Signs You Need Chimney Repairs
Chimneys, much like your roofing, require maintenance, care and attention, to ensure they remain safe, operational and functional in the future. In this helpful guide, we outline key signs you need chimney repairs, how to identify issues and how James Dunn Roofing can assist you in repairs.
Failing Mortar Joints
A serious cause for concern; failing mortar joints must be addressed immediately to reduce the risk of moisture penetrating your chimney as a result of mortar disintegration. Over time, this can cause structural issues that may ultimately result in a complete collapse of your chimney. Mortar is the adhesive that holds the bricks of your chimney together and, should this begin to show signs of decay, it could eventually lead to severe problems. Even the smallest of cracks can cause issues, with water able to penetrate deep into the pores. During the winter, this can quickly freeze, expand and cause even greater damage.
An extension of the above, spalling occurs when water specifically penetrates the stone or brick of your chimney, as opposed to water finding its way into cracks of your mortar. Spalling can cause expansion, separating the stone or brick from your chimney and ultimately leading to degradation, with pieces of mortar falling off the chimney whenever this occurs. Keep a close eye out for spalling during the wettest seasons of the year and, if you notice any potential issues, contact a professional such as James Dunn Roofing immediately.
Although most chimneys don’t have significant amounts of metal in their design, it is used in both the firebox and the damper, which makes inspecting these components for rust highly important. When water comes into contact with metal, rust quickly forms, and should this occur inside your chimney, it could lead to serious issues in the future. Inspect your damper and take note of how easy it is to adjust and whether the seal is still working as it should; if there are issues here, it could be a result of rust.
When inspecting your chimney for any potential repair work, you may notice that the chimney itself is starting to appear different aesthetically, with discolouration common issues when there’s a problem with the system itself. Discolouration is typically caused when heat is reaching areas where it shouldn’t, or when water damage has occurred. In any case, if you do find discolouration, you should contact a professional to inspect your chimney further.
Looking for chimney repair services in Oxford? At James Dunn Roofing, we’re a family-run business that provides quality chimney repair services to our customers. From a simple chimney repair to a complete rebuild, we have the knowledge and skills to deal with your chimney. Based in Oxford, we provide free quotations for all your chimney needs. Contact us today.