Chimneys and fireplaces are amazing features to have in your home, especially if you live in colder climates. But, you must always take care of it. There are so many things that can go wrong with your chimney, especially if you do not repair any issues that go wrong with it correctly. So, we created this guide that explains nine clues that your chimney repair might fail.
You Worked With the Wrong Contractor
First and foremost, your repair may go sour if you worked with the wrong contractor. Many people call in a handyman or a masonry contractor to help with their fireplaces and chimneys. Even though someone claims to be a handyman or contractor does not mean he or she truly is. Projects that involve your chimney need the expertise of seasoned professionals. Look for contractors who have ten years or more of experience as well as reviews and photos from past clients.
An Ill-Fitting Chimney Cap
A chimney cap is one of the most important features of your chimney. It prevents rain, small animals, pests and wind from entering and damaging your property. If your chimney cap does not fit your chimney correctly, it can cause damage to your house. It can also harm people or other objects if a gust of wind blows it away. Before installation, measure your chimney to find the right size.
Incorrect Flue Measurements
Chimney flue specifications are crucial, and you do not want to change the size of one on an existing chimney without careful consideration. So, you must have the correct flue measurements.
No Integrated Damper System
While you can have a chimney without an integrated damper system, it is highly recommended to have one. An integrated damper system reduces your energy waste and insulates your home. Many older chimneys have old styles that often rust out or go bad. Installing a new style damper is easy and can reduce the drafts into your home.
Never Cleaning the Chimney
Many people never clean their chimneys. Some people think that since they never use their fireplace, they should never have to clean it. However, not maintaining this feature can damage it. The creosote builds up from usage, which puts your house at risk of a fire. Therefore, we recommend cleaning your chimney yearly if you’re using it regularly. Some heavy usage may require more frequent cleaning.
There is nothing wrong with cleaning the chimney on your own. But if you do not have the proper tools or knowledge, it can be a tedious and difficult project. Plus, you have to be able to reach the top. If you have the expertise, definitely go for it. But, if you do not, hire a professional chimney cleaning company.
Your chimney handles dangerous fumes that can cause a fire to break out or release harmful, odorless and colorless gasses into your home. So, proper installation is a must. If any aspect of your chimney is not properly installed, you put your home at risk of a number of dangerous situations. To stay on the safe side, work with a skilled contractor.
Never Inspecting or Investigating Issues
Have your chimney inspected at least once a year to catch any issues that may have arisen. A one seemingly small problem can lead to more damaging issues if left unaddressed. Taking care of it soon can help save money on repairs. Contact a masonry contractor right away if you need help.
Did you know that you can use poor quality materials like bricks and mortar? Sometimes you have to choose materials based on the match to your home, but often you can select a good match that is of good quality. If you use the wrong materials or poor quality ones, you will regret it and could need to do the work again someday.
These were just nine clues your chimney repair might fail. Many more reasons exist. That is why you need to have a local masonry contractor on hand. Ray Arnold Masonry and General Contracting would love to help you. We have been serving families in our community for over 70 years. For more information, please contact us right away.