As you surely know, the Oregon Chimney Guys are the experts in chimney repair and replacement here in Eugene, Oregon, but how can you tell if your chimney is in need of repair? There are a few things that you can look at before giving us a call that will give you a better idea of what condition your chimney is in.
- It’s all in the bricks – check your mortar joints. Mortar joints are the technical term for the space between the bricks on your chimney. You might need to hop up onto your roof to check these out, but if they’re damaged or missing, you most likely need to have some repairs done soon.
- We’ve talked before about the issues that come with living in a rain-heavy area like Eugene, so naturally, our lovely weather is another factor in this week’s blog. One of the negative impacts that rain can have is on the damper to your fireplace. The damper is what closes your fireplace when it is not in use, and when it has water damage it tends to rust and become difficult to open and close. If you notice this, you might have water damage throughout your chimney that needs immediate attention.
- It’s time to head back up to the roof for our third and final common sign of chimney damage. You will want to take a look at the chimney crown, which is at the very top of your chimney and most commonly made of concrete. The chimney crown’s purpose is to be the first wave of defense against weather and moisture which, as we can’t seem to stop talking about, is a big issue here in Oregon. If you look at the chimney crown and see cracks or missing pieces, your chimney could be susceptible to water damage all the way down to the wallpaper around your fireplace. One step that will help prevent this, as well as other moisture damage, is to get your chimney waterproofed — a service that we highly recommend.
We love to see the fine citizens of the Eugene and Springfield area take an interest in learning about chimney damage. And remember that when in doubt, give the experts at Oregon Chimney Guys a call!