It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for some common signs of chimney problems. The earlier a chimney problem is discovered, the easier and more affordable the repair will be. Perhaps the most serious and obvious sign that your chimney needs some work is that of a chimney fire, which can be a scary situation for any homeowner to encounter. Specifically, chimney fires occur when creosote along the interior of the chimney is ignited by a flame. When a chimney fire ignites, you may notice a very loud cracking or popping sound coming from the chimney, as well as thick smoke. It is important to evacuate your home immediately and call 9-1-1 to have the fire put out safely.
Fireplaces and chimneys are complicated systems that require all components to be in good working condition if they are to be properly and safely used. Some of the common problems we find include:
Your masonry chimney endures the worst of the weather your home is subjected to, as it sits atop your roof. Because of this, it is highly susceptible to cracks and mortar crumbling. While this is a rather minor repair, if left unchecked, these damages could lead to a larger structural problem.
The flashing is the component of your chimney that protects the area where your chimney meets your roof. Flashing plays a vital role in the fight against water and, if poorly installed or maintained, can lead to a damaged chimney and a leaking ceiling.
Your chimney crown is a component that helps direct water away from the masonry structure of the chimney and the flashing at its base. If the chimney crown is cracked, it will allow water to seep into the bricks, which can severely damage the chimney and allow for the growth of mold or mildew.
Water is your chimney’s number one enemy and water damage can manifest itself in many different ways. Without proper protection from this wet menace, your chimney can be rendered unusable and your home can suffer major damage.
Your chimney cap helps protect your chimney from water, debris, and animal intrusion. If your chimney cap is damaged or missing, it could expose your chimney’s interior to a whole host of problems!