In Minnesota, our chimneys are constantly at risk. Our state is well known for temperatures that plunge below zero, surge above the freezing point, and then plunge back down again.
Unsurprisingly, this weather has the potential to be extremely damaging to chimneys. Because of this, it’s best to get them inspected or serviced often so that they stay in top condition.
There are a variety of chimney repairs that you may need to make over time. In many cases, chimney caps need repairs, flues can be broken, or bricks can be missing. It may also be possible that you need to repair loose or missing mortar.
If left untreated, many of these potential repair needs can have a severe effect on your home. The walls or ceiling near your chimney could end up damaged or water could leak in.
Cracked Chimney Caps
Your home’s chimney cap plays an important role. The cap is responsible for preventing all sorts of things from entering your home – everything from rodents and other small animals to moisture. The chimney cap also prevents a home’s roof from burning down by being struck by hot ash or embers.
That said, it’s important to ensure that your chimney cap stays in good condition. It’s prone to cracking, which requires a quick remedy before the problem worsens.
Damaged Chimney Flue
Chimney flues are in place to remove exhaust from your fireplace and chimney. They remove the fumes from the interior of your home and allow them to escape into the outdoors. As such, they are essential to the operation of your fireplace. Using a fireplace with a damaged chimney flue could potentially be dangerous or – at the least – very messy.
There are several elements that make up a chimney flue, and they’re all important to maintain to preserve the safety of those in your home.
Many chimney flues have liners, mortar joints, and tiles that need to be repaired or inspected on a regular basis. They are typically repaired by professionals due to the risk of toxic chemicals being released or stored up if the job is done improperly.
General Chimney Repair (Masonry)
Besides chimney caps and flues, there’s another common kind of repair that needs to be made – repair to the masonry. Depending on how your chimney is set up, this could mean a variety of different things.
For some, it’s necessary to replace bricks that have crumbled or deteriorated, and for others this may involve concrete work or work that involves other kinds of stone.
Whatever the case, these repairs are necessary for both aesthetics and chimney functionality. Like with other elements of the chimney, problems with masonry could lead to more severe problems if left unaddressed. The last thing anyone wants is to have leaks, chemical buildup, or anything else stuck in their chimney – unbeknownst to them.
Sometimes the need for chimney repair is obvious. Other times? Not so much. Regardless, it’s best to know what you’re looking at so that you know how to address it. If you think your chimney might be at risk due to the intensity of Minnesota weather, or if it’s been awhile since the last time you had your chimney inspected, give us a call. We’d be happy to take a look and see if there’s any repair that needs to be made to your chimney.