Chimney Repair

Chimney Repair Services in Greater Boston

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chimney repair

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 45 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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    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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    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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    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.

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

  • 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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    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!

  • Rebuilt Chimney in Roslindale, MA
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    Rebuilt Chimney in Roslindale, MA
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    This homeowner called us as they had noticed some damage to the chimney and wanted to have it looked at. Upon our certified expert's inspection, he saw that the bricks were beginning to crumble and the mortar was worn out in a few places, which could lead to leaks. It was clear that the chimney was beyond repair, so it had to be taken down a few courses and rebuilt.

  • Botched Chimney Repair Finally Fixed in Brookline, MA
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    Botched Chimney Repair Finally Fixed in Brookline, MA
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    This customer had previously had their chimney repaired, but the job was botched as the gunk solution failed. Our expert craftsmen provided a real, permanant, and watertight solution by installing copper flashings. Not only will these flashings solve the leaky chimney issues, but it drastically increases the beauty of the chimney as well.

  • Stucco Chimney Flashing in Brookline, MA
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    Stucco Chimney Flashing in Brookline, MA
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    For this project, we had to address a leaky chimney in Brookline. The flashing around the base of the chimney was deteriorated and worn out, so replacing it was the best option. Our certified expert recommended lead coated copper for this project, and it proved to be the best solution. A few touch-ups to the stucco around the flashing and this project was complete, leaving the homeowner happy and dry with a leak-free chimney. 

  • Copper Chimney Flashing in Somerville, MA
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    Copper Chimney Flashing in Somerville, MA
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    This homeowner called us after experiencing leaks around their chimney. An inspection showed that the gunk that had been used to flash cover the base of the chimney before was failing. New copper flashings were the best solution, and they not only work great but they look beautiful with the chimney too.

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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