Top Signs that You Might Need a Chimney Repair

Fireplaces can last a lifetime if cared for and maintained properly. Noticing damage early is key to helping minimize repair costs. We’ve compiled a list of 4 common fireplace repair problems and signs you may need a repair!

Damaged or Cracked Chimney

A damaged or cracked chimney is a very common type of fireplace repair. Damage can occur due to aging, extreme weather, or poor maintenance. Common issues include cracked or deteriorated mortar, damaged flue tiles, and loose or missing bricks. Because small cracks can lead to bigger chimney cracks due to water and moisture, it’s beneficial to address this problem immediately.

Damaged or Cracked Firebox

The firebox is the area where the fire is contained and burned. A damaged or cracked firebox can occur due to excessive heating and cooling cycles, poor installation, or if anything other than wood is burned in a chimney. Common issues include cracked or crumbling brick, damaged mortar joints, and deteriorated refractory panels. While minor cracks and damage may not appear too concerning, this issue can worsen if left untreated and may lead to fireplace functionality issues and carbon monoxide poisoning within your home or business. Thus, it should be treated by professionals as soon as possible.

Damaged or Faulty Damper

The damper is a valve that regulates the flow of air and smoke in and out of the fireplace. There are many ways it can become defective or damaged. Because they are traditionally metal, they can warp and rust due to the constant heat and moisture running through them. One sign of a defective damper is if you are experiencing a draft of air coming downward from your chimney which is a result of the damper not closing properly. Alternatively, if your damper is closed and won’t open, smoke can back up in a room which may also prevent your fire from burning properly. Luckily, this problem can be easily fixed through our damper installation and repair services.

Creosote Buildup

Creosote is a highly flammable substance that can build up inside the chimney over time. It occurs when wood burns and smoke moves up through the chimney, creating condensation. Buildup can be increased if there’s a blockage of air supply or if the chimney shifts to cooler temperatures. If it’s not removed regularly, it can ignite and cause a dangerous chimney fire. Having an annual inspection is key to discovering and addressing these issues.

Go With the Pros!

Chimney Sweep offers professional cleaning and leak repair services for your chimney along with other services such as animal removal and dryer vent cleaning. The pros at Chimney Sweep have the training and experience needed to get chimneys inspected properly and thoroughly cleaned to provide a safe environment for your home.

Is your chimney overdue for inspection and cleaning service? If so, call the Chimney Sweep at 1-800-CHIMNEY or Request a Quote.

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