Chimneys and fireplaces are lovely features to include in your home, especially if you live in colder areas. But, it is essential to take care of your chimney. There are many things that can go wrong with your chimney, especially if you do not remedy any potential issues. Failing to identify a problem quickly can lead to more expensive repairs down the road. Here are some signs that your chimney may need masonry repair.
Strange Smells in the Fireplace
Have you noticed a strange odor coming from your fireplace? Does smoke seem to be filtering into your home instead of out the chimney? If so, this could indicate a problem with your chimney liner. Chimney liners are essential as they help direct the fumes from the fireplace up and out of your home. When a chimney liner is not functioning properly, the toxic fumes could cause you to get sick. A house fire also becomes a dangerous possibility. It is important to have a professional inspect your chimney if you suspect your chimney liner is damaged and needs masonry repair.
Cracks in the Masonry
Another sign of chimney masonry damage is visible cracks in the bricks or mortar. This can be caused by weather damage or prolonged wear and tear. It is vital to repair chimney cracks quickly as a cracked chimney can exacerbate damage to the surrounding bricks and mortar and increase the risk of total chimney collapse. If the mortar is cracked, repointing the chimney may help to replace it. But, larger masonry repairs such as removing and replacing damaged bricks or a total or partial tear down may be necessary depending on the damage.
A crumbling chimney can be caused by cracked bricks or a cracked chimney cap that has not been repaired. If a chimney has already started to crumble significantly or bricks have started to fall to the ground, it is essential to have your chimney inspected as soon as possible. If not addressed quickly, the entire chimney could fall away from your house. The chimney may need to be repaired or removed to prevent further damage to your chimney and home.
Has the wallpaper around your fireplace turned a strange color? If yes, then this could be a sign that your chimney needs masonry repair. Yellowing wallpaper is a sign that water is seeping down into your chimney. This could be caused by cracks in the mortar that let in water or another form of mortar damage. Be sure to call a professional immediately to remove excess water from your chimney and repair any cracks.
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Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.