All things age and deteriorate, and at times they made need to be replaced. Chimneys are faithful in providing that lovely warmth that you feel within the winter months, but they too require restoration over time. Mortar joints damage with time, dampers rust, and spalling happens. These are just a few of the things that may indicate that your chimney is in need of restoration. Taking heed to these will help prevent home fires:
- Damaged mortar joints: The mortar between the bricks of your chimney is for support and keeping the bricks in place, meaning they’re the entire structure. So when the joint become damaged and begin to fall apart, the masonry will soon begin to fall apart and crumble, causing more damage to your by landing on a roof, as well of the possibility of debris landing on a vehicle, into the hearth, or even on a person.
- Cracks: Cracks in the walls of a firebox or interior chimney lining are seen as hazards by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Creosote will eventually deposit on the walls and in cracks, and can reignite from sparks rising from the hearth.
- Water infiltration: This may not sound like a problem, but it can really be considered one of the worst. Water entering the flue mixes with creosote and becomes acidic. The damper can then rust and the moisture can contribute to faster deterioration of the mortar and bricks. This can cause damage to your home ceiling and floors as well, so it’s wise to consult with a professional chimney inspector to determine if water infiltration is a threat to your chimney and your home.
However, consulting a professional once every six months for a thorough inspection can help you as a homeowner understand the current state of your chimney and help you be more prepared for the time when your chimney may be in need of restoration. Professionals are well-versed in their knowledge, and are eager to give their best recommendations to help you enjoy your chimney safely and efficiently. A Fiddler on the Roof is your certified chimney inspection, cleaning, and restoration officials in the Los Angeles area. Contact us today to schedule your chimney inspection in Los Angeles CA!