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Is Your Chimney Crown Cracked Or Damaged?

Chimney crowns in Hilton NY

The chimney crown is an important part of your chimney. The crown sits at the very top of your chimney. It is made of concrete. The crown is designed to overhang over the chimney. It allows water to flow away from the chimney. It prevents precipitation from entering the home.

Over time and with age, the cement used for the crown breaks down and may crack. Weather plays a big part in the deterioration of the concrete. Water gets into the small cracks in the concrete. During the winter the cold weather freezes the water which expands. This effect of freezing and thawing will crack the concrete and thus need to be repaired. This effect may happen during the winter season over and over again. 

The Importance of The Chimney Crown

The chimney crown plays an important part in protecting the chimney. Mortar and masonry absorb water. The crown, being made of cement protects the mortar and masonry which the chimney is made of. Mortar absorbs water, the crown protects from this.

How Do I Know If My Chimney Crown is Cracked or Damaged?

The best way to find out if your chimney crown is cracked or damaged is to have a professional chimney inspection. Crawling up on a roof is not a place for someone other than an experienced chimney sweep. An annual inspection will assure you of any damage that there may be. We will be able to give you advice as to what your options are.

What Can Happen If There Is a Crack?

  • Water damage. Water entering the chimney can damage the chimney as well as the interior of your home. The walls, ceiling and even the structure of your home, if not taken care of, can be damaged.
  • Airflow. The space between the flue liner and the chimney crown may become obstructed. This may interfere with the airflow out of your home.
  • A cracked or damaged chimney crown may allow debris to get into the chimney. This may cause an obstruction which can lead to a chimney fire. 

cracked or damaged chimney crowns in Hilton NY

A cracked or damaged Chimney Crown can cause a very expensive repair if not caught early. Be sure to get an annual inspection and chimney sweep. Call Felgemacher Fireplace for an inspection. We will ensure a safe environment for your family and your home. Don’t put it off. Being proactive with the care and maintenance of your chimney is very important.

When it is time to schedule your chimney inspection, contact Felgemacher Fireplace Shop.

Felgemacher Fireplace Shop is here to help. Call us at 716-482-1820. We have experience in cleaning all types of chimneys. 

A clean chimney is a safe one, and we’ll keep yours as secure and efficient as possible. Our owners are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America – a stringent industry certification held by only the best sweeps in the U.S. We remove flammable creosote from chimney flues, reducing the chance of a chimney fire. We also remove debris and obstructions that could hamper the drafting of smoke and carbon monoxide.