Your chimney was built with many parts that are specifically designed to fend off the encroachment of water. And there's good reason for that: masonry is a resilient material, but water is its worst enemy. The more that water is allowed to seep into your chimney system, the more likely it is to sustain damage. If water gets into brick and mortar, then expands and contracts as it freezes and melts with the changing temperature, it attacks your masonry from the inside out, resulting in cracks, gaps and spalling (crumbling and flaking). Water can erode mortar joints; result in rust and corrosion; and cause a host of other problems. Keeping your chimney's defenses up is key to a long-lasting, efficient chimney, and a happy, healthy home.
Early leak detection is helpful, and there are several ways to make sure you're keeping on top of problems:
Your annual chimney inspection is a great start -- A-1 Chimney Specialist technicians will thoroughly inspect your chimney to make sure each and every part of your chimney is performing as it should. And if problems are looming, we'll spot them, and help you repair any issues while they're still small.
It's also worthwhile to keep an eye on those parts of your chimney that are working hard to fend off water -- they're often the places where leaks spring up.
The steel, copper or iron cap at the very top of your chimney helps keep rain and snow (and animals) out of your flue, so if it's missing or damaged, it could be the source of -- or a contributor to -- leaks. A-1 Chimney Specialist can properly repair or install a new cap, and we have a wide range of chimney cap choices to fit your style and home.
Your chimney crown is at the front lines of the fight against water, directing rain and snow away from your chimney. Since it's generally made of masonry, cracks and spalling can develop over time. We can repair a damaged crown and apply a waterproofing sealant that will arm it for years and years of hard work.
Where your roofline and chimney meet, flashing is installed to keep water out of that joint. If it's missing or damaged, water can get in and cause serious damage.
Water will find any point of weakness and seep into your system, so finding the source -- or sources -- of a leak can be a complex process. The CSIA-certified technicians at A-1 Chimney Specialist find and repair chimney leaks every day, and we've been helping homeowners in the Tullahoma and Winchester, Tenn., area since 2000. If you think you have a leak, call us today or schedule an appointment online -- we want to help.
Having your gas fireplace professionally installed and serviced is one of the best things you can do to get ready for safe and healthy use of your fireplace, so let A-1 Chimney perform this important chimney service today.