Call Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace for Chimney Maintenance in Georgetown
Do you live in Georgetown, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Schwertner, Taylor, Thrall, Cedar Park, Coupland, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, or Walburg? Turn to us for all of your chimney and fireplace needs.
Life in Georgetown is never boring. There are plenty of fun activities around town to pass the time – whether that’s exploring the caves at Inner Space Cavern, visiting the donkeys at Berry Springs Park & Preserve, or getting a refresher on the town’s history at The Williamson Museum.
The possibilities for entertainment don’t end there. You can also head to the town square to enjoy some food at one of the local restaurants, do some antiquing at a few shops, or check out an event at Georgetown Public Library.
Sometimes, it’s too rainy to venture outdoors for long, and settling in with the family by the fireplace is the more favorable option. Make sure your fireplace is ready to go on those days by calling on Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace for your annual chimney maintenance and repair services.
Book your next appointment online or call us at 830-620-9130 today!
Are You a Georgetown Resident in Need of Chimney Maintenance?
Having a fireplace in your home increases the chances of a house fire, but you can minimize the risk with a good chimney maintenance plan.
As a general rule, you should aim to have a chimney inspection and cleaning at least once a year. Keep in mind that you may need to have your chimney inspected and swept more often depending on the type of system you have, what kind of fuel is used, and how often you fire it up.
What if I don’t use my fireplace?
We understand that not all homeowners are fireplace enthusiasts like us. You’re probably thinking that if you don’t use your fireplace very often – or at all – you can skip an annual inspection, right? Not so fast.
Chimney inspections are indeed important for identifying problems related to use like excessive creosote buildup. However, they can also uncover issues that have nothing to do with burning a fire.
For instance, you may not be aware that a family of raccoons decided to take up residence in your chimney without an inspection, and animals cause damage that is costly to fix. But animals aren’t the biggest threat – water is the bigger concern. Water intrusion can lead to a series of problems and an annual chimney inspection is the best way to check for potential entry points, like a missing cap or a cracked crown.
We’re a One-Stop Shop for All of Your Chimney Needs
We offer a full list of chimney repair services in addition to chimney inspections and sweepings. If we find a problem during your chimney inspection, you can stick with us for chimney repairs. We provide the following repair and installation services:
Don’t Forget the Dryer Vent
As a homeowner, you shouldn’t limit fire safety and prevention to your chimney. There’s another appliance that you likely use multiple times a week that also needs regular attention – your dryer.
Lint builds up in the dryer vent with each load of laundry you finish. That doesn’t sound too serious, right? The dryer has a lint trap, after all.
Well, the lint trap only captures a fraction of what’s produced during a drying cycle – and it’s even less effective if you don’t clean it after each cycle. That lint is extremely flammable. When it gets trapped in the vent and it overheats, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
You don’t have to live in fear of doing laundry, though. Instead, schedule an appointment to have your dryer vent cleaned with Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace. How often you need to schedule a cleaning depends on how much you use your dryer, but it’s good practice to have the dryer vent cleaned once every 6 – 12 months
What Can Cause a Leaky Chimney?
Chimney leaks are one of the complaints we get the most. Your chimney may look strong and indestructible, but it’s very vulnerable to water – and it can be hard to find the source of a water leak if you don’t know where to look. Water is sneaky and it can get into your chimney system in a lot of ways.
These are the most common causes of chimney leaks:
- The chimney crown is deteriorating. The chimney crown is a concrete slab that sits at the top of the chimney. Water can seep through if the crown is cracked or bits of the concrete are breaking off. And, unfortunately, many chimney crowns of the past weren’t built up to the standards we adhere to today.
- The cap is missing or damaged. A chimney cap is a metal cover that sits on top of the chimney opening. Its primary function is to protect the chimney from rain, animals, and other debris. Bad weather can cause winds that are strong enough to damage the cap or completely blow it off. Without an intact cap, your chimney is wide open to the elements.
- The flashing is damaged or installed incorrectly. Water tends to pool in the area where your chimney meets the roof – and because these two things are made of different materials, leaks tend to happen quickly. Flashing is a series of metal sheets that form a watertight seal to protect this weak spot.
- The masonry is chipping. The exterior of the chimney takes the most punishment. Over the years, bricks and mortar might begin to chip away or fall out completely. This type of deterioration can create gaps where water can enter.
Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace Can Help You Prevent Chimney Leaks
Why is water such a big threat to your chimney? The chimney system is made up of many components, and each one can be damaged when it’s exposed to water. The trick to dealing with water is to stop it from getting in at all. We may not be able to stop the rain, but we can help you protect your chimney from its biggest enemy.
Here are some tips to keep your fireplace system better protected:
- Keep up with annual chimney inspections and cleanings.
- Only trust a chimney sweep that is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) for inspections, cleanings, and repairs.
- Don’t wait to schedule follow-up appointments if there is a problem.
- Waterproof your chimney with a watertight sealant.
- Install or repair flashing.
- Invest in a chimney cap and crown.
- If you have a prefabricated chimney, replace the chase cover if it’s rusting or corroding.
- Install a chimney cricket if your chimney is 30 or more inches wide.
We Serve Clients in Bandera County, Gonzales County, Medina County, Williamson County & More
If you’re in the Georgetown area or live nearby, trust Wolfman Chimney & Fireplace for all things chimney-related. When it’s time for your yearly chimney check-up or if you have a problem you need fixed with no hassle, call us. Get in touch with us now at 830-620-9130 or reach out to us online. Our customer service team and crew of CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are here and ready to help!