According to the US Fire Administration (a division of FEMA), heating fires were the second
leading cause of fires in the US between 2002 and 2004, and confined heating fires (fires which
were confined to a chimney or flue or were the result of fuel burner or boiler malfunction)
accounted for 86% of heating fires in the United States.
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), the leading authority on fire, electrical and
building safety, recommends that all chimneys in the United States be inspected annually to
make sure they are in safe operational condition.
A reputable and licensed chimney specialist such as Chimney Champs LLC can conduct an
annual safety inspection of your chimney and flue to identify any problems in your home.
PROBLEM: DAMAGED MORTAR CROWN
The chimney's mortar crown is a concrete section that sits on top of the chimney who's function is to shed water away from the other components of the chimney. The chimney mortar crown is another crucial component of your chimney that, if not in optimal shape, can let water into the chimney which can then cause water damage to the chimney and the home.
SOLUTION: CHIMNEY CROWN REPAIR
The damaged mortar crown is carefully chipped away and disposed of. The chimney flue pipes are checked for damage. The area around where the new mortar crown will be installed is cleaned and prepped. A new mortar crown can be cast-in-place, or a pre-cast concrete or composite crown can be purchased and installed.
PROBLEM: DAMAGED CHIMNEY FLASHING
The chimney flashing is a vital component of the chimney's water management system. The chimney flashing works together other components of the chimney to keep water from seeping into the junctures between the mortar crown and chimney, and the chimney and roof. Chimney flashing that is not functioning properly can lead to water damage to the interior of the home.
SOLUTION: CHIMNEY FLASHING REPLACEMENT
The old, damaged flashing is carefully removed, and the areas where the new chimney flashing will be installed are cleaned and prepped. The newly exposed areas of the chimney are inspected for trouble spots which might warrant additional repairs. ASTM compliant galvanized metal flashing is pre-cut to size, and installed by our technicians according to industry standard practices.
PROBLEM: CHIMNEY TOO DAMAGED FOR SIMPLE REPAIR
At Chimney Champs, we strive to always provide the customer with the best value for their money spent, so we will always present less expensive options to our customers whenever possible. However, sometimes the work necessary to repair a badly damaged chimney would cost more than a complete chimney rebuild.
SOLUTION: PARTIAL OR COMPLETE CHIMNEY REBUILD
Chimney champs has extensive experience in handling difficult and delicate chimney rebuilds. Because of our uncompromising commitment to quality, we have been trusted by some of Connecticut's most demanding homeowners and historic property management companies to restore and rebuild their chimneys. Each chimney rebuild requires special care and skill to make sure it is done correctly. Call us for more information.