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Professional Chimney Repair and Products

Flashing Repair (Copper, Lead, Sheet Metal)
Just like any other part of your chimney, flashing can deteriorate over time. Deteriorated flashing can cause severe damage to wood surrounding the chimney, attic areas, as well as walls and ceilings. Flashing can be ripped or blown up by the wind, as well as tear, crack, become loose or be eaten by animals. When you notice leaking around a chimney you should have a chimney professional inspect the problem area. More often than not, waterproofing of the masonry above the roof can solve leaks where flashing is thought to be a culprit (see waterproofing).

Flashing can be made of sheet metal, lead, and/or copper. It is a term that describes the combination of two integral parts. The first part is the “step flashing,” which consists of L-shaped pieces of sheet metal that are woven in with the shingles to prevent rain from entering between the roof and the chimney. The second part is known as “counter flashing.” This layer is commonly constructed of lead or copper and is embedded into the masonry and then hangs over the step flashing.

Counter flashing prevents rain from getting behind the step flashing, thus sealing the chimney. In the case of standing seam roofs, the step flashing will be constructed of the roofing material.

Flash Seal
Flash Seal is a versatile and easy-to-use flashing repair system that, when dry, forms a flexible waterproof membrane. It’s formulated for permanent adhesion to asphalt shingles, metal flashings, brick, and other chimney and roofing materials. Flash Seal can be used to solve problem leaks around the base of chimneys, stacks, and vents. It remains permanently flexible and has a seven-year warranty when used with Flash Seal Reinforcement Fabric.

If possible, though, we prefer to repair the flashing with proper flashing and counter flashing techniques and reserve the use of Flash Seal for quick fixes or for special cases where lead cannot be installed.

CrownCoat is a premixed, brushable, flexible waterproofing seal that is used to repair damaged chimney crowns by stopping water penetration through the crown. Just as with Flash Seal, we prefer to completely replace crowns if they are found to be damaged. In cases where there is severe damage, CrownCoat cannot be used because there is nothing for the coat to stick to. In less severe cases, however, CrownCoat can sometimes be a cost-effective solution.

What is a chimney crown? A chimney crown, also called a “wash” is a masonry roof that covers the top of the chimney; it prevents water from seeping into the masonry below.

Paint “N” Peel Smoke Stain Cleaner

Paint "N" Peel Fireplace Cleaner is a safe, effective way to clean your fireplace front. It is an environmentally-friendly material that is painted over the smoke-stained masonry areas surrounding your fireplace or woodstove. The product dries to a thick, rubbery, non-hazardous film in 6-12 hours. When completely dry, it is easily peeled away from the surface and discarded.

Cre-Away Creosote Modifier
Cre-Away is a four-component powder that safely and effectively modifies glazed or third-degree creosote so that we can more easily remove it during your chimney sweeping. First, a reactive agent neutralizes the slightly acidic creosote making it less corrosive to metal components and less flammable. Second, a dehydrator absorbs the oils and moisture contained in some forms of creosote. Third, a combustion inhibitor helps reduce the chance of chimney fires. Finally, a magnesium catalyst helps break down third-degree creosote when the flue is heated by normal use. The catalyst in Cre-Away turns creosote into a char that can be more easily removed.

Fireplace Firebox Repair
The firebox is the most noticeable part of your fireplace and the area where the fire actually burns. Because of this it needs to be constructed of proper materials and be inspected regularly, as it goes through a lot of wear and tear. In many cases, the high heat in these fireboxes can cause the mortar between the bricks to crack. As a general rule, if the size of the crack becomes large enough for you to insert the narrow end of a nickel, the crack should be repaired. The same is true for refectory panels in prefabricated fireplaces; in these cases the panels can be removed and replaced with new ones.

VentTech Industries - SmokTite™
Improve the operation of your fireplace and increase the safety of your home. SmokTite™ is a highly insulative ceramic product that is used to seal, smooth and insulate chimney smoke chambers without removing the damper frame or adjacent brickwork. SmokTite™ sprays on to seal the surface with a durable ceramic coating that is good up to 2291 degrees Fahrenheit and is impervious to acids, vapors, and water.