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Chimney repairs are not a home maintenance chore you or anyone looks forward to. Truth be told, we all hope our house is so well-built that damages are infrequent and repairs of minimal cost, but we all know that’s not the case. Even the most sturdy chimneys and fireplaces need periodic attention to keep them in working condition and provide a lifetime of service.
A Quick Fix Could Cost You Much More!
Repairing a chimney when issues first arise, offers you many benefits over simply patching or worse, ignoring the problem. Don’t neglect your system or allow your utility flues or fireplace chimneys to fall into disrepair.
If you patch it, then you’ll end up fixing it again soon guaranteed. When repairs are professionally performed, you’ll find your chimney becomes a much more infrequent expense. More often than not, a quick fix is not your best option and ends up costing much more in the long run.
Chimney Damages Require Specialized Repairs
While every home’s situation is unique there are certain problems we see repeatedly for all types of chimneys (both masonry and factory-built fireplace flues as well as wood-stoves, and even gas appliance flues for water heaters and furnaces). Whether it was a quick lightning strike from a bad storm or a leak that happened slowly over the years without anyone seeing the need for repairs, any damage done to a chimney will eventually end with the homeowner calling a repair company.
If you’re ready to discover everything you need to know about your options for maintenance and restoration, then you’re on the right page. Continue reading to learn about the most common repairs for chimney issues.
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To learn about each of the different repairs please click the link to visit our service pages. Each page provides more information on that particular fireplace or chimney repair. This can give you a better idea of the possible causes of damage as well as solutions to these common problems.
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11 Most Common Chimney Repairs
1. Cap Replacement
Your chimney is missing a chimney cap, allowing nearby rain and animals to enter freely. Chimney Caps keep water, birds, and other pests or debris out of your chimney. While keeping unwanted things out, the chimney cap still allows smoke to exit. A stainless steel chimney cap with spark arrestor does the job and it will never rust. Allow your local Full Service Chimney Sweep to install the last chimney cap you ever buy.
2. Crown Cap
The crown or chase cover is the roof of a chimney. Made of reinforced cement, the crown will protect your masonry chimney from rain and debris by shedding water away from the flue tiles. Ask us about an overhanging crown for a lasting Chimney Repair.
3. Masonry Chimney Repair
The same brick and mortar used for chimneys a thousand years ago are still used today. Due to time and changing seasons, your brick chimney will develop spalling brick and require tuck-pointing after a few years. Once serious damage occurs chimney rebuilding is required to maintain the integrity of your chimney system. Our certified contractors can help you with all brick chimney repairs locally.
4. Waterproofing Service
During cold weather, your masonry chimney gets wet and freezes. The ice inside the brick and mortar causes cracking and spalling of the bricks. The Certified Technicians at Full Service Chimney have protected thousands of Kansas City chimneys from annual freeze and thaw damage. We will gladly do the same for you, with our chimney waterproofing service.
5. Flashing Installation
Chimney flashing prevents water from entering your home through the roof. Loose or leaky chimney flashing causes extensive damage, often without the homeowner noticing. We find water stains on ceilings to be one major sign of chimney leak damage. If you see unsightly watermarks appearing, then it means your chimney is not protected from rain and snow. You’ll want the flashing professionals at Full Service Chimney to evaluate and repair your chimney flashing as soon as possible.
6. Flue Liner Installation
The chimney liner carries exhaust from your fireplace (or furnace flue) to the outdoors. A defective flue liner will hinder the draft of your fireplace and may allow heat, fire, and/or fumes to reach your home. Our Full Service Chimney Repair Specialists install the best stainless steel chimney liners in your furnace or fireplace system. Every steel flue liner we install comes with a Manufacturers Lifetime Warranty.
7. Fireplace Damper
The chimney damper is your fireplaces door to the outside. When a damper cannot close tightly, air-conditioning and heat leaks out of your home. The cost of a new fireplace damper can be recouped the first year in utility savings. We, at Full Service Chimney, offer the very best damper repair and replacement options for your fireplace.
8. Gas Furnace & Water Heater Flues
Gas furnace and water heaters exhaust through a flue vent similar to the liner in your fireplace. The gas exhaust contains carbon monoxide and is extremely hazardous to your health, and exposure can even be fatal. Full Service Chimney Sweeps are the local experts in Gas Chimney Repair Service and annual maintenance. Allow us to deliver you the best in chimney care and keep your gas utility flues clean and working properly for you year-round.
Learn more about our Gas Chimney Service for your utility flues
9. Stainless Steel Chase Covers
Factory-built chimneys have metal chimney crowns. Chase covers protect your chimney chase from water and animal entry. Ask our local certified professionals about chimney chase repair. We will gladly exchange your old leaky chimney chase cover for a sparkling new stainless steel chase cover to help prevent weather and water damage to your home.
10. Complete Prefab Chimney Systems
Prefab chimneys are common in Kansas City homes. These factory-built systems offer a cost-effective alternative to masonry chimneys. However, your prefab unit has a limited lifespan, so annual cleaning and inspections are essential to maintain the integrity of your gas or wood-burning system. Our Full Service Chimney contractors repair and replace faulty prefab chimneys on a regular basis and will do the same for you.
11. Prefabricated Fireplace Installation
Prefab fireplaces are factory-built and designed to burn wood or gas in a tested and listed hearth product. The key to long service life is the proper installation and continued maintenance of your fireplace system. Allow our Certified Chimney Inspectors to evaluate and clean your prefab fireplace at least once per year, to keep the cozy moments by the fire safe for you and your loved ones.
Serving the local Kansas City Metro area for over 3 decades!
While keeping your chimney and fireplace clean is crucial, we find chimney repair unavoidable in many local Kansas City area homes. The many chimney repairs we perform are all critical to keeping a home safe. For three generations, our Full Service Chimney contractor team has built chimneys for you and your neighbors.
We handle all your chimney care needs, including both wood-burning and gas fireplace maintenance. Whether your home requires light tuckpointing or complete chimney rebuilding, our Certified Technicians do the job right, every time.
Quality Repairs is How We Show We Care!
Our Certified Technicians can FIX all of these issues, but rest assured, the services our team provides are much more than repairing your homes chimney systems.
You see, our team doesn’t just fix chimneys, we help local families maintain their fireplace systems (and utility flues) to best of our ability. That’s why our loyal customers return year after year for their annual cleaning and inspections.
Our certified technicians offer specialized solutions that are designed to last. What we won’t do is patch it up fast and wait for you to call us back for the same repairs. No, we certainly will not do that.
What we can do however is HELP you SOLVE your chimney PROBLEMS!
Full Service Chimney™ is the company your neighbors have trusted for 35 Years for all things Chimney Repair.
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Full Service Chimney provides fireplace & chimney repair in Kansas City and surrounding areas.
Local families have trusted us to help maintain their chimney & fireplaces for over three decades. We can help you too! Call us to book a repair consultation today.