Taking care of your chimney isn’t easy. It requires a lot of time, materials, skill and constant attention. As homeowners, we need to constantly monitor and maintain our chimneys in order to ensure our home and our family’s safety.
This time of year homeowners from all over Central Florida contact ABC Cleaning, Inc. about concerns they have with their chimney. One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is about chimney mold. So, in this post we’ve compiled a few important facts along with some helpful information about chimney mold.
First and Foremost, Water is the Enemy
Aside from water being known to cause damage in your chimney’s mortar and brick, and not to mention the risk it has on potentially damaging your chimney’s structural integrity, water is our number one enemy because it is the key ingredient in mold proliferation.
Signs and Indications
What are the early signs to look out for that are indicative of mold growth? To be able to detect mold growth without actually going up your chimney to take a peak would require you to be very observant. First, you need to take note of the season and the weather. Since the potential for mold growth greatly increases with the presence of water, you need to be more alert whenever it’s warm, rainy or humid. Second, you need to take note of the smell. If you notice a musky odor circulating, then that is definitely a tell-tale sign of mold growth.
Every person has a different reaction to certain substances. The same is true with a person’s reaction to molds. Here are a few of the common physical reactions attributed to mold growth:
Dizziness, Breathing problems, Flu-like symptoms, Memory loss, Weakened immune system
Of course, these reactions vary depending on the severity of the mold growth and exposure and the person’s physical state upon contact.
In order to prevent the possibility of mold growth, the best thing for you to do is to waterproof your chimneys. A waterproofing sealant can be applied on the walls of your chimney. Another preventive measure is to install a chimney cap. Chimney caps cover the opening so that little or no water at all can enter. Eliminating the possibility of water also eliminates the possibility of mild growth in your chimney. To learn more about you chimney, call the experts at ABC Cleaning, Inc. today.
About ABC Cleaning, Inc. of Orlando, FL
Serving Central Florida since 1992, ABC Cleaning, Inc. has been the acknowledged leader in air duct cleaning, chimney cleaning and dryer vent cleaning. We’re NADCA certified, we consistently invest in and have the most modern equipment and utilize the latest technology available with the best-trained service technicians in all of Orlando. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair faulty ducts, please contact us at ABC. We provide quality HVAC service throughout Orlando and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call today at (407) 381-2120. We are here to help!