There’s no denying a fireplace adds value to a home. In fact, there’s evidence that many people looking for their dream house would pay more for properties with one already in place! The warmth and comfort a cozy hearth adds to a space are significant, and in the eyes of many, there’s simply no better way to end the day than with a crackling fire.
That being said, a home with a damaged chimney is less than desirable, so knowing what to watch out for and how to avoid costly repairs is a must! Learn more about the causes of chimney damage below, then give our team a call to get an inspection in the books. We would be happy to look things over and determine what maintenance you need to get your system back into tip-top shape.
Water & Excess Moisture
Now, one major cause of chimney deterioration is excess exposure to water. Your bricks and mortar are very absorbent, and if they are not adequately protected, they will soak in lots of moisture, which will eventually wreak havoc on your structure as a whole. To avoid all kinds of decay and deterioration, we urge homeowners to invest in professional waterproofing services as soon as possible – the quicker you act, the better!
Why have this job completed by a pro? Well, store-bought paints and sealers can sometimes effectively keep water out, but they are not vapor-permeable, which means any preabsorbed moisture will remain trapped. In the end, your system will continue to break down, and all that work will be done for nothing. You’re always better off trusting a team of experts who can set you up right with products that effectively block out rain, snow, and more while giving your system the opportunity to vent out necessary vapors.
Already have bricks that are cracked and crumbling? No problem. Our crew is trained to repair and replace any broken bricks, as well as repair damaged mortar joints. Whether you need a few problem areas addressed or an entire rebuild completed, the experts at Ashbusters will have you covered. Reach out today to explore your options!
Broken Down Components
Another reason you may be experiencing chimney-related issues is due to broken down chimney parts. Your chimney cap, flashing, crown, damper, and more all play a big part in keeping your system better protected, and if one of them is compromised, you’ll be sure to face some serious issues.
Take your chimney cap, for example. The cap sits over the top of your chimney, ensuring no water, debris, and pesky critters are given easy access to your flue. Without one in place, you’d wind up with countless problems, all of which are both costly and time-consuming to address. Investing in an affordable chimney cap is always the better option!
A top-sealing damper can make a big impact on the health of your fireplace, too. Throat dampers do an okay job, but the metal-on-metal seal can trigger air leaks, and they are also known to rust and break down. A top-sealing option locks in with a rubber gasket, so your home will stay as cool or as warm as you want, no matter what, and it will work alongside your cap to keep out debris and other materials, as well.
Then there’s the flashing, which blocks water from entering at the point where your roof and chimney meet, and the crown, which helps to send water out and away from the sides of your masonry chimney. All of your chimney parts need to be in good shape in order for your system to stay in good health for the long haul, and the best way to know where you stand is to schedule an evaluation. Let our experts look things over – we’re always happy to help!
We mentioned the impact that rain and snow can have on your masonry, but sometimes things occur that are impossible to prepare for. If you’ve experienced something more severe, such as a tornado, earthquake, fire, or something similar, then an in-depth level 2 inspection should be completed before putting your system to use. During this process, our techs will use specialized tools and video equipment to get a thorough look at every part of your structure, ensuring any problem areas are promptly discovered and taken care of.
The health and wellbeing of your home and family could be at serious risk if you avoid this maintenance, so don’t hesitate to get your appointment scheduled now. Your safety is our number one priority!
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Ashbusters Chimney Services is proud to be licensed, insured, and CSIA certified. We are also members of the NCSG, and we use only the best equipment to ensure your home stays safer, cleaner, and looking great. There’s is truly no better company to turn to throughout the Knoxville area, so reach out today to set up an appointment. We look forward to giving you the high-quality care and attention you deserve!