The one thing you hear the most in the chimney world is to make sure you keep up with your annual maintenance. This maintenance consists of an inspection and sweep every year. When researching for a technician, make sure that they are credible. You can find out a lot about the people working in your neighborhood through word of mouth of family and friends, or also checking internet websites where customers can leave reviews after the service has been completed.
Anyone you have perform a chimney sweep should be certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, (CSIA) a non-profit organization that serves as a great place of information for homeowners. Having this maintenance done can prevent you from having many other problems arise in the long run, so make sure it is done on time and not just when you think it’s needed. To schedule your appointment call the professionals at Mountain Man Chimney Fireplace & Chimney.
There are many things in a chimney that can malfunction, and can potentially cause big problems even though they seem small in the beginning. First, water can enter your home and cause mold to form. This is extremely common in areas that have high precipitation levels. Water can enter when the flashing on a chimney becomes loose, cracked, or missing. Sometimes caulk can be used to fix the gaps, but sometimes it will need replacing.
Bricks can become cracked which can also be a place for water to collect. When this happens, call an experienced sweep that can come repair the unit properly. They will be able to judge the size of the crack and what needs to be used to fix it. The chimney crown serves as a roof to the unit, so that must also be repaired if cracked. Lastly, installing a chimney cap will not only help keep water out, but animals as well.
After a chimney has been repaired, toss a little water on it to make sure that it was done properly and no water is still allowed to enter. If the surface turns a dark color and absorbs into the chimney, you may still be in danger of water damage.
Taking Care of Business
To take care of this, you should have your chimney waterproofed. There are special chemicals that form a sealant when applied that will repel the water as it hits the structure. It is important to have a breathable substance so that vapors are not trapped inside of the chimney. You always want to make sure that the chimney is cleaned before applying the repellent.
What is the Risk?
When these repairs go unattended they can become much worse. If a crack becomes larger more water can collect inside of it. This will lead to more mold, which can spread into the foundation of your home and also the air you and your family breathe. Also, if you do not have your sweep in a timely fashion you can become susceptible to chimney fires and draft problems that could eventually lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or become a threat to the structural integrity of your home.
We recommend an annual chimney cleaning and inspection, so that we can identify and eliminate problems early on. Waiting is more dangerous and much more expensive. Call today!