Chimneys are among the most neglected structures in our homes. Many users believe that just by sweeping them once or twice a year is enough to guarantee a lifetime of cozy hearth fires.
The truth is chimneys must undergo a thorough cleanup once a year as there are many ways in which a chimney can be subject to continuous, yet invisible, damage.
Fortunately for you, our Chimney Repair experts can detect and effectively fix any problem that might put your chimney in danger.
Even a small crack can spell doom for your chimney, roof, insulation and even your home´s foundation if left unchecked. As water enters these cracks, they continue to erode your chimney from the inside. These cracks will eventually become ideal spaces for creosote buildup, which is highly flammable, increasing the risk of a house fire.
Other dangers of having water running amok is that, when combined with creosote, they become acidic and drastically accelerate your chimney´s deterioration. A small hairline crack along your flue or chimney crown, can become a major fissure before the winter ends. In other words, neglecting a minor problem that has an easy fix might cause you to do a complete chimney rebuild. So, a timely chimney repair is usually a good long-term investment.
During our cleanup visits, we look for cracks along the flue, the chimney crown, the flashing, the lining and the firebox. Any type of deterioration should be taken care of as they quickly become a major point of entry for water and wind, which means improper ventilation, changes in temperature inside the flue, improper fireplace combustion and faster creosote buildup.
While external brick and mortar replacement might seem simple enough to be performed by any skilled DYIer, we recommend that this job be left to qualified chimney repair professionals. A lot of things can go wrong, and you might end up worsening the problem if you overlook even the smallest detail.
Call our chimney repair experts if you see any signs of deterioration, or after any major event. Such as lightning strikes, severe storms, chimney fires, earthquakes, a fallen tree… It is always better to be safe than sorry!
But not all masonry work involves chimney repair work. We also build or renew fireplaces to give them a fresher look and to improve their efficiency and safety. If you want to add a chimney, or if you fancy a more modern fireplace to enjoy a homely hearth fire with your loved ones, give us a quick call and schedule a visit today!