Water enters your home when the roof is damaged. When windows are broken, the elements come into your home as well. But what about the chimney? What if it collapses? What if there’s damage to the bricks? If you see something has gone awry, or you see that the chimney has collapsed, it’s imperative that you not waste time getting it fixed. Why? Because it puts the structural integrity of your home at risk.
The Big Problem
The elements hit your home hard. Over time, even the strongest of raw materials can break apart as is evident with erosion of rock formations. Brick is susceptible to extremes and water over time. Water can freeze, moisture can settle, and the harsh freeze-thaw process will cause cracks. These cracks can become larger over time and eventually the weight of the chimney starts to cause a problem. When the cracks become bad enough the chimney may collapse. The elements aren’t forgiving and there’s no way to have longevity without maintenance.
The Danger is Real
The first major problem you may notice is debris falling into the fireplace. Bricks and pieces will fall down through the chimney and land in the firebox. Each piece could scrape the lining on the inside and cause dust, soot, and carbon to settle as well as usher in smoke to the living room or den. This can cause blockages, so air cannot flow out.
Warning Signs Abound
Chimney collapse doesn’t always happen overnight. You should be aware of the warning signs that are present some time before the actual collapse. Some of the most common include cracks, breaks, and misalignment of bricks. You may notice large blocks or debris falling into the chimney opening or falling off of the roof.
All masonry chimneys will deteriorate in time. As a homeowner, you should have a chimney inspection at least once per year. Repairs should be done immediately and by someone who is experienced in chimney repair. The chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are well educated in all aspects of chimney repair and chimney care. We currently have two technicians who will provide excellent quality of service in regards to your chimney.
We are CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified and we participate in continued education courses every year. We are located in Drexel Hill, PA, and we offer all types of chimney services throughout Pennsylvania’s Main Line. Call us at 610-626-2439 to discuss your chimney problems or to schedule an appointment for a chimney cleaning or inspection.
The CSIA recommends that a regularly-used chimney be inspected at least twice per year and a rarely-used chimney be inspected at least once per year. Always choose a chimney sweep who is fully certified for the best outcome.