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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.

Does My Crown Need Rebuilding?

Are you having issues with your fireplace? Do you find yourself facing leaks, water damage, and more? If so, you may need some work done on your chimney crown. Chimney crowns face a lot of nasty weather and wear and tear. So, having them repaired or replaced is not an uncommon issue. Learn more about chimney crowns below. Afterwards, browse our site to find out what we can do for you!Does My Chimney Crown Need Rebuilding - Tullahoma TN - A1 Chimney

What Is A Chimney Crown?

A chimney crown sits on the top of your chimney. It works hard all year long to protect it from various types of moisture. Your crown should be slanted downward and extend a bit over the top of your chimney. This way it can easily direct any water away from your brickwork and mortar.

Why Do I Need A Crown?

As stated above, a crown helps protect your masonry from excess exposure to moisture. But why is this really necessary? After all, brick is strong, so how much damage can water really do? To answer simply. A lot!

Bricks are a lot more absorbent than they appear. When they soak in water, it can cause the freeze/thaw process to occur, which puts a lot of extra pressure on your chimney system, as a whole. You see, in the winter, all of that soaked up water freezes and expands, causing your chimney to expand with it. In the summer, it thaws and causes your chimney to settle. All of that strain puts your chimney through a lot of unnecessary wear and tear!

On top of this, water exposure leads to rust, rot, stains, mold accumulation, clogs, and all types of decay and deterioration. Not only are these issues unsightly, diminishing the look and aesthetic of your entire home, but they cause your chimney to break down at a much quicker pace, as well.

By rebuilding your chimney crown, you are investing in years worth of chimney use and fireplace fun. Make the right choice and have your crown inspected today!

Why Should I Call A1 Chimney Specialist?

Nowadays, there are a certain set of standards and regulations when it comes to constructing your chimney. The CSIA offers specific guidelines regarding how far out the crown should extend, what it should be made from, how it should align with the flue liner, and more!

At A1 Chimney Specialist, our staff is CSIA trained and certified, so we know what to do when it comes to building you a strong and highly efficient crown. We will use the best materials available and can design a piece that fits perfectly with your specific chimney. On top of all that, we can provide you with further waterproofing services to ensure water damage is never an issue you have to deal with.

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to setting you up right!

All About Chimney Mold

Water in the chimney can create the perfect place for molds to grow. That's not good! Make sure your chimney is waterproofed.

Water in the chimney can create the perfect place for molds to grow. That’s not good! Make sure your chimney is waterproofed.

You may have noticed a dank, dusty smell coming from your chimney. This is never a good sign as it indicates you more than likely have mold growing on the inside of your chimney, and if you can smell it, a health risk may be present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indoor exposure to mold can adversely affect your health, causing throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or skin irritation. If someone has allergies to mold, his or her health is in more danger as severe reactions can occur, and if one has a chronic lung illness, he or she could develop a serious lung infection when exposed to mold. If you do have mold in your chimney, you need to solve the problem of from where the mold is coming. Most likely from dampness due to a water leak, A-1 Chimney Specialist is certified to locate and repair chimney water leaks. Our certified technicians can also clean out the mold from your chimney and then protect your chimney from future water leaks to stop the damp environment where mold loves to grow.

How does mold grow in a chimney?

In most cases, fireplaces are only used once a year, and unused chimneys are the perfect environment for mold to grow. Dark and poorly ventilated when not in use, chimneys can also be damp if water leaks are present. Certain strains of mold grow very quickly, so you can have a serious problem on your hands before you know it.

What are the signs of mold in my chimney?

Sometimes, you can actually see the mold on the bricks of your fireplace, and it can even spread to the ceiling and walls around your fireplace. Most often, the mold is up inside your chimney, and it can be difficult to spot. The most common detector is the smell: a musty odor that is unmistakably mold. You may also notice having breathing problems. As soon as you notice either of these signs, you should immediately have your house inspected for mold.

How do I get rid of the mold in my chimney?

You can remove mold from bricks using an anti-fungal cleanser and a long-handled brush by yourself; however, it is usually better to call a mold removal professional to do the work for you. Once the mold is gone, you will want to contact A-1 Chimney Specialist for a chimney sweep as well as a chimney leak inspection to see if we need to do any repairs.

How can I prevent mold from growing back in my chimney?

The best prevention is keeping water penetration at bay, and we at A-1 Chimney Specialist offer a few solutions to help you keep your chimney dry. One way we can protect your chimney from water intrusion is waterproofing. Using a specially-made 100% vapor permeable solution to coat your chimney’s walls, water cannot get in, but your chimney can “breathe” and release toxic gases. Another method of preventing water leaks is custom flashing installation. The technicians at A-1 Chimney Specialist are experts in creating the perfect sealed fit where your chimney and roof meet, ensuring water stays out.

If you suspect mold is growing in your chimney, do not delay and contact our experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

Don’t Let Water In Your Chimney

Water is not a friend of you chimney. See to it that it doesn't have a way of getting in and damaging your chimney.

Water is not a friend of you chimney. See to it that it doesn’t have a way of getting in and damaging your chimney.

Even though rain is necessary for survival, it can be detrimental to our chimney. However there are ways to make sure that you are protected. It is also important that you keep your maintenance up to date as well so that you know to fix any current problems. To speak to a qualified technician call A-1 Chimney Service today!

How does water damage your chimney?

When water is allowed into your chimney it can begin to cause deterioration to the inside of the structure, especially in a masonry chimney. Also, when enough water collects it can begin to mold and spread to other parts of the home. It can also lead to other problems including broken brickwork, rust on metal parts, and a cracked or damaged flue liner.

How do you repair water damage?

A mix of the water and high winds that come along with storms can do some damage to a chimney. The chimney crown is often damaged in the process. This is the cover that seals the flue liner to the edge of the chimney. Most of the crowns are built out of mortar which is not designed to withstand many years of bad weather, often times cracking after installation because of shrinkage.

You also want to make sure that your flashing is in good shape. This is the seal between the roofing materials and the chimney, and stops water from being able to run into living areas. When being repaired, technicians will check both the flashing and the counter-flashing.

How can you prevent water damage?

There are ways to make sure you are doing your part when trying to keep the water away. Make sure that you have a trusted technician check your chimney cap. These are specifically designed to make sure that water does not enter the chimney’s interior. These will work to prevent animals from entering as well.

Secondly, have the technician waterproof your chimney after they sweep it. This is a procedure where they spray a sealant on the outside of the chimney to repel water that may come into contact. This is not a hard procedure but must be done on a dry day. If you live in an especially wet climate, your chimney may require more than one coat.

 

Keep Mold Out Of Your Chimney

It’s no secret that mold in your home that lives anywhere outside your blue cheese salad dressing is a bad, bad thing. Any part of your home that’s susceptible to moisture intrusion is susceptible to mold — your bathrooms, your ceilings and yes, your leaky chimney too.

Look closer! If you think there's nothing growing in your chimney, think again. there could be molds that can make you sick!

Look closer! If you think there’s nothing growing in your chimney, think again. there could be molds that can make you sick!

You don’t want to deal with mold growth in your chimney any more than you want it in your drywall. Air movement is a core part of how your chimney functions, and when mold spores are present, they’re in that moving air. Mold spores have been shown to contribute to a bunch of different health problems, from making allergies act up to irritating throats and worsening respiratory conditions.

A-1 Chimney Specialists can help determine whether you have a mold problem in your chimney, remove it and, more importantly, make the right repairs to stop the moisture intrusion that’s feeding the mold. A few indicators that mold growth might be a problem in your chimney:

You See The Signs Of Leaks

Moisture is, of course, what feeds mold growth. So if you notice the signs of a leak in or around your chimney — stained or discolored building materials or masonry, the moisture itself — mold is a distinct possibility. A-1 technicians will always check for mold issues when we’re working on finding and repairing the source (or sources) of a chimney leak.

You Notice A Strange Smell In Or Around Your Chimney

People always note the great smell that comes with having a fire in your fireplace. But even if you have a wood-burning unit, when the fireplace isn’t in use, you shouldn’t notice a strong smell coming from your firebox. Mold gives off a strong musty smell, so a bad odor coming from your chimney could be an indication of a leak and mold growth. Chimney odors truly aren’t just an annoyance — they can be a helpful warning, so long as you respond accordingly. If you’re noticing a strong smell around your fireplace or chimney, call A-1 Chimney Specialists. We’ll figure out what that odor is trying to tell us.

Keep Mold Out By Keeping Water Out

We don’t want water getting into your chimney system — mold is just one of the frustrating results that come with water intrusion. Along with keeping up with your annual chimney inspections, A-1 recommends a number of other preventative measures that can do a lot to keep water out of your chimney.

Chimney caps are a smart start when it comes to keeping water out — installed at the top of your flue, they help keep rain and snow out of your flue opening, which helps keep moisture out of your flue.

Top-sealing dampers are another great preventative measure — along with effectively closing off your flue when your appliance isn’t in use, these dampers use a silicone gasket to completely close off the flue opening, keeping the flue moisture- (and air-) tight.

A-1 techs can also apply a strong waterproofing sealant to your masonry that can make a huge difference in protecting older masonry and lengthening the lifespan of any masonry. Older, eroded or degraded masonry can start absorbing a large amount of water, and that’s a surefire recipe for mold. When we apply this specially designed waterproofing sealant, that absorption stops, but your masonry is still able to function the way it’s supposed to, “breathing” and allowing vapors and small particles to move from the inside of the flue to the outside.

Are you worried about a mold problem in or around your chimney? Give A-1 Chimney Specialists a call. We’d be glad to help.