Chimney Blog April 2017

Is There Mold in Your Chimney?

Posted On: April 27, 2017

There could be an unexpected hazard growing in your chimney and it could cause serious damage to your chimney and home. Have you noticed a distinctly musty odor coming from your fireplace that you suspect might be the sign of mold? If you have, your fears might be valid and it would be wise to contact one of our certified chimney sweeps who has experience removing mold across Long Island, Westchester and the five boroughs.

How and why does mold grow in chimneys?

There are many ways that moisture can seep into your chimney. Bricks and mortar that have not been properly water proofed can act like sponges, absorbing large amounts of moisture during rainy periods. A damaged chimney cap, badly installed chimney chase tops or cracked chimney crowns could also let water leak into your chimney.

Call us to remove the mold. Do not do it yourself!

Mold doesn’t just produce an unpleasant smell, it also releases spores into the air that can cause serious health issues when you breathe them in, from asthma attacks and allergic reactions to permanent lung damage. If you do not wear the appropriate protective gear when removing mold, you can inhale dangerous spores. It is also likely you do not have the requisite gear to remove the mold - so please call us to safely remove the mold from your chimney! Your safety is our #1 goal.

What do we do during our inspections?

If we arrived at your home to inspect your home’s chimney for mold and remove it, the first thing one of our CSIA certified chimney sweeps would do is feed a camera into the chimney to examine the flue lining and look for mold. In the process, we would also look for ways moisture might be getting into the chimney like cracks in the flue lining or a loose chimney cap. We would finish up by doing a visual inspection of the chimney from the rooftop.

If mold is found, we would take additional steps to remove it with the proper chemicals and gear. After it is removed, we would give you a full report and talk about courses of action that we could take to make your chimney waterproof. The options that we recommend will be based on what we discover during our thorough inspection of your chimney. We would never sell a service that wasn't truly necessary and our installation and repair services are above-reproach and more than anything else, affordable for all. Call Always Affordable Chimney today and keep your family and home safe!

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