Your chimney is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps you and your family safe from carbon monoxide, fire and other dangers associated with a fireplace. Keeping it in good condition is a safety issue. Here are a few telltale signs you need to look into chimney repair for your Garfield home.
Go outside and take a look at your chimney’s exterior. Do you see mortar that needs to be replaced? Are any of the bricks crumbling? Do you see any signs of rust on the chimney cap (if you can get close enough to see)?
Are you noticing the top layer or surface of any of the bricks are crumbling or falling off? This is called “spalling” and it is yet another sign that chimney repair should be in your near future. If you are noticing a white discoloration on your chimney, you should call us about that as well. This is called “efflorescence” and it’s a sign your chimney might have a moisture problem. If you don’t get it fixed soon, you could have some other problems with your chimney, including faster than usual deterioration.
Go back inside and look inside of your fireplace. Do you see any thin slices of chimney tile lying in there? If so, give us a call and let us know. This problem is referred to as “shaling.” It will generally signify that something is wrong with your flue lining. The lining is a vital part of keeping your chimney safe to use and enjoy. You should call us so we can send someone out for chimney repair. And shaling is one of the many reasons a yearly chimney inspection is so important. Your chimney is not safe to use if there is anything wrong with the flue.
Do you have wallpaper on either side of your fireplace? If so and you’ve noticed that it there is moisture damage, this is sometimes an indication that there’s a problem with your chimney and you need to call us for professional chimney repair. We will need to come out and take a look before it’s safe to use your chimney again.
Are you interested in learning more about chimney repair in Garfield or any of the surrounding areas? Call us at Guardian Chimney at 888-688-1388, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.