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Leaks Near Your Fireplace May Be In Your Chimney

Have you noticed water stains on the ceiling? Perhaps peeled wallpaper on the walls in the same room as your fireplace? If so, you most likely have a leaky chimney! Fortunately, if you live in the lower Hudson Valley area, All Seasons Chimney can help you. We have been specializing in fixing leaky chimneys for over 25 years, so you can trust us to keep the water out of your chimney. We would like to tell you more about our services that allow us to be able to take care of leaky chimneysFLASHING

Over our years of working on leaky chimneys, we have seen some poorly constructed flashing systems. In fact, we have even seen extensive chimney damage that resulted from bad flashing jobs. In order to best protect the vulnerable area where your chimney meets the roof, you need a customized flashing system. All Seasons Chimney will take precise measurements of your chimney at the roof. This is to get the perfectly sized sheets of metal to wrap around the chimney. In doing this, you will not have to worry about gaps forming in one of our flashing systems.

RELINING

When water is leaking into your chimney and home, several problems can result. This includes corrosion damage to your chimney liner. Whether you have a clay tile or metal liner, exposure to water can cause the liner to crack and break apart. All Seasons Chimney can restore the safety of your chimney with a cast-in-place liner. In addition, we can also install a new stainless steel liner!

WATERPROOFING

If you do have a chimney leak, All Seasons Chimney can find the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs. This includes replacing damaged bricks and mortar joints with tuckpointing and other masonry techniques. After we have finished the repairs, we can give your chimney the ultimate protection against water penetration. We do this by applying a waterproofing formula to your entire chimney. As recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), we only use formulas that are 100 percent vapor permeable. That way, moisture inside the masonry materials can escape instead of being trapped.

If you have seen any signs of water leaks near your fireplace, do not ignore them! Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney leak repair and maintenance services.

The Value of a Good Damper

If you have been looking for ways to save money, then you have probably been trying to make your home more efficient. Reducing the number of areas air can leak through doors and windows can be helpful in making sure your utility bills are not increasing. When your heated or cooled air escapes out of your home, you will have to adjust the thermostat to stay comfortable, and this can make your utility bills be more expensive than necessary. All Seasons Chimney knows another tip about energy efficiency that we would like to share with you. Your fireplace damper also plays a big part in how energy efficient your home will be. We would like to tell you what exactly your damper does and why a good damper can be such a great value for homeowners.

What exactly does the damper do?The Value of a Good Damper Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney Inc.

The primary purpose of your fireplace damper, according to Do It Yourself, is to allow smoke, gases, and the other byproducts of combustion to be exhausted out through your chimney. You should always make sure your damper is completely open before you light a fire to avoid the hazardous possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. When you are not using your fireplace, you should keep the damper closed to keep animals and birds from being able to get inside your home through the fireplace as well as to make your home energy efficient by preventing cooled and heated indoor air from escaping. This is why it is important to be sure your damper closes tightly.

What are the different types of dampers?

If you need to replace an old damper, you can choose between two different types: the throat damper and the top-sealing damper. You most likely have the traditional throat style if you have an older chimney. A throat damper is made of metal and is located above the firebox. It can be opened and closed through the fireplace. The top-sealing damper gets its name because it sits at the very top of your chimney. It can also be used as a chimney cap. Connected by a chain to a lever or a handle by the fireplace, a top-sealing damper is very simple to open and close.

Which type of damper does All Seasons Chimney recommend as the best value?

Although a traditional throat damper is a less expensive choice, you will actually save more money in the long run with a top-sealing damper. The reason has to do with the fact that the top-sealing damper provides a much better seal because it is equipped with a rubber silicone gasket that guarantees that the heated or cooled air in your home will not be able to escape out of the chimney. You will notice a decrease in your utility bills after you have a top-sealing damper installed on your chimney. We also recommend this type when our customers need to replace their chimney caps. A top-sealing damper also protects your chimney from water penetration and animal invasions.

A chimney damper is a valuable component because it can improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you need a new damper, contact us at All Seasons Chimney to find out which type is the best for your chimney.