Advanced Chimney Sweep provides chimney repairs in Aiken, SC, and across Aiken County and Edgefield County. From Augusta GA to Columbia SC and the surrounding areas, you will see our service trailers making sure our customers’ chimneys, fireplaces, and stoves running smoothly.
It’s vital to resolve any issues as quickly as possible. The best way for homeowners to protect themselves from unexpected repairs is to have an annual chimney inspection. It will allow you to uncover minor issues before they become more severe and costly to repair.
Our team of expert professionals has the experience and training to perform any chimney repair, including masonry repairs, flue liner repairs and replacement, chimney crown repairs, and more. If you suspect a chimney problem, give us a call, and we will conduct a thorough inspection and recommend the best solution for repairing your chimney.
A chimney crown is formed concrete on top of the chimney that seals the chimney’s flue to the outer chimney brick. The crown is sloped and prevents water damage from rain that seeps down into the masonry or into the joint between the masonry and the chimney flue. Over time, the concrete will expand and contract with the change in seasonal temperature, causing it to crack. Simple cracks can lead to possible water damage in several areas, including where the fireplace/chimney meets the ceiling or in the attic around the rafters. Our Certified Chimney Professionals use an elastomeric sealant that forms a flexible waterproof membrane to repair and protect chimney crowns against water intrusion. This repair will provide years of protection and prevent further deterioration of your chimney, saving you money on expensive mortar replacement. In the unlikely event the mortar has deteriorated or cracked beyond repair, the crown will have to be chiseled off and replaced with new concrete.
If your chimney has a chimney flue cap, it is affixed above the chimney crown. The cap covers the flue to keep out moisture and debris while allowing smoke and fumes to vent. We recommend an “Outside Mount Chimney Cap” which covers and protects the entire top of the chimney. The Outside Mount Custom Chimney Cap is more like an Umbrella protecting the whole top of the chimney against outside elements.
A chase cover is a metal pan on top of prefab or factory-built type chimneys. These covers are usually made of a galvanized metal and if not properly installed, can hold rain water and eventually rust. This will lead to holes in the chase cover that will result in rain water leaking into the fireplace area. The leaking water will cause extensive damage to the firebox and surrounding frame, ceiling, and attic, costing thousands to repair. Our Certified Chimney Professionals are trained to spot these problems and, in most cases, can prevent future expensive repairs.
The chimney flashing is a metal strip that covers the seam where the chimney attaches to the roofline to prevent water intrusion. The metal flashing can become warped or damaged. If you spot water stains on the ceiling or along the walls near the fireplace or wood stove, the flashing may need to be repaired or replaced.
If we discover any deficiency or problem with your liner or tile, we will immediately alert you so you can see the issue “live” on our camera system. We will also take several photos to include in the inspection report for documentation. We will make a recommendation on what kind of repair is best, and give an honest, fair estimate to repair. Our Certified Chimney Professionals can install an insulated, stainless steel liner or, in most cases, repair the existing liner or tiles with the Heatshield method. Both types of repairs carry a lifetime warranty.
Weather conditions can take a toll on brick and mortar chimneys. The freeze/thaw cycles, rain and snow can cause cracks in the brick surface and gaps in the mortar joints. Through a process called tuckpointing, experienced professionals remove the deteriorated mortar filling and replace with a new durable bonding material. Tuckpointing keeps water and moisture out and extends the life of your chimney.
Homeowners know they can call on the masonry pros at Advanced Chimney Sweep for Expert Chimney Repairs throughout South Carolina. We cover the entire South Carolina Midlands region, including Lexington SC, Aiken SC, Orangeburg SC, Batesburg-Leesville SC, West Columbia SC, Forest Acres SC, Bamberg SC, and more.