As our name states, we at Swept Away Chimney are experts on everything to do with chimneys–we provide top-notch inspection, cleaning, and repair services, and more. Our team wants to help you keep this essential part of your home in the best possible condition, and to do that, we have put together this article that lays out three signs you may need chimney repair. If you notice any of these things happening to your chimney, we encourage you to contact a professional for assistance. The type of damage will determine what type of professional you need to contact. Our team can assist you with some types of chimney repair work, while other work like brick repair needs to be handled by a mason.
- Damaged Chimney Crown. One sign that you need chimney repair is your chimney crown becoming damaged. The chimney crown sits on the top opening of your chimney and acts like an umbrella, preventing rain or snow from falling inside your home through the chimney. If it becomes damaged, you risk moisture damage to the chimney itself and to the surrounding areas.
- Damaged Mortar. Another sign that you may need chimney repair is damage to the mortar between the bricks of your chimney. When the mortar becomes cracked or otherwise damaged, it leaves the bricks exposed to moisture, which will lead to further damage to the structure as it freezes and thaws. Damaged mortar joints are often only visible from up close while on top of the roof, so it’s a good idea to have your chimney inspected regularly in order to spot this sign as early as possible.
- Crumbling Bricks. If water gets into your chimney’s mortar or masonry, you may see the bricks or stones start to crumble, a process also known as spalling. This process can also happen due to salt exposure, but either way it is a sign that you need chimney repair right away. Work to repair or replace bricks will require the help of a mason who is experienced in this area.