Chimney maintenance is an important part of homeownership – especially if you enjoy the warmth and ambiance the crackling of a good fire provides during the colder months. However, a number of threats may compromise the integrity of your chimney. Whether it be regular wear and tear, the effects of the elements or unwelcome animal visitors, recognizing the signs of chimney damage is not always easy. 

Fortunately, Repair Specialist Inc. provides the guidance and expertise you need to keep your mind at ease. Find out 8 of the most common signs your chimney needs repair services and learn more about the importance of chimney maintenance.

What Are The Common Signs Of Chimney Damage?

While chimney damage varies from house to house, there are several common signs you can look out for to potentially prevent the issue from worsening.

1) Visible cracks or damage on the chimney

This one may seem obvious, but visible cracks or other damage on the exterior of your chimney are not normal. These cracks are often a clear indicator of potential structural issues as well as a common cause of roof leaks.

Finding cracks in your chimney from the ground can be challenging. If you suspect chimney damage, we recommend using a pair of binoculars to inspect your chimney. Be on the lookout for cracks in the brick/stone, loose mortar joints and flashings, or peeling brick.

2) Loose or deteriorating mortar between the bricks

Chimney mortar acts as the bond keeping the bricks or stones of a chimney together, providing both structural stability and preventing water penetration in the home.

Loose or deteriorating mortar, therefore, is a common sign that your chimney needs to be repaired. If the mortar is left to deteriorate for too long, you may find yourself dealing with not only a damaged chimney, but also a leaky roof.

3) Water stains or leaks in the fireplace or on the surrounding walls

If you notice leaking water inside your fireplace, you’re likely dealing with a damaged chimney. Similarly, if you notice unseemly water stains on the walls nearby your fireplace, this is another good indicator that your chimney is damaged.

4) Unpleasant odors coming from the fireplace

Unpleasant odors coming from the fireplace are another common sign of chimney repair needs. The smell may indicate the presence of creosote buildup, animal nests or other debris blocking proper ventilation. Furthermore,  these odors may be a sign of moisture-related issues within the chimney.

5) Rust or corrosion on the chimney cap or flashing

Rust and corrosion indicate exposure to moisture. As a result, if you notice these on your chimney cap or flashing, you’re likely dealing with some kind of water damage to the chimney. This is a common chimney repair issue, as the chimney’s constant exposure to the elements can cause these issues.

6) Damaged or missing chimney crown or cap

If your chimney crown and cap are either damaged or missing, you’ll likely need to consider chimney repair services. Damage to the chimney crown and cap may lead to further deterioration, water damage and structural issues.

7) Leaning or ‘tilting’ of the chimney

If you look up to your roof one day and notice any leaning or tilting, this is often a serious sign of chimney repair needs. If ignored for too long, the chimney may be at risk of collapsing or crumbling altogether. This may cause even further damage to the roof or, more importantly, pose a safety risk to the occupants or the home.

8) Smoke backing up into the home when the fireplace is in use

Smoke backing up into the home when using the fireplace is often a serious sign of chimney ventilation issues. This may be caused by a number of factors, such as obstruction, damage or even improper installation. Due to the potential danger of the smoke, prompt chimney repair is required to ensure the safety of home occupants.

Why Is Chimney Repair and Chimney Maintenance Important?

As our list proves, chimney-related problems can cause a variety of problems both in and out of your home (as well as posing a potential safety risk!). The potential consequences of ignored chimney damage include:

  • Water infiltration in the home causing leaks, stains, mold growth, rotting wood and, in extreme cases, weakened the structural integrity of the home as a whole
  • Chimney fires caused by the creosote buildup in the chimney
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by obstructions in the chimney or damaged chimney liners
  • Complete chimney collapse caused by a leaning or tilting chimney
  • Roof or shingles damage caused by a leaning or tilting chimney
  • Smoke backdraft caused by an obstructed chimney or improper chimney ventilation

Overall, then, regular chimney inspections and maintenance play a critical role in both your home’s structural integrity and your and your loved one’s safety. Professional chimney repair services can properly investigate and find the sometimes subtle signs of chimney damage that may not always be visible to the untrained eye. 

By investing in quality chimney repair services early on, gain the peace of mind you deserve to enjoy your fireplace.

Don’t Wait! Contact Repair Specialist Inc. Today

Damaged chimneys have the potential to cause significant property damage to your home. Fortunately, you do not need to deal with the challenges of chimney repair on your own.

Repair Specialist Inc. provides specialized roof and chimney repair services to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. With over 20 years of experience, we are equipped to effectively deal with all kinds of chimney damage, whether they be caused by cracked bricks, deteriorating mortar, or rusting flashings.

To learn more about our services and expertise, visit our services pageTo get in touch with us about your roof leak concerns, please call 414-322-8745 or fill out this contact us form.

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