Signs That Your Chimney Needs Repairing
It’s not always clear just from looking at that your chimney is safe and sound. Nevertheless, there are some visible signs that repair may be required. Since chimney safety is equivalent to safety from obvious fire hazards, all homeowners with a chimney’s should become familiar with telltale signs of potential damage. So with this in mind, we’ll run through some of the clear signs that your chimney needs repairing.
There should be no rust on your firebox or damper; however, if there is, it’s an obvious sign that there is excess moisture in your chimney. You may not notice rust on the damper readily; but if it does not seal well or operate as it should, it could be due to the fact that it is rusting. If there is not enough moisture in the chimney to trigger visible signs of rusting, there may also possibly be serious damage, like cracked flue tiles. It’s important to get the help of a professional chimney sweep, who can use a special camera to inspect the flue lining and ensure there isn’t a breach in the chimney system which could possibly cause a house fire.
Deteriorating Mortar Joints
Damaged mortar joints in between chimney masonry should be fixed quickly. When the mortar deteriorates, the masonry is exposed to more moisture, which accelerates the deterioration of the entire chimney. In freezing cold weather, the added moisture can freeze inside cracking within the masonry. When moisture thaws and freezes in bricks, rocks, and cement, larger cracks can evolve. The entire chimney could potentially collapse if the damaged mortar isn’t fixed!
If you start to see thin slices of chimney tile collecting within the fireplace, it’s an obvious indication that the flue is likely damaged. The flue lining is crucial to the safe operation of a fireplace and chimney. Because of this fact, an annual chimney inspection is important. Professional chimney sweeps can closely analyze your flue lining and spot problems that would otherwise go undetected. For example, if the tiles are cracked but not crumbling, you likely won’t see visible signs of a breach in the chimney system.
For any homeowner, it’s important to keep your chimney safe and clean to avoid damage to your home. James Dunn Roofing Ltd offers a dedicated chimney repair service based in Oxford and servicing Oxfordshire. Please get in touch to find out more.