Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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2 thoughts on “Chimney Crown Damage

  1. During a recent day of high winds, some mortar crumbled down into our wood-burning fireplace. I’ve had two companies out to provide an assessment. The first said the problem is we have no crown. He wants to remove the top two layers or so and install a limestone cap, filling the center with concrete. Really good quote and it sounds like a simple fix.
    The second company, however, is telling me I need much more than that. While the tech said the chimney look good from both outside and inside, he says they need to remove all the clay, install a new liner, etc. to the tune of $8K to $10K.
    A very small amount of mortar came in. Could the crown (or lack thereof) truly be the issue? I’m skeptical of the second tech because one minute he’s telling me things look good, and the next I need all this work.
    I’m a bit lost in how to proceed.

  2. Well if you got two, lets go for there. Id require pictures from all parties from the interior of the chimney. Maybe the questions what caused the mortar. What is a tree hitting it, was it a chimney fire, was it wear and tear? when you say part of the crown came down the flue that would indicate to me its an older home possibly where theres was never a concrete slab poured on top of the chimney ever. we all tend to think the person with the less expensive price is the better value when in reality a real repair is a liner. Again thats why I say get other opinions, I’m sure you’ll make the right decision.

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