We love animals but we don’t like animals in our chimneys. Do you have critters in your chimney? Not only Chimney cleaning Charlotte take care of that critter for you, we will also prevent animals from coming back! When animals enter your chimney they start nesting and can create a blockage in your chimney. The nesting material is very flamable. When animals choose to place a nest, they look to build in high places such as your chimney. Once the animal abandons the nest, they are leaving you with highly flammable material and debris in your chimney. This nesting can also cause a blockage in the chimney flue, and can cause improperly draft. A chimney flue that is blocked can allow carbon monoxide and other fumes to enter your home.
The Dangers Of A Leaking Chimney
Chimney leaks can be caused by a number of things which often makes them difficult to pinpoint. Not knowing the source of the leak or how to address and solve the problem can be incredibly frustrating and makes repairs impossible. At Chimney cleaning Charlotte our Technicians have years of experience and knowledge to help in troubleshooting. We know where to look first and what to do when we find the cause of the leaks.
The Most Common Causes of Chimney Leaks Are
Deteriorating or Improperly-Sealed Crowns
The crown is the cement layer that sits on top of the chimney stack. If it is deteriorating, too thin, or improperly sealed or cracked it can allow water into the top of the chimney.
Damaged, Deteriorating, or Missing Flashing
Flashing consists of several layers of metal that overlap where the roof meets the chimney. These layers travel up the sides of the chimney a ways, and protect this sensitive area from water invasion. If the flashing is damaged or missing, leaks are inevitable. For more information on flashing, check out our Chimey Flashing page.
Missing or Damaged Chimney Caps
A chimney cap works in conjunction with the crown to keep out water, debris, and animals. When the cap is missing, rusted or damaged, it can leave the chimney vulnerable to leaks and water damage.