Homeowners all across the United States love the idea of having a chimney and fireplace in their home. It gives off a sense of comfort and that “home” feeling many people are looking to achieve.
If you do have a chimney, that doesn’t mean you’ve been able to use it recently. Perhaps you’ve noticed some issues with your chimney. There are some common chimney problems that many homeowners struggle with. Are you having any of these issues?
Since the chimney is on the outside of your home leading inside, it’s exposed to rain, snow, and other elements. If you don’t have your brickwork inspected every year or so, you may notice some issues like leaning, crumbling, or ultimately the collapsing of the chimney. Moisture can seep into the brickwork, and if it’s not maintained properly, it will need to be replaced. A repair is a lot less costly than a full replacement, so do what you can to have it inspected yearly.
Do you know that black and brown tar and soot that lines the inside of your chimney flue? That is called creosote and can be extremely dangerous. There are three types of creosote, but all three have been known to cause chimney fires. In fact, there are at least 25,000 chimney fires every year in the United States. Having your chimney inspected each year will ensure that there isn’t a hazardous amount of creosote buildup in your flue. If there is, it will need to be cleaned immediately to prevent a house fire.
Cracks in the Flue
Creosote isn’t the only problem your flue may be facing. Since the inside of your chimney is consistently up against a lot of stress, the lining can eventually crack or deteriorate. If the lining is cracked, it will need to be replaced before it can be used again. The lining protects a home from catching fire, so without it working properly, you may be facing many dangerous issues.
Many people across the U.S. have chimneys in their home, but many are unable to use them due to some of the common issues listed above. If you experience any of these issues, reach out to a chimney repair service or roofing company today to have the problem resolved so you can get back to your warm and cozy lifestyle.