01 May 2022

Top 5 Reasons You Should Upgrade To A Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

What is a wood burning fireplace insert?

A wood burning fireplace insert is a self-contained unit that is inserted into an existing fireplace. Wood burning fireplace inserts are designed to fit into a fireplace that has exterior venting. A fireplace insert is available in many fuel options, including cost saving energy efficient wood. Wood burning fireplace inserts require very little if any construction because you are utilizing the existing fireplace for the insert. Inserts are designed to replace the inefficient wood fireplaces with new, cleaner burning appliances inside of them.

Why upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert?

Installing a fireplace insert is ideal when you have an existing fireplace of some sort. It is a less expensive option when compared to renovation or replacement. Inserts replace the inefficient wood-burning system of an open masonry fireplace and vent through an existing chimney. There are many benefits when upgrading to a wood burning fireplace insert from increased efficiency and saving money to transforming your living space and reducing your carbon footprint. Continue reading for the Ageless Chimney Top 5 reasons you should upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Upgrade To A Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

5. Reinvent your living space 

Coming in at number 5 on the Ageless Chimney Top 5 reasons to upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert is Reinvent Your Living Space.

A fireplace is the focal point of your room. By adding a fireplace insert you can experience the warmth and comfort of a fireplace on a regular basis while adding a visually appealing feature to your home. Designed to fit within your existing fireplace, a fireplace insert can update your room design, clean up your mantle and hide any unsightly soot and ash. Adding a fireplace insert to your home can dramatically transform the visual look of a room without needing to do a major renovation. Plus there’s no need to sacrifice aesthetics when you choose to install a fireplace insert. You can choose from a variety of beautiful styles and models. There are also various features to choose from. You can get an insert that includes fans that will distribute heat, push button start and inserts which will allow you to regulate the fire by remote control.

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4. No power, no problem

Next up on the list of top 5 reasons you should upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert is No power, no problem.

With the harsh Long Island winters, loss of power is a common occurrence. When you rely on electric to heat your home a loss of power means no heat. Wood burning fireplace inserts do not require blowers to operate, and feature natural convection heat that will warm your home with or without the use of power! When your power goes out your fireplace is still functional giving you the ability to keep your home warm and your family safe. Protect your home and loved ones from the harsh Long Island winter with a wood burning fireplace insert from Ageless Chimney.

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3. Go Green

Number 3 on the Ageless Chimney Top 5 reasons to upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert is Go Green

Modern wood burning inserts are designed to burn up harmful byproducts released from combustion. Old-fashioned fireplaces produce an average of 40 grams of smoke per hour while a new fireplace insert will only produce as little as 1 gram of smoke per hour, which is well under the EPA’s clean air standards. Adding a fireplace insert will help to decrease the amount of smoke and lower emissions.

Go Green by upgrading to a wood burning fireplace insert that will greatly reduce emissions. EPA-certified fireplace inserts can reduce wood-burning emissions to practically zero, meaning that your environmental footprint is much smaller than with an open hearth fireplace. Wood is also renewable and sustainable resource.

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2. Increase Efficiency

Number 2 on the Ageless Chimney Top 5 reasons to upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert is Increase Efficiency.

Having a fireplace insert in place will help to make your fireplace a more efficient source for supplemental heat. With a wood burning insert you will be able to burn the same amount of logs 3 times longer than in an open fireplace. When the insert is not in use, the closed air-tight glass doors will prevent heated inside air from escaping up through the chimney and also stops cold outdoor air from getting into the home, whether hot or cold this cuts your energy costs. Modern wood burning inserts are designed to burn up harmful byproducts released from combustion. Adding a fireplace insert will help to decrease the amount of smoke and lower emissions. Transform your fireplace into an eco-friendly heating appliance with the installation of a fireplace insert from Long Island’s fireplace experts.

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1. Save Money

Ageless Chimneys number one reason you should upgrade to a wood burning fireplace insert is to Save Money.

For fireplace owners that are looking to lower energy bills and save money a fireplace insert is the way to go. A more efficient wood-burning heating system means less gas, oil, or electricity is required to heat your home. If you want to lower your energy bills this fall and winter, a wood burning fireplace insert is a great option for you. In addition to that, the insulated fireplace insert reduces heat loss up the chimney. A load of wood can burn for several hours and the increased heat produced by your insert will warm your home effectively during the harsh Long Island and New York City winters.

Not only will you be saving money heating your home with a wood burning fireplace insert from Ageless Chimney but you can also save up to 26% on the purchase and installation of a wood burning fireplace insert with the USA Federal Biomass Tax Credit. For more information on the USA Federal Biomass Tax Credit click here 

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The Wood Burning Fireplace Insert Experts

Here at Ageless Chimney we specialize in wood burning fireplace insert installation on Long Island and in New York City. We only install the finest wood burning inserts on the planet. Proudly built in the USA, the wood inserts we install are designed to stand up to the rigors of time. When you choose Ageless, you’re choosing the best.

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01 Aug 2021

The Dangers of a Chimney Leak

The Dangers Of A Chimney Leak

Did you know a chimney leak can cause serious problems for homeowners? As with all leaking water, the moisture caused by a chimney leak will cause mold, which can cause an array of different health hazards to you and your family. If left untreated the cost of mold removal can get pricey with repairs costing upwards of $6,000 in some cases. 

Not only can a leaking chimney cause black mold, water leaks can also cause physical damage ranging from cosmetic to extensive deterioration to the structure of your home. Water damage can ruin your home faster than some may think. Did you know within 24 hours water exposure to your roof, ceiling and walls can cause irreversible damage to the structural integrity of your home. Getting leaks repaired quickly is the only way to prevent your leaky chimney from damaging your home.

 

 

Black Mold

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that Black Mold can be harmful to your health. If a leak in your Chimney allows moisture to enter your home, and if that moisture encounters porous surfaces, especially wood, it can trigger the growth of mold. Though some mold is more unsightly than dangerous, black mold can be a real problem to the health of you and your loved ones.

• Asthma

• Headaches

• Irritated Sinuses

• Chronic Fatigue

• Depression

Dangers Of Black Mold

Asthma:

If you have a mold allergy and asthma, your asthma symptoms can be triggered by exposure to mold spores. In some people, exposure to certain molds can cause a severe asthma attack. Signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Headaches:

Black mold exposure can cause headaches if you are allergic to mold, and that results in sinus inflammation or nasal allergies. Chronic congestion of the sinuses and nasal allergies can cause headaches very easily.

Irritated Sinuses:

In the event mold fungus finds its way into the sinus cavity, the immunity in the body reacts by releasing a chemical known as eosinophils to fight the fungi. This substance is what causes fungal sinusitis and will cause irritation for as long as the fungi are within the sinus.

Chronic Fatigue:

The most common symptom of toxic mold is fatigue. Chronic fatigue is something many people complain about when they’ve been exposed to household mold for a long period of time. While respiratory symptoms are often rapidly attributed to mold, people are not so quick to attribute fatigue to the presence of mold in the home. They may not realize that exposure to mold can cause fatigue or they may simply assume the fatigue is due to something like, like a busy schedule or just not getting enough sleep.

Depression:

A groundbreaking public health study has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression. Residents who live in visibly damp, moldy households risk for depression averaged 34–44% higher than that for residents of mold-free dwellings.

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Rotting Wood

As excessive moisture builds up in wood it can begin to rot. When an entire wall, roof or ceiling has been affected, the repairs can be extensive and expensive.

Roof Damage:

Water seeps in between the metal flashing that the chimney and travels to the wood roof decking.  Water damages the roof decking and can lead to needing to replace your roof.  Getting leaks repaired quickly is the only way to prevent your leaky chimney from damaging your roof damage. Check out our roof leak resolutions

 

Ceiling And Wall Damage:

When water enters the home from a chimney leak It may run down a rafter to puddle above the ceiling. When water puddles above your ceiling it can cause wood and plaster to lose their structure and sag as well as wall paper and paint to come off walls leading to extensive damage and repairs.  schedule an appointment for a free estimate

 

Causes of a Chimney Leak

Damaged or Missing Chimney Cap:

A damaged or missing chimney cap can’t keep out the elements caused by bad weather such as rain, snow and even moist debris from entering your chimney. Chimney caps are used to prevent rain and snow from deteriorating the inside of your chimney. Stainless steel mesh within the cap helps as a spark arrestor, and minimizes burning debris from rising out of the chimney. Chimney caps can be stainless steel, copper, Kydex colored steel and more. Ageless Chimney stocks all traditional caps on our trucks, and can also provide custom caps in any shape and size. read more About Chimney Caps Chase Covers

Cracked Cement Crown:

Cracks in the chimney crown allow water to leak into the flue lining causing damage to your liner. A chimney lining system is intended for use with all traditional home heating appliances that use oil, gas or wood, and vent through a masonry chimney. A chimney liner is a stainless steel tube used to bypass traditional masonry chimneys that may be old, damaged or need to be brought up to code. Chimney liners are recommended for all unlined masonry chimneys, and chimneys with any cracked or damaged terracotta clay flues. Ageless Chimney liners are stainless steel, crush proof, and come with a lifetime warranty.

Degraded Chimney Bricks:

Seasonal freezes and thaws eventually degrade porous bricks and result in slow seepage. The frozen water inside the brick expands slightly and the brick begins to crack. The bricks freeze and thaw repeatedly, continuing the process until the front of the brick begins to flake off resulting in a leaking chimney. A damp chimney will stain the ceiling and the chimney opening, as well as walls around the fireplace. This is caused due to a number of factors that trap moisture, mainly, porous clay bricks, unvented flue and rainwater

Deteriorated Chimney Mortar Joints:

Older mortar joints deteriorate and allow moisture to leak into the structure. A common repair for deteriorated mortar joints is called repointing. In this process, the existing mortar joint is cut to an appropriate depth and the joint is repacked with new mortar. The joint is then cut to form a concave surface that will direct water out of the joint. We repair all types of masonry related chimney problems, and are highly specialized in loose bricks, mortar repair, leaky chimneys, rebuilds, repointing and matching new brick to old. read more About Masonry Brick

Damaged Metal Flashing:

Damaged chimney flashing can’t hold a waterproof seal between the chimney and roof. If your flashing is warped or flared, it may be damaged or worn out beyond repair. Without flashing, or when flashing is damaged or deteriorating, the risk of leaks increases greatly. Leaks can have a cascading effect on homes, causing large amounts of damage well beyond the roof. If a leak is not noticed and fixed immediately, a home can experience water damage leading to expensive and extensive repairs.

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Chimney Saver

Crown Coat by ChimneySaver: Ageless Chimney’s choice of water repellent for waterproofing a chimney from moisture. Benefits of using ChimneySaver products to waterproof the masonry of the chimney include protection of freeze and thaw cycles, a matte finishing, and protection from stains. When ChimneySaver products are applied by professionals, such as Ageless Chimney, there is a ten year warranty that can be registered for.

To learn more about ChimneySaver products, visit their website.

 

What Our Clients Say

Below are testimonies from our great clients regarding our chimney leak resolution services.

“I had a minor roof leak around the chimney. I called Ageless Chimney to give me an estimate for resealing the flashing, repairing the brick mortar joints, and closing off the chimney. The receptionist set up an appointment for me. Ron was here on time, gave me a fair estimate. I decided to go with them. Ron and the crew came back a few days later to finish the job. They are professional, and the price is fair. Highly recommended.” – Andy from Long Island, NY

“Bobby and Sherwood came to our house in Massapequa after my wife and I had been dealing with a leaking chimney for weeks. After providing us with a reasonable estimate they performed the work the following day and our chimney has not had a leak since through several storms. Would definitely recommend them to family and friends.” – Joseph from Long Island, NY

“The most professional place – from the people who answered the phone, to the people who did the job. EVERYTHING was flawless. I couldn't say a bad thing about them. The work preformed was beautiful, and it exceeded my expectations. They even finished a day early!” – Barbara from Long Island, NY

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Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Chimney Leak Resolution today! 

Leak resolution includes checking all cracks, gaps, holes or masonry despair to find the issue. Once the issue is found, the appropriate repairs will be made to protect the longevity of the chimney and guarantee the leak is resolved. A leaking chimney can cause many problems for homeowners. Don’t let one of your home’s favorite features put you and your loved ones in danger!

For thorough, reliable, and affordable fireplace cleaning and repair you can rely on, contact the fireplace experts at Ageless Chimney! To receive a free estimate and schedule an appointment, complete our online request form or give us a call directly at 516-795-1313 and one of our knowledgeable and friendly associates will be happy to assist you. For more info check out our website www.agelesschimney.com today.

28 May 2021
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All About Chimney Liner Installation

Chimney liner installation is a common service that is a great way to increase the safety of your home. This is one of the many services provided by Ageless Chimney. Chimney liners can further assist in the function of other appliances in your home. It is very important to have a liner to prevent moisture and combustible products from seeping into the masonry of the chimney. 

 

A chimney lining system is intended for use with all traditional home heating appliances that use oil, gas, or wood, and vent through a masonry chimney. A chimney liner installation is recommended for all unlined masonry chimneys and chimneys with any cracked or damaged terracotta clay flues. Ageless Chimney chooses liners that are stainless steel, crush-proof, and come with a lifetime warranty.

 

Chimney Anatomy

Below are diagrams of the anatomy of the chimney. 

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Boiler Chimney

Carbon monoxide and water vapor from the boiler releases from the home using the boiler flue/chimney.  

 

Boiler/Water Appliances 

These appliances connect to the chimney flue to vent properly from the house. The appliances chosen in the home perform better when properly attached to the chimney liner.

 

Bottom Plate 

The component is used to seal the fireplace and chimney liner.

 

Chimney Cap

This piece covers the top plate. The chimney cap prevents weather and other elements from harming the chimney flue. In addition, the function of the chimney cap includes allowing chimney gases to vent out from the top. 

 

Chimney Liner

A stainless steel round or oval pipe is installed in the chimney flue, venting harmful gasses and water vapor to exhaust from the top of the chimney.

 

Chimney Flue

A clay, ceramic, or metal passageway is installed inside of a chimney. The chimney flue contains the combustible exhaust, directing it to the outside atmosphere. Most importantly it protects the chimney walls from heat and corrosion.

 

Chimney Parge

The bonding agent of mortar concrete is applied to the inclined walls of the smoke chamber. This gives it a smooth surface and allows the fireplace smoke to enter the chimney flue. In addition, parging the chimney protects the walls from the high temperature of the fire. 

 

Fire Box

The location where the fire burns. There are masonry and metal fireboxes. This depends on the type of fireplace. 

 

Fireplace

A structure connected to the chimney, is made of brick, stone, or metal that can contain a fire. 

 

Fireplace Insert 

Stone, wood, or gas appliances that are already inside of a fireplace. The function is to increase the heat generated.

 

Insulation

Installed in between the chimney masonry and liner, the insulation helps prevent creosote buildup. Two types of chimney insulations include TherMix and insulation blankets. The choice of insulation depends on the amount of space in this area. 

 

Snout

The connector between the chimney liner and appliance. 

 

Smoke Chamber

With the help of the slanted walls, the smoke chamber compresses the exhaust gases into the chimney flue. This area of the chimney also refers to the draft created in this space. When built properly, the smoke chamber will have a good draft.  

 

Smoke Pipe 

Used as a ventilation system for attached appliances.

 

Stainless Steel Chimney Liner

This liner is more beneficial to wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Stainless steel chimney liners keep the chimney walls protected for many years. 

 

Stainless Steel Tee

The tee attaches the chimney liner and smoke pipe for other appliances. 

 

Tee Cap/Clean Out

Chimney ashes are collected at the clean-out door. It should also seal properly to prevent drafts. 

 

Top Plate

Placed at the top of the chimney liner, the top plate prevents water and other weather elements from entering the chimney flue. 

 

Wood Stove Adapter

The point where the stovepipe and chimney liner connect for stove appliances.

 

 

Reasons to Install a Chimney Liner

  •  Fire Safety
    • An essential layer of fire protection between heat and combustible framing around the chimney.
  • Improved Performance
    • Improves draft and operation of appliances.
  • Easy and Effective Cleaning
    • Minimized soot and creosote build-up, little cleaning.
  • Long-term Preservation
    • The liner acts as a barrier against water damage.
  • Reduces Creosote Buildup
    • Extreme buildup of creosote is a major cause of chimney fires. The expansion and contraction of the chimney liner allow the creosote to break off.

 

 

Types of Chimney Liners

The experts at Ageless Chimney have years of installing chimney liners. Our team has been helping homes every day stay protected with chimney liners. Chimney liners allow the smoke to have an exit point, preventing combustible products from staying trapped. Check out our team installing a liner by watching this youtube video on Long Island. 

 

Clay Tiles

A traditional type of liner that can last for many years. Older homes have clay tiles installed. To update the chimneys, many replace them with a stainless steel liner. A drawback with clay tiles is that when fires occur, it is more likely for masonry to break and allow the fire to spread quickly. It is also very challenging to repair clay tiles, often the reason for the transition to a metal liner. 

 

Cast in Place Chimney Liners

To form a new flue, chimney experts pour concrete mortar into the chimney. This improves the chimney structure. This liner is also very challenging due to the installation process. 

 

Metal Chimney Liners

There are two types of common metal chimney liners. The first type of liner is the stainless steel chimney liner. This is a very popular choice on Long Island due to the many benefits.  Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces use stainless steel liners. The benefits include resistance to corrosion, higher temperature regulation, and a long lifespan. Whereas gas appliances use aluminum chimney liners. 

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Stainless Steel Chimney Liner

Lifetime Chimney Liners 

 1. The Lightweight-Flex Chimney Liner

     An economic choice is a strong and durable liner.

 2. Welterweight-Flex

     An economic choice that is a hybrid lightweight and middleweight liner

 3. Middleweight-Flex

     A cost-effective, high draft, double-wall liner.

 4. Light Heavyweight-Flex

     A Hybrid Middleweight and Heavyweight Liner

 5. Heavyweight-Flex

     An unbreakable, double thick, and super durable liner

 

FuranFlex

An innovative solution for heat and corrosion-resistant lining of gas & oil heated chimneys. Installed in its soft state, FuranFlex will inflate by the steam, taking the shape of the chimney. As a result of the heat, it hardens to form a heat & corrosion resistant composite liner of steel hardness. This chimney liner is great for chimneys that have irregular-shaped flues. Ageless Chimney has experience in FuranFlex chimney liner installation. 

Advantages of FuranFlex

Our skilled Ageless Chimney technicians will propose FuranFlex as the best option for specific chimney situations. The many benefits include:

  • It is unnecessary to demolish walls. This makes it a cleaner option
  • It can be applied to all types of boilers & chimneys
  • Chimneys up to 100m in height & 120cm in diameter can be lined without joints being applied
  • Its inner surface is smooth and its heat-insulating capacity helps boilers operate economically
  • In addition, it does not corrode for about 25 years

 

 

NFPA Codes (National) 

Annual Inspection Code:

NFPA 211.14.1 Annual Inspection

Chimneys, Fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year in accordance with the requirements of 15.1

 

Cleaning Code:

NFPA 211.14.2.1

Cleaning, maintenance & repairs shall be done if necessary.

 

Lining Code:

NFPA 211.14.9

If the flue liner in a chimney has softened, cracked, or otherwise deteriorated so that it no longer has the continued ability to contain the products of combustion (I.E. heat, moisture, creosote & flue gases), the liner shall be removed & replaced, repaired, or relined with a listed liner system.

 

Smoke Test Code:

NFPA 7.1.7 Smoke Test

Masonry chimneys shall be proved tight by a smoke test after construction and before being put into use.

 

Lifetime Chimney Warranty 

Check out their website to fill out and learn more about their warranty. Ageless Chimney chooses Lifetime Chimney’s liners for their elite products in addition to the lifetime warranty. 

 

 

FAQ About Chimney Liners

What is NFPA?

NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association that provides guidelines for fire safety. 

 

How can I tell if I need a new chimney liner?

It is time for a new chimney liner once the current liner is broken, has cracks, or is unsafe. If your chimney does not have a chimney liner, Ageless Chimney highly recommends installing one. 

 

How long do chimney liners last?

The lifespan of a chimney liner depends on its type and quality of the chimney liner. Clay flue chimneys last around 50 years. Whereas metal chimney liners last 15 to 20 years. Thus, Ageless Chimney’s choice, Lifetime Chimney, offers a lifetime guarantee on their chimney liner products. 

 

How can I prevent a chimney fire?

Having your chimney swept and inspected once a year can prevent chimney fires. Ageless Chimney technicians perform chimney inspections that check for any problems or damage to your chimney. 

 

Why do I need to insulate my chimney?

Chimney insulation helps the temperature stay regulated. Then makes the flue gases warmer and increases the speed of ventilation upward, preventing condensation build-up. 

 

 

What Our Clients Say

Below are testimonies from our great clients regarding our chimney liner installation services. 

 

“I found this company through online reviews and was very pleased with the work they performed! I had part of the chimney rebuilt, an inner steel liner installed, and point entire chimney. They were prompt, professional, and excellent work! They cleaned up afterward where you would never know there was any construction work done prior! Nick was great, he remembered all tasks we discussed during our consultations and completed them all. Highly recommend them.” – KC from Massapequa, NY

 

“Our oil company came to do the annual boiler cleaning and said there was a nest in the chimney. I had their recommended chimney company come for an estimate and they said we needed a new liner and brickwork (we have a very old house so I wasn’t surprised), but their price seemed high. I’m usually wary about calling a company without a personal recommendation, but I called Ageless based on their online reviews and couldn’t be happier. Their price was considerably less than we were quoted by the first company. They arrived on time, we were able to do the work the same day and were done in about an hour. The guys were very professional and everything was clean when they left. Don’t be surprised if you see this same review on other websites – I’m very happy to recommend this company!” – Isabel F. from Merrick, NY

 

Just had Ageless (Nick and Brian) come and install a new chimney liner and chimney cap, and rebuild flashing. Super personable, friendly, and very helpful in explaining the process and giving suggestions for the future, as well as being kind and patient with the 200 questions we posed. They were professional and respectful of my home and cleaned up meticulously. I was beyond impressed with their work, and would highly recommend them for any of your chimney needs.” – Melissa C. from Lindenhurst, NY

 

Many homeowners are aware of chimney liners and most of their functions. When on a job, Ageless Chimney makes sure to first explain the problem with the existing chimney structure. After that, they will provide the solution and execute it to ensure the chimney function is above standard and can perform properly. As stated above, our knowledge, work, and professionalism impress many homeowners. This has led to the many five-star reviews we receive. Our client reviews describe the above-standard services. This allows us to continue to maintain chimneys across Manhattan and Long Island. 

 

 

Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Chimney Liner Installation! 

Chimney liners are a very important aspect of the chimney to ensure it is safe to use. Equally important, the liner is a crucial component of the chimney structure, to increase the performance of appliances and the chimney function. 

 

With the help of Ageless Chimney, choose the best solution regarding your chimney structure and maintenance. In brief, trust the experts to take you through the chimney liner installation process. With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Chimney at 516-795-1313 or click estimate your chimney to schedule your free estimate today! 

21 May 2021
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Benefits of Waterproofing a Chimney

Waterproofing a chimney is the best way to resolve a leaky chimney. Would you leave your windows open if it was raining outside? What if it was pouring? Or even snowing? Well, you are doing all that and more if you have a chimney that is cracked. And the scary part is you may not even know it. Even tiny cracks can expose your chimney to moisture, freezing, cracking, and deterioration. The porous masonry absorbs water and can result in these damages. The more water absorbed, the more dangerous it can be for the chimney system. Below lists the reasons a chimney can be leaking, regardless of the season. Our Ageless Chimney team is a professionally fully insured company dedicated to all aspects of the chimney including repairing chimney leaks and waterproofing

 

Causes of Chimney Leakage

There are some visible signs of water damage on chimneys. Some include discoloration, cracking, spalling, or gapping of the masonry. If you have seen any of these signs form or begin in your chimney, it is time to call the professionals at Ageless Chimney. Other causes of chimney leakage include:

Damaged Flashing: Chimney flashing is the sheet of metal installed around the area where the chimney meets the roof. The flashing ensures that the connection between the chimney and roof is watertight. Chimney flashings have to be replaced after extreme wear and tear, which happens over some time. 

Damaged Chimney Cap: Chimney caps are a very important part of the chimney to prevent rain and snow from deteriorating the inside of your chimney. Popular chimney caps include stainless steel, copper, and Kydex colored steel. Some include a stainless steel mesh that helps as a spark arrestor to minimize burning debris from rising out of the chimney. In addition, the cap also provides a barrier to present animals and debris falling into your home. If the chimney cap is damaged, it is very possible that it is the reason for the chimney leaking.

Missing Mortar: If water is absorbed by the masonry, it can be very easy for damage to occur. Gaps and missing mortar will allow water to easily access the structure of the chimney which can result in even more damage. 

 

Reasons to Waterproof your Chimney

Hiring a professional, like Ageless Chimney, for a waterproofing service has many benefits. Regardless of the homeowner uses the chimney, waterproofing is recommended to maintain the structure. Sealing the masonry, even before cracks begin to form, prevents water damage, making the chimney structure last longer. In addition, replacing a chimney crown or other elements of the chimney can be costly. In addition to masonry repair, an important element of the chimney is chimney crowns. Other benefits to waterproofing a chimney include:

1. Block water absorption from mold and vegetation growth in and on your masonry.

2. Keep your brick and mortar from cracking, spalling, or gapping.

3. Protect your masonry from black and white discoloration.

4. Allow your brick and mortar to “breathe” and release water vapors.

5. Prevent damage that normally occurs following a freeze-thaw cycle.

 

Types of Chimney Waterproofing

Depending on the type of chimney your home has, there are different services to waterproof. Ageless Chimney offers waterproofing services to both masonry chimneys and at the foundation of the chimney. The masonry of the chimney should be sealed by waterproofing to prevent water damage.

 

How to Waterproof your Masonry Chimney

Masonry of the chimney is one of the first defense lines between the internal chimney structure and natural weather occurrences. Heavy winds, rain, extreme temperatures, snow, and storms can affect the chimney structure, weakening the masonry. Freezing and thawing is a very common causes of mortar and joint structures to weaken, allowing water to enter the masonry and chimney. 

Waterproofing a chimney in Long Island using a chimneysaver product
Waterproofing using ChimneySaver

1. Measure the surface area of your chimney

Calculate the total area which will determine the number of materials needed.

2. Clean the chimney

Remove all mold, dirt, rust, and creosote stains from the chimney surface. Creosote: soot that forms in the chimney after usage. Creosote can easily be removed when first formed, but not after it builds up becomes a tar-like substance. 

3. Protect Non-Target Areas

Use an absorbent material around the base of the chimney to avoid discoloration.

4. Minor repairs

Fix chimney cracks before waterproofing.

5. Apply the spray-on water repellent

Start waterproofing from the bottom to top with a fan-type nozzle.

6. Cleanup

Our team will carefully remove all supplies and drop clothes on the roof and anything that may have fallen on the property below.

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ChimneySaver water repellent

 

ChimneySaver: Ageless Chimney’s choice of water repellent for waterproofing a chimney. A special spray-on waterproofing product that is designed to allow your brick to breathe while protecting it from moisture. Benefits of using ChimneySaver products to waterproof the masonry of the chimney include protection from freeze and thaw cycles, a matte finishing, and protection from stains. When ChimneySaver products are applied by professionals, such as Ageless Chimney, there is a ten-year warranty that can be registered for.

To learn more about ChimneySaver products, visit their website

 

 

How to Waterproof the Foundation of your Chimney

If your chimney is sitting on the outside of your house and water is leaking into the basement next to it or surrounding areas, there is most likely a leaking problem from the masonry of the chimney. Our skilled Ageless Chimney team can service the chimney by waterproofing the foundation and preventing future leaks. The cleanout door is where interior acid and moisture could be leaking into the house from the chimney. 

 

Steps to waterproofing a chimney Ageless Chimney Long Island chimney repair experts
Steps to waterproofing a chimney

1. Excavate

Using the post hole digger, excavate down to the bottom of the foundation around the base of the chimney. 

2. Minor Repairs

Grind any foundation cracks and remove loose mortar. 

3. Hydraulic Cement

Fill the cracks with hydraulic cement; a product used to prevent water from leaking into the masonry and concrete of the chimney construction.

4. Bentonite 

Backfill the hole with bentonite; a clay-like material used to form a wall between the masonry and soil. After that, activate the bentonite with water.

5. Backfill

Fill the top of the hole with soil, allowing grass and vegetation to grow.

6. Cleanup

Our Ageless Chimney team will carefully remove all supplies and leave the area clean, ready to use. 

 

Protect your Chimney with Waterproofing

If the masonry of the chimney is maintained correctly, there should be minimal problems with the chimney structure. Waterproofing a chimney on your own could result in more damage due to cheaper waterproofing products. Other products can be silicon-based, not allowing the masonry to breathe, as well as trapping the water inside of it. Our water repellent, ChimneySaver is a water-based sealer, a more effective choice for preventing water damage to your chimney. After that, our Ageless Chimney team services your chimney, the masonry will be protected from water and more detrimental damage. Keep your chimney looking great with the service of Ageless Chimney!

 

FAQ About Waterproofing Chimneys

How long does the waterproofing last?

There are several variants to deciding on how often a homeowner should waterproof their chimney. Waterproofing sealing products, like ChimneySaver, guarantee a ten-year warranty. It also depends on the condition of the chimney masonry, and natural weather occurrences including wind and rain. Although there may be other maintenance due to repairing the chimney, the waterproofing service should be redone about every 10-15 years. 

 

How is the waterproofing sealant applied?

When you choose the professionals at Ageless Chimney, our team uses their choice of ChimneySaver to apply to the chimney using a spray-on nozzle. However, this application is not painted or hand placed on. To cover the chimney effectively, the spray-on nozzle application is the best choice. 

 

What are the top types of water damage to a chimney?

Chimney water damage includes internal and external damage. Externally a chimney can be damaged after freezing and thawing, resulting in cracking and weakening the mortar joints. Internally, the water seeps in and mixes with soot and creosote, damaging the chimney flue and liner. 

 

How can I tell if my chimney is leaking?

If the homeowner can find any of the following signs, they should call the chimney professionals to check the condition of their chimney. Signs include visibly cracked mortar, strong odors around the chimney, water in the firebox or surrounding walls, and discoloration around the exterior and interior of the chimney. Chimney experts will also find water damage and leaks during a chimney inspection, after which offer the correct service to fix the chimney. Be sure to have service repaired to the chimney before the structure becomes damaged as well. 

 

When should I call a chimney professional?

Call the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified professionals at Ageless Chimney now to service your chimney, preventing water damage today! Our waterproofing services maintain the chimney, preventing leaky chimneys. Our Ageless Chimney team will explain the process to the homeowner, and follow the steps above to ensure the chimney is waterproofed correctly. Additionally, if you find that there are signs of chimney damage, give Ageless Chimney a call for repairs too.

 

 

What Our Clients Say

Below are some testimonies from our amazing clients regarding water damage and leak repairs. 

“I called on an emergency basis and Nick came right away to look at the issue and diagnose. Very friendly, honest, and reliable. So my liner deteriorated and the bricks at the top of the chimney Were black with oil/soot. He made me a priority since I didn’t have hot water/heat since the puff back from my boiler. The work was done at a reasonable price and the labor wasn’t easy. Nick called the next day to follow up on how everything was going, he also listens. The office is easy to contact and very friendly to speak with. I’m 1000% satisfied with this company.I definitely recommend those who need a hassle when owning a home can be stressful enough. They definitely relieved my anxiety.” – Lisa A.
“I have been using Ageless Chimney Inc. for about 2 years now. These guys are great! Since I have absolutely no knowledge of chimneys, I was definitely nervous when shopping around for a chimney repair company. Luckily I came across Bobby and Sherwood at Ageless.  These guys have a very personable and trustworthy approach to the business. They explain the work that needs to be done in simple terms, so I can understand. I always recommend to my family and friends when anyone needs work on their chimney. Lucky to have found these guys!” – Nick B.
Ron and Cric were the best! They were extremely reliable and professional and very knowledgeable! I highly recommend ageless Chimney! A pro roofing company came and misdiagnosed the issue and Ageless Chimney found the problem! Ageless Chimney is the best” – Carol L. 
“Bobby and Sherwood came to our house in Massapequa after my wife and I had been dealing with a leaking chimney for weeks.  After providing us with a reasonable estimate they performed the work the following day and our chimney has not had a leak since through several storms.  Would definitely recommend them to family and friends.” – Joseph S.

 

 

Call Ageless Chimney to Schedule your Waterproofing Maintenance! 

As most homeowners know, getting rid of a leaky chimney can be an extremely confusing guessing game on how to fix it. Our customers often remark to us how grateful they are to our team to solve their tricky problems. Many companies attempt to repair through trial and error, taking more time. Above all, our Ageless Chimney team prides itself on our efficiency and accuracy. Be proactive in fighting against water damage and leaks, schedule a waterproofing service today with the professionals!

Although spring showers bring flowers, chimney leaks also come along. Living in New York has its challenges regarding chimney maintenance. The four seasons allow weather to really affect the masonry of the chimney, making it even more important to have service completed. Above all, ensure your chimney system is protected against all water damage by calling the chimney experts at Ageless Chimney. In addition to the waterproofing services that we offer, we offer other services to repair your chimney, keeping the masonry of your chimney protected for years to come. 

 

Above all, the spring and summer seasons are the best time to waterproof and repair chimneys! With over 15 years of experience, call the professionals at Ageless Chimney at 516-795-1313 or click estimate your chimney to schedule your free estimate today! 

 

May 18, 2021