How thick does concrete crown/cap on my chimney need to be?
The Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code states that: "...Chimney caps shall have a minimum thickness of 2 inches, shall slope outwards away from the flue, and shall provide a one-inch overhang and drip edge on all sides....."<... Read More
Installing Flashing Demonstration - March 2015
Recently, we gave a demonstration on how to install chimney flashing to the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors
You should have your chimney inspected!
All chimneys need or will need some sort of maintenance periodically, especially here in Wisconsin. Our severe weather changes often bring damaging rains, snows, and extreme temperature changes. This type of weather not only affects the exterior of your chimney, but can cause damage to the interior of your chimney too.
The most common thing that causes problems with the exterior of your chimney is water. If your chimney is not built correctly or has problems with the interior flue lining, water can get into the masonry. When the water that is in the masonry begins to freeze, it expands. If the water is absorbed into the mortar or brick when it freezes, the expansion of the frozen water will actually break the surrounding materials. When this happens enough times, brick faces start to pop off, mortar joints deteriorate and your chimney can fall apart.
With over 23+ years of experience and qualifications, Smoke Stacks Inc. can not only provide a timely, professional fix to your chimney problems, but advise you how to prevent them in the future. With thousands of happy customers in the Milwaukee Metro area, we are sure you'll be happy with our honest chimney professionals working on your chimney.