Sometimes it’s easy to see where repair work needs to be done. If you’re driving down the road and your car starts weaving and the ride gets bumpy, you probably have a flat tire. If it’s the middle of summer and you notice that it’s starting to get really warm in the house, chances are you need to get your air conditioning fixed. Dishes coming out really dirty even after you’ve run them through the full cycle in the dishwasher? Your dishwasher needs to be checked out. With your chimney, it’s not always so easy to see that there is actual damage that has occurred. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you set up an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by the CSIA certified technicians at FireSafe Chimney Service.
Some Things to Look For
There are some things that you can look for that might indicate that some damage is occurring. For instance, take a good look at the area around your fireplace. Are there water stains on your wallpaper or ceiling paper? Or is the wallpaper starting to peel or bulge? This means chimney has a leak, and it must be taken care of.
Another sign that your chimney might be in a state of disrepair can be seen by taking a good look at the outside of your house. If the mortar or the brick of your chimney are flaking or peeling, or there are flecks of either or both on the ground around your chimney, a condition called spalling is occurring. This means that the bricks or the mortar have sustained water damage. Water damage means that you may have structural damage to your chimney.
Another thing to look for is rust on the metal parts of your chimney. If you notice that there is rust on the damper or the firebox, it’s an indication that there is precipitation getting in, and that is a problem. Whether it’s a damaged chimney cap or you’ve got structural damage, you need to have it checked out. Leaking chimneys can cause even more structural damage by eating away at the mortar of your chimney, rusty chimney parts, or a musty, nasty smell. These are things that can be not just an annoyance, but a potentially dangerous situation as well.
Call in the Pros to Detect Necessary Repair Work
Sometimes the need for chimney work is obvious, and sometimes that repair work is harder to detect. Either way, your best line of defense against chimney damage is to call in the professionals at FireSafe Chimney Services. Not only do we have the proper tools to inspect and clean your chimney, we also take continuing education courses to maintain our CSIA certification. We take great pride in doing the job well, and we want every customer to be a satisfied customer. Give us a call so we’ll have plenty of time to inspect, clean, and repair your chimney before summer!