07 Apr 5 Types of Chimney Repairs You Need to Address Right Away
Do you enjoy a warm winter fireplace in the comfort of your home? Or that blazing wood stove at your favorite bar?
You could be in danger. Your building could be in jeopardy.
And if you want to keep everyone safe, you need to service your chimney.
When was the last time you had a chimney repair?
An unclean chimney can be dangerous and even detrimental if it remains as is. And you should be checking yours AT LEAST once a year.
Here Are the 5 Repairs You Need to Address Right Now
And remember, outside chimney repairs are just as necessary as those inside ones. Sometimes all you need is minimal chimney cement repair or a chimney cleaning in order to minimize the potential for greater damage in the future. Let’s look at those 5 repairs we can help you address immediately.
1. Beware of Creosote
When a chimney’s wood burns, it releases various components such as wood dust, smoke, gases, and more. When these particles travel up the chimney and move from a high temperature to a cooler one, some condensation can occur which causes some of them to stick to the wall. That substance is called creosote.
If creosote builds up, it can be hazardous, which is why it should be cleaned regularly. It’s highly combustible, especially in higher quantities.
In addition, things like cut-off air supply, unseasoned wood, and cooler chimney temperatures can allow creosote to build up even faster. For the most honest chimney company in all of Long Island, call Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps today.
2. Check Your Rain Cap
A rain cap plays a crucial role in protecting your chimney. It can protect your fireplace flu from rain and debris in a storm, from snow and ice, and from animals entering in.
Snow and ice can be particularly damaging up north. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, it’s important to check yours regularly for damage.
3. Tree Limbs
Debris from tree limbs can get into your chimney and cause a chimney fire. Even if you have a rain cap, branches and leaves can still block air flow from your chimney, which can also be extremely hazardous.
4. Monitor Your Damper
Make sure there is no residual debris, preventing the damper from opening and closing properly.
A damper’s job is important, both during a fire, and when there is no fire at all. During a fire, a damper is meant to be open to ensure the home doesn’t fill up with smoke. When there is no wood-burning fire, a damper stays closed so that cold air can’t enter into the house.
A damper keeps the house safe and also saves energy.
5. Cracks and Crevices
Chimney brick repair is often needed for damage due to colder than average temperatures, trees and antennas, earthquakes, and poor drainage.
Small cracks are a simple maintenance issue. However, they should be sealed as soon as possible. As more moisture gets in, freezes, and expands, even bigger cracks will inevitably form in the bricks.
If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, call us now to check for any damage that may have occurred over the winter.
Move Forward with Your Chimney Repair
Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Contact us to check everything for you. And if you have an emergency, we offer 24-hour chimney repair emergency service.
The Chimney Institute of America insists that all chimney owners hire experienced, licensed, professionals, like us!