Chimney Repair

Chimney Repair Services in Newton, Needham, Wellesley

Year round chimney care from your certified experts

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A well maintained chimney essential to an home's weatherproofing qualities and stability.

Even if you don't have a fireplace, chances are you've got a chimney. Older homes in particular have chimneys that vent a gas furnace or water heater. These chimneys are just as important to your home's comfort and proper operation as the furnace itself and should be inspected to make sure they are in good repair.

GF Sprague has been providing chimney maintenance, repair, replacement and chimney installation in Massachusetts for over 50 years. We have skilled masons and craftsman on staff who can fix nearly any type of chimney problem.

If you have a chimney problem that you need fixed, call us or click below to request a free estimate in Newton, Needham, Wellesley or nearby. Our technicians will evaluate your situation and recommend the best solution for your needs.

We donate 1% of your project to children's charities

Before and After Photos
  • Copper Chimney Hood & Rubber Cricket in Wellesley, MA
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    Copper Chimney Hood & Rubber Cricket in Wellesley, MA
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    Copper Chimney Hood & Rubber Cricket in Wellesley, MA

    For this project we had to make some repairs to a chimney that was leaking in a couple spots. The best solution was twofold, adding a copper chimney hood as well as a rubber cricket. After installing these and making some other repairs this chimney is now water tight! 

  • Copper Chimney Flashing in Norwood, MA
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    Copper Chimney Flashing in Norwood, MA
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    Copper Chimney Flashing in Norwood, MA

    This project was focused on fixing a leak in a brick chimney. While the bricks are a bit worn, the real issue was the flashing around the base which had completely deteriorated. The new copper flashing will solve this leak problem and it looks great too. 

  • Chimney Repair in Needham, MA
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    Chimney Repair in Needham, MA
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    Chimney Repair in Needham, MA

    This customer was having an issue with water leaking into the roof through the chimney. Our expert craftsmen resolved this issue by repairing the chimney and installing a new copper chimney cap. This chimney will not leak again and the new copper cover really upgrades the beauty of this home as well.

  • Chimney Rebuild in Needham, MA
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    Chimney Rebuild in Needham, MA
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    Chimney Rebuild in Needham, MA

    This customer called us looking for another contractor to give a second opinion on her chimney. The last contractor over-estimated the cost and recommended unnecessary repairs. After our certified experts went in to inspect her chimney, they found that the only repairs necessary was a chimney rebuild on the top 6 bricks and a new chimney. Here are the results before installing the cap.

  • Copper Chimney Flashing in Needham, MA
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    Copper Chimney Flashing in Needham, MA
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    Copper Chimney Flashing in Needham, MA

    We received a call from a worried customer explaining that there were leaks coming from his ceiling near his chimney. It had just started after a recent storm and he questioned if there could be something wrong with his roof. He thought maybe a shingle had fallen off or his gutters were jammed. We said that we will send in one of our certified experts to find the source! When we arrived, we analyzed every nook and crevice of the home and roof. When we reached the chimney, we saw that the lead flashing was torn up. Looking a little more close, we saw bite marks! The lead flashing had become the meal of the day for a local squirrel. Lead has been known to be a tasty and attractive metal to critters. We told the customer that the best option would be to completely remove the lead flashings and replace is with a metal that critters despise: copper. Not only was it critter-repellent, but it looks beautiful! Copper is one of the finest metals and have a long history in New England for it's aesthetics and durability. The squirrel was sad, but the customer was happy! And that's all we care about!

  • Watertight, Animal Proof Chimney  in Needham, MA
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    Watertight, Animal Proof Chimney  in Needham, MA
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    Watertight, Animal Proof Chimney in Needham, MA

    Installed copper panels on the chimney, new flashing around the base, and a hood and cage to protect the top of the chimney. These additions not only make the chimney watertight, but also protects it from any animals.  Call today for a free estimate on your copper roofing needs and we'll send out a roofing specialist!

  • Copper Chimney Cap Installation in Waban, MA
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    Copper Chimney Cap Installation in Waban, MA
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    Copper Chimney Cap Installation in Waban, MA

    This homeowner's chimney cap had clear signs of water damage as seen in it's cracks and algae growth. If left unrepaired, this damaged chimney cap could allow water entry into the flue line and eventually their home. To prevent any future damage to the home and chimney's structure, we installed a copper chimney cap. 

  • Metal Top for Leaking Chimney Cap in Newton Center, MA
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    Metal Top for Leaking Chimney Cap in Newton Center, MA
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    Metal Top for Leaking Chimney Cap in Newton Center, MA

    We fitted the existing chimney with a metal cap and sheeting to prevent any future leaking.  Call today for a free estimate and well help you with all your roofing needs!

  • Chimney Flashing Replacement in Chestnut Hill, MA
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    Chimney Flashing Replacement in Chestnut Hill, MA
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    Chimney Flashing Replacement in Chestnut Hill, MA

    Homeowner in Chestnut Hill, Ma wished to replace the lead flashing with copper. We removed the old flashing and hip metal and replaced it with custom copper work.

Chimneys Need Inspection Too

Most homeowners understand the need to inspect their roofs, gutters, and siding for damage and wear, but they forget about the chimney. Yet the chimney is exposed to the same weather conditions and elements as the rest of the home's exterior. That means it needs regular inspection too.

Failure to inspect a chimney regularly can turn minor repair jobs into major chimney replacement, leading to a potentially significant investment.

Common Problems That Require Chimney Repair In Massachusetts

Chimney repair is a critical component to maintaining a watertight room system. Failure to keep water from penetrating your home through compromised chimney areas not only puts your home's interior at risk but can infect other areas of the exterior envelop as well.

Interior inspections are difficult for homeowners to do on their own. Most of the time, you won't know if you have a problem inside the chimney unless there is a performance problem or if an inspection uncovers a problem. However, a visual inspection can uncover many exterior problems. Take a look at some of the most common problems we see:

Interior

  • Obstructions: Chimney obstructions are a fire hazard. The blockage may be physical or there may not be enough updraft to draw smoke out of the home. Either way, the obstruction needs to be removed or you risk carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Creosote build-up: Creosote is found in smoke and adheres to the walls of the chimney. Over time, it can build up and cause chimney fires.
  • Flue cracks: The flue is the chimney lining, which gets a lot of abuse from heat, smoke, and deposits of flammable creosote. This lining protects the rest of the home from heat and fire. If cracks develop it creates an access point for smoke, heat or fire to damage the interior of the home's structure.

Exterior

  • Crumbling or missing mortar: Years of exposure can cause mortar to crumble and disconnect from the chimney. Tuckpointing fixes the problem by removing damaged mortar and replacing it with fresh new mortar, increasing the strength and stability of the chimney.
  • Brickwork problems: Bricks can fall out, crack or weather away. We replace broken and damaged bricks to ensure the structural integrity of your chimney.
  • Broken crowns and caps: The crown is the top edge of your chimney. A cap covers the actual chimney opening. Both need regular inspection to keep water out. Caps are also a good deterrent to keep animals and debris out of the chimney.
  • Flashing problems: Chimneys need to be flashed properly to direct rain and snowmelt away from the base of the chimney and down the roof. If water sits at the base of the chimney it can wear away at the mortar and cause structural problems with the chimney. Flashing may be non-existent or it may have come loose or been damaged in a storm and require repair.

Word to the wise: Blank gunk does not count as flashing or a proper protective barrier against water penetration and is a telltale sine that there is an issues which lies below!

Our Chimney Repair Services

We offer a wide range of services covering chimney inspection and chimney repair in, including:

  • Routine and Emergency Inspections
  • Tuckpointing and Brickwork
  • Install and/or Repair Caps and Crowns
  • Repair and/or Replace Flashing
  • Build New Chimneys

Contact GF Sprague For Chimney Repair And Chimney Installation

If you've noticed crumbling mortar around your chimney or in your gutters, your chimney needs an inspection. Contact GF Sprague for a complete chimney inspection to make sure there isn't any water damage or areas where water can enter the roof as a result of a damaged chimney. Call us at 1-781-209-6791 to arrange a chimney inspection or for chimney repair for your home in Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Chestnut Hill, Weston, Boston, Brookline, Quincy, Watertown, Cambridge and nearby!

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Our Locations:

GF Sprague & Company, Inc.
45 Kearney Rd
Needham, MA 02494
1-781-209-5909
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