Common Chimney Problems
If you own a home with a chimney, chances are you’ve run into an issue at some point along the way. As you may know, they’re typically small and easily fixed. However, a good maintenance plan can often limit issues you may run into. If you have a chimney, it’s important to keep up with your annual inspection and cleaning plan to avoid potential issues.
Let’s take a look at five of the most common chimney issues you may encounter as a homeowner.
This is the most common issue that homeowners encounter with chimneys because it is 100% normal and part of the fire process. However, it is very important to stay on top of it and have regular cleanings. If neglected, it can pose a serious house fire risk, as well as potentially expose dwellers to unhealthy fumes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends an inspection and cleaning no less than once a year.
Structural Issues – with bricks or mortar
As time goes on and your chimney is exposed to the elements, it’s possible it may break down in some areas. Between thunder storms and winter snow, the bricks and mortar in your chimney may crack or break down in some areas. If this is caught early, you can likely minimize the repair cost and size of the repair. Our professional team can determine the best repair approach for your unique situation after an inspection.
Damaged/Missing Chimney Caps & Covers
Luckily, damaged or missing pieces on your chimney are a quick and easy fix. However, they are vital pieces that should be fixed as soon as you notice they are missing or broken. Chimney caps have two roles: prevent sparks from getting out and wildlife from getting in. Whereas, covers help minimize leaves, debris, and wildlife from getting in. To avoid unwanted critters, minimize chimney fire risks, and for best maintenance, it’s important to replace these pieces when you notice issues.
This reason may be tied to the issue mentioned above. Chimney blockages can happen for a number of reasons, but missing caps and covers are a leading cause. If there is a buildup of debris, it can pose an increased fire risk. If you are able to easily clear out debris, it is possible to mitigate this alone. However, if it is accessible only by the roof, it is likely safer to let chimney professionals handle it.
Cracked Chimney Flue
Your chimney flue is responsible for smoke escaping your chimney safely. When damaged, it can allow smoke and heat to get to wooden parts of your home posing a house fire risk. If you notice this issue, do not wait to call your local chimney professional.
Call Chimney Specialists Inc. Today
If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, please call us at 608-929-4887 with your questions or to book an appointment. We also provide regular inspections and maintenance for homeowners and can determine a schedule that works for you. Remember: regular maintenance can help avoid issues talked about in this article.