When you have something that you really love, you take care of it. When you get a new car, you make sure that you get the oil changed on a regular basis. If you buy new appliances, you make sure that you follow the care instructions so that nothing goes wrong. When you have new carpet installed, you take special care that no one goes on it with food or dirty shoes. You should make sure that you are taking the same special care of your chimney by having it inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. But sometimes a year comes and goes and before you know it, you’ve let too much time go between those regular checkups.
You bet it does! There can be many things that put your chimney in danger, and if left unresolved, these issues can turn into big dollar repair bills.
Precipitation is one thing that can cause major damage to your chimney. We tend to think of our chimneys as indestructible, so it’s hard to imagine that such a non-threatening thing as water can cause such big problems for chimney owners. The fact is, bricks and mortar are porous materials, and when precipitation falls it can permeate those pores. If a freeze cycle hits and that water freezes, it will expand and cause those pores to get bigger. This in turn will give a bigger space for more water to build up, and as this freeze/thaw cycle continues, the structure of your chimney will weaken.
This type of damage can cause several issues to occur:
- chimney settlement,
- water stained walls and ceilings,
- rotting wood around your fireplace,
- rusted damper parts,
- and decaying mortar on the outside of the chimney.
All of these conditions can be serious and could easily lead to expensive repairs.
A condition that you will want to be aware of is spalling. Spalling is caused because of the porous nature of the bricks and the mortar that make up your chimney. When precipitation hits your chimney, it gets in the pores and eventually can cause them to split, peel, and flake. This is a dangerous condition because it can cause structural damage to your chimney if left unrepaired for too long. Spalling can be a major source of structural damage and can cause leaks to occur in your fireplace system. You can easily spot spalling by doing a visual check of the outside of the chimney. If you notice your brick peeling or flakes laying on the ground around your chimney, give Owens Chimney Systems a call. We’re excited about doing a quality inspection of your chimney system so that any damage and leaks can be discovered and repaired.
If you notice signs of chimney leaks, call us today. Ignoring these early signs of water damage can lead to major repairs later on, and that can be a real hit to your pocketbook. Let us fix your chimney before structural damage occurs!