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To keep your chimney working at top efficiency and safety, the national experts, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommend homeowners to get their chimney professionally swept and inspected at least once a year. In the Charleston area, Ashbusters is known for our superior chimney maintenance, repair, and installation. Our team of experienced CSIA-certified chimney sweeps is dedicated to our the safety and protection of homes. No matter what your chimney or fireplace need, we are here to help. We would like to tell you more about some signs that tell you it is time to give the professionals a call.


chimney helpThe CSIA states that water is the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys, because of the damage it can do. Knowing what to look for can help you avoid expensive and extensive repairs down the road, including structural collapse. If you ever notice stains on the exterior of your chimney, it is a sign of water penetration. It is known as efflorescence, the stains are a residue of salt that are left behind after water has evaporated.

Cracked, loose, and missing bricks and mortar joints are also signs of water leak. These masonry deterioration get worse if you neglect needed repairs. The Ashbusters team of masonry repair technicians can replace damaged bricks and mortar joints with durable materials. We can help you prevent future water damage with our waterproofing treatment service. After we waterproof your chimney, it will be protected against water penetration!


One of the most common fireplace issues is smoke blowing back into the room. Not only does this problem have several possible causes, but it is also be a sign that other byproducts of combustion including toxic gases, are entering your living spaces. Don’t hesitate to call Ashbusters, because we can quickly diagnose your smoky chimney and eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Another sign of an interior chimney issue is an unpleasant odor coming from the fireplace. Whether the source of the smell is a dead animal or the hazardously flammable creosote, a good sweeping as well as a Level 2 inspection using a closed circuit video camera will help resolve your issues!

Knowing when to call the professionals help keep your system working safely and efficiently. If you notice any of the above signs, never hesitate to contact us at Ashbusters. You can count on our chimney maintenance and repair services to restore the function and beauty of your system!