Regular cleanings are the first line of defense for chimneys. In fact, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least annually by a certified chimney sweep. Some of the things they’ll be looking for are creosote build-up, blockages, and rust damage. Some of these things can only be detected by a chimney sweep. Did you know there are some things that you, the homeowner, can find on your own?
Signs of Leakage
It’s important to keep a close eye out for signs of chimney leaks. The first step is to closely examine both the inside and outside of the chimney. It’s a good idea to get to know what your chimney looks like so that you will notice if any changes take place. On the outside of the chimney, you may notice some spalling, which is peeling or flaking of the bricks or mortar. If this is happening, you’ll want to give Firesafe Chimney Service a call so we can check to see if there’s a problem.
Take a close look at the inside of the house, too, especially the area around the chimney. Some signs to look for including a musty smell coming from your chimney, especially after it rains, waterstained or peeling wallpaper or ceiling paper. and weakened woodwork. All of these things could indicate that your chimney has a leak, and that is nothing that should be ignored. If you notice any of these signs, give us a call so we can take a closer look, discover the source of the leak, and get it taken care of soon.
Results of Neglected Leaks
Ignoring signs of leakage causes more problems than just odors. Rain can cause problems in the interior of your homes, such as rusty fireplace tools, rotting wallboards, and ceiling tiles, or moldy floorboards. If the leaks get to this point, you are looking at costly remodeling. Interior damage is bad, but if the leaks have caused damage to your chimney itself, you may be looking at the structural damage, an even bigger issue. You may have to make major repairs, or worse yet, rebuild the chimney.
Call Firesafe Chimney Service!
At Firesafe Chimney Service, we take great care when we make our inspections to detect any signs of early leaking. We know that when we find leaks early, we can save lots of time and money for the homeowner and that it makes our job easier as well. If you notice any signs of leaking, give us a call right away so we can get started on leak control immediately!