Every chimney and fireplace should be inspected annually to identify problems that require chimney repairs. Here’s a guide to some of the common maintenance issues with chimneys and advice about how to minimize damage.
What Causes of Chimney Damage?
A blockage caused by debris, leaves, or deteriorating brick can impede airflow. If fireplace smoke or fumes fill your home, your chimney may be blocked. Extinguish the fire and do not relight the fireplace until a reputable company has swept any blockages away and rebuilt the masonry.
If your chimney cap, crown, or masonry is cracked or damaged, water can leak into your chimney and walls. You may notice water pools or stains. Some water leaks may go undetected until repeated episodes of freezing and thawing force the masonry to break. But a professional can spot unseen water damage with cameras and specialized equipment and then apprise you of any necessary chimney repairs.
3. Creosote Buildup
The source of most chimney fires is creosote—a highly flammable byproduct of wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. As hot smoke and vapor from fires travel up a cool chimney, condensation forms and leaves a creosote residue on chimney walls. Excessive creosote accumulation is a fire hazard. Contact a qualified service technician to get rid of it.
4. Flashing Seals
Homebuilders install aluminum flashing at the base of a chimney where it joins the roof to keep water out. Waterproof tar is layered on to seal the flashing. Eventually, however, the waterproofing will fail. If your flashing isn't replaced or resealed periodically, leaking and additional damage will be the result.
For chimney repairs in Kenton County, KY, turn to the experts at Darryl Myers Brick. This masonry and stone contractor repairs chimneys and fireplaces as well as retaining walls and other outdoor stone installations. They do not use any subcontractors nor ask for payment until the customer is completely satisfied. Call (859) 743-3850, or visit their website, to learn more about their services.