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Fix Your Leaking Chimney Now...

Because You Can't Stop The Rain!

Protect Your Home From Damaging Leaks

Water is an essential to life, but it can be extremely detrimental to the life span of your fireplace, wreaking havoc on unprotected chimneys. All masonry chimney construction materials will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water.  If you suspect your chimney is leaking, MadeWell Masonry has a 4-step Plan to quickly identify and correct it.

Step 1 - Schedule a Visit

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a Visit

Step 2 - Get a Quote

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Step 3 - Chimney Repaired

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Repaired

Step 4 - No More Leaks in Chimney

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Four Key Reasons Chimneys Leak

Most people don’t realize that Memphis, TN receives on average 54 inches of rain annually.  That is 40% more than the average U.S. city’s annual rainfall total of 38 inches.  A leaking chimney can cause thousands of dollars in damage if not corrected as soon as possible.
 

Chimney Cap - The chimney cap protects the top of your flue from water entry, as well as animals and debris. Without a properly fitted chimney cap, the flue and fireplace are left completely exposed to water entry from rain.  MadeWell's team has years of experience in chimney cap repairs and replacements.

Chimney Crown - A properly constructed crown creates a downward slope directing water from the flue liner out to the edge of the crown.  If the crown is damaged or not properly formed, the chimney is not sealed correctly resulting in leaks.

Masonry Damage - Masonry materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the freeze/thaw process common in our area.  Water and moisture in the chimney not only penetrates the brick, which weakens it, but also causes rust in steel and cast iron weakening or destroying the metal parts.

Chimney Flashing - Chimney flashing seals the space between your roof and your chimney. Having a high-quality chimney flashing is critical because it keeps rain and water from leaking into your home.

Schedule a free visit by MadeWell Masonry and let us quickly determine the cause of your leak. Our experienced team can typically resolve your issue in one visit.

 
 
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One Higher Purpose & Three Core Values

Learn More About MadeWell Masonry

Hello, I’m David Moseley, the leader of MadeWell Masonry. Growing up on a Texas ranch, I understand just how important it is to build and repair things well. My masonry experience spans more than 40 years and includes residential, commercial, and industrial projects.  

 

Our customer projects have spanned from several hundred dollars to several million. Regardless of size, we approach each project in the same way: Doing the job right the first time. We want you to know more about us and why MadeWell Masonry is the right choice for your chimney job.  Our name communicates our brand.  How often have you heard people say, “They really don’t build things the way they used to!”  Our work is MadeWell and is made to last! That is why we provide a 10-year workmanship warranty.

For many builders, contractors, and repair teams, this comment represents who they are and what their work is like: sloppy or incomplete; selling the wrong solution or worse, selling you something you don’t need; and/or under quoting the job to then later surprise you with multiple hidden charges.   These things will never happen to you as a MadeWell customer!

 

There are two things you should know about us. Our ideology consists of 1) a higher purpose; and, 2) a set of core values.   Our higher purpose: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37-39). This higher purpose drives everything we do.

MadeWell Masonry Core Values:     
 

  • Transparency - At MadeWell, it is our obligation to be transparent with you.   Our commitment is to inspect your  fireplace and chimney and to inform you of what it will take to make your fireplace safe for you and your family.   Standing behind our work more than profits is a key to who we are.     

 

  • Build/Repair It To Last - Our objective is to build/repair it correctly the first time, thus enabling you to use your fireplace safely for years to come.    

 

  • Continuous Improvement - It is imperative for our company to stay abreast of new developments that enable us to build or repair your fireplace at the best possible cost without sacrificing safety for you, your family and your pets.

 

Our Promises

We understand how important trust is when choosing a contractor. That is why we make these five promises to you.

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Learn More About Chimney Leaks

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Four Key Chimney Repair Areas

Four key areas on your chimney are depicted in the diagram below. Most chimney leaks occur due to problems in these critical locations.  Let's take a few moments to discuss the importance of each. 

Common Chimney Fixes

Repair or Install a Chimney Cap

Chimneys have one or more large openings (flues) at the top that can collect rainwater and funnel it directly to the chimney interior. Even a commonly sized flue would potentially allow large amounts of water and snow to enter during just a single year. A chimney rain cap attaches to the crown and works like an umbrella to prevent leaks and clogs. If you ever notice water in the firebox or white smoke when you light a fire, you likely have a missing or damaged chimney cap. You should also replace your damper—the metal or aluminum cover inside the flue that seals out the elements and protects the fireplace when not in use—if it’s damaged and compromised. Water, debris, and such can reduce the damper's usefulness.

Repair or Replace a Damaged Chimney Crown

The chimney crown (or wash) is the top element of a masonry chimney. It covers and seals the top of the chimney from the flue liner to the chimney edge. A properly constructed crown should create a downward slope directing water from the flue liner out to the edge of the crown where the overhanging drip edge helps prevent erosion from water running down the side of the chimney. Many masonry chimneys are built using inadequate crowns constructed from common mortar mix and doesn’t allow for the proper casting or forming of a 2” overhang created when using a Portland cement-based mixture.

Inspect for Masonry Damage

Water leaks can occur anywhere around your masonry work and are very difficult to spot. Repair any cracked, missing, or spalling bricks, or deteriorating mortar joints as soon as possible. Don’t forget to inspect the chimney crown. Water penetration can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and masonry chimney, including rusted damper and firebox assemblies, water-stained walls and ceiling, clogged clean-out area, stained chimney exterior, decaying and cracked mortar and flue liner system, collapsed hearth support, and tilted and collapsing chimney structure caused by settlement. Masonry chimney repair should be performed immediately as a delay could lead to catastrophic damage.

Repair or Replace Loose or Damaged Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing is what seals the space between your roof and your chimney. High quality chimney flashing is critical because it keeps rain and the water from melting snow from leaking into your house. The corners of your chimney are particular trouble spots. Unmonitored, these leaks can result in significant damage to the ceilings and walls of your home.

 
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MadeWellMasonry.com  521 Erin Drive, Suite 772538  Memphis, TN 38117