A clogged dryer vent can cost you money—and possibly your home.
Most homeowners never think about chimney repair beyond the occasional flue cleaning. But ignoring it can cost you big-time.
The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness...
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Water is one of a home’s worst enemies. A chimney is part of the home, so water is also a danger to that as well.
CHIMNEY STACK AND CROWN REPAIR
The chimney crown is an important part of the chimney system. It is the area around the top of the chimney that acts as an umbrella for the entire chimney structure. The chimney crown is not to be confused with the chimney cap, which is an attachment that is added to the top of the flue pipe to keep debris out of the chimney flue. The chimney crown tops off the masonry walls of the chimney with a small concrete roof that prevents water from seeping into the bricks and mortar that make up your chimney. This simple structure can actually save homeowners thousands of dollars in costly water damage repairs.
Most homeowners never think about masonry chimney maintenance beyond the occasional flue cleaning. But ignoring your chimney can cost you big-time. A cracked chimney crown or spalling bricks can easily cost $1,000 to repair. And, if left untreated, the damage can accelerate quickly, and cost you upward of $3,000.It doesn't have to be that way. By simply sealing the bricks and the crown and adding a chimney cap, you'll greatly extend your chimney's life.