’re looking for a dependable home and chimney care, there is nowhere better than Weststar Chimney Sweeps. Our CSIA certified staff has been providing dependable care to this area for almost 20 years, and we can’t wait to help our customers for many more years to come!

Check out our website today to learn more about all that we can offer you. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Why You Should Waterproof Your Chimney

Fireplaces make a great addition to any living space. They add a warm and welcoming aesthetic that enhances the overall feel of the room, and I think everyone agrees that cozying up to a warm hearth after a long day is more than ideal!

Your fireplace works hard to keep your home warm and bring your family together, which is why it’s important to take care of it. Scheduling regular maintenance and inspections, as well as keeping it protected, will benefit you a lot in the long run and will ensure your chimney is not left vulnerable to animals and bad weather. One practice we highly recommend is waterproofing. Learn more below!

Damage & Your Chimney

When it comes to protecting your chimney from water damage, you don’t want to skimp. Water takes its toll on masonry and, once it is absorbed into your brickwork, you could wind up facing lots of issues. Bricks are strong, but incredibly porous and many homeowners don’t realize how easily water is sucked in! That’s why protecting your chimney’s exterior is so vital for running a long-lasting appliance.

Some issues you may notice are rotting, stains, clogs, decay, and deterioration. You may also see cracks or holes forming throughout the chimney, as well as your mortar breaking down and crumbling. All of these things lead to even more issues when not quickly resolved, and they make your fireplace unsuitable and unsafe for regular use.

If your chimney is exposed to enough wear and tear it may eventually settle or collapse, putting your entire home and family at risk. It’s not worth the stress and worry… invest in preventative measures to ensure your residence stays protected every day!

We Can Help You Out!

At WestStar Chimney Sweeps, we have all of the tools and expertise needed to ensure the job gets done right. When you put your chimney in our hands, you won’t need to worry about anything – we know our stuff!

And trust us when we say that hiring a professional is the way to go. We know that there are multiple online tutorials that ensure homeowners can save time and money by doing this job themselves. Unfortunately, many products that people wind up using don’t allow the chimney breath out vapors, thus trapping the moisture in.

We use products that protect your home, without suffocating it. By investing in our waterproofing services today, you can say goodbye to future issues with leaks, water damage, and more! It’s a small price to pay for years of protection, and we know you’ll be happy you did it.

Contact us to learn more, and we can get you in our books! We love making homes great and we can’t wait to get started on yours!