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About Chimney Flashing Repair

Water can cause a lot of damage to your home. This is why we take so many measures to ensure that water is locked out! Not to mention, kept clear of our home’s structure. When it comes to keeping water out of your roof-line at your chimney’s base, we rely on flashing.

About Chimney Flashing Repair Image - San Francisco CA - London Chimney ServiceWhat is flashing?

Flashing is any type of sealant that is placed around gaps in your home. These include doors, windows, and your chimney. It keeps water from seeping in and causing damage. Around your chimney, metal flashing is placed against the base of the chimney. Afterwards it is overlapped with the roofing material to seal the chimney base at the roof-line.

Why does flashing fail?

Like anything else, flashing can break down over time. Since flashing is metal, it can rust and corrode, developing holes and cracks. It also can pull away from the base of the chimney, as your home settles. However, there are time when flashing has been improperly installed in the first place! Too often, improper flashing material is used around chimneys, or the flashing is covered with roofing tar – rendering it useless.

Why is flashing so important?

As we mentioned, flashing keeps water from seeping into your home around the base of your chimney. If water does manage to enter your home’s roof-line at the chimney base, it can cause a host of problems. These problems include mold growth, rotting of your home’s wood support, even staining and warping on your walls and ceiling!

How can you tell if your flashing is watertight?

Unfortunately, the first sign of failing flashing is often a leak! Do you notice water around your chimney? Perhaps signs of water damage in the walls and ceilings around your chimney? If so, it’s likely that failing flashing is to blame. If you don’t want a leak from failed flashing to catch you unaware, you can add a visual inspection of the chimney flashing to your home maintenance schedule. In addition, you can ask your chimney sweep about the state of your flashing during your annual chimney sweeping and inspection.

What do you do if your flashing fails?

If notice that your flashing is failing, don’t wait to have it addressed! Water damage can spread quickly, and it can be costly and devastating. Call professionals immediately to have the flashing repaired right!

To have chimney flashing repair done quickly and correctly, call the chimney experts at London Chimney Services. We will inspect your flashing and get it fixed the right way, keeping your chimney and your home safe from water damage.

By Mark Rizzo on May 12th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Fireplace installation FAQs

Are you thinking of adding a fireplace to your home, or updating an existing fireplace? As you contemplate your options, your mind likely fills with a host of questions. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions that arise when choosing a new fireplace:

Fireplace installation FAQs img - San Francisco CA - London ChimneyIs it possible to install a fireplace in my home?

This is the place most homeowners start: They long for a fireplace but want to know if a fireplace is even a possibility. Fortunately, with the range of fireplace models and technologies available. An installation is possible in almost any home and in almost any location.

Where should I install a fireplace in my home?

Where you choose to install a fireplace in your home depends on your goal in adding a fireplace. If you’re looking to decrease your home-heating bills, it’s best to install a fireplace in your home’s main living space. This is so you can focus on heating the rooms you use most. If you’re looking to add ambiance, the determination of where to add a fireplace comes down to personal preference. A fireplace can add a sense of luxury to any room, from your master bedroom or bathroom to your kitchen or dining room.

What fireplace fuel should I choose?

The most common fireplace fuel options are wood, pellet or gas. All three offer their own benefits. Wood fireplaces or stoves provide a traditional look and can be a cheap source of heat for homeowners with access to firewood. In addition, pellet stoves offer the traditional warm glow of a wood-burning fireplace but require less tending. Gas fireplaces are convenient to use, extremely energy efficient and offer style choices ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Which type of fireplace is most energy efficient?

The good news for homeowners looking to decrease their home’s energy footprint is that energy-efficient models are available in every fireplace fuel type. There are EPA-certified gas, pellet and wood stoves that heat your home cleanly and efficiently with little negative environmental impact.

How much maintenance does a fireplace require?

Fireplace maintenance depends on the type of fireplace fuel you choose. Wood-burning fireplaces take the most work: There’s hauling, stacking and storing wood, as well as clearing away ashes. Also, pellet stoves require less frequent loading but still require regular clean-out and maintenance. Day-to-day, gas fireplaces require virtually no maintenance. Regardless of which type of fireplace you choose, the minimum amount of maintenance is an annual chimney sweep and inspection. This is to assure that your chimney is clear and that your fireplace is burning safely and efficiently.

Who can I trust to install a fireplace?

If you want to have a fireplace installed, you want to be sure that it’s installed safely and correctly. Fortunately, the fireplace industry has several organizations that educate and certify chimney and fireplace technicians. Look for an installer who is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fireplace Institute and the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

If you are ready to add a fireplace to your home, get all of your questions answered by a fireplace expert from London Chimney Services! We can walk you through the fireplace installation process, from choosing the right fireplace and the right location to safely installing the fireplace and teaching you how to maintain it.

By Mark Rizzo on April 26th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment