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If You Like It, You Should Put a Chimney Crown on It

When you own a home with a masonry chimney, protecting it from water penetration is important. Chimney water leaks can lead to extensive and expensive damage to your home, so preventing leaks from occurring is crucial. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has specialized in leaky chimneys, and we know the best ways to keep water out of your chimney. One of our many areas of expertise includes chimney crown installation and repair services. Because of the importance of a chimney crown, we have our own version of the Beyoncé “Single Ladies” song: “if you like it, then you should put a chimney crown on it.” We would like to tell you more about this essential component.

What exactly is a chimney crown?

If You Like It You Should Put a Chimney Crown On It - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyThe top element of a masonry chimney, the chimney crown serves to cover and seal the top of the chimney from the liner to the edge of the chimney, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Without a chimney crown, water from rain, melted ice, and snow can easily enter your home through your chimney. To best protect your chimney, it is important to follow certain details during construction such as the type of mortar mix and the slope of the crown.

Why are these details so important during chimney crown construction?

When we construct a chimney crown, we make sure to use a Portland cement-based mortar mix. It is durable enough to withstand years of weather abuse and not crack or crumble. We will also apply a coat of a waterproofing agent to the crown to prevent water penetration damage. Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians also take careful measurements of your chimney. We want to ensure that the crown has the right angle of a downward slope as well as the proper length of an overhanging drip edge to direct the water running off from the crown.

What if my chimney crown is damaged?

Over the years, it is normal for your chimney crown to suffer from erosion damage. That is why we include a check of the chimney crown during our annual inspection service. It is difficult for the untrained eye to see the condition of the crown without getting on your roof. If we find cracks, gaps, or other damage rendering your crown ineffective, we can make necessary repairs. If the damage to the crown is beyond repair, we can also construct a new crown for you. We also provide you with photographs of the damage and a written estimate of necessary repairs.

Along with our chimney crown construction and repair services, All Seasons Chimney provides other professional water penetration prevention services, including chimney cap installation and waterproofing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney inspection to make sure your crown is in good condition.

Now Is the Time To Schedule Your Professional Chimney Maintenance Services

Believe it or not, it is almost time to get your kids ready to go back to school! This means the cooler weather of fall is right around the corner. This time of year can become very hectic. Plus, with such a busy schedule for your family nowadays, the holidays will be here before you know it. Your fireplace is a popular gathering spot. So, you definitely want to be sure your family, friends, and holiday guests will be safe from any dangerous hazards that may be lurking within your chimney.

Now Is the Time to Schedule Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyIn fact, national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that homeowners have their annual professional chimney maintenance services scheduled, before lighting the first fire of the year. This is to ensure your chimney and fireplace will work efficiently and safely during the fall and winter. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional chimney sweeping and inspection services to residents in the Hudson Valley. We would like to tell you why now is the time to schedule your appointment and what you can expect from our services!

ADVANTAGES OF SCHEDULING NOW

Once September arrives, the CSIA-certified chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney have a calendar that is packed with chimney maintenance appointments for the rest of the year. Actually, it is our busiest time of the year. We work long hours to make sure the chimney and fireplace systems throughout our service area have no damage, or other issues that could pose any dangerous safety hazards. When you schedule your appointment with us now, you will be more likely to arrange our visit on the date that is the most convenient for you. Additionally, you won’t have to wait for weeks for your chimney to be serviced. This could affect your holiday entertaining plans, so we encourage you to go ahead and make this important appointment today!

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM OUR SERVICES

All Seasons Chimney will arrive to your home to perform your annual professional chimney maintenance services. We will start by making sure we keep your house mess free! This is done by laying down tarps and drop cloths on the floor in front of your fireplace and over nearby furniture. Then we will begin sweeping your chimney from the top to the bottom. We use specialized tools to make sure that every bit of creosote is removed from the interior walls of your chimney, to eliminate the risk for chimney fires.

After your chimney has been swept, we then take a close look at the exterior and interior of your chimney in our inspection service. We will check to make sure no debris is blocking your chimney. This ensures you will not have carbon monoxide forced back into your home. We will also examine your liner and other important components of your chimney to make sure there is no damage present. If we do find any issues, we will provide you with photos of the damage. Also, we prepare a written estimate of the repairs that are necessary to be able to use your chimney safely.

Beat the fall rush. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance services today. Make sure your fireplace will be ready on the day of the first Fall chill!