A properly-maintained chimney will serve your family for many years and make it easy to enjoy a safe, cozy fire on a cold winter’s day. However, part of maintenance is occasional repairs. Even if you take excellent care of your chimney, a certain amount of wear and tear is completely normal – and there is always the potential for unexpected accidents. What are some of the most common masonry chimney repairs, and what should every homeowner know?
A chimney is designed to help move smoke and the byproducts of having a fire out of your house and away. One of the most common masonry chimney repairs is fixing cracks. Cracks in your chimney can lead smoke and other combustion byproducts to stay trapped in your home or the chimney column. This can lead to fire hazards over time. Your chimney sweep will be able to tell you if you have cracks present, or you can contact professionals like us for a chimney inspection.
Chimney Liner Problems
The chimney liner can be made of a variety of materials, and it helps to guide the smoke out of your chimney and provide you with additional protection between the smoke and the outer masonry of the chimney. They also help improve the structural integrity of your chimney. When the liner is damaged or otherwise broken, masonry chimney repairs are essential to restore the structure of the liner.
Chimney Cap and Crown Damage
At the very top of your chimney sits the chimney crown and cap. This cap helps prevent excess moisture, wildlife, and debris from entering the chimney column. When this cap is damaged or missing altogether, there is nothing stopping things that shouldn’t get down your chimney into your home from doing so. Additionally, the chimney crown ensures the structural integrity of the entire column. As part of your masonry chimney repairs, we can replace your chimney cap or complete repairs on the crown.
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