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Addressing Your Leaky Chimney

Concerned about the state of your chimney? With all the rain lately (and with more spring rains on the way), ensuring your system is adequately protected is a must! Fortunately for homeowners throughout Tullahoma, Huntsville, and their surrounding areas, A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to address water damage, find the source of your leaks, and provide the preventative maintenance you need to stay safer year after year.

Water & Your Chimney

Water and chimney systems never mix well, and if you do not invest in waterproofing, flashing, chimney caps, and more, your system will undergo a lot of excess stress. Water is known to easily penetrate your brickwork and mortar, triggering all kinds of decay and deterioration, and once it starts wearing on your masonry it is only downhill from there.

The more your masonry crumbles, the higher your risk is for a settlement or collapse and the more expensive any repair work will be. Addressing repairs right away is essential, as is investing in waterproofing services from a professional team of sweeps.

Another problem homeowners can face is leaks coming in through the roof or chimney. If you have noticed stained walls or ceilings, this is a clear sign that you have a problem. Water can easily enter through the area where your roof and chimney meet because these two things are made from different materials, and they expand and contract at different rates. One way to prevent this from occurring is to have flashing installed.

Flashing is the metal sheet that seals this area, keeping water out and ensuring your home stays safer and drier. Unfortunately, incorrectly installed flashing is prone to rust, and other times curious animals or bad weather can cause it to falter. In these cases, a professional can come out and fix it up, so you are good to go in no time.

Missing a chimney cap? We can install a new one, so water will not enter your fireplace through the flue and wreak havoc on your liner. You may want to consider a top-end damper, as well, as these work well alongside the chimney cap to keep out water, animals, downdrafts, and more.

Finally, let us check your chimney crown over to ensure it is not cracking or crumbling. The crown sits on the top of your chimney and sends water out and away from the sides of your brickwork. Without it, your structure would suffer immensely, and water would work its way into your masonry in no time!

How We Can Help

We have the tools, training, and technology to restore your system back to where it needs to be. We can replace and repair parts, as necessary, and our waterproofing services are top-notch, as well. Once our crew is through with your chimney, water and excess moisture will not stand a chance.

Don’t put it off. Invest in the care you deserve today to avoid bigger problems down the line. Our team is waiting for your call!

Has Rain Been Making Your Chimney Leak?

Rainy weather can really put a damper on your week. Outdoor activities get canceled, water puddles show up everywhere, everything gets muddy, and you may start experiencing leaks throughout your home. If rainwater has been causing problems in and around your chimney, then it’s time you invest in repairs and find solutions that will help you out in the future. The certified staff at A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to help you out!Has Rain Been Making Your Chimney Leak - Tullahoma, TN - A-1 Chimney

Taking Preventive Action

So, what can you do to stop leaks from forming? There are a few great options we have for protecting your chimney and home. Remember, though, that any repairs should be addressed before we start on any preventative work. This will ensure your chimney is in great health from the get-go and stays that way for years to come.

First of all, let’s talk about chimney caps. Chimney caps keep water out of your flue and keep your chimney liner protected and in good condition. The best part is, they have other perks, as well! They help to keep out animals and serve as spark arrestors. In addition, they prevent debris from clogging up your flue and stop annoying downdrafts from swooping through your home.

We can easily install a chimney cap for you – and they’re affordable, too! Count on our staff to get the job done right the first time. It’s a great purchase that we know you won’t regret.

Next, we can examine the flashing and the chimney crown. If these parts are damaged, that may be a big contributing factor to your water problems. Flashing helps seal the area where your roof and chimney meet, and the crown directs rainwater out and away from your masonry. We can seal cracks, patch holes, and replace any parts as necessaryv .

Lastly, we strongly encourage homeowners to invest in waterproofing. Waterproofing provides a protective coating for the chimney, while still allowing your brickwork the ability to breath out necessary moisture and vapors. It’s the perfect way to ensure your system stays standing tall for years while eliminating leaks and water damage. It’s affordable and we can get the job done fast. Why wait? Make your appointment with us today.

Other Negative Impacts Of Water

Neglect and lack of regular maintenance leads to lots of problems, and when it comes to moisture and masonry, leaks won’t be your only issue when preventative measure aren’t in place. Water damage comes in all shapes and forms, some of which include clogs, decay, rust, rot, stains, and more. The more issues your system faces, the worse off you’ll be, and you may eventually face a chimney settlement or collapse.

Investing in preventative measures and regular maintenance early on is always a better and more cost-effective investment option than neglecting everything until you need expensive repairs. Give us a call, so that we can set your chimney up with all of the tools necessary for maintaining a long and healthy life.

How Water Gets Into Your Chimney

With springtime rains falling, it’s not uncommon to notice leaks and excess water throughout your fireplace. But just how does this water enter? Chimneys are built to be strong and sturdy, so it’s hard to believe that water can find its way in so easily. Unfortunately, there are lots of way it can sneak in, which is why taking preventative measures ahead of time is so important.How Water Gets Inside Your Chimney - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

Learn more below, so you can prepare yourself for any bad weather that comes your way. If you think your chimney may need some help with water damage, call in an expert right away!

Missing A Cap?

If you have yet to invest in a chimney cap, then leaks will likely become a reoccurring issue for you. Chimney flues are necessary so that gases and toxins can properly escape when your fireplace is in use. Yet, when rain falls, these openings leave your chimney exposed and vulnerable to excess water. A chimney cap is a simple and inexpensive fix for your problem. Invest in one today to kiss water issues good-bye!

If you have a chimney cap, but still have problems with leaks, it may need to be repaired or replaced. The staff at A-1 Chimney Specialist is ready to help you out! We are trained to install your cap securely and correctly, and we have tons of different styles, so you are sure to find the size, fit, and material for your home.

Does Your Flashing Need Work?

Another spot leaks can enter is right where your chimney and roof meet. Both your chimney and roof are made from different materials so, as the seasons change, they will expand and contract at different times. This causes small openings to form, through which water can easily enter.

Having flashing installed will help seal this gap and keep water at bay. Throughout time, your flashing may become damaged or rusted. It takes on a lot of wear and tear, and all that bad weather can eventually cause tears in the metal, rust to form, and the caulk can become loose and unsteady. You need the right professionals on the job. At A-1 Chimney, we provide you with a tight, strong seal so nothing will penetrate your roof any time soon.

Is Your Crown Cracked?

A chimney crown works hard through years of bad weather to direct water away from your brickwork. Yet, sometimes it can break down and crack, allowing water to enter through it. Let us take a look to ensure your crown is in suitable condition! After performing any repairs, we can waterproof it, so leaks won’t be something you have to worry about for years to come.

Give Us A Call

Keep your home looking great and working efficiently by investing in repair services from A-1 Chimney Specialist today! We know where to check for issues and can address them in a timely manner, so you will have your fireplace back to normal in no time.

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