While your chimney is durable, its porous bricks and mortar are most vulnerable to water. So if you notice puddles in the firebox or any other chimney problem, it’s time to call (719) 661-3277 to schedule a Chimney Inspection, Fireplace, and Stove Service and Repairs. Or you can also make the short 20-minute trip up the hill on US 24 W to Visit Our Woodland Park CO Showroom. While you’re here, you can order any supplies or accessories for your fireplace or stove. Our showroom is only 15 miles or so north of the Springs at 11164 W. Hwy 24 in Woodland Park.
Even the most well-maintained masonry or manufactured chimney will need repair from time to time. The beautiful Colorado Springs valley area, with its expansive, picturesque views of the snow-capped Pikes Peak Mountain range, blankets the region with fresh air most of the year. However, the wind, freezing rain, snow, and ice common during the winter months accelerate the chimney’s deterioration, leading to leaks and other problems.
When you notice a chimney leak, it is essential to act fast to repair the problem as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can cause the masonry to crack, crumble, and spall, leading to a partial or complete chimney collapse. In the meantime, the pooling moisture inside the chimney can be ground zero for mold and mildew when the humidity increases during the warmer months. Microscopic mold spores multiply quickly and can spread through the vents to other areas of your home. So be sure to watch out for these common signs indicating a possible chimney leak:
The Colorado Springs area is also home to a wide variety of wildlife that may find your chimney a comfortable place to raise a family. Small critters like bats, moles, squirrels, and warblers often gain entry through a damaged or missing chimney cap. Their nests can also obstruct the flue vent, which can cause smoke and exhaust to fill up inside your home. They also attract rodents and other pests that can make their way into your home through the fireplace.
A foul odor from the fireplace is another common chimney problem in Eldorado County, CO. It could be from creosote buildup, mold, mildew from a leaky chimney, or decaying organic matter when your chimney hasn’t been swept in a while. A foul odor also indicates that it’s time to call FlameMaster as soon as possible to schedule a chimney inspection.
Metal components such as a chimney cap, flue cap, chase cover, and even the damper can eventually begin to rust. It is even more prevalent in older homes with a manufactured chimney or fireplace.
Also, we’ve noticed that many homes in the Pikes Peak region have galvanized steel components, which are more prone to rusting than stainless steel. If you see any rusting, you could also have a chimney leak.
So, give us a call, and we will inspect the chimney and repair or replace the damaged component.
If you notice any chimney leaks or other problems, call FlameMaster right away to prevent future damage to your chimney, fireplace, and home. We’re the leading chimney inspection, cleaning, and repair service in the Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO, and Pikes Peak areas. Please call us at (719) 661-3277 to schedule an appointment or fill out our contact form to consult with a certified chimney professional. We’re certified by the Chimney Sweep Institute of America (CSIA), the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), and The International Association of Fireplace & Chimney Inspectors (F.I.R.E.).