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Leaky Chimney Repair

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.

How Do I Know If I Have A Problem?

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.

Is your chimney cap damaged or missing?

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.

Is your chimney crown cracked?

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.

Is your flashing missing or damaged?

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.

  • review rating 5  Great service! Due to unexpected doctor appointments, I had to reschedule two times and they worked with me to get it done as soon as possible. They were very prompt; the living area was left exactly as it was when they arrived (no mess at all!) and answered my questions. I highly recommend them!

    thumb Sally Edwards
    11/30/2019
  • review rating 5  In a time where customer service is becoming more infrequent than frequent , I have to take a moment to acknowledge the superb above and beyond service my husband and I received from A1 Chimney . First of all , we came to use this company several years ago when they sleeved our 100 year old house's chimney so we could burn real wood . We have used them regularly to check and sweep our chimney since. This year however , I had a chimney fire . Thankfully no damage was done . In looking at my records , I realized I hadn't had the chimney swept in a few years . BIG mistake on my part , hence the fire . So I called the company , sing my woes , asking if it would be possible for them to come out before Thanksgiving , this is less than 2 weeks prior by the way . Kind Marty lets me know the first availability isn't until 12/16 but he will do his best to see what he can do. He calls me back the same day to let me know he had jiggled some things around and could be out 12/13 . I thanked him but asked if there were any cancellations to please let me know. Kind Marty , let me rephrase , very KIND Marty , calls me back a couple of days ago asking if we could be free the Monday pre Thanksgiving . Absolutely , I reply . Well on Monday afternoon Preston and Robert leave after checking for damage , cleaning and confirming the sleeve did exactly what it is designed to do , protect the house in the event a chimney fire takes place , never once suggesting it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't waited 4 years . So THANK YOU all for doing such a wonderful job ! You have made us and my out of town family very happy in making it safe for us to enjoy this holiday with lovely fires , something we / they look forward to on their cold weather visits . May each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving ! You've certainly made ours !!! Gratefully , Linda & Gill Ramsden

    thumb Linda Ramsden
    11/26/2019
  • review rating 5  A1 came out to sweep and inspect our chimney, as well as put a screen over the chimney opening. The guys that came out were fantastic!! They were so kind, friendly, and very professional. I was comfortable with them in my house, and they did a great job. They explained everything to me, and joked with my kids. We’ve already recommended them to other people and it’s only been 10 hours since their visit! We’ll definitely use them every time we need chimney services.

    thumb Laura Cole
    11/07/2019
  • review rating 5  I can't say enough good things about this company. The men came to clean our chimney (which badly needed it). They kept the house clean; they were so very polite; they took photos of the chimney. They also checked our dryer vent and took photos of that. We then learned that they service gas fireplaces--and we have been hunting for someone to help us with this. A lovely team. Super professional. It was like having the best doctor make a house call.

    thumb Elizabeth Grammer
    11/06/2019
  • review rating 5  On time to identify problem/issue great professional young technician that knew what to recommend. Alway communicated and reason I have used for my fireplace for over 15 years.

    thumb Roy Millar
    10/16/2019

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