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We Can Repair Your Damaged Flashing

One of the most important responsibilities as a homeowner is keep water out of your chimney. Water is detrimental to the health of your chimney and home. The top of your chimney is exposed to rain, ice, and snow. It takes professional measures to prevent water leaking into your home through the flue.

For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing top quality chimney system maintenance. We also offer professional repair and installation to the Hudson Valley area. Our chimney technicians have been trained and certified by industry leaders such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). You can trust our experience and knowledge to protect your chimney. One of the preventive services we offer is customized flashing repair and construction. We would like to tell you more about this important part of your chimney system.

What exactly is a flashing system?

Certain parts of the chimney are more vulnerable to water leaks than others, especially the flashing. The flashing is the area where the chimney meets the roof. It is one of the most important spots to protect. To keep water from pooling around this area, you need a good flashing system. The flashing is consist of sheets of metal wrapped around the chimney. It is essential to have it well built to prevent water from leaking inside your home. Without a properly constructed flashing system, your chimney is at risk for water damage.

What can I expect from All Seasons Chimney’s flashing services?

When All Seasons Chimney repairs your damaged flashing system, we always try to patch the existing metal sheeting first. If we feel that your system is beyond simple repairs, we recommend the removal your flashing and replace it with our customized construction flashing. Our CSIA-certified chimney professionals take exact measurements to precisely cut the metal sheeting to properly layer around your chimney. We only use the most durable materials, and we know how to correctly wrap the metal sheeting in layers that will resist strong winds and wild animal tampering. You can count on us to protect your chimney from water penetration damage.

Over the years, we have seen the extensive damage and deterioration caused by a badly built flashing system. Whenever a customer calls us about a leaky chimney, flashing is the first place we check when we inspect your chimney for the source of the water leak. Oftentimes, we find that the flashing has been poorly installed with improper materials. This type of damage can lead to gaps and cracks that encourage water leaks.

Call All Seasons Chimney to repair your flashing system

If you suspect you have a leaky chimney, contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule a professional chimney inspection. Our CSIA-certified technicians will check our your chimney to diagnose the problem, and we will let you know how we can repair the damage too!

What Is a Top Sealing Damper?

This winter your utility bills have been much higher than normal, but it does not seem like you are getting enough heat to keep your home cozy and comfortable. If you have an older traditional throat damper, it may be what is decreasing the heating efficiency in your home. Unfortunately, this type of damper can be responsible for the loss of heated and cooled air from your home, and this can result in expensive monthly utility bills. To solve this problem, All Seasons Chimney recommends replacing your old throat damper with a new top sealing damper. For over 25 years, we have provided the Hudson Valley area with quality professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services, and helping our customers heat their homes more efficiently and economically is one of our highest priorities. We are proud vendors and installers of several different types of top sealing dampers from Olympia Chimney Supply, and we would love to tell you more about how a top sealing damper can save you money and energy.

The Problem with Throat Dampers

Your damper is one of the most important components of your chimney and fireplace system because it allows the toxic byproducts of combustion to escape from the firebox into the chimney and out of your home. When your fireplace is not in use, your damper should be closed completely to keep heated and cooled air from leaking out of your home. Traditional throat dampers are typically made from cast iron metal and can suffer from corrosion damage that can make it difficult to open and close the dampers. Even when there is no corrosion present, throat dampers can still allow air leaks. Studies have shown that a brand new throat damper can leak as much as $200 of heated and cooled air a year. Top sealing dampers, on the other hand, are made to eliminate drafts with a rubber gasket that tightly seals your flue like a storm door. 

The Benefits of a Top Sealing Damper

Being able to heat and cool your home more efficiently is one of the best advantages of this type of damper. Its silicone rubber gasket provides an airtight seal that will eliminate up to 90 percent of the heating and cooling losses from your existing throat damper. Top sealing dampers also serve as chimney caps, and whenever All Seasons Chimney needs to replace a damaged cap, we recommend going with a top sealing damper as the replacement. Located at the top of the chimney, top sealing dampers keep moisture from rain as well as birds and wild animals out of your chimney. Easy to operate, our professionals will show you how to open and close your new damper after we have installed it, and we are here for you if you experience any problems or have any questions.

Increase the energy efficiency in your home with a top sealing damper. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to learn more about our sales and professional installation services.