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.
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.
HeatShield® is a Cerfractory® sealant that our technicians use to repair damaged flue liners saving homeowners the cost of chimney relining. Our factory-trained Certified Chimney Professionals use this resurfacing system to restore chimney liners with cracks and small gaps. For severely damaged liners or unlined chimneys we recommend installing a Stainless Steel Chimney Liner.
Moisture and the normal wear and tear of an aging chimney can cause the mortar to deteriorate, leaving gaps between bricks or stones. These gaps are not only unsightly, but they also cause water intrusion which can lead to structural issues. With tuckpointing, we replace the damaged mortar joints with new mortar to restore your chimney to its original condition.
A Custom Chimney Cap can be installed that will cover the entire top of the chimney. We say these caps are like an umbrella for your chimney top. The level of protection and aesthetic appeal is miles above a smaller chimney flue cap that only covers the flue opening. Many beautiful designs are available with a peaked roof to divert water and a wire mesh screen on the sides to prevents debris, pests, and small animals from entering your chimney system. These "Outside Mount Chimney Caps" cover not only the flue opening but the entire cement chimney crown providing another layer of moisture protection for your chimney and flue. The SparkGuard feature prevents embers from flying onto the roof.
These beautiful chimney caps have a screened area, a full lid and a mounting system that covers the entire top the chimney. This will not only cover the flue opening but also will cover and protect the cement chimney crown against the elements that can cause it to deteriorate as well.
Many homes with built-in chimneys have a wood framed chimney chase that contains a venting system that exhausts smoke and gases while drawing in air for combustion from the outside. These structures can be covered with siding that matches your home’s exterior or the wood interior can be covered with brick or stone as well. It is very important to have a chase cover in good condition because a deteriorating chase cover can allow water intrusion resulting in severe problems for the interior of the chimney chase. This can cause damage such as rotting any wood framing, mold, damage to the sheet rock and to the firebox and fireplace itself. We have seen many instances where the entire fireplace needed to be replaced because the firebox was completely rusted out due to a leaky chase cover.
The flashing covers the seam between the chimney and roof to prevent the intrusion of water and debris. The flashing material, which is usually metal, can become warped, rusted, or corroded. When there is damage to the flashing, it creates gaps that result in a leaky chimney. An annual chimney inspection can uncover flashing problems before extensive water damage occurs.
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.
Trust the chimney experts at Advanced Chimney Sweep for the Best Chimney Repairs throughout Georgia and South Carolina. We are serving the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) and the South Carolina Midlands region, Augusta GA, Evans GA, Dearing GA, Hephzibah GA, Martinez GA, Lexington SC, Aiken SC, Orangeburg SC, Batesburg-Leesville SC, West Columbia SC, Forest Acres SC, Pontiac SC and vicinity.