Friday, March 28, 2014

Preventing Deteriorated Brickwork on Chimneys

Did you know that deteriorated brickwork weakens the chimney's integrity? If the brickwork on your chimney becomes deteriorated it can allow cold drafts, water and insects to invade your home.

Not to worry, we can help prevent this from happening!

Superior Chimney can apply chimney saver, which has been developed specifically for use as a waterproofing agent on masonry chimneys to aid in preservation of integrity preventing brick chimney repair needs. This formula is vapor permeable, which means that it allows your masonry chimney to breathe out, but not in. Thus, water that has penetrated your masonry chimney, or moisture that has originated from inside, is allowed to escape, while the waterproofing agent prevents water entry from the outside. Read more about masonry Chimney Saver & how it prevents brick chimney repair needs.

Important Tip: Paint, or any non-vapor permeable water sealer, should never be used as a waterproofing agent because it will trap moisture inside your masonry chimney, accelerate deterioration, and cause brick chimney repair needs.

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Importance of Chimney Dampers

Superior Chimney's top fitting fireplace dampers are chimney caps & chimney dampers in one. Below is a list of the benefits of our fireplace dampers.

  • Seals in your heat in the winter & air conditioning in the summer.
  • Seals out animals, birds, and insects.
  • Seals out rain, snow, sleet, and hail.
  • Helps prevent sparks from landing on your roof, potentially causing a home fire.
  • Eliminates/minimizes wind downdrafts (closed/open).
  • Much more efficient than traditional throat-mount chimney flues.
  • Handle is easy to reach, see, & easy to use.
  • Most consistent opening height on market (free flow design).
  • Lifetime Warranty.
  • Made in the USA. 

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349).  

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chimney Leaks and Fireplace Leak Rectification

You might not think about it often, but chimneys are constantly exposed to the elements. They stick right up into the sky with nothing to protect them. This leaves them vulnerable to rain, ice and snow. Chimneys that don’t have chimney caps, and/or are cracked and deteriorating are more vulnerable to the elements. You might wonder why it matters if your chimney absorbs too much water. It’s rather simple, when water seeps into a chimney it will expand and contract through freezing and thawing, which in turn causes undue stress, cracking, chimney leaks, and fireplace leaks. In order to protect your chimney from chimney leaks we recommend following the steps listed below.

1. Have professional grade chimney caps installed.
2. Repair or replace a damaged chimney crown.
3. Repair deteriorated brick & mortar joints.
4. Repair or replace a leaky flashing.
5. Have your chimney waterproofed!

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chimney and Fireplace Smoke Problems and Solutions

Have you ever noticed that your fireplace has dark soot stains above where you burn your fire? Does your home ever fill with smoke or smell like smoke while the fireplace is in use? If so, you may have a chimney and fireplace smoke problem. Not to worry, we can help!

There are many reasons that fireplaces smoke. Below is a list of the most common reasons.

  • The damper is fully open.
  • The firewood is green or wet from rain or snow.
  • The chimney is dirty.
  • The chimney isn’t tall enough.
  • The flue isn’t large enough for the fireplace opening.
  • The chimney is on an outside wall of the house.
  • The home can be too tight or too loose!
  • There’s also a chance there were design problems when the fireplace was built.

Call Superior Chimney Services Corp. today, so one of our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps can assess your chimney and its termination environment to pin point the cause(s) of your fireplace smoke back up and prescribe the resolution!

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Importance of Dryer Vent Sweeps

Is it taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry? If so, there’s a chance your dryer vent is overdue for annual cleaning. When the dryer vent is filled with lint and dust it reduces air flow capacity, so your dryer isn’t able to dry clothes as quickly and efficiently as it should. It’s important to have your dryer vent cleaned annually because if it gets clogged with lint a fire can occur. Did you know that dryer fires have been of the leading cause of house fires over the past few years? A dryer vent clogged (fully or partially) with lint reduces airflow escape. In turn this causes heat build-up and then ignition, which means a dryer fire. Concerned your dryer vent might need to be cleaned? Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. today at (877) 244-6349, and we will have to clean for you in no time!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Why Get a Chimney Sweep?

Does your house have a chimney? Well, if it hasn’t been swept in over a year, it needs to be! You might say you only use your fireplace on special occasions, or extra cold nights, so you don’t need to have your chimney swept once a year. Well, the truth is, no matter how often you use your chimney it should be swept at least once per year. Why? Read the reasons listed below!

  • A CSIA Certified technician will be able to examine your chimney for fire worthiness. If your chimney is blocked by debris, or excess build up it’s a serious fire hazard. Additionally, you could be breathing in fatal amounts of carbon monoxide if all of the smoke is unable to escape.
  • It isn’t uncommon for animals such as birds, squirrels, bats and raccoons to live in chimneys. The animals build their nests in chimneys and this causes blockage. Along with the nests, excessive creosote buildup and broken/collapsed chimney liners can clog the chimney. These obstructions have to be removed in order to prevent chimney fires. Freeze & thaw cycles of winter deteriorate chimneys.
  • Preventative maintenance is key! If you have cracks in your chimney a licensed professional will find them and repair them before they turn into a bigger issue.

Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. to schedule a chimney sweep to ensure your chimney is in tip top shape! We can be reached at 877-244-6349.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

Fall has arrived, and you know what that means – chilly weather! Now is the time of year to start prepping your fireplace for the cold season. Read the tips below to learn about the best ways to prep your fireplace for the season!

  • Call Superior Chimney Services, Corp. so that we can sweep & inspect your chimney. When we sweep your chimney we remove creosote and soot that has built up over the past year.
  • Be sure the damper opens and closes sufficiently & efficiently.
  • Are there cracks in the fire mortar of the brickwork in your fireplace? If so, have the cracks repaired immediately! If you don’t, a fire could occur.
  • Make sure raccoons, squirrels, birds or bats and other small animals haven’t made a home in your chimney! If they have, make sure the animals are removed, and have a chimney cap installed to keep more animals from inhabiting your chimney.
  • Be sure to have plenty of wood stocked up for the winter months. Don’t worry about having too much because you can always save it for summer campouts, or for next winter.

Call Superior Chimney today at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349). We will answer your questions and schedule a time to inspect your chimney.

Resources: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-prepare-your-fireplace-or-woodstove-for-win.html