We are your one stop Tower Lakes chimney shop!
- We eliminate the guesswork. And provide our customers cutting edge Tower Lakes chimney repair technology.
- We are clean. And ensure our footwear never touches your floors. Our industrial vacuums collect the dust before it gets into your home while our trained technician sweeps and inspects the chimney flue.
- You are safe! We document every job with before and after photos, and the lead technician on the job is always certified. We also test for excess levels of carbon monoxide at no additional cost to you. Our Tower Lakes company is about making your home safe.
We begin with a Tower Lakes chimney inspection—which is one of the most important chimney services we offer, and one of the most misunderstood. The inspection determines the status of your chimney. We have created a page where specifics are listed. We are CSIA certified.
Fixing Your Leaning Chimney Properly
There are other more comprehensive methods of repairing a leaning flue which include totally rebuilding the chimney and reconstructing the fireplace. The pros and cons of each option should be thoroughly considered by people that are looking for ways to effectively fix the problem of a leaning flue on a permanent basis.
In all, the method that one chooses to fix a leaning vent is very important for long lasting results. When dealing with structural issues with a home, it is always best to consult with licensed, professional companies that will be able to provide valuable, reliable advice regarding leaning chimney repair.
The most common cause of chimney related roof leaks is the chimney flashing. In fact, if you have a roof leak in the vicinity of the chimney, it is most likely the flashing. Chimney flashing is a 6 to 8 inch metal strip (usually lead or aluminum) used to seal the transition joint between the shingles and the chimney.
In some cases the chimney flashing was never installed, installed improperly or over time has deteriorated. Seasonal heating and cooling can cause flashing joints to break and open the water tight seal. The "old technology" method of repairing chimney flashing used a tar based material over the suspected leaking areas.
Unfortunately, the tar material for flashing repair is only a short term patch. All tar based chimney flashing patching compounds are not UV stable, and over time they degrade and crack on the roof. This either opens the old leaking areas or allows new leaks to form.
You live in an area with a rapid freeze-thaw cycle and you use the fireplace intermittently. This especially true for wood-burning fireplaces. The biggest culprit is moisture. What starts out as water vapor becomes tiny droplets of water. These droplets settle into fissures in your chimney - and freeze if when the temperature drops and you're not using your fireplace.
Then, since it's gotten cold again, you fire up the fireplace, and melt that water. The next day you decide not to have a fire - and the water freezes into those fissures, spreading them open like a pair of pliers. A couple of winters of this, and you have a real problem.
You live in an area that's just plain cold. Long, cold winters also put heavy wear-and-tear on the chimney. Again, moisture is the problem. Water is called the "universal solvent" for a reason - it'll dissolve anything given enough time. Look at the Grand Canyon.
What Causes Chimneys to Develop Cracks?
Your chimney isn't properly protected. Making sure that your top plate and rain cap remain in good condition, to prevent moisture from running into the chimney. Rodents, tree limbs and severe weather can all damage these.
Another option to prevent moisture and acid buildup from putting such heavy wear-and-tear on your chimney are chimney flue liners. These products range from smooth wall liners that prevent moisture and acid from attaching to interior chimney walls at all to simple protective devices that catch that residue.
The bottom line: No matter what kind of chimney you have, regular inspections can help give you peace of mind. Visually inspect exterior walls, bricks and mortar for signs of cracking. Use your fingers to see if mortar remains firmly in place, or chunks away. For interior chimney inspections, consider a using an inspection mirror with a telescopic handle. Coupled with a flashlight, the mirror will help you conduct a visual inspection and spot any signs of cracking.
Finally, if the chimney is constantly used and the required repairs are not done, the fire can possibly break out to other parts of your home. This is a life-threatening danger, and that is why chimney repair needs to be carried out occasionally.
If your home is old but the chimney is recent, think about the investment in getting your chimney repaired so as to safeguard your home. If you can perform any of the chimney repair work by yourself, you can bring down the expenses by working by yourself.
A total renovation of your chimney can be costly and in some cases going for up to hundreds of dollars. In some cases the cost can go up to thousands of dollars depending on the range of the work required and who you employ to perform the task.
If you want to hire the contractor to do a cleaning job as well, you can simply include that to the entire amount of your invoice.
Although you prefer to go about getting the work done, bear in mind that it will most likely in the long run cost you more if problems go without being dealt with due to the dangers in your house and since getting a chimney fully replaced is all the more costly.