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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.

Get Your Chimney Swept Before the Fall Rush

All Seasons Chimney understands that the last thing on your mind right now is lighting a fire in your fireplace. However, national fire safety organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before lighting that first fire after summer is over for safety reasons. We strongly recommend to our customers to be prepared and proactive now by scheduling a summer chimney sweeping so that when the weather turns cooler this fall, you can relax and enjoy the fire without worrying about fire hazards. As soon as the month of September rolls around, our certified chimney sweeps have a packed schedule of maintenance calls, which means it could take longer to have your chimney swept and inspected if you wait too long to make your appointment with us. We would like to share exactly what kind of service you can inspect from our expert chimney sweeps.

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CHIMNEY SWEEPING

The number one concern of our CSIA-certified sweeps at All Seasons Chimney when they come to your home to get it ready for the cooler months of fall and winter is to remove all of the creosote accumulations from the interior walls of your chimney. Creosote is a highly combustible and natural compound that forms during the process of condensation that occurs when smoke, gases, vapors, and other by-products of combustion exit your chimney. With a varying appearance, creosote can be black or brown, sticky and gummy, crisp and brittle, or hard and shiny. No matter what it looks like, large amounts of creosote are dangerously flammable and ignite the majority of chimney fires. We know how essential it is to rid your chimney from excessive deposits of creosote before you light your first fire of the winter.

CHIMNEY INSPECTION

Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney take much pride in inspecting your chimney to be sure it works properly and safely. We use a closed circuit video camera on every inspection so that we can get the best possible examination of the condition of the interior of your chimney. Before cleaning your chimney, our chimney sweeps will closely look at the readily accessible parts of your chimney and fireplace, be sure everything is correctly connected, check out how sound the structure of your chimney is, and guarantee nothing is dangerously blocking the flue. All Seasons Chimney will ensure that your fireplace and chimney function correctly with no safety hazards present.

Want to beat the fall rush? Contact All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection sooner rather than later.