There are two ways to look at chimney spalling. One is that it is the breakdown of the surface of the chimney’s masonry. The other is that it can mean thousands of dollars in repair costs. Clearly, this is something you would prefer to avoid, so let’s talk about why this can happen and how you can avoid it.
Spalling actually starts with small, barely noticeable cracks. The term barely noticeable is important, because this is usually a problem that is only detected with a thorough inspection. The CSIA Certified chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are well versed in looking for these very small, but potentially dangerous, issues.
This is something to consider, because it relates to the ability of the average homeowner to deal with this problem sufficiently. Most people don’t know how to inspect a chimney, so they will not spot the damage until it is almost too late. A professional chimney sweep can see the damage early enough to make the repairs minimal. You will not have to spend a lot to maintain the integrity of the structure. Spalling that is left unchecked will eventually cause major damage, that you can spend thousands to repair.
Do-it-yourself project are an even bigger trend these days as more homeowners look for ways to save money. This brings us back to the first point about chimney inspections. This is something that requires a professional eye. Chimney sweeps are also trained in all types of repairs. Structural damage is not something to take lightly. Trying to deal with it yourself, or handing the job to an uncertified individual could prove more costly later on.
One mistake you should not make to deal with this problem is applying a sealant and thinking that you have protected the chimney. If there are cracks, moisture is already beneath the surface and starting to do damage. Another danger with applying sealants is that there is always a chance of buying the wrong product. The choice depends on weather conditions in your area and the type of chimney you have.
Another thing to remember is that spalling can take place inside the chimney, and this can become really problematic. Loose mortar that falls into the chimney can block the flue and hamper efficiency. This will increase the risk of carbon monoxide entering the home when the fireplace is used. Working on the chimney yourself might seem like the best idea, but there are a few factors you may be unaware of. Address chimney flaws by talking to a chimney sweep about repairs and the right types of maintenance products.
The chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are well-trained and highly certified. Call us at 610-626-2439 to schedule an appointment with a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in Drexel Hill or the surrounding areas. We will help ensure that your chimney is ready to face the quickly-approaching winter season without issue.