A chimney has the potential to last just as long as your home. However, it could deteriorate sooner in certain situations. The longevity of this vital structure varies based on its design, features, location, usage, cleanliness and maintenance.
Does your home’s chimney have a cap? If so, it will probably last longer. This feature helps keep tree debris, wildlife and rain out of the flues. It reduces the risk of a chimney fire or premature decay.
A liner increases the masonry’s lifespan by protecting your flue’s interior surfaces. Pre-1940 structures are less likely to have this feature. Depending on the materials used to make them, liners may need replacement after 15 to 60 years.
The proximity of tall trees can affect a chimney’s longevity. It could suffer serious damage if struck by a large falling tree or a heavy limb that sways in high winds. Adequate trimming is crucial.
The risk of earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning or large hail could have a big impact on this structure’s life expectancy. Severe weather and natural disasters can badly harm or destroy chimneys. This is much more likely in some regions than others.
A flue needs cleaning and maintenance, even if you only use it for the exhaust from a furnace. The buildup of creosote and other pollutants can spark a house fire. Consider scheduling a professional inspection.
You can extend its lifespan by using woodstoves and fireplaces carefully. Avoid putting lots of paper in a fire, especially wrapping paper. Burn seasoned rather than green wood. Always watch fires closely and keep them under control.
We can help you get the most years out of your chimney. Please contact us for expert maintenance services that maximize safety, prevent masonry damage and provide peace of mind at affordable rates.