As a homeowner, you should always be on the lookout for cracks in your fireplace even if you only use it a few months each year. Depending on the material, cracks can be caused by different factors. If you want to keep enjoying the warmth of your fireplace while keeping your home safe and secure, you’ll need to have your chimney regularly inspected and maintained. It should be done by a chimney cleaning professional such as Batts’ Chimney Services. We have the right knowledge and experience to spot and repair even minor cracks to prevent more costly repairs.
What Causes the Cracks?
Constant expansion and contraction of the material can slowly lead to hairline cracks over time, though this will depend on the chimney material. Wood framing around your fireplace will be more susceptible to cracking especially as the metal box housing the fireplace can expand when it gets excessively hot. Cracks can also happen on the hot panels when struck hard enough by the metal stoker rod. Thermal shock can cause cracks as well when you attempt to extinguish the flames by tossing water toward the fireplace.
The age of your fireplace and the level of maintenance also play a crucial factor in the development of cracks. Erosion will happen to the mortar joints of your fireplace after a few years and lead to small cracks after years of heating up and cooling down. Fortunately, a routine inspection by a trusted chimney repair professional ensures your fireplace stays in good condition. An expert can periodically reinforce the fireplace and chimney to prevent cracks.
Repair and Prevention
Normally, the hairline cracks can be repaired on your own using refractory caulk that’s rated for fireplaces. But you’ll have to clean out the crack and surrounding area to remove any loose mortar before you fill it with caulk to ensure a successful fix. If you don’t wish to go through the work yourself, you might as well let the chimney professionals do it. It’s also recommended that you let the professionals take care of the cracks in your fireplace, especially the larger ones.
For your chimney sweep and repair needs, look no further than Batts’ Chimney Services. Give us a call today at (205) 956-8207 if you’re from Jefferson County or (256) 660-1338 if you live in Northeast Alabama. You can also fill out our online contact form.