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Chimney & Fireplace Repairs: Trust Ashbusters Nashville for It All

If you live in the greater Nashville area, Ashbusters Chimney is the place to call for all things hearth and home heating. Interested in remodeling your living room and updating your fireplace? We can help. Looking to schedule a chimney inspection or a cleaning? We’ve got you covered there too. From minor fireplace repairs to larger and more intense chimney rebuilds, the team at Ashbusters has the knowledge, training, and experience to handle it all. To sum up…if you’re searching “fireplace repair near me,” look no further. We’ve got it covered.

You can get in touch with us by filling out our appointment request form right here on our website, or by calling 615-459-2546. See for yourself why we’re the preferred chimney repair and service provider in Central Tennessee!

What Chimney Repair Services Do You Provide?

First things first: what kinds of repair services do we offer? Because we are considered a full-service company, we do it all. So, no matter if you have a small leak in your flashing or your existing flue liner is shot, we’ve got the services you need to get back to enjoying your fireplace. Most repairs fall somewhere within the following categories:

  • Chimney Leak Repair. Leaks can come from anywhere – gaping brick and mortar, a cracked chimney crown, a missing cap, damaged flashing, and more. We know all the spots where leaking is bound to occur, so we’ll be sure to not only find the source of the leak, but fix it up too.
  • Chimney Relining. Sometimes it’s old age, other times it’s the aftermath of devastation in the wake of a chimney fire… regardless of why or how your chimney liner is damaged or deteriorating, we have solutions. With excellent liner materials that can replace your current flue liner, we’ll reline your system, so you can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
  • HeatShield® Repair & Resurfacing. Is your masonry chimney lined with terracotta and the tiles are beginning to give out? You might be a candidate for HeatShield®. A unique blend of fireproof materials, HeatShield® products breathe new life into deteriorating tile liners. Ashbusters is a Certified HeatShield® Provider, so you can rest assured that the process will be a breeze.
  • Chimney Masonry Repair. For as strong and sturdy as brick is, it is still susceptible to damage and decay over time. Whether your masonry has begun to develop chalky, white residue or the mortar is crumbling apart, we’ve got you covered. We offer a variety of masonry-specific repair services, so no matter the ailment, we’ve got the antidote.
  • Chimney Rebuilds. Whether your chimney is critically damaged in places or you’re simply interested in an upgraded look, the team at Ashbusters can help you rebuild the system of your dreams. All you have to do is tell us your vision and we’ll put in the work to make it happen.

Thinking of something else that we may not have covered in this list? Have a question about another repair job or fireplace issue? Reach out to someone from our team. We’re always here to help in any way we can.

And remember – just because you might not see something explicitly listed here doesn’t mean we can’t help. If it has to do with your fireplace or chimney, Ashbusters is the team for the job. Get in touch online or give us a call at 615-459-2546 to learn more about us, our services, and what we can do for you.

What Causes Most Chimney Damage?

There are times your chimney system will let you know for sure that something is wrong. If there are issues such as smoke filling into the room, a hard-to-start fire, or you see water dripping into the firebox, you know your appliance needs some attention.

However, if you had someone checking things over on an annual basis, there is a good chance any problems could be found long before these symptoms showed up in the first place. Think of it like human health… When we put off our yearly check-ups, bigger issues and other symptoms may come back to haunt us. The same goes for your chimney and fireplace, which is why regular maintenance and annual inspections are a must.

There are also some very common repairs that are related to the wear and tear of the appliance. This can be due to the amount of wood you burn every year, the type of wood you burn, animals invading your space, and even weather-related damage caused by high winds or extreme rain and lightning. All of these have the potential to cause cracks, leaks and breakdowns in the structure over time.

Long story short? If you do not maintain your chimney by having it inspected each year, then you may not know you are dealing with an unsafe appliance when you light your next fire.

Damaged Chimney

What Are the Top 5 Chimney Killers?

In any case, the most common contributors when it comes to chimney damage are the following:

  • Water
  • High wind
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Creosote
  • Animal intrusion and other external debris

We’re not scientists, but we have seen the weather patterns change over the last decade, and it looks like extreme weather is hitting almost every area of the US. When it rains, it really rains! There are tornados in places that rarely (if ever) see them and the straight line winds are high enough to knock down trees and chimneys at will.

While we cannot stop the weather from happening, we can help fortify, waterproof ,and maintain your fireplace and chimney appliance, so you know going in that, together, we have done everything we can to keep your family safer and your fireplace or other appliance working properly.

I Have a New House, So It Should Be Fine… Right?

We see it all the time in newer construction – houses built by contractors who are not chimney or fireplace professionals. We’ve actually come across several cases where combustible materials (such as wood) are built right next to, or even contained within, the firebox or flue. 

In order for a fireplace/alternative flame-producing appliance to meet industry codes and regulations, there are certain clearances that must be met. But, without consultation from a chimney and fireplace expert, builders might not know the exact specifications and details. For this reason, we always emphasize the importance of scheduling a level 2 chimney inspection during new construction or upon moving into a new home.

And while newer homes might not always be built properly when it comes to fireplace and chimney standards, that doesn’t let older homes completely off the hook. While the clearances and general structure might be sound and in line with existing codes in homes that predate the 1940s, there is a good chance that the chimney system does not have a liner. 

Possibly one of the most vital components contributing both to optimal performance and overall safety, operating a system without a chimney liner is very dangerous and can create a risk for dangers such as carbon monoxide exposure or poisoning and even chimney fires, if left uncorrected.

What Are Symptoms of a Sick Fireplace or Chimney?

Like we mentioned earlier, there are times when your chimney might be exhibiting clear signs of distress: audible dripping, cracks in the structure, a missing cap, and more. However, there are other times when it might not be as obvious as to what the problem is or where it’s coming from. The following is not exclusive or exhaustive, but does give you some things to look out for when it comes to assessing the health of your system:

  • Your fireplace smells like there’s something dead in there. Well, there is a good chance that that’s exactly what is going on… We find many a dead animal, like a raccoon or bird, that have lost their lives trying to get out of a chimney. To keep that from happening, we measure and place a chimney cap that has a screen attached to it to keep the critters out right at the top of the flue. If you have an animal screen already attached, there is either a tear or damage done to it that needs to be fixed or replaced.
  • Your chimney smells like wet smoke or the grill outside, but hasn’t been used recently. This is due to moisture buildup on top of the creosote. We fix this by sweeping the chimney and getting all that gunked and caked-on creosote out of the system.
  • You’ve opened the damper to get your fire ready and, once you light the flame, smoke begins to fill your living space instead of wafting out the flue. There are a few things that can cause this. There is a possibility that your flue might be blocked by debris, like an animal nest or an accumulation of creosote. It also could be a result of a temperature difference between your home and the outdoors. When the outside temperature is warmer than the inside, the smoke has a difficult time traveling up and out of the chimney. In either case, it’s a signal to schedule your annual chimney cleaning as well as a level 2 inspection so we can get a good look at the inside.
  • You find a powdery white substance on the outside of your masonry. This is called efflorescence and is the result of moisture damage expelling the minerals contained within bricks to the surface. While there are some water repellents available to consumers, we recommend you call a chimney professional to come out and clean it, then apply a commercial water repellent.
  • You notice cracking in what appears to be brick on your prefabricated fireplace. This is most likely a refractory panel that is designed to mimic the look of brick within the firebox. A professional will need to be called out to evaluate the situation to see if the panel needs to be replaced or not. If you have a masonry fireplace and, thus, real brick, a professional chimney tech will be able to take out those damaged firebricks and replace them with fresh ones.
  • You hear a dripping sound coming from the inside of your chimney. Of all the potential causes for chimney and fireplace damage, water is by far the most destructive. Because of the precarious nature and placement of chimney systems, there are pieces in place that are designed to protect against something as common as rain. If you’re seeing signs of water entry, call in the professionals as soon as possible. We will schedule an appointment as quickly as possible to inspect your chimney and evaluate where the leak is coming from. Ignoring it can cause extreme headaches and hiked-up costs down the line which is why we tell all our customers it’s not something that should ever be put off.
  • You see flaking bricks and crumbling mortar on the outside of your masonry. Naturally porous, bricks are easily damaged by water. Especially over time and if the brickwork was not properly waterproofed. Known as “spalling,” the flaking of the bricks is quite challenging to repair, so it’s important to leave all that work to an expert who has experience. Otherwise, you might be left with new materials that don’t match the color or composition of the rest of the system.

How Much Do Fireplace & Chimney Repairs Usually Cost?

Honestly, without knowing the exact extent of damage, history of use, type of system, etc. it’s hard to say. There are so many factors that contribute to the cost of chimney repair services that we don’t even provide a range of cost estimates on our website. 

Why? Because as a company that values integrity and transparency, we never wish to supply any false information to our current and soon-to-be customers. Unfortunately, given the diverse array of home heating appliances, there is just no way that we can confidently provide prices and have that range apply to every homeowner that visits our website.

This does not mean, however, that we won’t discuss these estimates with you over the phone or in person. Once we know more about what we’re working with and the root cause of the issue(s), we’re more than willing to discuss quotes. 

Also? We offer a financing option, so that no matter what your total cost adds up to, you don’t have to worry about coming up with one huge lump sum by the time your service is complete. You can reach us online or by calling 615-459-2546. We’re here to make your life easier!

Tech with black shirt holding masonry tool repairing brickwork

How Do I Choose the Right Chimney Repair & Services Company?

Well, this is largely up to personal preference and the qualities you’re looking for when it comes to your home improvement services. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when conducting your search:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have good reviews?
  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • Are their chimney technicians certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)?
  • Do they seem willing to do what you’re asking of them?
  • Are they friendly and personable? Do they keep their customers informed throughout the entire service process?

There are, of course, many other factors that can come into play when you’re looking for a company to come service your chimney. And while we cannot speak for any other chimney service companies in the Nashville area, we can let you know that here at Ashbusters Chimney Service, we excel in every area and then some. There’s a reason we’ve won awards for our various chimney maintenance and repair services!

Schedule Your Chimney Repair Services With Ashbusters

There are few things we love more than the transition from summer to fall, when the world gets a little quieter and everything seems a bit easier…except when that darn fireplace starts acting up! Luckily, we’re here to solve that mystery and get you back to unwinding in front of a beautiful fire. We’re here to provide a professional chimney sweep service, repair a leak, fix the crown, or reline your flue.

The bottom line? We’re here to help ensure that your system is properly repaired and in good working order, so you and your family can enjoy your fireplace the way it was intended.

We know staying on top of annual chimney cleanings and regular inspections is the preventive care that we wish everyone received, but we also know that sometimes services such as these slip past our consciousness. So if you have been remiss in taking care of your fireplace, wood stove and chimney, it’s okay. Call us now at 615-459-2546 or reach out online, and let’s get it taken care of and off your to-do list.


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