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Different Types of Chimney Repairs

Your chimney and venting system is made up of several components that work together to allow the system to function efficiently and safely. A regular chimney maintenance schedule can help it to last for years. However, even the best-maintained chimneys can have problems from time to time. Since the exterior of your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements, the bricks and mortar joints can absorb a lot of water. This can lead to masonry damage as well as to the deterioration of other components, including the chimney cap and the chimney liner. Repairing these issues in a timely manner is key to avoiding further extensive and expensive damage.

Different Types of Chimney Repairs img - Chicago IL - Aelite ChimneyNo matter which type of chimney repair you may need, Aelite Chimney Specialties is here to help. We have been providing professional chimney repair services for over 15 years to the residents of the Chicago area. We would like to tell you more about the different types of chimney repairs we can handle.

Chimney Relining

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney liner is very important because it protects the combustible parts of your home from heat transfer, keeps the masonry materials safe from the corrosive combustion gases, and provides a properly sized flue for good chimney drafting. Over time, chimney liners can become cracked and chipped, and this damage leaves behind gaps and voids that may lead to hazards like carbon monoxide leaks and chimney fires. Aelite Chimney Specialties is proud to provide chimney relining services with Ventinox lining systems. These durable stainless steel liners can work with all fuel types and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Repairing Chimney Leaks

The CSIA has named water as the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. This is because of the amount of damage it can do. A small chimney leak can turn into a much bigger problem if it is neglected. The chimney technicians at Aelite Chimney Specialties are experts on leaky chimneys. We have years of experience that allow us to find the source of the leak. In addition, we will make the necessary repairs to stop it.

We can then replace any bricks and mortar joints that have been damaged by the water leak with our chimney masonry repair services. One of our services being tuckpointing. We will then make sure your chimney is protected from future leaks by checking the condition of your chimney cap and flashing. For the ultimate protection against water penetration, we provide professional chimney waterproofing services. You can trust us to solve and repair your leaky chimney.

Aelite Chimney Specialties can handle any chimney problem you may be experiencing.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney repair services.

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When Should I Schedule Chimney Repairs?

Spring has finally arrived to bring us warmer weather. Since you will not be using your fireplace again for several months, now is the best time to take care of your chimney. Take a good look at your chimney’s exterior to see if it has suffered from any cold weather damage. You may notice cracked, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints. This type of chimney damage should be repaired as soon as possible. This is to avoid problems with water leaks. To protect your chimney from water penetration, contact us today at Aelite Chimney Specialties. Schedule an appointment for our chimney repair services. We would like to tell you more about why the spring season is such a good time for chimney repairs. Also, about the professional services we provide to keep your chimney in good shape.

When Should I Schedule Chimney Repairs Image - Chcago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesWhy is the spring season a good time to take care of my chimney?

Preventing water leaks is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a homeowner. Winter weather can be very rough on masonry chimneys. The damage it causes can quickly worsen if it is neglected. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water can cause extensive and expensive chimney damage. In order to keep water out of your chimney and home, you should have any cold weather chimney damage repaired in the spring.

The cracks and gaps from damaged bricks and mortar joints allow water from rain to easily enter your chimney. This can lead to even more deterioration of your chimney structure. Thats why it is so important to have these repairs taken care of quickly. Another reason why spring is such a good time to schedule chimney repairs? You will have an easier time with getting an appointment on the date that is the most convenient for you. Since it is the off-season for chimney companies like Aelite Chimney Specialties, you will not have to wait for weeks on a service visit.

What types of repair services does Aelite Chimney Specialties provide?

We specialize in leaky chimneys and offer both maintenance and repair services that will prevent water penetration of your chimney. Has your chimney has suffered from winter damage? If so, our experienced chimney masons can repair deteriorated bricks and mortar joints with techniques like tuckpointing. This restores the soundness of your chimney’s structure. After we have repaired the masonry damage, we can make recommendations for other services that can keep water out of your chimney. These services include chimney cap installation, flashing construction and repairs, and waterproofing. We also provide chimney relining services that can protect your home from dangerous hazards such as accidental fires and carbon monoxide leaks. We can take care of every type of chimney liner with our HeatShield, Supaflu, and stainless steel relining services.

Take care of your chimney this spring by contacting us at Aelite Chimney Specialties. You will have no problems scheduling an appointment for our professional chimney maintenance and repair services!

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5 Most Common Chimney Repairs

Knowing what the common chimney repairs are can help homeowners be more mindful of the care their chimney should have in order to prevent such damages.

Knowing what the common chimney repairs are can help homeowners be more mindful of the care their chimney should have in order to prevent such damages.

In Northern Illinois no one wants to be caught in the fall without a chimney or fireplace that’s anything other than ready to fire up. That’s why we suggest tackling chimney maintenance and any needed chimney repairs during the spring or summer months. If you take care of it now, you won’t have to wait to get an appointment with a chimney technician in the fall.

Outside of chimney sweepings and inspections, the team members at Aelite Chimney Specialties are tasked most often with chimney repairs. Father Time and Mother Nature are to blame for many of the things that go wrong with chimneys, though poor installations and faulty connections can certainly cause problems, too. We recommend that you use a CSIA certified chimney technician to handle chimney installation and maintenance work. Besides safety concerns, a chimney that is connected and serviced properly will perform more efficiently.

Most of the chimney repairs we undertake are in the interest of keeping water out of the chimney and preventing chimney fires. Here are five of the issues we find most often:

1. Loose or Rusted Flashing

The No. 1 cause of leaky chimneys is loose flashing. Flashing is the band of sheet metal that is woven together around the chimney where the chimney meets the roof. Read about why flashing leaks here.

2. Cracked Tile Chimney Liners

Your chimney liner runs the length of your chimney flue, protecting your chimney from heat transfer and creating a smooth tunnel through which smoke and toxic gases can safely vent. Liners can be made out of stainless steel and ceramic tile. Most older liners are made of tile, which tends to crack over time. Luckily, tile liners can usually be repaired with a product called HeatShield, which we use often with great success. Read about our relining services here.

3. Cracked Chimney Crowns

A chimney crown is designed to slope downward to direct water away from the chimney flue and on to the roof. (The flue liner is allowed to project above the crown, and should be protected by a chimney cap or damper.) Over time, crowns can crack or decay. An Aelite Chimney Specialties technician will be able to repair or replace your crown.

4. Damaged Chimney Caps or Chimney Dampers

These two chimney parts serve similar purposes—keeping water, debris, and small animals out of your chimney, though the damper takes its usefulness one step further and also helps you save energy dollars, as you can completely close it when your chimney is not in use. If your chimney cap or damper is broken, leaking, or inefficient, a professional can determine whether it needs to be replaced or just repaired.

5. Masonry Repairs

If your chimney masonry has never been waterproofed, we are willing to bet that it has seen better days. Read about what goes wrong with masonry and how we can fix it and shore it up against future damage.

Spring time is the right time to address your chimney’s problems. Call Aelite Chimney Specialties today to schedule an assessment with one of our CSIA certified technicians.