Do you live in San Diego or the surrounding areas? Well, there are a few common problems we, as sweeps, notice more frequently throughout the area. If you own a home with a fireplace in it, then you know how important it is to invest in annual inspections, maintenance, and repairs. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to the crew at Weststar Chimney Sweeps right away!
A strong, sturdy chimney structure will raise your home’s value, raise your curb appeal, and provide countless warm, cozy fires to enjoy. Unfortunately, when your masonry isn’t waterproofed or when you have broken down or unprotected parts, this is often due to water damage.
Leaks in your chimney need to be addressed as quickly as possible, or you’ll be facing all kinds of frustrating issues such as rusted flashing, clogs, cracks in your crown, and crumbling brickwork. Fortunately, our crew can resolve your leaky chimney problems in a hurry and provide waterproofing services to protect your masonry for the long run.
When in good condition, your fireplace can enhance the aesthetic of your home tremendously. Unfortunately, the smoke and fumes created by your fires can stain your fireplace front, leaving you with a focal point that is not pleasant. If your frustrated with an unsightly fireplace and no amount of scrubbing has helped, ask us about our Paint “N” Peel stain removal process. We’ll get you the high-quality results you’re longing for.
A Damaged Flue Liner
A damaged or poorly installed liner can affect the safety and efficiency of your chimney in multiple ways. Your liner is responsible for protecting your brickwork and mortar from the high temperatures your fires produce. They also prevent acidic gases from breaking things down in your chimney. Along with this, if your structure breaks down and there is no liner present to protect it, your adjacent woodwork could catch on fire in just a matter of hours. Our team can repair or reline your chimney, so you don’t have to worry when you do light a fire.
There are a number of things that can contribute to creosote accumulation. Burning unseasoned wood and poor draft or airflow are both huge contributors. Other times, your fires may simply not be burning hot enough. No matter the case, creosote is extremely flammable and needs to be removed promptly to reduce your risk of experiencing a chimney fire.
Annual inspections are essential for noting buildup and damage. Our team is here to help with any problems your fireplace is experiencing. As far as excess creosote is concerned, we can tackle that with a thorough cleaning. If glazed creosote is an issue, you can count on us to get it out without damaging your structure throughout the process. Ready to work with a team that puts your needs first? Give us a call today!
Is a leaky chimney causing you stress? With the holiday season a few months away, you’re likely anxious to resolve any structural issues and water damage as soon as possible. Fortunately, the team here at Weststar Chimney Sweeps has solutions for you. There are several ways to tackle leaky chimney issues, and we have a few solutions to help your chimney be leak free!
We Install Chimney Caps
A big reason for excess water throughout their fireplace and chimney is the absence of a chimney cap. If you don’t have a cap or if your current cap is broken, professional assistance is necessary for preventing leaks in the future. Chimney caps cover the flue opening, so water cannot get into your chimney to destroy your liner and the rest of your system. They’re also great for keeping out birds and excess debris. If you’re ready to ensure a good-looking and better-functioning chimney cap, call in our experts now!
We Repair Chimney Crowns
The chimney crown is located at the top of your system, and it extends past the edge of the chimney. It works to divert water away from the masonry. When it comes to protecting the absorbent brickwork, the chimney crown plays a key role! Unfortunately, crowns tend to break down over time, especially if they are not properly constructed. It’s very important to get a professional crew to repair your chimney crown! Some crowns need simple repair work, while others require an entire rebuild. We’re happy to help.
We Provide Top-Of-The-Line Waterproofing Services
Once we’ve completed any repair and reconstruction work, we strongly suggest you to invest in our waterproofing services. Some homeowners turn to store-bought paints and sealers, but they can actually wind up doing more damage in the long run.
It’s vital that your chimney can still breathe out vapors while hosting this protective coat, and many waterproofing options don’t allow for this. They tend to block moisture from entering, but any water already in the masonry can’t escape. This will cause your structure to suffer. We use sealers that are completely vapor permeable, so you won’t be left with a damaged structure. Call on our team at 619-338-8116 now!
It’s the time of year for showers, heavy rains, and all types of storms. This is great news for our plants, flowers, and soil, but it can bring about some trouble when it comes to your chimney. At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we want to help you prepare for any weather! If you are noticing leaks and excess water throughout your fireplace and chimney, call on us today.
Moisture and Masonry
Water issues will not only cause issues for your brickwork, but can trigger problems throughout your home, as well! This is one repair service that you definitely don’t want to put off. The worse things get, the more repairs you’ll have to invest in down the line, costing you a lot of time and money by the end of it all.
When your brick absorbs water, it causes the mortar to wear down fast. The weaker it gets, the less efficiently your fireplace will run and, eventually, things may start to break down or collapse. On top of this, you will face rot, rust, stains, mold, decay, cracks, and more all throughout the chimney and your home’s walls and ceiling.
When you combine all those issues with clogs, deterioration, and broken down parts, you are looking at a big mess. Save yourself the stress by calling in our CSIA certified experts today!
How Can We Help?
There are lots of steps you can take to get your home and chimney back to where it needs to be. Check out some of things that we can do for you!
- Waterproofing: This is one step that goes a long way and really benefits your brickwork throughout time. When you invest in a professional waterproofing service, your chimney will get the best protection available. Certified professionals know which products will work the most efficiently, while allowing your brickwork the opportunity to breathe. If your chimney is in good shape, waterproof now, so you ensure no damage starts occurring over time.
- Crown Repair/Replacement: The chimney crown plays a huge role in keeping water out. It seals your chimney, then directs any water out and away from your brickwork. Yet, this piece needs to be made from the right materials in order for it to be effective. If your crown needs some work, turn to us – we can set you up right.
- Chimney Cap Installation: Many homeowners find themselves without a chimney cap. This is a really easy, effective, and cost-efficient way to prevent excess water from entering your chimney. If you need one installed, talk to one of the pros at Weststar Chimney Sweeps right away! We’ll get you fixed up in no time.
We Look Forward To Your Call!
When it comes to chimney care, we love helping out. Turn your worn down system into a thing of beauty that you can enjoy for years to come by contacting us. We can’t wait to hear from you!