Fireplace & Wildlife Removal Services: Coopertown Serves Midtown, Downtown, Memphis & More

Midtown and Downtown Memphis are two vibrant neighborhoods that showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage, dynamic arts scene, and diverse entertainment options. What do locals like to do?

Well, shopping is always an option… Spend your day out and about browsing spots like Cooper-Young Historic District or South Main Arts District.

Is the weather warm and sunny? Great places to explore include Overton Park, Shelby Farms Greenline, Mississippi River Park and Riverfront.

Looking to engage in something cultural or historical? Try Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Playhouse on the Square, Orpheum Theatre, or Sun Studio, the legendary recording studio where artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded.

Other entertainment spots include Overton Square and Beale Street, and don’t miss out on popular events, like Cooper-Young Festival, Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, or River Arts Fest.

Yes, Midtown and Downtown Memphis each offer unique experiences that reflect the city’s rich history and welcoming community. Enjoy all the area has to offer, but be sure to give your home some love, too, by investing in wildlife removal and fireplace services from the best of the best – that’s us!

If you need home services in Midtown, Downtown, or anywhere else nearby, call Coopertown or reach out to us online today.

We recently bought a home, and it was obvious that the fireplace had not been in use for some time. I contacted Coopertown and had an inspection done, and they quickly identified the required repairs to get it safely working. The work was done professionally and on time at a fair price. Highly recommended to keep your chimney in safe, working order!

-David K.
★★★★★

More About Our Leaky Chimney Solutions

Masonry Waterproofing

Chimney water damage is one of the biggest threats your brick and mortar can face. These materials are porous, which means moisture can seep into the bricks and mortar, leading to deterioration, mold growth, and structural damage.

Waterproofing involves applying a protective barrier to these exterior masonry surfaces to prevent water penetration. Here at Coopertown, we use a high-quality, breathable sealant designed specifically for brick and mortar. It’s imperative to use a product that does the job well, while allowing pre-absorbed moisture and other vapors to vent out – rather than trap them inside to do more damage.

During our waterproofing process, the chimney surface is cleaned to remove dirt and debris. Then, our quality waterproof sealant is applied evenly over the chimney, ensuring that all surfaces are covered. Once we’re through, you’ll be all set for years (yes, years) to come!

Brick & Mortar Repair

Brick and mortar repair involve fixing damaged or deteriorated bricks, as well as the mortar joints between them. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause bricks to crack and mortar to crumble. To restore the structural integrity and aesthetic appearance of the chimney, we perform brick replacement and tuckpointing services, ensuring all looks well – and stands strong – when we’re through.

What does this process look like? Damaged bricks are removed and replaced with new ones that match the original as closely as possible. Then, the old, deteriorated mortar is carefully removed, and new mortar is applied in its place. The mortar is then tooled to ensure a strong bond and a neat appearance.

Masonry Repairs

Flashing Repair

Flashing repair involves fixing or replacing the metal barriers installed around the base of the chimney where it meets the roof. The main purpose of flashing is to create a watertight seal between the chimney and the roof – a particularly weak and vulnerable area – preventing water from seeping into the joints and causing leaks in the chimney or roof structure.

When we come to perform this service, the existing flashing is inspected for signs of damage, such as rust, cracks, or gaps. Damaged sections are then removed and replaced with new flashing. The new flashing is carefully fitted and sealed to ensure a tight, waterproof connection – and additional sealants may be applied to enhance protection against water intrusion.

What Are Signs My Chimney Is Leaking?

Identifying a leaking chimney early can prevent significant damage to your home. Here are some common signs that your chimney might be leaking:

  • Water Stains: Look for brown or discolored stains on ceilings and walls near the chimney. Staining around the fireplace opening or hearth is also a clue that water damage is occurring.
  • Dampness: Notice moisture or water pooling in the fireplace after a heavy rainfall? Or maybe there are damp spots inside the chimney or flue? Both of these instances should be setting off your internal warning bells.
  • Musty Odors: Persistent musty or moldy smell around the chimney or fireplace area are never pleasant – and usually mean water issues are occuring.
  • Visible Damage: Cracks, spalling (flaking or crumbling) bricks, or deteriorated mortar joints on the chimney’s exterior can all be signs that you have water entering where it shouldn’t.
  • Rust & Corrosion: Noticing rust on your metal components, like the damper or chimney cap? Rust stains on the chimney or roof flashing mean you should be getting your expert chimney techs on the phone soon.
  • Peeling Paint or Wallpaper: If the paint or wallpaper near the chimney is peeling or blistering, it could be due to moisture issues within your chimney structure.
  • Efflorescence: If you see white, chalky deposits on the outside of the chimney, this indicates water is passing through the masonry – and is known as efflorescence.
  • Mold & Mildew Growth: Mold and mildew are clear signs that water is somewhere it shouldn’t be – and it can cause health hazards, so the sooner these issues are addressed, the better.

If you notice any of these signs, it is crucial to have your chimney inspected by a professional to diagnose the cause and perform necessary repairs. Ignoring a leaky chimney can lead to extensive and costly damage to your home, so get on the phone with our experts before things get any worse.

Can I Waterproof My Chimney Myself?

While you technically can waterproof your chimney yourself, it’s not recommended for several reasons…

First things first, the waterproofing materials found in most hardware stores simply aren’t as effective as the sealants we’ll use. And, in fact, using the wrong type of sealant can trap moisture inside, causing further damage. Professionals use high-quality, breathable sealants specifically designed specifically for masonry. These products protect the outside, while allowing moisture trapped inside the chimney to escape.

Proper application is also crucial for effective waterproofing. Professionals have the experience and tools to apply the sealant evenly and thoroughly, ensuring complete coverage. Inadequate application can result in unprotected areas that remain vulnerable to water damage…which thus comprises the whole system.

In addition, as our professionals complete the waterproofing service, we inspect your chimney for underlying issues, such as cracks, damaged mortar, or structural problems that you might otherwise miss if you do it yourself. The sooner we can address these issues, the better… Not to mention, waterproofing without addressing these issues can lead to more significant problems down the line.

To sum up? Yes, it’s possible to waterproof your chimney yourself…but hiring a professional ensures the job is done correctly, safely, and effectively, preventing potential issues and providing peace of mind.

We Provide Effective & Comprehensive Solutions for Memphis Homeowners

At Coopertown, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive fireplace and wildlife removal services to Midtown, Downtown, Memphis, and beyond. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to ensuring your home is safer, warmer, and free from unwanted critters. Whether you need chimney maintenance, fireplace repair, or wildlife removal, we have the expertise to handle it all with the highest standards of quality and care.

Trust Coopertown for reliable service and peace of mind, knowing your home is in the best hands around. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the Coopertown difference.

 

We can’t imagine a service territory that doesn’t inlude our friendly neighbors in Collierville. Remember, we’re only a phone call away from taking care of all your chimney and fireplace needs!