Your brick chimney is an essential component to your home’s heating needs. However, if you own an older home, you may notice that your chimney is looking a little worn in places. Have you notice that parts of your chimney are starting to look cracked or loose? If so, that’s when you need to set up an appointment with a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician! Here at The Chimney Guy, we’re ready to inspect the structural integrity of your chimney.
Why might I need a chimney inspection?
Time can be tough on your chimney system. This is especially true for parts of your chimney that are exposed to climatic elements such as wind, sun, rain, and ice. If your chimney is older, that means it has endured a lot of abuse, which may lead to bricks loosening from the mortar. When this happens, your chimney starts to not function properly. In addition, it also becomes a safety hazard due to the potential for falling bricks!
However, it isn’t just old chimneys that have the potential for the weakening of mortar joints. Issues in newer chimneys can also arise, especially in cold wet conditions. Water is your masonry’s worst enemy. This is because water has a way of finding its way into the small pores and crack in your bricks and mortar. If the water does not fully evaporate before it gets too cold, the water may freeze and expand. Unfortunately, this causes your masonry to crack and loosen.
What can I do if I think my chimney may be cracking?
The first thing that you need to do is have your chimney inspected by a CSIA-certified chimney technician. Only they will be able to tell you what you need to do to fix your chimney! If your chimney is in bad enough shape, they may suggest a rebuild. Having your chimney rebuilt can be costly and messy. That is why it is extremely important that you have you have your chimney rebuild done correctly by a CSIA-certified chimney expert. At The Chimney Guy, we are experts on chimney rebuilds and have a complete understanding of chimney masonry, design, and safety. We have the knowledge and tools to get your chimney back into shape, without making a mess and at the lowest cost possible. Do you think you may be in need of a chimney repair or rebuild? If so, then contact The Chimney Guy to schedule an inspection today!