Home Owners Resources

Here are some information to help you better understand the need to maintain, repair and service your Chimney Regularly.

Chimney Cleaning

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Fireplace and Chimney adds a lot of character and architecture interest to your home. It creates cozy atmosphere, and bring warmth during cold season. The Chimney’s main function is to carry dangerous gas out of your home. Like your windows, and vents, it helps keep the air breathable in your home. But if its not maintained regularly and properly, dirty chimney can catch fires, which damages structures, transfer heat through leaked flue lines, onto wood structures of your home, eventually get the whole house on fire.

 

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Chimney Leak Vancouver

We can Pin Point the Chimney Leak down to several problems

1. No Chimney Pot/Rain-Cap (chimney leak vancouver)

Chimney caps, also called rain covers, are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure that a homeowner can employ to prevent water penetration and damage to the chimney. Chimney caps have long been recognized as an important chimney safety and damage prevention component. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) specifies that any chimney lining system that is to be listed to their test standard must include a chimney cap.

Chimneys have one or more large openings (flues) at the top that can collect rainwater and funnel it directly to the chimney interior. A commonly-sized flue has the potential to allow large amounts of rain or snow into the chimney during just one winter when freeze/thaw cycles are common.

 

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Chimney Repair

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Most people think that a masonry chimney is indestructible, maintenance free. In fact, that is not the case. There are a lot of ways where a brick/masonry chimney can be damaged, especially with little care (little to no chimney repair and maintenance). Here are some of the causes of a damaged chimney.

  • Heat penetration, lightning strikes
  • Aging factor and weather damage (rain, sun, snow…)
  • Settling of the foundation
  • Improper construction and poor maintenance

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