Without a chimney for your fireplace, you would have no exhaust for smoke and fumes. We’re pretty sure that most people are aware of this. What worries us, though, is that some people forget how much a dirty or decaying chimney acts virtually the same as not having one at all.
But how do you know when your chimney is just in need of some repairs, versus when you need a professional to help with building an entirely new chimney? We’re here to help. In this post, we’ll provide you with some valuable information on when it’s time for chimney repair.
• Is your masonry cracked or falling to pieces? Chimneys exhibiting visual signs of deterioration are prone to worse problems. The minute you see that masonry is crumbling, take preventative steps to repair it as soon as possible.
• If your chimney flue is cracked or leaking, smoke and debris isn’t evacuating your fireplace (or your home) as intended. Contacting a professional to evaluate your chimney flue and either apply a sealant or replace it outright is strongly advised.
• When a chimney has seen better days and is crumbling to the ground, it is time for a chimney rebuild. A new chimney that is designed to your exact specifications and taste is a wonderful way to repair a problem while increasing your home’s value.
• If your chimney won’t draw air no matter what repairs you initiate, an excellent solution is to have a professional install a chimney fan. Chimney fans help to fix problems associated with bad or irregular airflow.
For additional information on how we can help you with all of your chimney and fireplace maintenance and problems, please contact us today.