Chimneys are constructed to last a very long time, despite the many challenges Mother Nature and outdoor elements present. Whether intense heat, ravaging winds and storms, torrential rain and even severe snow and ice conditions, the structural composition of a chimney is built to last. However, a chimney is not built to last an eternity and some chimney even fall victim to all types of structural chimney damage.
There are many causes of chimney damage, but more times than not, the biggest culprit to damaged chimneys is that of erosion. Erosion can be caused by a number of things, including, but not limited to, water leaks, a faulty inefficient construction or issues with the chimney footing itself. Excessive rainwater and melting ice and snow can find their way into the smallest cracks in the masonry work of your chimney. When this happens constant expansion as well as contraction occur within the masonry work and deterioration and erosion begin to set in. The erosion can keep on keeping on until your chimney nearly falls completely apart if not addressed early on. When water damage first occurs, it is obviously rather minor, and a simple waterproof application applied to the outer surface of the chimney can prevent any additional water from making its way inside of the chimney.
Another common problem that leads to chimney damage is movement of your chimney. Significant damage can occur to chimneys when any type of movement takes place, whether from severe gale force winds, or even a slight earthquake and especially when the footing has not been properly installed or maintained over the years. Since the footing is a primary component of your chimney construction, they should be built either from concrete or stone and properly laid to provide for a solid, strong base for your chimney. If a footing is built outside of this appropriate construction, you are apt to find yourself faced with chimney damage, including a shifting chimney structure which can present with some challenging and costly repairs.
In addition, a poorly constructed chimney at the inception can be a primary source of severe chimney damage. Though a chimney looks somewhat simple in structure and build, there is a great deal of experience required in order to properly construct a chimney that is both safe and durable, which is why it is so important to have your chimney built by a certified professional and cleaned and maintained routinely by experienced technicians. That is where the professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair come in. Our team of highly skilled and professional technicians are on hand to provide you with all your chimney needs no matter the season, whether winter, spring, summer or fall.
If you believe your home might be suffering with chimney damage, the folks here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair are the ideal team for you. Our technicians can perform all necessary inspections, cleanings and repairs to ensure that your chimney is solid, safe and efficient and your home and family are every bit safe as well. We are also on hand to answer all your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
For more information about potential causes of chimney damage, or to schedule a routine chimney sweep or any other type of repairs or chimney services reach out to the professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps and Repair today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality, affordable chimney services and repairs this side of Tennessee. Don’t delay. Give a shout out to our team today!