A chimney in disrepair is a dreadful sight. What’s worse, some homeowners don’t know that they require chimney repair until it’s too late.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to have your chimney inspected annually so that minor problems don’t cause permanent damage, requiring entire chimney rebuilds.
Without climbing to a dangerous vantage point, do you know when it’s time for a chimney repair? In this post, we’ll outline some of the signs that point to your chimney requiring a professional chimney sweep and repair company.
Damaged Mortar Joints: As we mentioned above, without climbing to the top of your roof, you will probably never know that your mortar joints are damaged. A damaged mortar joint allows water to enter the cracks in the masonry, leading to insidious decay that is difficult to detect without a professional eye.
White Stains on Brick: Discoloration, on the outside of brick, is a surefire sign that your chimney has moisture problems. This efflorescence, which is a word that means moisture that is brought to the surface and then dries as it evaporates, can be cleaned with soap and water, but isn’t a permanent solution. A professional will need to assess your chimney further in order to truly solve this problem.
Signs of Rust: Often, when rust appears on your damper or firebox, you have moisture problems originating inside your chimney. Rust is also an indicator that other problems exist, like a damaged flue. In either instance, you will only know the source of the real problem if a professional inspects your chimney for damage.
If you see any of the three signs above, do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Fiddler On The Roof Chimney Service was established in October 1983. Over the years, we have grown to be one of the largest, most respected chimney sweep companies in the Los Angeles area.