Your chimney plays a very important role as it directs heat, fumes, and dangerous gasses safely out of your home. If your chimney becomes damaged to the point that it can’t do its job, you are putting you and your family in danger of a house fire or a carbon monoxide leak. That’s why it’s very important to schedule regular maintenance for your chimney. Not only will this keep your chimney performing as it should, but it will also help to catch problems early on, so they can be fixed before deteriorating into more extensive and expensive problems.
At the Oregon Chimney Guys, we specialize in chimney repair and replacement and have learned a thing or two about the importance of repairing chimney damage early on. Here are some of the common repairs that chimneys need.
The lining of your chimney is one of the most important parts of your fireplace and chimney. It is the main component responsible for expelling smoke and combustibles from your fireplace, up the flue, and out of your home. After many years of use, the flue liner can wear down, crack, or deteriorate. Liners help chimneys channel gasses and heat outside, yet it’s common for old homes to not have a liner at all. Professional chimney sweep technicians always examine the condition of your chimney liner during annual inspections. Because chimney liners can be costly to replace, make sure yours has a lifetime warranty.
The chimney crown is located at the very top of your chimney, and it helps keep water and other debris from getting inside your chimney and damaging your home. Damage to your chimney crown can cause water damage and deteriorate your chimney. If your chimney crown is working properly, then it can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Signs your chimney crown needs repair include cracks, rusted damper or firebox, damaged mortar joints, spalling bricks, and water damage to the walls inside your home near your chimney.
Bricks and Mortar Joints
It is important to periodically check the condition of your bricks and mortar joints. Loose, cracked, or spalled bricks can lead to serious damage if not fixed and could be a sign there are other repairs needed (such as fixing a damaged crown). Tuckpointing is a way of repairing damaged mortar by removing the old mortar and installing fresh mortar to give your chimney more stability and protection.
When does a chimney need to be replaced?
In some extreme cases, your chimney may need to be replaced entirely. Often, this is necessary when your chimney has deteriorated to the point that it becomes a structural liability for your home.
A leaning chimney is a very serious problem that is most often addressed through a complete rebuild and replacement. If a leaning chimney isn’t fixed, it will eventually collapse as its base is not stable enough to support the rest of the structure. This presents a very serious hazard and should be dealt with immediately.