Experienced Chimney Sweeps Handling All the Dirty Work
Rooftop Chimney Sweeps offers top-notch chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent services to homes and businesses in Newport News and surrounding areas. Having been in business since 1978, we take great pride in always staying on top of the latest industry innovations, techniques, products, and equipment to ensure your chimney is up to code and safe to use.
Whether you need us to install a new chimney crown, need new flashing or chase covers, or would just like your chimney thoroughly inspected or cleaned, we can get the job done. Our master chimney sweeps are trained in all aspects of chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent care, and are committed to delivering exceptional customer service. We’re confident we can tackle any chimney-related project you request, big or small.
Why Is Chimney & Fireplace Maintenance So Important?
Recent studies have shown that an average of 25,700 home fires occur every year due to fireplace and chimney issues.
The annual impact of chimney fires includes:
- $137 million in residential and commercial property damage
- 30 preventable deaths
- 162 non-fire deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning
When you start a fire in your fireplace, it produces creosote, a natural residue of burning wood that is highly flammable. As time passes, this thick and tarry substance builds up inside of your chimney system and can potentially start a fire.
On top of this, extreme heat generated by chimney fires can damage masonry and metal. Without having a trained professional clean your chimney and make the necessary repairs, your next chimney fire can cause a potential fire hazard.
Chimneys and fireplaces that are neglected or poorly maintained also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This poisonous gas that emits whenever a fire is started is supposed to safely move out of the home through the chimney system but can leak out if there are cracks and holes present.
Breathing in carbon monoxide can disorient you in small doses or be fatal in large amounts. This further emphasizes how crucial it is to regularly have a chimney sweep specialist inspect and maintain your chimney to catch these problems before they cause harm.
The Most Common Signs of Chimney Damage
Detecting chimney damage early is crucial to prevent further deterioration and costly repairs. By being aware of the common signs of chimney damage, you can take prompt action and protect your home from potential hazards.
Here are some key indicators that your chimney may be experiencing issues:
- Cracks: Cracks can occur in various parts of the chimney, including the bricks, mortar joints, or chimney crown. These cracks may be visible on the exterior or interior surfaces of the chimney. Even small cracks can allow moisture to penetrate, leading to further damage over time.
- Water Leaks: If you notice water stains or dampness around your fireplace or on the walls near the chimney, it is a sign of water penetration. This can be caused by damaged flashing, a cracked chimney crown, or deteriorated chimney masonry. Ignoring water leaks can result in extensive damage to the chimney structure and surrounding areas.
- Crumbling Mortar: Mortar holds the bricks of your chimney together. Over time, exposure to weather conditions can cause the mortar to deteriorate and crumble. If you see loose or missing mortar joints, it indicates the need for chimney repair. Failing to address crumbling mortar can lead to structural instability and compromised chimney integrity.
- Leaning Chimney: A leaning chimney is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. It suggests a shift in the foundation or structural damage. Leaning chimneys pose a significant safety risk and should be addressed promptly to prevent collapse or further structural damage.
- Soot and Creosote Buildup: Excessive soot or creosote buildup in the fireplace or chimney can indicate poor chimney ventilation or problems with the flue. This buildup is highly flammable and increases the risk of chimney fires. Regular chimney cleaning and inspection are essential to address these issues and maintain a safe chimney system.
It's important to address chimney damage promptly for several reasons:
- Safety: Chimney damage compromises the safety of your home and occupants. Cracks, leaks, or structural issues can result in the escape of toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, into your living space. Additionally, weak chimney structures pose a risk of collapse, endangering your property and the people in it.
- Prevention of Further Damage: Ignoring chimney damage allows the problems to worsen over time. Moisture intrusion can lead to more extensive masonry deterioration, mold growth, and even structural damage to your home. Prompt repairs help prevent costly repairs or the need for a full chimney rebuild down the line.
- Preservation of Home Value: A well-maintained chimney adds value to your home. Addressing chimney damage promptly helps preserve the integrity and aesthetics of your chimney, contributing to the overall value and appeal of your property.
If you notice any of these signs of chimney damage, it's essential to contact a professional chimney repair service without delay. Our team can assess the extent of the damage, recommend appropriate repairs, and restore your chimney to a safe and functional condition. Remember, early intervention is key to mitigating further damage and ensuring the longevity of your chimney.
LET ROOFTOP CHIMNEY SWEEPS PROTECT YOUR HOME IN NEWPORT NEWS
At Rooftop Chimney Sweeps, our chimney and fireplace specialists will get rid of the accumulation of creosote in your chimney system and carefully examine and repair any cracks or openings in the ventilation to maximize safety and reduce the chances of a house fire. We provide a wide range of other beneficial services you can also take advantage of.
When you give us a call, we will assign you a special account manager who will be focused on guiding you through our catalog of services, educating you on chimney and fireplace care, and directing you in making the best solutions that suit your needs and budget.
Whether it’s been a while since your last chimney cleaning or you never had your chimney or fireplace professional serviced before, we are the company to call to get you up to date. We’ve served homes and businesses in Newport News for over four decades and will be happy to serve you as well.