Chimney Repair & Masonry Repair | Chimney Liners, Caps, Chase Tops & More
Complete Chimneys of Pasadena, MD, provides full-service chimney repair for all chimney components for customers in Baltimore, MD, Arnold, MD, Severna Park, MD, Lake Shore, MD, Glen Burnie, MD, and the greater Baltimore and Washington, DC region.
When your chimney or its components are suffering damage, you need expert, certified chimney repair technicians to see that your system is restored to peak efficiency and operational safety. We can help with a full range of chimney repair and masonry repair services. Chimney repair work is not a “do-it-yourself” project. It should be handled only by experienced service technicians who are certified to work on all styles and types of chimneys.
Bricks and mortar make up the masonry of most chimneys. Though sturdy and solid, these materials eventually begin to deteriorate because of weather, house-settling and old age. When mortar joints crack, when bricks absorb water, when sections of masonry fall apart, serious damage is on the way if the problem isn’t caught early. Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to perform chimney masonry repair and rebuilding. We’ll determine exactly why damage exists and what is needed to resolve the problem.
Chimney liners can be made of stainless steel, aluminum, clay tiles or a cast masonry compound. Some last longer than others, but at one point all types of liners require repair or replacement. A damaged chimney liner can allow moisture to seep into the interior walls of the chimney, leading to a decomposition of bricks and mortar. Liners with cracks or holes can’t prevent the intense heat they’re supposed to contain from getting to unprotected surfaces and causing damage and possibly a fire. We’re experts in the repair and installation of quality chimney liners.
The chimney cap sits atop the chimney flue opening to prevent rain water, snow and debris from entering the chimney. Water inside the flue will cause deterioration, and if left unattended, very expensive chimney rebuilding may be required. Obstructions such as small animal nests, small animals that have died in the chimney, and twigs, leaves, dust and other debris eventually will create a smoke-drafting issue. A properly working chimney cap keeps this stuff outside where it belongs. Our techs repair and install new chimney caps.
Chimney chase tops cover the entire top of the chimney, leaving only enough of an opening for smoke to filter out. Chase tops typically are made of aluminum, copper, stainless steel or galvanized steel. Depending on the metal, rusting and decomposition can occur and cause an unsafe operational environment. We inspect chimney chase tops to determine if damage exists, and then perform repair work or replacement as needed.
The chimney crown is the cement section covering the top of the chimney to protect the bricks from exposure to water. Through the years, cracks may begin to appear in the crown, which will let water seep in and then expand during freezing weather. When this happens, cracks enlarge and further damage is guaranteed. In some cases, a cracked chimney crown can be sealed with a waterproof coating. In cases of extensive damage, the crown can be rebuilt. When we perform annual chimney inspections, we take a close look at the chimney crown and all other components to determine if repair work is necessary.
Flashing is the metal strip that surrounds the chimney where it intersects with the roof. Flashing is long-lasting when installed correctly, but intense heat and cold and years of service can cause it to warp or corrode. When this happens, expensive repair work isn’t far behind.
Damaged flashing allows water to run down the outside of the chimney and into the house, rotting walls, rafters and ceilings. Water in an attic is notorious for causing a mold outbreak. Before any of this happens, our crews can repair or replace your flashing, ensuring the safety of your home.
Complete Chimneys in Pasadena, MD, is ready to help with all manner of chimney repair, masonry repair and repair or replacement of all chimney components. We employ CSIA-certified technicians to work on our customers’ homes throughout the Baltimore, MD and District of Columbia regions.