It is important to have a working fireplace on a cold winter day. People start preparing their fireplace for when the weather starts getting colder. However, if you’re planning to use your old chimney it’s important to check if first before putting it in use.
A lot of people don’t know where to start when looking at their chimneys. To avoid bumping into problems when your chimneys are in use, better check out these common issues and how you can resolve them.
Build up in the chimney
Your chimney will have soot build up after many uses. It is called Creosote. Creosote is combustible and can cause chimney fires at home if overlooked. This is why it’s important to keep a look out for build ups in your chimney.
It is good to clean your chimney at least once a year, if you intend on using your fireplace regularly. Burning hardwoods can help keep your chimney clean. It is always best to contact a chimney pro who can clean it properly.
There will be occasions wherein you will encounter some sort of blockage. This is different from a natural build up from burning wood. Chimney blockage may be a bird’s nest or tree debris. It will be best to invest in a chimney cap to protect your chimney from unwanted guests or debris. These items can cause chimney fires as well.
Brickwork problems can be often seen in older homes. Chimneys may be missing bricks or there may be cracks already. Small cracks may lead to larger cracks which may cause permanent damage to the structure of the chimney. To preserve the chimney’s condition and to update it, it will be best to contact a masonry pro.
Damage to chimney flashing
Chimney flashing damages can occur with an older chimney. It is best to keep your chimney dry and water-free because it can cause serious damage to the masonry work.
This is not recommended for DIY repair. It is best to contact a roofing pro if you see any sign of leakage.
Cracks to Chimney Crown
The chimney crown sits on top of your chimney. It serves an important function of keeping the chimney from effects of harsh weather. Sometimes, chimney crowns crack due to freeze-thaw damage. Especially during the winter months. Temperature change causes the snow to melt and then refreeze when the fireplace cools, which causes the concrete to crack.
A chimney sealer can help protect your chimney crowns from elements. But before sealing your chimney make sure to fix the damages on your chimney crown. All it takes is a nice day to complete this DIY project.
Chimney maintenance may not make it to the top of your list at home. However, an annual chimney inspection should be on your checklist should you want to use your chimney every year. Your chimney can become a fire hazard without proper care. By keeping your chimney in good shape, you can safely enjoy your fireplace during the cold season.
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