Regular Maintenance Prevents Major Issues
Homeowners should have any repairs done as soon as possible after the issue is noticed. In most cases, it’s important to avoid using the fireplace until the repairs are done to prevent further issues that can be more costly to fix. Professionals can handle Masonry Repairs to ensure the chimney is structurally sound. They can also perform inspections for Chimney Leaks & Waterproofing to ensure the chimney does not have issues that lead to water damage inside the home. Other services include Chimney Flue Repair, Chimney Flue Re-lining & Replacement, and creosote removal.
Signs You Need Chimney Repair
There are general signs that chimney repair might be needed before the homeowner has an inspection done. These can include the following.
Problems Starting a Fire – If the homeowner has trouble starting a fire or keeping it burning, it could be due to poor airflow or a blockage.
Strong Odor – Strong, unpleasant odors often happen because the updraft system isn’t working properly and can be a sign of carbon monoxide getting into the home.
Smoke Inside the Home – A buildup of smoke in the home indicates there is a blockage in the chimney. This could be from creosote in the chimney or from animals nesting in or on the chimney.
Damaged Damper – If the damper is difficult to open or close, it needs to be repaired immediately as waiting will lead to further issues.
Animals in the Chimney
It is possible that birds and other animals will get into the chimney and cause a Chimney Blockage or other issues. Homeowners who can hear any animal noises in the walls near their chimney should have the chimney inspected immediately. A common concern for homeowners is a bird’s nest on the chimney, but other animals like raccoons or squirrels can enter the chimney from the roof in search of a home. Any time animals are detected or suspected in the chimney, a professional should be called for Animal Removal. This will minimize the potential damage the animal can do and help ensure any blockages from the animal can be cleared away before the fireplace is used.