Save Money – Practice Preventative Chimney Maintenance
Fireplaces add warmth and architectural beauty to any home, but some homeowners don’t realize that routine maintenance is needed. A chimney can become damaged for various reasons, whether as a result of the passing of time, because of an intense chimney fire, or because of other circumstances. The sooner the damage is identified and repaired, the less expensive repair costs will be. When a chimney is continually neglected, the associated costs of repair can be huge. Keeping down the expense of fireplace and chimney repair is best achieved with preventative maintenance.
Schedule Routine Chimney Inspections
The organization looked to as the trusted expert in preventing house fires is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the folks with the NFPA recommend getting an annual chimney inspection. Chimney damage is serious and can create problems such as exposing your household to toxic carbon monoxide fumes or the potential for a dangerous chimney fire. A yearly chimney inspection will accurately identify any problems that may have developed over the past year. If there is mortar deterioration, for example, the freezing and thawing cycles of winter can ultimately cause masonry to break off and crack, which can lead to the need for a complete chimney rebuild, if neglected.
Seal the Chimney Crown
The chimney crown is at the top of masonry chimneys and prevents moisture from getting between the masonry and the flue lining. Cracks in the crown frequently occur as a result of expansion and contraction. By sealing the crown, cracking can be prevented and existing cracks can be prevented from causing further damage.
Seal the Masonry
Moisture contributes to the wearing away of chimney mortar. When the mortar doesn’t do the job of keeping moisture out of the chimney structure, the stones, bricks, or cement can break off. Applying water repellent to the chimney can help to slow moisture’s damaging effects on the mortar.
Install a Chimney Cap
Chimney caps serve important and very practical purposes, and no chimney should be without one. By installing a chimney cap with mesh, water is prevented from pouring into the chimney when it rains or snows, animals are kept out, and a spark-guard helps to prevent embers from igniting nearby combustibles, such as the roof.
Waterproof the Chimney Flashing
Faulty flashing is one of the most common causes of chimney leaks. The job of the flashing is to moisture-proof the connection between the chimney and roof. When the flashing deteriorates or when it is improperly installed, damaging leakage occurs. Waterproofing the chimney flashing can help to prevent those problems.
When our professional chimney technicians do an inspection, they always closely inspect the flashing. The metal can rust, and the installation of the flashing may not be adequate to prevent water from getting into the chimney system. It’s actually difficult to install flashing correctly. Caulking is sometimes used to finish the waterproofing process. It also helps to waterproof the flashing.
Upon inspection, our chimney professionals may recommend that a cricket be installed. A cricket is a device that helps to channel water that flows down the roof away from the chimney, thereby extending the life of the mortar and the chimney structure itself.
Get a jump on costly chimney damage by investing in preventative maintenance. Contact us today to schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning.
Chimney Solutions, Inc.
1155 McFarland 400 Drive, Alpharetta GA 30004