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Signs that Indicate the Need for Chimney Repair Or Rebuild

Posted By Donna Hovey on 03.Jun.2014 in Brick Repair, Chimney Repair, Spalled Brick Repair

The average homeowner, are unfamiliar with construction and building techniques, it can be difficult for most to tell if and when chimney repair is required. Which is why we’re going to talk you through a few of the main signs that indicate the need for chimney repair during the course of this blog article.

Signs that Indicate the Need for Chimney Repair or Chimney Rebuild

Remember should the condition of your chimney deteriorate, you are potentially exposing yourself to a serious fire hazard. If you notice any of the following signs during your inspection, don’t hesitate to get in contact with a chimney repair expert as soon as possible.

Imperfect Mortar Joints

The first part of your chimney to inspect is the mortar joints. You might be required to get on top of your roof to be able to spot this problem. If the condition of your chimney’s mortar joints is anything less than perfect, be sure to contact a contractor right away. “Is it really that much of an issue?” The simple answer is yes! The mortar is what holds it all together and should even the slightest crack develop, freeze-thaw cycles could quickly make the situation worse and if just left the chimney may become seriously unstable.

Damper or Firebox which is Rusted

If either the damper (which is designed to seal off the flue) or the firebox has rusted, it’s a sure sign that they’ve been exposed to moisture and that something is not quite right. Excessive moisture entering the chimney can lead to a range of dangerous situations, including the cracking of flue tiles, which could lead to a fire breaking out, so it is essential that you get in contact a chimney repair specialist as soon as possible.

Flue Tiles Piling Up

Examine the bottom part of the chimney to check whether any debris has built up. In particular, look out for parts of flue tiles, as this indicates that the chimney lining is damaged, which the potential to cause a house fire, as has commented in the last paragraph. This will only apply if your chimney is relatively old though, since many of today’s models are now fitted with stainless steel linings.

Chimney Crown Cracks

Something else that you won’t be able to spot without being on the rooftop, is the chimney crown, but if there’s a problem it will be obvious. The crown is your chimney’s first line of defense against the elements, but just as with the mortar joints, if cracks develop, freeze-thaw cycles can open them up rather quickly, which provides moisture a direct route into the interior of your chimney. This can lead to other problems, such as the shaling of the flue lining.

Are Your Bricks Spalling?

If you’re not sure what “Spalling” is, it’s where moisture gets inside the brick (or stone or concrete if that’s what your chimney is constructed from) and damages the surface of your masonry. If this has occurred at your property, it will be quite apparent as parts of the masonry will fall off, and if a chimney repair contractor is not contacted, the entire structure may become unstable and eventually collapse.

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