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We Fix Leaky Chimneys!

Even the smallest chimney leak can lead to expensive repairs. The Chimney Care Co. can save your chimney from water damage. Regardless of the cause, the Chimney Care Co. can fix your leaking chimney.

Missing Chimney Caps

We Fix Leaky Chimneys - Cincinnati OH - Chimney Care CompanyOne of the most frequent causes of chimney leaks is a relatively simple problem to remedy: A missing chimney cap. A chimney cap sits at the very top of your chimney flue, covering your chimney opening to protect your chimney system from water and downdrafts. Many chimneys are installed without chimney caps. Chimney caps are also frequently blown off by inclement weather. The Chimney Care Co. can install a new cap on your chimney to protect your flue, your damper, and your fireplace from water damage.

Chimney Cracks

Water damage begets water damage. Most masonry is porous, meaning they absorb water every time it rains, sleets or snows. When temperatures drop, the water held inside the chimney masonry expands, causing cracks in the chimney structure. Those weak points in the chimney let water seep into your chimney interior, where it can cause more severe damage or even spread to the rest of your house. The Chimney Care Co. can fix any type of chimney crack, whether it’s tuckpointing your crumbling mortar or reconstructing a part or all of your damaged chimney.

Damaged Chimney Crown

Just like your chimney’s brick or stone sides, your chimney crown is constructed of masonry cement that absorbs water, resulting in cracks. The chimney crown surrounds the top of your chimney opening and seals the inner layers of the chimney. Water makes its way into cracked crowns and down in between the walls of your chimney. This can cause damage to the interior portions of your chimney. If the leak is severe enough, it can damage your home structure around your chimney. The Chimney Care Co. can stop water damage via the chimney crown by repairing or reconstructing your cracked crown.

Deteriorating Flashing

Flashing protects your roofline around your chimney base. These metal strips are built into your roof and into the sides of your chimney, creating a tight seal where your chimney meets the roofline. Even well-constructed flashing can fail eventually; it can pull away from the chimney base or develop cracks or holes that let water in. When chimney flashing fails, water can pour in through your roofline. It causes water spots on your ceiling, damages wallboards, and leads to rot in your home’s structure. The Chimney Care Co. can shore up your chimney by installing new flashing to replace failing flashing.

If you’re seeing water come into your home through or around your chimney, don’t ignore it! Leaking chimneys can cause major damage to your home. Call the Chimney Care Co. to fix your chimney leak and save your home from further damage!

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Does Your Chimney Need a New Chase Top?

One of the greatest benefits of a prefabricated chimney system, particularly a gas-burning one, is the low maintenance factor. Often, homeowners forget that their easy-to-use prefabricated hearths require some regular care, and often the care these systems need is a new chimney chase cover. Neglecting your chase top can lead to serious problems for your chimney and your home. But what is a chimney chase top and how does it protect your chimney system? How do you know if your chimney requires a new chimney chase cover?

Your chimney chase top serves as a lid to your chimney system. It encloses the very top of your chimney, leaving room for individual flues to exit your home while providing a seal for the chimney. It keeps water, debris and animals from entering your home’s prefabricated chimney. If your chimney chase top is in decaying and in need of replacement, it can allow water, animals, and debris to enter your chimney, where they can cause serious damage over time. If your chimney chase top needs to be replaced, your chimney sweep should alert you during your annual chimney sweeping and inspection. Your chimney also might be sending you some signs that your chase cover needs to be replaced, such as:

Rust Stains

Does Your Chimney Need a New Chase Top - Cincinnati OH - Chimney Care CompanyMost chimney chase covers are made of metal, or more specifically, steel. The first sign of breakdown for these metal chimney chase covers is usually rust. You might be able to spot rust forming on your chimney chase cover, or you might notice brownish-orange streaks or rust streaming down the sides of your chimney from the chase cover. While the rust itself isn’t a danger, rust means your chimney chase cover is breaking down. Eventually, your rusting chimney chase cover will form holes that can let water or animals access your chimney and cause damage.

Water Entering Your Home

Water enters your chimney through holes and cracks in the chase cover. You might notice water pooling on your fireplace floor, rust forming on your fireplace doors or grates, or water spots forming on your walls or ceiling. Address signs of water entering your home immediately, as they can cause major damage to your chimney and your home’s infrastructure.

Water Pooling on the Chase Cover

Some chase covers have been improperly constructed and for that reason alone need to be replaced. An improperly constructed chimney chase cover doesn’t do its job of diverting water away from the chimneys opening. Instead, it can allow water to flow back into your chimney flue or pool on top of the chase cover.

If you think you need a chimney chase cover replacement, don’t wait to call! A damaged or deteriorating chimney chase cover can lead to severe water damage. This can obviously cost you serious time and money in repairs in the future. If you need a new chimney chase cover, call the Chimney Care Co. to schedule your appointment today!

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We offer chimney and fireplace installation, maintenance and repairs

Summer is the perfect time for home-improvement projects, and this includes projects for your fireplaces and chimneys too! Whether you’re restoring or enhancing your home with a new fireplace or heating stove, or you are in need of routine maintenance or repairs for your fireplace or chimney, the professionals at Chimney Care Co. can help. We offer chimney and fireplace installation, maintenance and repairs!

Fireplace Installation

We offer chimney and fireplace installation, maintenance and repairs - Cincinnati, OH - Chimney Care Co.Is your fireplace outdated, unsightly, inefficient or the wrong fuel type for your lifestyle? Are you looking to enhance your home with the addition of a new fireplace or heating stove? Our professionals can help you choose the right fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stove for your home. Our certified chimney technicians can install the fireplace, insert or heating stove for you.

Fireplace maintenance

When was the last time your fireplace and chimney was serviced by a certified chimney technician? All heating appliances should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Whether the purpose of your fireplace is to heat your home, or you enjoy the ambiance of your gas fireplace, wood-burning fireplace, pellet stove or any other type of heating stove. Our professionals can provide you with comprehensive maintenance your hearth appliance needs. Our certified technicians will come in and clean your entire hearth system. They will also inspect it to ensure that it’s safe and ready to use when temperatures drop.

Fireplace and chimney repair

Your fireplaces and chimneys will inevitably require repairs at some point. Whether it’s your heating stove or your fireplace insert needing a new part, the bricks are mortar joints of your chimney needing some masonry repair work. You must fix these problems before they worsen to cause harm to your family and home.

When your fireplace or chimney is in disrepair, it can cause lots of problems. Some problems are the following: burning excessive fuel, suffering leaks to the structure of your chimney and your home, or preventing heat and smoke from escaping out of your fireplace and home. No matter what kind of repair you need, the professionals at Chimney Care Co. can restore the integrity and safety of your hearth system.

Call us right now

If you are looking to upgrade your existing hearth appliance, install a new fireplace or heating stove, long overdue for your annual maintenance, or if your chimney or fireplace require repairs, call the our certified technicians to schedule your appointment today!

When was the last time you have your clothing dryer vents cleaned?

Keeping your clothing dryer vents cleaned is an incredibly important part of your home maintenance. Clean dryer vents help to prevent the dryer from overheating to cause a fire. A clean dryer vent also runs more efficiently while saving you time and money, as it takes less time for it to dry each load of laundry. When was the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned? How do you know it is time to get your clothing dryer vents cleaned?

The experts in the industry recommend getting your dryer vents cleaned at least once every year. However, if you do more laundry than the average household, your dryer vents might need to be cleaned more often. If you struggle with remembering the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned, then it is likely that it’s time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning. Here are some signs for a clogged dryer vent.

Signs of a dysfunctional Dryer Vent

  1. When was the last time you have your clothing dryer vents cleaned - Cincinnati OH - Chimney Care CoLonger dry times. One of the first signs that your dryer vents need a cleaning is longer than normal dry times when doing a single load of laundry. When your dryer vents are clogged, you’ll have to run additional dryer cycles for your clothes to dry completely. A single load of laundry shouldn’t take longer than 30 to 40 minutes to dry, and heavier loads of towels or linens shouldn’t take more than 50 minutes to dry.
  2. Lint buildup. Your dryer could be bogged down with an accumulation of lint. When dryer vents are clogged, you might see lint collecting around the lint trap, on the floor behind the dryer, or even outside around your dryer vent exhaust.
  3. An overheating dryer. When your dryer vents are clogged, your dryer can’t vent and cool itself as it should. As a result, the dryer will overheat while running. A dryer that’s hot to the touch, or if there is a heat build up in your laundry room when your dryer is running. These are both signs of clogged dryer vents. You might also notice that the clothes coming out of the dryer seem unusually hot.
  4. Strong smells in the laundry room. There are a variety of smells as a result of clogged dryer vents. While the dryer is running, you might smell a strong burning odor while the dryer overheats, or the smell of your dryer sheets seem unusually strong. If clothes sit damp in the dryer for a long time, your laundry or your laundry room might also take on a musty smell.

Call the Chimney Care Co. Professionals

Clogged dryer vents can put your home at risk of potential dangers such as a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. If it’s been awhile since you last serviced your dryer vents, or if you have noticed some signs that your dryer vents have become clogged, call the professionals at Chimney Care Co. to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!

The benefits of pellet stoves

If you’re looking for a better way to heat your home — whether you’re looking to replace an existing fireplace or stove or looking to supplement your furnace with a more efficient heating option — you should consider a pellet stove. Pellet stoves burn dehydrated wood pellets, or sometimes other bio-fuels like corn or cherry pits. A lot of people choose a pellet stove because of its ease of use and because they are very environmentally friendly. Here are some other benefits of pellet stoves.

They provide convenient and consistent heat

The benefits of pellet stoves - Cincinnati OH - Chimney Care CompanyPellet stoves burn wood, so they have the warm glow and ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, but they’re easier to use. The wood pellets are often sold in 40-pound bags, which are simple to store and can be purchased as needed.

The pellets are placed in a hopper fitted with an automatic auger. The auger feeds additional pellets as needed. Depending on the size of the hopper, pellet stoves can usually burn up to 24 hours without being refueled or tended. Many stoves also come with automatic ignitions. Some stoves can be programmed to help control the heat output in your home.

They burn hotter than wood and are environmentally friendly

Because pellets are made from dehydrated wood particles, they burn hotter and are more efficiently than traditional firewood. Pellet stoves are highly efficient, with some models boasting efficiencies as high as 90 percent.

Pellet stoves are a favorite heating choice of environmentalists. Because they burn so hot, they release fewer pollutants than other heating sources. The wood pellets are often made from wood byproducts, which helps to reduce waste. Wood is also considered a “carbon neutral” fuel by environmentalists. They release equal amount of carbon into the atmosphere as when trees would die and decompose naturally.

They are super versatile

The options for pellet stoves are endless. There are ornamental ones that add style to your home, or you can find more utilitarian models that can fit in a utility space to pipe heat into your home. We also have pellet stove inserts that can fit into an existing fireplace space, or we can built into a custom hearth to mimic the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Pellet stoves come in a variety of sizes to fit any home, and they can provide heat for any space.

If you think a pellet stove is a good option for you, call the Chimney Care Fireplace and Stove showroom. Our experts can answer all your questions about it. They can show you some options to help you find the best pellet stove that fits your heating needs.

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