5 Signs That Your Chimney Needs To Be Repaired

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Even if you use your fireplace every winter, you may not be aware that you chimney is damaged. It's easy to assume that such a sturdy component of your home is problem-free. However, if your chimney needs to be repaired, it could easily cause a fire. Here are a few indications that you need to contact a chimney repair specialist:

Cracks in the Mortar

If your chimney mortar shows cracks or other signs of damage, moisture can easily enter these weak spots and cause your chimney to deteriorate. In cold climates, the moisture in your mortar can freeze and thaw repeatedly. Water expands when frozen, so more pressure is applied to your fireplace masonry. Your fireplace could eventually fall apart from the cracks.

White Residue

If your chimney has white stains on the bricks or stones, you may have simply assumed that it is ash residue. The white spotting can be easily wiped away. However, it could indicate an underlying moisture problem. The staining, which is called "efflorescence," occurs when there is too much moisture in your chimney's brick or stone work. the moisture can eventually loosen the masonry of chimney.

Slivers of Chimney Tiles

The chimney tiles that line the inside of your fireplace are hidden from view. However, thin slivers from the tiles can start to fall onto the floor of your fireplace.

These tiles make up the flue lining and keep heat from going beyond your fireplace into the neighboring structures of your home. Problems with the lining usually begin as cracks. However, the cracks cause the lining to crumble over time. If you notice tile-like debris in your fireplace, have it inspected immediately. 

Peeling Wallpaper

If there is wallpaper on a wall bordering your chimney, it can indicate a problem with your fireplace. Wallpaper peels when it is exposed to too much moisture. If your chimney has too much moisture in it, the same moisture may affect adjacent walls.

Masonry Debris on the Ground

If you notice masonry on the ground outside around the base of your chimney, there could be weakened areas on the outside of your chimney allowing moisture to enter. As small pieces of brick or stone break away, debris accumulates. If the chimney is not repaired, it can eventually crumble to the ground.

A fireplace is a wonderful asset to your home. It provides heat and beauty. However, if it is not functioning properly, it can be a fire hazard. If you have a fireplace, have it inspected at least annually by a chimney repair specialist so that any problems can be promptly addressed. 

For professional chimney services, contact a company such as Top Hat Chimney Sweeps & Repairs.

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