Your chimney is built to withstand extreme temperatures from the cold weather and your fireplace. This kind of wear and tear takes a toll over time, causing your chimney to eventually need repair. Unfortunately, you cannot always see the damage from the ground. Sometimes, issues are difficult to detect, causing them to be left unaddressed.
In this article, Batts’ Chimney Services shares the common signs you need an immediate chimney repair.
If you’re smelling a foul odor indoors, it’s probably due to an excessive buildup of creosote. This material is a common byproduct of wood combustion, which clings to the flue liner when the fireplace is being used. Aside from creating a foul smell, creosote can block toxic gases emanating from a wood fire. This means toxic gases are trapped inside your home, compromising your safety and indoor air quality.
Additionally, the more creosote you have in the chimney flue, the more fire-prone your house will be. Many chimney problems are caused by unnoticeable elements because they occur in the flue. To keep the flue clean and avoid serious damage, hire a professional chimney sweep.
Your chimney masonry absorbs moisture, which can cause mold growth and other serious problems. When your chimney bricks soak up too much water, they will begin to chip or become unstable. You’ll know it’s time to call a professional once you see mortar chunks lying around the chimney or bricks starting to slide out of place.
Resting atop the chimney, the crown provides the necessary protection against the elements. When this component develops cracks, it can cause serious water damage to your masonry. Seek a chimney expert so you can prevent this damage from spreading to other parts of your home.
Whether you need chimney cleaning or inspection services, you can rely on Batts’ Chimney Services. We go above and beyond to deliver prompt and outstanding solutions at all times. For consultations, call us at (205) 956-8207 (Greater Birmingham Area) or (256) 660-1338 (Northern Alabama). You can also fill out our contact form for project estimates.