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Moisture Causes Mold

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As you may already know, water is your chimney’s biggest enemy. It can cause structural damage by getting into your bricks and mortar, rusting and corrosion damage to your chimney parts, and, even more dangerous, mold spores to grow inside your chimney walls. When mold begins growing inside your chimney, it spreads quickly, entering your home, causing illness to you and your family. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a guide to mold, moisture, and your home, and they recommend the best solution for ridding your chimney from mold is having a professional chimney sweep performed on your chimney by a Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified chimney sweep like Homestead Chimney Services. We want to highlight the main points from the EPA guide so you can know for certain if you do have mold in your chimney.

Mold can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory problems.

Mold can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory problems.

  • Why is mold growing in my chimney? If you do not have a properly fitted chimney cap on top of your chimney, you are getting both leaf debris and water in your chimney. Mold spores can be on the leaf debris, and the cool, damp environment of your chimney is the perfect atmosphere for mold growth.
  • How do I know mold is growing in my chimney? The obvious tell-tale sign is a dusky, dank smell coming from your fireplace. You may notice yourself or other family members feeling sick. If the mold has spread, you may be able to see the mold around your fireplace on the bricks, or even on the walls around the fireplace.
  • Can mold cause health problems? For those with asthma, mold can cause serious breathing problems, and if someone has mold allergies, he or she can become very sick. Mold produces allergens, breathing irritants, and in some instances, toxic substances like mycotoxins. Allergic reactions include hay fever symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and a skin rash. If someone has a lung disease, the effects of mold can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
  • How do I get rid of the mold in my chimney? Your first step to getting rid of the mold is to schedule a professional chimney sweep from Homestead Chimney Services as soon as you know mold is growing inside your chimney. We will come to your home and professionally remove the mold along with creosote build-up and soot in your chimney. The next step is preventing the mold from coming back. Our technicians can inspect your chimney cap and replace it if it does not fit to keep debris and water out. We can also look at your chimney’s ventilation system to ensure proper ventilation is happening. You may need flue liner repair to protect your chimney walls. We at Homestead Chimney Services are experienced in all of these repairs and can get your chimney serviced to be completely mold-free.

Mold in your home is never a pleasant thing to endure, and chimney mold can enter your house and spread quickly if you are not prepared to deal with it as soon as possible. If mold gets into the walls of your home, you will have costly repairs of replacing dry wall, insulation and even duct work. Proper maintenance of your chimney is your best prevention, and having an annual chimney sweep and inspection go a long way in protecting your family from the dangers of mold. Contact us at Homestead Chimney Services today to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweep.

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