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Chimney Leak Repair
A chimney that is not water tight can cause damage to your house here are some of the more common causes of a leaking chimney:
No Chimney Cap – an uncapped chimney is basically the simplest cause and most obvious, an open top to a chimney is an open invitation for rain and snow to enter your chimney and to all local birds, insects and animals. Keeping out birds, rodents and other animals as well as debris from trees, and Mother Nature’s elements is a good enough reason to cap your chimney. Build up of debris can cause blockages and limit the efficiency and safety of your chimney, a blocked chimney can lead to CO (Carbon Monoxide) Poisoning. If your chimney is for a wood burning fireplace or stove then, add to that the dual use as a spark arrestor, preventing sparks or embers from leaving your chimney and igniting nearby flammable objects or the roof itself. Makes installing a chimney cap a useful, logical and necessary investment. It is also not very expensive to purchase or install. An additional measure of security and protection is installing a lock-top/roof-top damper, which also prevents weather, animals and in addition prevents cold air from entering the chimney and flue. Big Apple Chimney can come and assess what your best options are. Chimney Crown Cracked/Damaged– A Chimney Crown is designed to prevent moisture from entering the chimney around the clay or steel liner protruding from the chimney. The crown can be made of stone, concrete or mortar and is usually sealed with a flexible, waterproof sealant. If the chimney crown is cracked or the sealant/waterproofing has worn-out, water from rain or snow can easily leak thru those cracks and down the chimney, causing leaks, deterioration and other damage to your chimney and flue. Chimney Flashing Damaged/Bent or Worn-out – Chimney flashing closes the gap between the bricks and the roof shingles and is usually made of aluminum or copper. It is designed to prevent water from entering between where the bricks and mortar of your chimney come through the roof, there is sometimes a large gap that needs to be closed or water can easily pour through if not sealed properly. Roof tar is not an effective sealant; a flash sealer is a more appropriate application. If you have no flashing or a tar covered flashing this may be the source of your leak. Interior Condensation (lack of a liner) - Gas boilers and heaters produce a temperature exhaust and has a high moisture content, if your chimney is too large or not insulated properly then condensation can be a problem, the installation of a properly sized and insulated chimney liner can instantly fix this problem of condensation and prevent leaks that occur due to this cause. Deteriorating Bricks or Cracks in Mortar – damaged, weather beaten or deteriorating bricks or mortar are absorbing or passing water into the chimney and leaking into your home. A fix for this maybe re-pointing, rebuilding or resealing/waterproofing your chimney bricks and mortar.
Chimney Leak Repair NY
A Leak in your Chimney can be hard to detect as water travels and can be hard to trace by eye, we can see obstructions and water trails with powerful flashlights and mirrors. We also provide inspection services in which we use an infra-red camera that can scan your flue from top to bottom. Detecting loose mortar joints and water leaks. Water leaks are common in old and deteriorating mortar and are a cause of other hazardous leaks (CO , Smoke & Soot). When water gets down into the mortar joints and brickwork it can become trapped and then freeze, causing the mortar and brickwork to expand, creating gaps, holes and cracks.
Big Apple Chimney has the experience and technical expertise to handle any repairs regarding a leak in your chimney or roofing. We offer Complete Waterproofing Services, for all types of Roofing, Chimneys and Metal Stacks. Leaks can originate in your Chimney Crown, Chimney Flashing, Chimney Masonry, Flue Pipe Insulation, Lack of a Chimney Cap, Under or Oversized Flue Liner, Loose Brick, Loose Clay and Mortar Joints. For a Free Estimate or For Immediate Service you can call us 24 hours a day at Big Apple Chimney 212-785-9788.
Big Apple Chimney“The Brownstone and Pre-War Specialists” are Fully, Licensed, Insured and Bonded, Chimney and Fireplace Contractors. Primarily Servicing Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York, We also service the New York Metropolitan Area. Our Chimney and Fireplace Experts Specialize in Chimneys and Fireplaces for Pre-War Era Buildings including Brownstones, Townhouses and Carriage Houses.
Big Apple Chimney’s Mechanics and Technicians have been in the Chimney & Fireplace business over 20 years. We are a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business with an A rating since 2006. Big Apple Chimney offers Complete Chimney and Fireplace Services, H.V.A.C, Masonry, Roofing and Complete Historical Restoration Services.
We employ Master Masons, Master Carpenters, Licensed Plumbers and Licensed Electricians.
“We will send the right people to do the job, correctly and to your complete satisfaction”.
Call Big Apple Chimney today at 212-785-9788 to speak to our Chimney and Fireplace Specialists and request a free estimate. We service all residential and commercial customers. We are Family Owned and Operated with locations in NYC and Brooklyn.
Please call 212-785-9788 for 24 hour emergency service regarding your chimney or fireplace. We correct all Violations, if your heat has been turned off due to bad conditions, such as a blockage, a carbon monoxide leak, a draft, flue spillage, leaking soot or water, etc. Our Emergency Service crew is guaranteed to restore your Boiler or Hot Water Heater after a turn off. We are fully qualified to repair and restore your heat in the case of a gas, oil or electric company shut-off! We can also restore your heat and hot water if the Fire Dept., E.P.A. or any other city, state or federal government agency has shut you down. We also provide a full range of inspection services (including but not limited to infra-red camera scanning, carbon monoxide detection), smoke and air flow testing services, reports and affidavits required by NYC Building Code.
(Big Apple Chimney combines their expert knowledge in NYC building code with their unequaled experience in brownstone and pre-war buildings to provide their clients with the best chimney and fireplace service in NYC.)
Big Apple Chimney is a full service New York City (Manhattan) and Brooklyn based contracting firm specializing in brownstone and pre-war building chimneys and fireplaces. We offer complete masonry services including but not limited to brick pointing, all types of brickwork, chimney crowns, chimney masonry, chimney construction, hand mixed cement and poured concrete, refractory firebrick, heating cement, high temperature smoke chamber cement, tight mortar joints, herringbone designs, (marble, stone, slate, limestone, timber, wood, wooden and custom) fireplace mantles. Fireplace surrounds made from many different materials, shelves and mantels, firewood log storage, mantel cabinets, cast-iron inserts, fireplace dampers, chimney dampers, direct vent, gas fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces, brick-oven construction and maintenance, venting and ventilation, fresh-air intakes, chimney flashing, chimney caps, gut-renovations, historical fireplace and chimney restoration, chimney repair, heating-ventilating and air conditioning (H.V.A.C). You would be well served to have us involved in your home improvement, renovation or restoration project.
Big Apple Chimney can remove and replace your current chimney lining, and install a stainless steel liner in your chimney flue in such case that your old liner is shifting, crumbling, collapsing, collapsed, or non-existent. chimney flue repair, restoration, installation in Brooklyn and New York City is a task we have completed in thousands of homes and buildings, we can reline your chimney or give you all available options regarding your particular situation. We will do the “right job” and offer you only the legal and code compliant options for your chimney flue and fireplace needs.
We are very experienced in complete chimney and fireplace renovations, repair and restoration of brownstone chimneys and brownstone fireplaces, pre-war chimney and fireplace construction, including all types and variations of carriage house, townhouse, limestone, brownstone, granite, bluestone, brick, double brick, brick and block, solid masonry buildings, wood frame houses, Italian renaissance, Spanish revival, everything from Victorian era to farmhouse and ranch style houses, multi-family dwelling apartment buildings, historic district, landmark commission approved and NYC building code compliant workmanship is what we are best known for.
If you are looking for New York’s Favorite and most well respected chimney and fireplace company, chances are you are looking for Big Apple Chimney. We are the premier chimney builders and fireplace builders in Brooklyn and Manhattan (see: Fireplace New York City). We are very familiar with working with, around and protecting decorative moldings, hardwood floors, parquet floors, wood door frames, arched doorways, window frames, original window cases, cement walls, stair banisters, detailed borders, Art Deco, Venetian plaster, high ceilings and all the other pre-war design elements.
If you have a fireplace, boiler or chimney emergency, it may involve a chimney inspection or a fireplace inspection, either with time tested visual analysis methods or with our infra-red camera technology. If there is water or moisture damaging or accumulating near your chimney flue, you may be in need of our chimney leak repair services. If you have been shut down by a utility company or a city, state or federal agency you may have a chimney code violation, this may be caused a chimney blockage, we can repair your chimney and flue to code compliant status. We are qualified at officially restoring your heat or hot water and making sure all chimney violations are corrected.
We also provide a complete array of chimney maintenance , chimney cleaning, and fireplace cleaning services in Brooklyn and Manhattan, our professional chimney sweeps, and chimney service technicians can help you to prevent creosote build-up, chimney fires, chimney violations, fire code violations and increase and help to ensure your family’s safety from carbon monoxide poisoning. (all homes are required to have CO detectors and smoke alarms installed)
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