If you have a fireplace in your home, chimneys repairs and maintenance are inevitable.
No matter the age or design you may have, it’s almost certain your chimney or fireplace will experience some issues that require maintenance or repairs. Even a bird’s nest in your chimney can cause you some considerable & costly problems. The major reasons behind chimney issues will definitely vary. It’s vital to keep an eye on your chimney. The number one cause for a chimney fire is a failure to clean a chimney adequately or often enough! Be sure to routinely have your masonry chimney swept!
- The Chimney Crown or Cap protects the top of the chimney and prevents water from entering the chimney. If it is damaged or missing, water will seep into the mortar and bricks.
- The Smoke Chamber gently compresses the smoke and by-products from your fire into the chimney without causing a backdraft.
- The damper is a levered door to prevent energy loss when there is not a fire in the fireplace.
- The smoke shelf catches falling debris from damaging or jamming the damper.
- The flie is the passage the smoke takes from the fire to the outdoors. /it should be lined with Flue Lining to prevent accumulation of flammable build up from the fire.
Most Seattle area homes have masonry chimneys, which can be made up of a variety of materials including bricks & mortar, concrete, block, stone, flue tile, cast iron and steel. Masonry chimneys that are properly constructed and maintained can last for a very long time. But, any external hazard can cause considerable aesthetic or physical damage to these extremely porous chimneys.
Common Chimney Repairs
Damage to your chimney can stem from a multitude of causes and there are plenty of possible problems to go around. However, the most commonly seen masonry chimney repairs typically stem from:
Chimney Cracks – A crack in a chimney can be very evident or nearly invisible from the ground. If the integrity of a chimney is compromised, smoke and combustion materials are not vented away from your home correctly and can build up in cracks. This can cause a chimney fire.
Cracks are one of the most common masonry chimney issues!
Chimney Crown Issues – The very top of a chimney is referred to as the “Chimney Crown”, which can crack, lean or fall apart. These problems need to be corrected immediately.
Chimney Liner – Your chimney liner is a vital component of a chimney system. A smooth, clean chimney liner is vital for a properly functioning chimney. A proper chimney liner should provide:
- Maximum protection for your chimney.
- Maximum protection in the smoke chamber.
- Increased performance of fireplace or appliance.
- Be suitable for all fuels.
- Significantly increase structural integrity.
Water Penetration & Weather – When water gets into your chimney and mixes with the creosote it becomes acidic which causes premature rusting of the damper and speeds up the deterioration of the brick and mortar in your chimney and fireplace. Waterproofing, water sealants, and repairing flashing are good solutions to a chimney impacted by water/weather.
Faulty Chimney Design – A badly designed or constructed chimney can cause anything from an odd looking chimney to some extreme fire hazards. You may not be able to see the faults in a chimney design but a professional Chimney sweep can. If you suspect something is wrong, call in the professionals!
Last but not least – How much does the average chimney repair cost? Well, that depends on the problem and the extent of the damage. A simple inspection of a brick chimney might result in a crack being corrected easily. However, major masonry chimney repair can be costly.
In situations like this, it’s always best to contact Guardian, your certified roofing contractor, to see what is needed. A thorough inspection will reveal potential hazards like inadequate insulation, built-up condensation, pest activity, storm debris, and more. Our team is standing by, ready to help you protect and fortify your roof, attic, and crawlspace.
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