All parts of our home need repairs at some point and chimneys are no exception. Having your chimney serviced and cleaned is the first step to catching any and all problems that your chimney system may have developed. Below are a few repairs that may come up over the years. Chimney Relining Today, all chimneys should be lined to help prevent fires and to protect the occupants in the home. If there is any damage to the lining, you may need a new chimney liner. This is a labor-intensive project, and it is often necessary to go through the masonry, which adds to the repairs needed once the relining is done. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have an experienced professional handle the relining job and ensure the masonry and other parts of the fireplace are properly repaired before it’s used again. Chimney Caps and Dampers If the chimney doesn’t have a cap or damper, it may be a good idea to have one installed. If the cap or damper is damaged by the weather or is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be necessary to install a new one. A professional can offer advice for what Chimney cap or damper to use as well as handle the installation. Since this is done at the top of the chimney, hiring a professional reduces your risk of falling or being injured during the installation. The professional will also make sure the installation is done right to prevent issues in the future. Masonry Repairs Depending on the repairs needed for a fireplace or chimney, it may be necessary to break through some of the bricks. Bricks can also be damaged with time or because of severe weather. If the masonry is damaged, it must be repaired before the fireplace can be used again. Professionals can handle the masonry repair and make sure everything looks fantastic, so it isn’t obvious that repairs have been recently done. A professional will make sure this is done quickly and properly.
All in all make sure to get a chimney service and/or chimney repair as soon as a problem arises so as to keep the problems small.