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Chimney Leaks

Leaking Chimneys

If you live in northeast Florida and you think your chimney may be leaking, you have come to the right place. Repairing a leaking chimney is one of the worst things to put off, as it can end up requiring extensive masonry work in addition to costly repairs to your walls, ceilings and floors. Talk about a nightmare! During our 30+ years in this business, Hudson Chimney has seen some horrific water damage as a result of leaking chimneys. We want to do everything we can to stop chimney water damage in its tracks or prevent it from happening at all. You’ll be happy to know that is usually quite easy and affordable to prevent water from getting into your chimney. The best preventative measure a homeowner can take is to have his chimney professionally waterproofed before he suspects a chimney leak.

Why Water and Chimneys Don’t Mix

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Water is most certainly a chimney’s number one enemy. This is because chimney masonry—both the brick and mortar—is porous and the inside of a chimney is constructed of metal, which is prone to rust. The Chimney Safety Institute of America actually says, “Most masonry materials are porous and will absorb large amounts of water. Common brick is like a sponge, absorbing water and wicking moisture to the chimney interior.” Also, because a chimney juts out of your roof, it is basically inviting water into and around it. Luckily, there are lots of ways to keep water out of your chimney, including the installation of chimney caps (or repair of faulty chimney caps) and chase pans, in addition to the waterproofing measures we have mentioned earlier.

Signs Your Chimney May Be Leaking

Chimneys can sometimes be leaking without showing any symptoms, but more often than not you will see signs that water is getting inside of your chimney and starting to damage it. Call a chimney professional right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox parts or rusted fireplace accessories
  • A dripping noise
  • Rotting adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings
  • Water-stained walls and ceiling around your chimney
  • Stained chimney exterior or decaying exterior mortar
  • A cracked or deteriorated flue lining
  • A tilted, collapsed or settled-looking chimney
  • Rainwater in or around your fireplace or furnace thimble

If you think your chimney may be leaking, don’t make the mistake of calling a roofer to fix your chimney. It can appear that your roof is leaking when it’s really your chimney, but that’s just because leaking chimneys often end up leaking into your ceiling. The certified chimney technicians from Hudson Chimney have all the tools and experience to pinpoint the place where water is entering your chimney and repair it so that you don’t have to worry any longer about your leaking chimney.

Hudson Chimney Can Help

Let a certified chimney professional from Hudson Chimney inspect your chimney to determine whether or not your chimney has a leak. We want to protect your home from water damage and extend the life of your chimney. If you want more information, you can read more about our waterproofing process here.

Do you live in Northeast Florida and think your chimney may be leaking? Call Hudson Chimney right away.

 

Be sure you have a chimney cap in good condition on your chimney to avoid problems with unwanted water, live critters and other debris. When Hudson Chimney services your fireplace or chimney, we can make sure everything is as it should be.

Don’t Procrastinate Your Chimney Repair Work

Procrastinating on chimney repairs can lead to very dangerous results. There are many reasons why you should never procrastinate on repairing your chimney. A fireplace is a wonderful addition to your home to keep you warm and cozy, however, it is important to remember that the chimneys that serve them work to make sure that the fire burning doesn’t result in dangerous gases and other by-products of combustion getting into your home.

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Reasons why chimney repairs are important

Smoke from fires contains dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illnesses or even death if exposed to large amounts. 

Another risk is that delaying repairs could lead to chimney fires. As all of the different substances produced as wood burns are expelled through the chimney, it could result in residue that sticks to the inner walls of your chimney. This is called creosote. Creosote is a black or brown oily residue that is highly combustible. If it’s not maintained and taken care of, the buildup could ignite causing chimney fires.

Another reason to not delay repairs is that the further the damage, the more costly it could get, especially if it deals with cracks or leaks. Cracks in your chimney could lead to overheating and dangerous gases to leak into your home. Leaks in your chimney could lead to further damage of the structure of your home. As it impairs the efficiency of your chimney, it can also cause leaks into your ceilings, walls, and other structures.

Leaks occur because a lot of masonry materials are porous to expel the gases, however this also means that it can absorb large amounts of water. According to the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA), common bricks act like a sponge, absorbing water & moisture into the interior of your chimney system.

Preventing leaks is very affordable and easy. Here at Hudson Chimney, we want to do everything we can to help from water damage to preventing dangerous gases to enter your home.

Look for signs

There are many different ways to know if you need chimney repairs. With leaks, it could be hard to find any symptoms. However, if you see any of these following signs, call a chimney professional right away.

  • Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox parts or rusted fireplace accessories
  • A dripping noise
  • Rotting adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings
  • Water-stained walls and ceiling around your chimney
  • Stained chimney exterior or decaying exterior mortar
  • A cracked or deteriorated flue lining
  • A tilted, collapsed or settled-looking chimney
  • Rainwater in or around your fireplace or furnace thimble

With possible creosote build up, you shouldn’t see any heavy or dangerous signs such as loud cracking or dense smoke if you get your chimney swept regularly. As creosote build up comes in different stages, the further you get, the harder and more costly it will get.

Some early signs to look for are:

  • Reduced drafting in fireplace
  • Black soot in and around your fireplace
  • Very dark smoke coming from your chimney
  • If you can see more than ⅛ of an inch of soot build up
  • Not as much as ash left after burning
  • If you see any of these signs, make sure you contact a chimney professional to help.

How We Can Help

Hudson Chimney has been in the business for over 30 years and we have dealt with all kinds of repairs. We have certified chimney professionals that will help inspect your chimney and repair them for you. We want to make sure that your home is protected from preventable danger concerning your chimney. 

With the recent Covid-19 outbreak, we are taking precautions to ensure your safety as well as your professionals. We are taking measures not to shake hands, we will be wearing gloves, laying down tarps, which are washed everyday when professionals return, and we have many tarps to ensure that we are not spreading the virus from home to home.

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Have Storms Damaged Your Chimney? 

The best way to detect storm damage is to hire a professional to assess your chimney. Inspections are recommended annually, but if your home was affected by the storm (trees fallen, shingles missing, etc.) then your chimney was most likely affected and you should call a professional. 

only Signs of a Storm Damaged Chimney

Tropical storms come with sustained winds of 39 mph and higher. Once the maximum sustained winds pass 74 mph, the storm is considered a hurricane. Tropical storms, hurricanes, and even a heavy thunderstorm can cause damage to your chimney system. Winds can blow off or damage flashing and chimney caps. Hail and rain can damage masonry, and if the damage isn’t repaired, more can occur. 

YOUR CHIMNEY CAP

In high-wind areas, you can opt for a chimney cap designed to handle hurricane-force winds, and deflect wind from coming into the flue. A functional cap should block rain from falling into the flue. However, when it blows off during a serious storm, it will allow water into the chimney system. Water destroys a chimney from the inside out. If it isn’t corrected, it will continue to ruin parts of the chimney system, as well as components of the home.

YOUR FLASHING

The flashing is made up of thin sheets of metal, placed along the seam of the roof and chimney intersection. This is the most vulnerable area of the entire chimney system, and is at risk even with properly installed flashing. When flashing is installed incorrectly – as it often is – it becomes a sure place for leaks and damages. It’s best to have the chimney inspected regularly and know the flashing is in good shape and ready for Florida weather. What happens if the flashing becomes damaged, shifts, or is blown away? Water from tropical storms will penetrate the roof, affecting the chimney, flooring, walls, and structural materials of the home!

YOUR CHIMNEY REPAIRS

Hudson Chimney sees a lot of storm damage this time of year, after hurricane season, and before fall. This is the time that homeowners are getting ready for burn season. So, it’s the best time to have the chimney inspected and schedule necessary repairs.

Flashing Repair – Hudson Chimney repairs flashing with the expertise required to properly place flashing according to the slant of the roof, the roofing materials, and the high wind area you live.

Masonry Repair – Depending on the damage to the masonry itself, whether water or wind damage, a masonry repair may be in order. Hudson Chimney sweeps can repair spalling masonry through a process called tuckpointing, replace chimney crowns, and waterproof the masonry for added protection.

DON’T WAIT – HAVE YOUR CHIMNEY INSPECTED & REPAIRED TODAY

When you leave repairs undone, you leave your chimney system exposed to the elements. Missing flashing or caps and damaged crowns or masonry can allow water to go directly into your system. When water enters your system, it can ruin walls and furniture, rust parts, and even cause respiratory issues to your family members.

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PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS

The best way to detect storm damage is to hire a professional to assess your chimney. Inspections are recommended annually, but if your home was affected by the storm (trees fallen, shingles missing, etc.) then your chimney was most likely affected and you should call a professional. Hudson Chimney will assess your chimney in one quick and affordable appointment. This service may even be covered by your homeowner’s insurance if you have filed a storm claim. In general, an inspection will save you money in the long run, because letting damage go undetected is the best way to ruin a chimney. 

INSTALL A NEW CAP

You can purchase a chimney cap that deflects wind from the flue opening. In this area where hurricanes and tropical storms typically produce strong winds, this is a great option. Ask Hudson Chimney about custom chimney caps that will help you protect your chimney system.

SCHEDULE WATERPROOFING SERVICES

Hudson Chimney recommends and applies ChimneySaver water repellent, which creates a barrier that water cannot penetrate. This is a specially formulated sealer that allows vapors to escape while keeping water molecules out. It will not only protect your masonry this season but for years.

Hudson Chimney has inspected and repaired all of our chimney needs for years now. They have a very respectful staff and all of the techs and management that I have met have been respectful and courteous.
Robert, local homeowner

Mark and his son prepaired my home for any nasty black stuff from getting all over my house, he then inspected and cleaned the fire place, accurately diagnosed the repair,he had the materials and repair it right then and there!…I all most wished I had another fire place for him to fix,THEY ARE REALLY THAT GOOD!

Nancy, local homeowner

Why You Should Work with Hudson Chimney

Whatever you’re hearth or chimney needs, you can trust Hudson Chimney to provide you with honest evaluations and high-quality products and workmanship. Hudson Chimney is located in Middleburg, Florida and has been providing quality, full-service chimney and hearth care since 1979. 

We are: 

– Dedicated to education,

– Up to date on all our certifications on the local and national levels,

– Working to give back to the community.

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Our Promise to You

We know how frustrating it can be to find out that a service provider is being dishonest. At Hudson Chimney, we value the client-service provider relationship and promise we will never betray your trust in us. With Hudson Chimney on the job, you can rest assured that you aren’t being fooled or conned into paying for unnecessary or fabricated repairs or services. We value integrity and vow to always be honest and up front with you. In fact, we never perform a service or repair without first explaining the problem and educating our customers on why it’s happening and how to prevent problems in the future.

Pricing

Because each home, flue and fireplace/chimney is different we can’t give our pricing accurately on our site. However, please call our office to discuss a quote and the factors that go into how we price our services. 

Reasons Why Your Fireplace Requires Annual Maintenance

No matter what type of chimney and fireplace system you have and no matter how often it is used, it still requires annual maintenance to maintain safety for your family and long-lasting parts and functionality. To get straight to the point, the fireplacesGas-Fireplace-Jacksonville-FL-Hudson-Chimney and chimney systems which are cleaned regularly and inspected annually are the ones that are most safe and efficient year after year—both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say so (and we agree).

Unsafe Chimneys Put Lives at Risk

When you neglect your annual maintenance, your chimney will suffer, which means your fire will suffer, and your comfort and safety will as well. As your fire burns, chemical byproducts are released into the flue system where they vent safely outside the home. When this process is interrupted, the smoke and toxins can push into the rest of the house, affecting the breathable air and putting your family at risk for carbon monoxide exposure and particulate pollution.

Additionally, when the fire doesn’t vent properly it will be difficult-to-light and will require more fuel to reach the desired temperature. This heat will not go up the chimney the way it’s intended and designed, so the risk for accidental fire goes up. A flue fire can be catastrophic, destroying your property and causing injury or even death to family and guests.

It’s our goal and the goal of every CSIA certified chimney professional to bring down the occurrence of residential chimney fires and chimney-related incidents. We help our friends and neighbors in and around Jacksonville, Florida maintain safety and comfort for their homes by offering expert chimney services.

Signs Your Chimney Needs Maintenance

Your chimney system is put to work every time you light a fire and it requires annual maintenance no matter how often it’s used. If you haven’t scheduled a chimney sweep or inspection for your system in the last 12 months, now is the time. Though your chimney system needs basic services annually, there are certain signs that indicate the system needs attention right away.

  • Odors in the fireplace and chimney: Odors mean a problem in the system. Depending on the odor, the problems may be extreme and dangerous. A barbecue smell means the system is dirty and likely has obstructions and flammable creosote deposits. A mildew odor means there is a chimney leak and is likely causing water damage. Foul odors of decomposition mean the system is dirty with decomposing organic materials like leaves and limbs—even a possible dead animal! Any odors in the system mean an expert eye needs to assess the system.
  • Spalling masonry: Broken, cracked, and crumbling masonry is a serious problem that can allow water into the system, can lead to structural issues, and can compromise ventilation. If your masonry is damaged, it’s important to call a professional who can assess and repair it properly, and prevent a recurrence.
  • Chimney leaks: A chimney leak may not only occur inside the chimney system itself. While the water may enter by way of the chimney, the leak can occur anywhere in the home as water runs through flooring and walls and can form a leak several rooms away from the chimney. If you have a leak anywhere in your home, or notice dripping sounds or visible signs of a leak in the chimney itself, it’s time to call a professional.
  • A smoky fireplace: If your fireplace is smoky, the flue isn’t venting properly. It may be that your flue is obstructed, dirty, or your damper isn’t working properly. Your smoky fireplace may even be caused by the wrong type of firewood. In order to determine the source of your smoky fireplace, call a professional who can complete a basic assessment before you use your fireplace and expose your family to smoke inhalation.
  • Stains on the chimney or in the fireplace: Stains on the inside of the firebox (or fireplace) can be a sign of the wrong firewood, a ventilation problem, or a leak. This needs to be addressed by a certified professional. Additionally, exterior stains are a problem. Red/brown stains at the top of your chimney is a sign of a damaged or dislodged cap. White stains on the masonry surface mean water is passing through the masonry and leaving minerals on the surface.

No matter what type of damage you have discovered or signs you’ve noticed, it is never too late to have it repaired, and it’s never too early to call an expert. At Hudson Chimney we are trained to diagnose and make repairs of the smallest kind so that our customers can avoid costs of the big kind.

When it’s time to schedule your services, schedule with us. Call Hudson Chimney at 904-282-4159 and put your trust in the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps that have been serving Jacksonville, Florida for over 30 years.

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Rely on The Experienced, Certified Techs at Hudson Chimney

We know you have a lot of options when it comes to chimney & fireplace services and repairs, but do they all have the certifications and training it takes to do the job correctly?

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Your house is your home and keeping it in top condition can take a lot of work. Our technicians are trained and certified by the best associations in the nation, our founder even started the Florida Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps! If you want the best, count on Hudsons.

Our services include:

  • Chimney Sweeping & Fireplace Cleaning
  • Inspections & Video Scans
  • Chimney & Fireplace Repairs
  • Chimney Relining
  • Chimney Leaks
  • Chimney Caps
  • Storm Damage Repairs & Prevention Services
  • Dryer Vent Services

We also sell and install:

  • Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
  • Gas Stoves and Fireplaces
  • Gas Logs

You can count on us to service it, waterproof it, repair it, and even rebuild it, if necessary.

“I appreciate Hudson Chimney for their reliable and professional service. They went the extra mile in explaining what needed to be done to my system to safely operate after I moved into my new house. I had no idea how much was going on inside that fireplace. Hudson will be my go to chimney company from here out.” – Jonathan K.

Certifications & Associations

Hudson Chimney has been providing the Middleburg and Jacksonville, FL areas with high-quality chimney services for over 40 years and love what we do.

The owner and operator of the business (Mark Hudson) believes heavily in education, which is why he is a Master Chimney Sweep, certified by the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America). He also has certifications from ISC (Independent Safety Commission) and CDET (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician).

Not only is Mark a decorated chimney sweep, but he is also associated with the NCSG (National Chimney Sweeping Guild), the GCSG (Georgia Chimney Sweep Guild) and is the founder and president of the FGPCS (Florida Guild of Professional Chimney Sweep).

We believe in providing the best for our customers which is why we care so deeply about having the certifications and technical training to back us up.

Don’t pay for low-quality service – you’ll just have to hire us later to fix the problem!

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What to Expect

We know how frustrating it can be to find out that a service provider is being dishonest. At Hudson Chimney, we value the client-service provider relationship and promise we will never betray your trust in us. With Hudson Chimney on the job, you can rest assured that you aren’t being fooled or conned into paying for unnecessary or fabricated repairs or services. We value integrity and vow to always be honest and up front with you. In fact, we never perform a service or repair without first explaining the problem and educating our customers on why it’s happening and how to prevent problems in the future.

Pricing

Because each chimney and fireplace is different, we can’t offer a price on our site, but if you call we will give you an estimate on what you can expect for each service.

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Don’t Procrastinate! Have Your Chimney Serviced for Winter

Using a fireplace that hasn’t been cleaned or inspected puts your home and family at risk. Your fire may burn nicely with a beautiful, dancing flame, but there may be unseen problems. Many homeowners don’t know what signs to look for that might indicate a chimney problem. Much of the system is unseen and oftentimes there is serious damage by the time the homeowner notices any problem at all. The safest chimneys are those that are maintained by a professional regularly.

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The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) agree that the safest and most efficient chimneys are cleaned regularly and inspected annually. Home and business owners in and around Jacksonville, Florida can have their chimney systems cleaned and inspected by Hudson Chimney, Jacksonville’s favorite for over 30 years.

Chimney Sweeping and Cleaning

Cleaning the chimney system from top to bottom means it’s safe from the inside out. When you schedule a chimney sweep with us, a certified expert from Hudson Chimney will be there to help. We’ll use specialized brushes and rods to sweep away soot and creosote from the flue walls. Then, we collect the dust and debris in an industrial vacuuming system.

Creosote buildup in the chimney system is a serious fire hazard. Lighting a fire in a dirty chimney may put your home and your family at great risk. Creosote is made up mostly of tar and can reach a condensed level of buildup called Glazed Creosote. This buildup can slow airflow through the flue and ignite when temperatures are extreme and sparks rise up the chimney. Glazed creosote cannot be removed by brush during a standard chimney sweep but will require professional removal by an industrial product. Avoid this extra hassle by schedule regular chimney sweeps to remove creosote before it becomes a problem.

CSIA Inspections

Homeowners may not know what to look for, but a trained and experienced chimney expert will. Your chimney inspection is the most important appointment you’ll make for your home this year. They prevent accidental fires, chimney water leaks, and serious structural damage.

It’s our goal and mission in the chimney industry to bring down the instances of residential fires and a large part of this is accomplished through providing important services like these. Chimney fires are 100 percent preventable. A properly-constructed chimney system with all the right parts working together correctly will vent the fire safely and efficiently. When you schedule a CSIA inspection and your chimney gets a clean bill of health from a certified professional, you can rest assured that the system will work correctly all winter long.

If you reside in Jacksonville and own or rent a home with a fireplace, there is time to schedule your chimney maintenance in time for your winter fires.

Call us at 904-282-4159 or contact us online.

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Hudson Chimney is the Jacksonville Florida Area’s Home for Certified Chimney & Fireplace Services

 

Based in Middleburg, Florida, Hudson Chimney proudly serves several counties throughout Northeast Florida & Southeast Georgia. We offer a wide range of chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent cleaning & installation Hudson Chimney Now a CSIA Certified Master Sweep Image - Jacksonville FL - Hudson Chimneyservices. We handle inspections and video scans, chimney relining, and chimney and fireplace repairs, including masonry repairs, mortar crowns, tuckpointing, firebox repair and rebuilding. We also install chimney caps, dampers, and chase pans and fix chimney leaks, as well as waterproof chimneys. Even without a showroom for our hearth products, we are able to provide sales on wood stoves & fireplaces as well as gas stoves & fireplaces.

Because of owner Mark Hudson’s Master Sweep certification with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), CDET (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician) certifications, & memberships with both the NCSG (National Chimney Sweep Guild) and the GCSG (Georgia Chimney Sweep Guild), homeowners can trust the team at Hudson Chimney to provide work that is not only certified, but is of the utmost quality & professionalism. Mark is also the founder and president of  FGPCS (Florida Guild of Professional Chimney Sweeps).

We’ve been providing full-service chimney & hearth care since 1979! Call Hudson Chimney today at 904-282-4159.

The Importance of Waterproofing

Your chimney is at risk of serious damage if it hasn’t been waterproofed. Many homeowners think that a well-constructed chimney or professionally-installed system is good to go. Many Chimney Waterproofing and Leak Repair - Jacksonville FL - Hudson Chimneyhomeowners aren’t even aware that chimneys can BE waterproofed—and should be! The truth is that water is such a hazard to a properly-functioning chimney that industry professionals have designed specialized products to protect them.

Chimney Water Damage

Your chimney is at risk for water damage year-round. Whether you live on the coast, in the mountains, in a mild climate, or elsewhere, your chimney will be affected by water. The goal of every homeowner and every chimney professional is to keep the water on the OUTSIDE of the chimney. Once it penetrates the system, it can damage it from inside out. What’s more, your chimney leak can lead to water damage and leaks in other areas of the house.

Common water damage includes:

  • Rusted dampers, fireplace accessories, connectors, and glass doors
  • Deterioration of metal and masonry assemblies
  • Deterioration of adjacent structural materials and wall coverings
  • Damaged central heating system and flue lining system
  • Collapsed hearth support, tilted chimney, collapsed structure
  • Chimney settlement
  • Spalling masonry and damaged mortar
  • Clogged clean-out area
  • Water-stains of masonry, walls, floors, and furniture

Winter Water Damage

Water damage is worse in winter months than at any other time. This is because once the water penetrates the masonry through cracks or porous spaces, it freezes and expands. As the water expands, space is made and the masonry is broken apart. When a fire is lit in the system and the chimney warms up, the ice is melted and the water runs further into the damaged masonry. This process, called the freeze/thaw cycle, is repeated month after month, all winter long. The freeze/thaw cycle results in what professionals in the industry call “winter damage”. When your chimney isn’t properly waterproofed, it will take on winter damage that will need to be repaired in the spring to avoid more damage and costly repairs.

Preventable Damage

Like many problems and hazards that can affect your chimney system, water damage is also preventable. You can protect your chimney by hiring a certified professional to maintain it properly. Serving Jacksonville for over 30 years, Hudson Chimney strives to offer valuable services to our customers year after year. By choosing Hudson for all of your chimney needs, you ensure your system is ready for all the seasons, tropical storm season, fire season, and anything that comes your way. Your chimney system is meant to last years—at least as many years as your home or longer. Chimneys and fireplaces add value to your home, but only if they aren’t costing you every year in damages!

We diagnose and repair leaky chimneys, but we also prevent chimney leaks in the first place! Schedule waterproofing services with Hudson Chimney this fall and protect your masonry from tropical storms, mineral-heavy water, humidity, and more. We apply an industrial water-repellant that allows you chimney to breathe and vent properly while also keeping water molecules out. This waterproofing agent doesn’t change the look of your masonry at all, penetrates deep into the masonry, and lasts up to 8 years! If you have never waterproofed your system or have had recent masonry repairs, contact our team today to schedule.

Signs of a Leaky Chimney

Most of the U.S. is getting more rain for this time of year than ever before. In much of the Midwest, farmers aren’t able to seed their cropland, and still, the rain just keeps on coming. In Florida, we are four weeks into Hurricane Season, and there are already five hurricanes projected to hit us this season.

The rain and wind that come with these storms mean we need to protect our chimneys from water damage. It also means you should schedule preventative services with a chimney professional or schedule repairs for damages that have already occurred. At Hudson Chimney, we are the professionals with the knowledge and experience to take care of all your leaky chimney needs!

The Problem with Chimney Leaks

rainbow behind home with yellow chimneyWater is the worst thing that can happen to a masonry chimney. The reason water can cause so much damage is because of the materials which make up the masonry. The masonry is porous in nature, and it is made of various materials that are highly affected by moisture. A chimney system may be well made, but even a small amount of water can destroy it from the inside out.

When water is allowed into the chimney system, either by the top (at the cap or crown) or through the sides (flashing and masonry), you can guess there is likely damage. Since most of the chimney system is not readily visible, the leak may take time to notice and damage might occur before anything can be done about it. The best way to prevent water damage is to prevent chimney leaks, and our team is here to help.

Signs of a Chimney Leak

Leaks often go unnoticed because much of the leak occurs behind the scenes, and homeowners aren’t sure what to look. In order to catch a leak early, it’s important to know what to look for, and here are some of the signs of a leaky chimney.

  • Stains on masonry interior and exterior
  • Dripping sounds and visible water in the chimney
  • Odors of mildew and mold
  • A high amount of moisture in the home
  • Cracks and deterioration in masonry
  • Leaks in other parts of the home

When you experience a leak, it can be nerve-racking. When you call in the right professional to deal with it, it won’t be a big deal. Many homeowners tend to call a general contractor for leaks, assuming it’s a roof or plumbing problem. The best option for homeowners with chimneys, however, is to call the chimney professionals. We will not only assess the leak, but we will also correct it at the source. We install new caps and flashing, repair crowns and masonry, and we also waterproof chimneys for good measure. Our waterproofing services will protect the masonry from water intrusion for ten years!

Are you a homeowner in Northeast Florida, and you aren’t sure if your chimney system is properly protected against water leaks? Call Hudson Chimney today at 904-282-4159. Our team will take care of your chimney!

All About Chimney Odors

There is a host of issues that a homeowner may have with their chimney throughout winter. When the fireplace is in use every day, hazards may arise anytime. However, during the off-season, chimney problems may not present immediate danger and are subtle, but they can still be quite a bother.

Perhaps you’re a homeowner in the Jacksonville, Florida area and the summer heat and humidity are affecting your chimney. You may not even realize it until you notice disgusting smells coming from your fireplace. There are lots of different kinds of odors, and each odor could mean something is wrong with your chimney. Let Hudson Chimney troubleshoot and figure out the problem with your chimney odor today!

Chimney Odors and Chimney Problems

masonry chimney behind tree branchesThe first thing you might notice during the off-season won’t identify itself as a chimney problem unless you know what to look for. You may be sitting in your living room, relaxing with coffee and a friend, and then you suddenly smell the overwhelming odor of barbecue. It is strong, and now you can’t focus on anything else. This is a common complaint we get from customers as they realize that the odor is coming from their fireplace. The fireplace worked fine all year. They didn’t have any problems with it. What’s the problem? The problem, according to the professionals, depends on the odor.

Barbecue Grill/Smoker Odor

If your fireplace smells like a dirty barbecue grill inside your living room, it is time to call the professionals. This odor is a direct result of a dirty chimney system. The soot and creosote that collects in and coats the system all winter long are beginning to stink due to the air pressure outside forcing the odors indoors. The smell also worsens when humidity rises, water vapors mingling with the soot and creosote. This combination is especially corrosive to the liner if it isn’t cleaned out of the system or the chimney is closed from the outside.

Mold/Mildew Odor

You might be smelling odors that indicate mold or mildew. If you have checked all the cabinets under the sink, looked over ceilings and walls for leaks, and caught up on laundry baskets, it’s time to look at the chimney. Water in the chimney system, especially water that has been present long enough for bacteria growth, will begin to emit these odors. This is a sign of a leak that is serious and should be fixed right away before more damage occurs.

Foul/Decomposition Odor

This type of odor is easy to identify, but homeowners never want to believe it. When you smell the foul odor of decomposition, you might assume you have a dead mouse under a bed or inside a wall. The chimney can emit this odor too. However, when animals come into the system and die when organic material begins to decompose such as limbs, wood, leaves, etc. and the odor is the same. When you smell this foul odor from the fireplace, it needs to be cleaned out immediately.

Solution

Schedule services with Hudson chimney so that your chimney smells fresh and is ready for burning season in the fall. We can clean the system from top to bottom, check for chimney leaks, and even waterproof the masonry to prevent future leaks.

Don’t settle for a stinky house or a dirty chimney. Call Hudson Chimney today at 904-282-4159 and we’ll make sure your chimney is clean and fresh in no time!