Winter is fast approaching and you must ensure that your heating system is working properly which means that you need to make sure that all of your chimney repair ‘s are completed. Your chimney is a vital part of your home heating system and there are a few things to look for to see if your chimney needs fixed.
Do a visual inspection on your chimney and if you can walk up to it that is even better for those of you with low slope roofs. The first thing you should look for is broken or spalling brick that are crumbling, this could mean that chimney needs to be replaced. Other remedies may include but not limited to replacing the broken brick, tuckpointing and crown replacement.
Next check your mortar joints, if they are loose, crumbling or missing then your chimney should be tuckpointed. To do a proper tuckpointing job all joints must be ground out with a grinder and then tuckpointed back in. Letting this go on for too long can lead to water damage inside your home and eventually your chimney will need to be replaced.
Next check your crown, which is the chimney concrete cap on the top of the chimney. If this is broken, cracked or missing it can cause your whole chimney to fail. The crown seals your chimneys brick to the flu liner and must be maintained to ensure a proper water seal.
Now check your flu liner if you can, this is the clay shaft that runs down the center of your chimney. If it is cracked or crumbling it should be replaced as soon as possible. A crumbling liner can lead to clogs if they crumble and cause a potential health risk for you and your family.
If you are unsure on how to conduct any of these repairs or inspections contact a proffessional contractor to do them for you.