Common Chimney Problems

Using a fireplace is so relaxing. It’s one of those comforts of home that words just can’t describe. Along with those comforts are a set of routine chimney maintenance tasks. And, if your home has a fireplace, it’s likely that at some point you’re going to face some of these common chimney problems.

creosote in chimney flue, carmel inA dirty flue

This may be at the top of our list of common chimney problems. All homeowners who use their fireplaces will eventually have a dirty flue. Whether from burning wood that hasn’t been seasoned or simply from years of use, a dirty flue can lead to creosote. In turn, creosote can lead to either a home fire or unpleasant smells coming out of your fireplace.

Poor construction

The first two of our common chimney problems are usually of the “came with the house” variety. Not all home builders will use high-quality materials when constructing a chimney. Often, these chimneys will present problems much earlier than ones using the proper building materials.

Inadequate prior repairs

And as a follow-up, chimney firms that don’t use quality materials or processes when repairing a chimney will also lead to more headaches for a homeowner. From poor tuckpointing to low-grade caps and more, these types of repairs often end up causing even bigger problems.

Flashing problems

Your home has flashing throughout it, including your chimney. Flashing is meant to act as a barrier to water entry. However, if it rusts or is not sealed properly, water can easily get into your home. These leaks can cause other problems, including interior damage and costly repairs.

Masonry deterioration

Masonry is made of porous materials. That means it’s particularly susceptible to the freeze-thaw cycle of Indiana winters. When water enters a crack or gap and freezes, it creates a larger hole. This repeated cycle can quickly lead to your brick-and-mortar crumbling or breaking down faster than you would expect.

expert chimney cap replacement, zionsville inA missing cap or crown

The last of our common chimney problems is actually a two-in-one, though they go hand in hand. Your chimney cap and crown act as a first line of defense, protecting your home from water and other intruders. If they’re missing, they can cause many of the issues we’ve mentioned above.

A quick math equation…

We know this is a blog on common chimney problems, so it might seem odd to have a math problem. But hear us out:

Water + dark spaces = ?

If you said mold, you’re spot on. Water leads to a host of common chimney problems, including masonry deterioration. But it also has a direct correlation with mold growth. Mold within your chimney is dangerous and can lead to the fungus spreading to other parts of your home while also affecting your family’s health.



We can help fix these common chimney problems

Our team has extensive experience dealing with all sorts of common chimney problems, including all of the ones we’ve mentioned today. Repairing these issues quickly and effectively will give you peace of mind as you relax in your home this fall.

Regardless of your need, we’re here to help. Would you like to get in touch? Then call Chimney Solutions Indiana at
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If you live within 20 miles of Marion County, there’s no need to call any other chimney provider! The team here at Chimney Solutions Indiana will be in our marked trucks and clean uniforms and at your door on time! We travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Westfield, Geist, Eagle Creek, Noblesville and all throughout the Indianapolis, IN area.

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We believe that education and ongoing training is important, which is why we continuously invest in ourselves and our team to deliver better service to you. We’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) – certified and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so whenever advancements are made within the industry, we’re among the first to know about it. When you work with Chimney Solutions, you can expect the latest information and the most advanced services and techniques. We strive to exceed expectations on every job from a routine chimney sweep and chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration.

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