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Signs Your Chimney is Damaged

Post by : dminCMC


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People don’t often think about their chimneys and if they need any work done on them. The problem is that in most cases, the chimney is out of sight (and so out of mind as well). Even if you looked up your fireplace or climbed on your roof to check, you may not recognize the need for chimney repairs. So today, we will discuss the different signs of chimney repair you should look out for and why they need immediate attention

White Stains or Efflorescence Across Chimney

One of the most common tells of chimney damage is when you notice white stains on the chimney’s bricks. This is a sign that there’s too much moisture in the masonry of the chimney. This is referred to as efflorescence, and it can quickly lead to weakening in the chimney’s foundation, growths like mold or mildew, and increased deterioration of the chimney. This often occurs in areas closer to large bodies of water or areas of high humidity.

Damaged Mortar Joints

While it might be hard to do so, if you spot any mortar joints in your chimney’s brickwork, then you should probably think about getting it repaired quickly. The problem with any brick layout is that it will wear down over time, especially if you like in a place with fluctuating weather conditions. Through the damaged mortar joints, increased moisture is able to get through and quicken the deterioration of the chimney. The biggest problem, however, is that mortar joints can be a sign that your chimney will collapse soon unless fixed.

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Cracked Chimney Crown

The chimney crown is maybe the first line of defense you have against harsh weather. The crown prevents snow, hail, and rain from entering and damaging the chimney from the inside. It also prevents leaks into your house. However, the crown can wear out and crack, letting in more moisture and often excessively leaking during the rainy season. The water damage can harm the chimney’s structure, weaken the inner lining, and lead to a higher risk of the chimney collapsing on itself.

If you’re looking for chimney repair services in CT, then consider scheduling an inspection for your chimney and receive a free quote for the service required. Our team at Creative Masonry and Chimney can look after any damage done to the chimney, from chimney crown repairs to masonry repair services.