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How Do I Know If My Fireplace Needs a Repair?

Homeowner’s tend to take their fireplaces for granted as long as they work properly. When they don’t, they can lead to house fires, back-drafting smoke into your home and inefficiency. Finding issues with your fireplace before they cause a problem is easy if you know what to look for.

Following are indications that your fireplace needs to be repaired.

Is your Chimney Crown Cracked?

Inspection of your chimney cap will require a trip to the roof.  The mortar that covers the top of your chimney keeps water out. If it is cracked from exposure to the elements and heat escaping the flue, it can allow water penetration into the inside of the chimney that can cause shaling and spalling, causing further damage to your chimney.

Is your Chimney Capped?

Like the chimney crown, a chimney cap keeps water out of your chimney flue. Water damage is the number one enemy of a chimney and keeping it out will add to years of safe, efficient use. Some chimney caps are screened to keep birds and other animals from entering your chimney flue. If you don’t have a chimney cap on your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC home, have one installed when you have your chimney cleaned and inspected.

Do you Have White Staining on your Chimney?

White staining, also known as efflorescence, is a sign of excessive moisture in the masonry of your chimney. Moisture in the mortar can cause premature deterioration of your chimney if not treated. The white residue is easily removed but it is an indicator of a deeper problem that needs to be dealt with.

Are your Firebox or Damper Rusty?

Rust is a sign of moisture and if it is evident on your firebox or damper, it is entering somewhere—indicating a problem. An internal camera inspection of the flue by a professional chimney cleaner can find the problem and repair it.

Are your Mortar Joints Deteriorating?

Tuck-pointing, more commonly called mortar joints, is the mortar between the brick or stone of our chimney. Like the chimney crown, the mortar can crack and will deteriorate over time. The joints above the roofline will show signs of damage faster than the portion that is protected by the eaves.

Is your Wallpaper Damaged?

If the wallpaper that is near the chimney inside your home is peeling, it could be a sign of excessive moisture in the chimney. If moisture has penetrated the chimney to this degree, you should have professional look at immediately because it is an indication that your chimney needs professional attention.

Do you Have Spalling Masonry?

Spalling occurs on a chimney that is so filled with moisture that the face of brick or stone or concrete to get flaky and peel away. If you have this problem, it will require repair to the chimney that will keep water from penetrating it further.

Need a Fireplace Repair? Call Capitol Chimney Service

Do you have any of these signs of moisture and damage to your chimney? We can help at Capital Chimney Service and provide top-quality chimney cleanings. We have served the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC areas for over a decade. Contact us today and schedule a chimney inspection today!

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