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Are Leaning Chimneys A Cause For Worry?

Now and then, we get calls wondering about whether or not a leaning chimney is something to be concerned about. The short answer? Yes! A leaning chimney can lead to some serious damages to your home and put your family in danger, should a collapse eventually occur.

Are Leaning Chimneys A Cause For Worry Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsYou could also see pest infestation if the chimney starts separating from the house, and you’re at a higher risk of inhaling hazardous toxins that may work their way through any cracks that have started to form.

On top of that, the tilting may have to do with your home’s foundation issues. This is something you’ll definitely want to get checked out, too! It’s obviously a serious problem, and one that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Why Is My Chimney Leaning?

So, what are the causes of a tilting or leaning chimney? Well, one of your issues may be exposure to excess moisture. Moisture and masonry don’t make a good pair at all!  What happens when water gets absorbed into your brickwork? Unfortunately – decay, deterioration, and more start to occur. In addition, your entire system weakens quickly over time. All this extra damage and pressure can easily cause your structure to tilt.

Another problem you may have is an unstable foundation. Undersized footings, deterioration, and poor soil are just a few of the many foundation problems that may be causing your chimney to lean. Having a professional chimney sweep come in and check things over is your best bet for resolving the issue! They can assess the situation and guide you to the most appropriate ways to move forward.

Can It Be Fixed?

It is possible to fix a leaning chimney without an entire restoration or reconstruction job. However, first you need to get your damage looked into! Yearly chimney and fireplace inspections are recommended by the CSIA and they can make all the difference when it comes to repairing something, without a major remodel.

For a chimney inspection in the San Diego area, call on the experts at Weststar Chimney Sweeps! Our trained and CSIA-certified technicians are standing by, reading to help you out at the first sign of trouble. If you fear your chimney is suffering, there’s no time to lose!

Have You Considered Waterproofing?

Have you invested in repairs and are now ready to keep your chimney and brickwork safe from water damage down the line? If so, invest in our waterproofing services. We use top of the line products that protect your masonry, while allowing it the ability to breathe out necessary gases and vapors. It’s the perfect solution for anyone looking to ensure their chimney stands the test of time. Give us a call today to learn more about waterproofing, and be sure to ask us about our long list of other services, too!

We can’t wait to serve you soon. Pick up the phone now!

By Mike O'Mara on September 4th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Is Water Coming Down Your Chimney?

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.

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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!

By Mike O'Mara on April 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment