Foundation Support Systems cares about your chimney just as much as we care about your foundation. There are visual signs you should be on the lookout for to know if your chimney needs to be repaired. The safety of your chimney affects the safety of your house, so you want it to be in its best condition. If it’s damaged, it can lead to moisture problems, chimney fires, and structural issues. Here are some signs your chimney needs to be repaired:
Cracks are one of the most obvious signs that a chimney needs to be repaired. There are a number of reasons why there are cracks in a chimney. It may be due to improper construction, water, damage, or wear and tear if it’s an old one. If you have a brick chimney, you may see cracks between the bricks that are stair shaped. A cracked chimney crown is also a sign your chimney might need repairs. The crown needs to be in good condition as it is the first line of defense against the elements. The chimney crown is protection for the masonry work underneath, so if it is damaged, your chimney is at risk. Of course if you notice any bricks sparring (breaking apart) this is a clear sign it’s in need of repair.
Staining in the Masonry
If you notice water staining, such as bricks that have white streaks, on your chimney, this is a sign that the chimney is not being protected. Water might be seeping into cracks that you might not be able to see from far away, so getting someone up there to check it out is important. Moisture and mold will deteriorate your chimney quickly. If you live in an area where you get a lot of moisture, this is something to keep your eye out for.
A chimney that leans, curls, or bends requires repair. These are symptoms of a chimney that may be set on defective foundation or footing or was not secured to the house properly. If you notice a shifting of your chimney or see that it leans to one side, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional. Chimney movement can be dangerous as you can’t predict if it might crumble and fall and when that may occur.
What to Do
If you notice any of the above issues with your chimney, it’s important to get a professional in to inspect the chimney up close. Foundation Support Specialists, for example, does chimney work in addition to foundation repair. Chimney damage and your foundation can be related. You want to get these issues checked out before they get worse and do more damage. You want to find someone qualified in your area who can inspect the chimney and surrounding area and be able to tell you exactly what you’re dealing with.
Taking care of your chimney is as important as taking care of any other part of your home. Your chimney is on both the inside and outside of your home and can do damage to both. In a space where you light a fire, you want to make sure it’s in its best condition possible. Contact usfor more information.