Like most everything in life, chimneys are not built to last forever. Though they are constructed to last a very long time, despite the ravaging outdoor weather and the intense heat, especially, if a chimney falls prey to structural damage it probably won’t last long at all. The experts here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repairs are proud of our premier products and services and of our high customer satisfaction rating. For that reason, we want to take time to help our clients understand the many causes of chimney damage.
Erosion from Water Leaks
The smallest cracks in the masonry of your chimney will allow water to get in. When this occurs, the natural weather cycles of freezing and thawing in the atmosphere cause continuous expansion and contraction of the masonry. Once this happens, structural damage occurs and deterioration begins and will continue onward until your chimney begins to fall apart, bit by bit.
If the damage is noticed early on and is minimal, a special type of waterproof coating can be applied to the outer walls of the chimney in order to prevent the water from intruding any further. However, if your chimney is leaking, it’s time to have your chimney assessed by the qualified service technicians here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repairs. Our technicians can inspect and assess the damage and provide effective solutions to your problems. Our technicians are equipped with the expertise and know-how to resolve all your chimney’s structural damage.
Movement of the Footing
If a severe wind, thunder and lightning storm or an earthquake occurs a chimney can easily shift. If your chimney is not footed properly, movement and damage can easily occur. Again, we are the right team for you. Our highly skilled and trained chimney service technicians are on hand to perform inspections and repairs regardless of how big or small a project it may be. Since your chimney footing is key to its construction, the footing should be built from either concrete or stone that is situated deep enough to provide a solid base to your chimney for years and years. However, many homes suffer from footings that are not constructed properly that, over time, coupled with weather conditions lead to varied forms of structural damage.
If the footing is not firm and solid, even typical ground settling can cause shifting of the entire chimney. For this reason, we recommend when purchasing a home with an existing chimney and fireplace, you contact our professionals to perform a thorough inspection of the footing and the overall chimney structure. This will allow for necessary repairs to be made in advance of using the fireplace.
Poor Overall Construction
Finally, chimney damage often occurs as a result of poor construction. Many chimneys are built without the use of sound practices and, over time, can result in all types of structural damage. Though it appears the construction of chimneys is rather simple, that could not be farther from the truth.
If you suspect your chimney may very well be damaged, or if you are moving into a home with an existing fireplace, or even a new home with a new fireplace, the professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repairs stand ready to serve you. We will perform a thorough inspection, clean your chimney and flue, and perform any necessary repairs in order to ensure that your appliance is both safe and efficient. Take time out and call our team today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round chimney repairs and services this side of Nashville season after season, year after year.