Homeowners have a lot to deal with, chimney maintenance can often go overlooked. Yet, with annual chimney inspections and regular chimney maintenance you can minimize surprises and major damage when it comes to chimney repairs, and chimney restoration. When it comes to preparing for the winter and colder months overlooking chimney inspections and maintenance can lead to larger issues.
Here are a some signs of chimney damage you should look out for.
Cracks in Chimney Masonry
Time and the elements can cause a chimney’s brick and mortar to deteriorate. The masonry of older chimney’s also be made of blends that are softer and more porous than those used today. Adding to this, different climates also have different effects on the structure of a chimney. Climates with large temperature swings
Cracked Chimney Crowns
A chimney crown is a concrete slab placed on top of the chimney. A crown protects the chimney from weather and when sealed it will . If a chimney crown has cracks or damage or it exposes the rest of the chimney to potential water damage and other natural elements, which could cause other damage to masonry or cause bricks to fall out or come loose.
Broken, Damaged Chimney Caps
A chimney cap is the part of the chimney that sits on top of the crown. They are used to protect the chimney and keep out pests, animals and birds. Caps are important to the proper functioning of a chimney since they prevent water from entering the inside of the chimney, keep animals and debris out, and allow proper venting. A broken chimney cap can have severe consequences, such as water damage to the chimney and even inside your house. If a cap is not allowing for proper venting, smoke could build up inside the chimney and enter your house, or even cause a fire.
Flashing is thin material installed at the base of the chimney between the chimney and the roof. Chimneys typically have flashing installed under the roof shingles and cut into the brickwork. Even minor damage to flashing can lead to significant leaks and serious water damage.
These are just some more obvious issues that can easily bee seen by homeowners as a sign you need a chimney inspection right away. While all chimneys go through wear and tear, regular annual inspections and maintenance can minimize surprise issues and allow you to enjoy your fireplace or wood stove during the cooler months every year.