As an experienced chimney sweep in Marietta, Advanced Chimney Sweep recommends using a chimney pan to keep your chimney dry. Learn more about why you should prevent your chimney from getting wet and how a chimney pan can help.
If you are an experienced chimney owner, then you know how important it is to keep your chimney dry and to prevent leaks. If you are new to having a chimney in your home, then you will learn very quickly how important it is to keep your chimney dry to prevent the growth of black mold in your chimney. This can create a toxic environment for you and your family.
What Is A Chimney Pan?
- A chimney pan will cover the surface of the top of your chimney which is also known as the flue. A chimney pan, unlike a chimney crown, is made of stainless steel that prevents water from penetrating the masonry of your chimney. Cement is porous, which means that if water seeps into it, it can deteriorate the structural integrity of your chimney.
What Problems Can Arise If I Do Not Have A Chimney Pan?
- If you have a damaged chimney pan or do not have a chimney pan at all, then your chimney walls will be exposed to water. Most likely, you have a chimney made of cement or brick, which is porous. This means that water can seep into the cement, causing a wide range of problems such as black mold.
What Is Black Mold?
- Black mold is toxic to breathe in and can be very dangerous to yourself and your loved ones if it is breathed into your body. If black mold settles in your chimney, it is difficult to detect and needs to be professionally removed. Black mold will continue to grow and can affect the structure of your chimney and can spread to the beams in your home and drywall. If you notice any signs of black mold, contact us immediately.
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Contact us today if you notice that your chimney pan has been damaged or if you do not have one, or if you notice any type of black mold or damage to your chimney. Advanced Chimney Sweeps can be reached at 770.884.6475 or you can REQUEST AN ESTIMATE ONLINE.