The Rundown on Chimney Mold
What happens when molds start to grow in your chimney? Now that the rainy season has started, I bet you’ve started to ask this question. We from Pristine Chimney Sweeps would like to give you a rundown on chimney mold. We have the best people in town to help you not only with this particular problem but also with anything that is related to your fireplace and chimney. This is the very reason why our professionals had to undergo training and seminars by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and also be certified by the National Fireplace Institute. So your chimney is definitely in good hands.
All about Mold
Mold thrives in damp places where there is enough moisture. It can come in all sorts of colors and shapes but one thing’s for sure, it will always keep multiplying, as long as its environment is a conducive habitat for it. Some molds have a distinct odor while some have none. What most of us don’t know is that it has harmful toxins that will compromise your health especially when the mold has reached extensive amounts.
If your chimney has water leaks, if there are gaps in the bricks, if the mortar is deteriorating, if you don’t have a covering like a chimney cap, and if your chimney hasn’t been waterproofed, molds have a greater chance of appearing.
Once mold is present, you will notice a change in the atmosphere of your home. You will also notice a funny smell coming from the inside of your chimney and your chimney’s structure will start to deteriorate. You will then start to feel the symptoms of exposure to molds such as cough, colds, and headaches. Always make sure to have yourself checked by a physician when this happens.
Preventing Mold Growth
The best way to prevent this from happening is to have a chimney cap installed. The chimney cap will block water coming from the chimney opening. For the brick walls, we can waterproof them. A waterproofing sealant is applied on the walls. By doing these two things, we eliminate any chances for water to enter and for mold to occur. Also, it’s best to have your chimney checked and inspected every once in a while just to make sure everything is working inside out.