A tight chimney seal and waterproofing chimney is the best prevention for water damage into your home. Over time, concrete grout and brick will open up and allow rain water to enter the chimney and fireplace. Waterproofing chimney costs are minimal compared to the damage avoided. A chimney seal is your best defense for water damage.
Elbow grease is required to dig out the old cracked and dried grout. Repointing the chimney with new grout and fixing any broken or chipped bricks solves the water problem. After all of the entrances of water are blocked, the entire structure is waterproofed with a coating designed to last upwards of 10 years. Waterproofing chimney structures is a wise investment for your home.
A well done chimney seal will last for a decade or more. During your annual chimney sweep inspection, any issues with water or cracks will be corrected. This includes the chimney flashing area also. Water finds its way into any small openings, even if they are not obvious.
Looking for a chimney sweep and chimney cleaning in the Knoxville TN area? Platinum chimney services and camera inspection are our specialty. Clear Chimney tackles the fireplaces and chimney flues that others charge an arm and a leg for service.
After years of burning wood or pellets, the flues and chimney stacks get coated with dangerous creosote. This highly flammable material will ignite and cause a chimney fire. A chimney cleaning and chimney sweep is the only way to avoid flash fires in your home.
Some fireplace and chimney jobs are so bad that other vendors will quote a very high price to correct. They feel if the owner is willing to spend a large sum of money, then they will do the dirty and dangerous work.
If the creosote has reached stage 3 level, the chimney may be condemned as unsafe. This is a very expensive fix. Therefore, don’t let your flue and stack get to this stage. Our chimney sweep and cleaning includes a chimney camera inspection for verifiable protection. Ask for a camera inspection when comparing chimney cleaners.
We feel every home owner or chimney user deserves a safe, fair price for cleaning out and securing the chimney. Clear Chimney travels all over eastern Tennessee. There are small cities that other vendors will not service. It is our calling to help everyone keep a safe environment for their family.
We are often asked how often to clean my chimney with normal use. We recommend yearly and have a Big Ass Cleaning special for a limited time. More importantly, the yearly inspection determines if future problems are starting to show up.
Our special includes a chimney camera with video capabilities. We run this camera up and down the entire chimney flue and record the results. This shows us any mortar or degrading in the bricks.
The special we are running now includes a full chimney sweep, a camera inspection, a 30 point inspection with a certificate (if you are selling your house soon) and free travel expense within 50 miles of Knoxville, TN. Therefore, it is a sweet deal to jump on our special during this season.
Again, so many customers ask us how often to clean my chimney, we ask how much wood do you burn a year. If you burn a cord (or ric) a year, we recommend yearly inspections and cleaning. 3 cords or more of wood should be inspected twice a year.