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What The Freeze-Thaw Cycle Does To Your Chimney

Are you concerned about the effects of winter weather on your chimney? There are a lot of legitimate things to worry about when temperatures drop and snow and slush start filling your roads and sidewalks, and your chimney may need some extra attention. A lot of times the problems we see in masonry are a direct result of the freeze-thaw cycle. Learn more about this process below, then call us in, so that we can help you do something about it! At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we’re here for you no matter what!The Freeze-Thaw Cycle And Your Chimney - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

What Is The Freeze-Thaw Cycle?

First things first, let’s explain just what this process looks like. The brickwork and masonry that make up your chimney are both very absorbent. They easily soak up water, if not adequately protected, and this can cause a lot of damage down the line. All of this excess water in your chimney causes rot, rust, mold, deterioration, and (as stated above) the harmful freeze-thaw cycle.

The freeze-thaw cycle is what happens when the water inside of your masonry freezes. When water freezes, it expands, and it forces your brickwork to expand right along with it. That’s a lot of extra stress and strain on your system! This creates more room for water to enter and, as the water freezes and thaws multiple times throughout a winter, your chimney undergoes a lot of shifting. In the long run, this process could cause your brick to crumble, break down, and eventually collapse.

How To Stop This Cycle

If you’re concerned about the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle on your masonry, count on the staff at A-1 Chimney to fix things up! Before moving forward with any preventative maintenance, you’ll want to address any current damages. This will ensure your chimney is in the best shape possible before we apply the necessary protection to keep it healthy year after year.

Our CSIA certified experts will repair and restore your fireplace and chimney, so that it looks like new again. We can replace flashing, fix up your chimney crown, install a chimney cap, and take care of anything else you need done, too! Whether your damage is major or minor, we’re certain we can assist!

Once your brickwork and mortar are patched up and restored, we can apply waterproofing to ensure you don’t have to face this problem again. Waterproofing is a surefire way to keep moisture out for good, and we can guarantee that our products won’t let you down! They provide a tough shield for your system, so that water can’t easily enter and, unlike paints or similar products, they allow your system to breathe out vapors at the same time.

If you’re looking for a stronger chimney, we believe waterproofing is the way to go! Also, if you haven’t scheduled your annual inspection, book a spot with one of our qualified and professional sweeps today. We’ll look things over, so you can move forward with the peace of mind you deserve this winter – and for many more winters to come!

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Types Of Masonry Repairs

If you have a masonry chimney, you’ve likely received countless compliments on it. The look is desired by many homeowners, but it’s no secret that it can be difficult to maintain. That’s why A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to help you out! We offer a wide variety of chimney repairs, all of which fix up damage caused by deterioration, water exposure, and more.Types of Masonry Repairs - Tullahoma TN - A1 Chimney Specialist

If you have noticed any cracking, crumbling, or other types of decay throughout your system, call us in now so we can get repairs done fast! Learn more below.

Crown Repair & Installation

Chimney crowns play a huge role in directing water away from your brickwork. But they only work when they are correctly designed and placed, and any type of damage will decrease efficiency significantly. If your crown has seen a lot of wear and tear, then it may be time for you call us in to take a look at it.

Whether your crown needs fixing up or needs to be replaced entirely, we can offer our services and expertise. Our products are strong, durable, and long-lasting, so you can rest easy knowing your chimney crown will stand the test of time.


Another common issue is crumbling mortar. This issue is solved through tuckpointing, which typically turns out to be a very detail-oriented job. It involves removing the damaged mortar and replacing it with new products. Getting the new stuff to match the old isn’t always an easy process, but it’s never a problem for our CSIA trained and certified staff.

Flashing Repair & Installation

In the spot where your roof and chimney meet, water damage often occurs. This is due to the different materials expanding and contracting at different rates. Fortunately, flashing can be put in to protect this area, while still giving the materials the flexibility they need.

Whether you need your current flashing repaired or new flashing installed, we can help you out! We accommodate and adjust our techniques as needed so that the finished product works perfectly with your specific set-up. We handle this problem a lot, so you can trust us when we say we’ve got you covered!


When your repairs are completed and your chimney looks like new again, it’s time to take the next step by implementing an extra layer of protection. Waterproofing is a surefire way to prevent moisture from re-entering and wreaking havoc on your entire system. The best part about waterproofing is that it offers a breathable shield, so your fireplace can still run as efficiently as possible.

Ask us about our waterproofing services today!

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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.

How To Spot A Leaky Chimney

When you examine the structure of your chimney, it may seem like it could resist just about anything. They are definitely built to withstand a lot. However, that does not mean you can skimp out on regular maintenance and yearly inspections. One of the worst issues you can deal with is leaks and water damage. Water is highly detrimental to the health of your brickwork, so spotting leaks before they get worse is important!How to Spot a Leaky Chimney - Tullahoma TN - A1 Chimney Specialist

Learn more about spotting and preventing leaks below.

Schedule An Inspection

The best option for stopping water issues fast is scheduling regular inspections. Having a CSIA certified expert come in and look things over at least once per year could easily make all the difference in whether or not your chimney stands the test of time. Early detection is important for keeping your chimney in good health. A pro will step in and alert you right away to any necessary repairs.

Keep An Eye Out

If you are between inspections, there are things you can keep an eye on when it comes to quickly spotting leaks or water damage. Check these things on a regular basis to ensure your chimney stays in the best condition possible.

  • Chimney Caps: Your chimney cap sits over the top of your chimney and makes a big difference when it comes to keeping water out. Be sure to check it regularly for cracks, tears, holes, or other potential repairs.
  • Chimney Crowns: The crown is the top piece of the chimney. If built right, it will hang over the chimney at a slant, so that rainwater easy slips away from the brickwork. Older crowns are often too thin and not built from the best material, causing them to crack or chip at a faster pace. Check yours often, and ask a professional to rebuild it, if necessary.
  • Flashing: The flashing on your chimney provides a seal between the roof and the chimney, and it works hard to keep your home protected. If not installed correctly, flashing can easily rust and create openings for water to enter. The seal itself may not be properly fitted, as well. Consult with a chimney expert to ensure your flashing is in the best shape possible.
  • Mortar Joints: If your mortar is showing signs of weakness, such as crumbing, cracking, deterioration, or more, repointing may be necessary. Call your certified chimney technician today to learn more.

We Can Help You Out

If you notice any of these issues, call in the experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist right away. We can fix things up fast so your problems don’t get worse. On top of our repair services, we can also offer waterproofing services, so leaky chimneys will never be an issue for you again! Browse our site or give us a call to learn more.

We can’t wait to set you up right!

Waterproofing Your Chimney

Nothing beats the cozy atmosphere gained when a fireplace is added to a home. Sitting around a crackling fire with loved ones is one of the best feelings, especially when the weather outside is cold and dreary. Yet, owning a fireplace requires a lot of responsibility, and it is important to stay educated on what type of regular maintenance is required. Ensuring that all parts of the chimney and fireplace are up to code and working properly will allow it to run longer and more efficiently. It will also help you rest easy knowing that your family will remain safe when the fireplace is in use.

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Your chimney is going to face a lot of wear and tear, so it is up to you to ensure that it can outlast any type of bad weather or outside threat. One of the best things you can do for your chimney is have it waterproofed. There are many negative effects when your chimney is exposed to excess water. Check out just a few of these below.

  • Freeze/Thaw Process: Many people are unaware of how absorbent brick is. When heavy rains fall on your chimney, the brick sucks in a lot of water, which then freezes and expands in the wintertime. Once temperatures rise again in the spring, the water in the brick melts, putting a lot of extra pressure on the chimney as a whole. This could eventually lead to a chimney settlement or, even worse, an entire chimney collapse.
  • Rust And Decay: One of the fastest ways to cause deterioration on a chimney is by exposing it to too much moisture. The various parts that make up a chimney and help it function suffer immensely when they are not properly protected. If the metal components rust, the mortar becomes weak, and cracks start to form, your chimney health will sink dramatically and it will quickly become unable to function efficiently for your home.
  • Stains and Cracks: As mentioned previously, cracks in a chimney are never a good sign. If you see a crack starting to form, getting it fixed as quickly as possible is vital in maintaining proper chimney care. Cracks and stains are unsightly and are a sign that more issues are on the way. If you see either of these throughout your chimney, then be sure to schedule an inspection right away so that preventative measures can be taken to avoid further damage.

At A-1 Chimney Specialist we care about you and your home, and we work hard to ensure that all of our customers feel protected. We have a variety of options when it comes to waterproofing and we are more than willing to work with whatever your chimney needs are. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment, then rest easy knowing your chimney and fireplace are in the best hands possible. We look forward to working with you!