3 Types of Chimney Damage That Should be Repaired Right Away
Your fireplace is a great source of warmth that we love to use all winter to keep us toasty. However, just like many aspects of our home, it’s important to regularly check and maintain our fireplaces, to ensure they continue to work for years to come. There are a few problems you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to fireplace repairs, here are some of them.
When wood and gas combusts, a residue called creosote is released which sticks to the flue liner and interior masonry of your chimney. This will turn into a tar-like, dark, flammable substance if it is not removed. As you can imagine, if your chimney is left to build up this substance, it can turn into a fire hazard which is very dangerous for you and your family. A huge cause of domestic fires is caused by creosote build-up which can easily be corrected by sweeping your chimney. If you notice black soot, drafting problems or dark smoke, these are usually good indicators that you should get your chimney cleaned.
Leaks can happen in any area of your home, but if there happens to be a water leak in your chimney, you should get this repaired as soon as possible. Moisture can cause components of your fireplace to rust, compromise the structure of your chimney and reduce heating efficiency. Bricks and mortar are porous so a water leak can appear in the structure at any point, caused by cracks, masonry damage or damaged flashing. It could also lead to increased air pollution in your home and expose you to carbon monoxide. If you notice any damage in your chimney or roofing, call a professional as soon as possible to repair the damage.
Over time, your fireplace will experience general wear and tear which can affect the masonry of your chimney. Years of bad British weather can lead to cracked, chipped or eroded masonry that will eventually leave gaps in the mortar joints. Structural integrity is vital for your fireplace to ensure your living spaces are safe from smoke and fumes. If you notice damage in your masonry or roofing, get it checked out by a professional.
If you’re in need of chimney repairs in Oxford, get in touch with James Dunn Roofing. We are an experienced team of professionals able to help you with masonry damage or general chimney repairs as well as a variety of other roofing services. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.