Water Damage Chimney Repair
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Sootmaster Water Damage Repair

Along the Gulf Coast, we have some pretty epic thunderstorms, hurricanes, and other moisture-producing weather events. Therefore, it’s no wonder that chimney leaks spring up from time to time. But when the leak is in your home, you want a solution that will effectively stop the leak — and you want it fast.

Let Sootmaster help! We specialize in chimney water leak repair and have the tools, products, and know-how to keep water out of your chimney for good.

Water Leaks Don’t Stand A Chance With Sootmaster.

Services We Provide
Flash Repair & FlashSeal
  • Flash Repair & FlashSeal — Metal flashing is one of the chimney’s best defenses against leaks, but when it’s poorly installed or damaged, it’s one of the first places we see leaks spring up. Water leaks can lead to expensive repairs, best to schedule repairs when they are noticed. To keep water out of this vulnerable area of your home, have your flashing replaced or installed by the team at Sootmaster. We don’t just provide expert installation — we also offer FlashSeal water protection. Just ask the Sootmaster!
Chimney Caps
  • Chimney Caps — Because the chimney flue extends up past the chase, it requires protection — otherwise, raindrops will barrel down into your flue every time it rains. That’s what caps are for! Installing a proper chimney cap will resolve a lot of issues with animals and weather. Here at Sootmaster, we install copper caps, chimney pots, and multi-flue caps, so whatever the size, shape, or number of flues your chimney has, we can help you keep water out of your flue for good.
Crown Repairs
  • Crown Repairs — the cement area at the top of your chimney is known as the crown. The crown can take a beating, especially storm and storm. Is your crown keeping water out of the chimney or is it time to have it repaired or replaced? We can help with repairing cracked and deteriorating crowns. Also, using CrownSeal to protect the crown against future water leaks and water-related damage. A repaired cown could save you thousands in larger repairs down the road. 
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Contact Your Local Sootmaster Today!

We have locations in the Southern part of the United States as a premier source for fireplace services and products. Specializing in everything from chimney sweeping, chimney inspections, chimney caps & chase covers to chimney liners, masonry repairs, waterproofing, and animal removals, we are sure to have the solution to your fireplace needs.

Our goal is to provide high-quality service to our customers that will establish loyalty and trust. Our first-class team is trained and experts in the field of work. We’re clean and considerate about protecting your property and home. We’ll call ahead with expected arrival times or delays, and provide before-and-after photos of our work. We’re a low-pressure team that will focus on your specific needs rather than making a sale. Building a relationship with you is our priority. From simple maintenance tips to detailed advice on fireplace installations, we’re here to help.
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Caps, Covers, & Damper Repairs

Living in the south, mainly along the Gulf Coast, then you know there are lost of rain storms. Actually, we get more rain than anywhere else in the country, including Seattle. The ranking of the most amount of rainfall goes as follows: Mobile, Pensacola, and Seattle in 41st.

This region has such a big deal about rain when it comes to chimneys and fireplaces. As the Chimney Safety Institute of America explains, “water, not fire, causes most chimney damage.”

“Whether masonry or factory-built,” says the CSIA, “prolonged water exposure can result in cracks or gaps in chimneys where creosote can collect and increase the risk of fire or where noxious gases can escape into your home and expose your family to carbon monoxide.”

Fireplaces, Chimneys and Leaks

In basic terms the problem with fireplace and chimney leakage is that water combines with the creosote that remains from fires to form an acidic mixture. Over time that mixture can eat out the silica in the mortar joints.
Once the joints are no longer secure, moisture — remember all that Gulf Coast rain — can get into the house through the chimney. For example, if water comes in through the chimney and is released under the shingles it can lead to the need for a roof replacement.

Also, without proper sealing, heat from fires can travel into areas which should not be exposed to heat, dry out wood, and in some cases actually cause the wood to catch on fire.

In fact, according to a staff report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 22,000 fires a year which are associated with fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. Such fires can cause substantial damage and in some cases may lead to fatalities.

Also, without caps it does happen that birds and animals get into fireplaces. Sometimes nests are built and in some cases animals unable to get out die inside chimneys and fireplaces. Noises and odors can result from such problems.

Caps, Covers and Dampers

You can protect your household with caps, covers and dampers. Caps with spark arresters are devices that go over the flue. They keep out both moisture and animals, plus they help prevent sparks from leaving the chimney. Covers are at the top of the chimney, go around the flue, and protect against moisture. Dampers are inside the chimney itself. They can help create a proper draft to achieve the best fire, plus when closed they prevent animals from getting into the house.

Cap, Cover and Damper Services

We can install, repair and maintain caps, covers and dampers. We inspect such devices as part of our basic chimney sweep services. We have many devices in stock and can recommend the equipment which is right for your fireplace and chimney, whether it is masonry or metal, new or historic.

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