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We Can Save Your Chimney Crown

The chimney crown plays a significant role in keeping your chimney and fireplace safer and running better year after year. Therefore, it’s important to ensure it stays in good condition. Unfortunately, many things can affect your crown’s structure, such as neglect, improper construction, bad weather, and more. Investing in regular maintenance is a surefire way to keep this and other parts of your chimney in great shape, no matter what.

If your chimney crown is showing signs of trouble, then you’ll want to invest in some repair work from a team of professionals. Trust us when we say there’s no time to lose! The longer you put off necessary services, the worse things will get. Eventually, your fireplace will become unsafe for use. You’ll likely accumulate more damages along the way, which means your overall repair costs will be quite high.

Our team of CSIA certified experts can help you out. Learn more about the chimney crown below, then give us a call so we can get your appointment on the books!

What Does The Chimney Crown Do?

What is the function of the crown? Well, it sits at the top of your chimney and it does a lot to keep it protected through all types of bad weather. It begins at your flue liner and overhangs past the edge of your chimney, so any water or excess moisture slides out and away from the sides of your chimney. This keeps your brickwork and mortar a lot safer, allowing them to stay in optimal condition all year long.

As you may know, masonry is quite absorbent, so anything you can do to keep water away from it will help a lot. When you combine the function of a chimney crown with the waterproofing services Westar Chimney Sweeps provides, you’ll be able to rest easier no matter how bad the weather is outdoors!

My Crown Is Beyond Repair… Can You Still Help?

Is your crown in even worse shape than you originally imagined? This may send alarm bells ringing in your head, but you need not worry. We can still help you out! Some crowns were simply constructed poorly from the start, so they don’t stand up well to harsh winds, bad rains, and similar weather. In these cases, we can reconstruct the crown, so it lasts you years and years without any problems.

Invest In Regular Inspections

Once you’re all set and ready to go, be sure you invest in annual inspections to keep your crown (and all of your other chimney parts) in the best condition possible. Cracks, holes, and other types of damage can make your system dangerous to use. The last thing we want is for homeowners to have a fireplace that they can’t enjoy to the fullest.

One inspection every year will ensure your chimney stays looking great and running well. Our team of experts will be sure to spot any damages or build up before they get worse. Count on us to help you out. With spring here and our schedule books less full, now is a great time to call us in!

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!

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.

You 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!

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.

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!

El Niño Is Coming! Waterproof Your Chimney Today

If you have been watching the news this summer, it has been hard to miss the coverage of the upcoming El Niño weather event. Predicted to be one of the strongest in years, this El Niño has the potential to cause heavy rains and flooding in San Diego and the rest of Southern California. To be prepared for this weather event, Weststar Chimney Sweep provides waterproofing services that can keep your masonry chimney safe from the effects of heavy rains. We would like to tell you more about the coming El Niño event and how a waterproofing treatment can protect the bricks and mortar of your chimney from all of this water.

What exactly is El Niño?

The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a warming in sea surface temperatures across the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño typically affects the weather across North America during the following winter season. These effects include warmer-than-average temperatures over western and central Canada and over the northern and western United States. Heavy rains are also more likely due to El Niño, and NBC San Diego reports that meterologists are saying that the El Niño of 2015 will bring heavier than normal rainfalls to Southern California.

How can this heavy rainfall affect my chimney? El Nino is Coming! - Weststar Chimney Sweeps - San Diego CA

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that water is the biggest enemy of a masonry chimney, and this is because of the extensive and costly damage it can do. Heavy rainfalls lead to water penetration of masonry materials, and when water leaks into the bricks and mortar of a chimney, it weakens the materials and can eventually cause the structure to collapse.

How can waterproofing protect my chimney from water penetration?

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we use a formula that is 100% vapor permeable that will keep water from leaking into the bricks and mortar while still allowing vapors to exit the masonry materials and not become trapped to cause more damage. We apply this waterproofing formula to your entire chimney to prevent water penetration. Your masonry chimney will be protected from the heavy rains of El Niño after our waterproofing treatment.

Be ready for the effects of El Niño this winter. Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to schedule an appointment for a waterproofing treatment today.