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3 Signs It’s Time for Chimney Repairs

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Picture this. You’re sitting at home watching Netflix with your feet up on a cold winter night in Connecticut. You’ve got the fireplace on to keep you warm and your dinner’s heating up in the oven.

Suddenly, you hear a cracking sound from your chimney before a massive shard of soot comes crashing down into your fireplace. Embers go all over your carpet and your mood’s ruined as you rush to put them out before the place catches fire. If only you knew your chimney needed repairing!

If you want to avoid this nightmare situation, here are 3 signs it’s time for chimney repairs that you should look out for.

A house with a chimney

1. There’s a White Powder on the Flue

Have you noticed a white substance on your chimney’s flue? If your chimney looks like someone painted it with chalk, you must get it repaired immediately. This white powder is called efflorescence and is caused by moisture moving through the material in your chimney and bringing minerals to its surface. In other words, it’s a tell-tale sign that your chimney is growing brittle and requires repairs!

2. There’s Rust in Your Firebox

If you’re poking around an extinguished fireplace with a fire iron and notice orange stains on the ends, it’s worth checking the firebox for rust. If the firebox is rusted, it’ll crack and cause embers to fall into the ash dump underneath. This is extremely dangerous as your flooring might catch fire!

We recommend replacing rusty fireboxes immediately with a material that’s rust-proof. It’s also worth hiring a professional chimney sweep to check your chimney for sources of leaks. They’ll let you know whether you require additional work done like a chimney leak repair.

3. The Area Around the Mantel is Going Black

The mantel of a fireplace is designed to protect the walls behind it from heat damage. Therefore, if you notice the area around the mantel going black, it’s time to get your chimney repaired.

Charring around the mantel is a symptom of several problems. For instance, if your flue liner is damaged, then the heat from your fireplace will burn the walls around your mantel. It could also indicate a broken chimney damper that’s letting too much air into your fireplace and causing it to burn too intensely.

Smoke coming from a home’s chimney

If you think you require chimney repair, the only way to know for sure is by calling an expert. At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we have over 20 years of experience servicing chimneys across Connecticut. We do everything from chimney flashing repairs to chimney cleaning . We also provide free estimates to every client and perform an array of masonry work, including fireplace remodeling and stone veneer installations.

Drop us a message on our website or call us at 860-225-9178 to learn more about our services.