Summer may be winding down, which means that if there are problems with your chimney you should have them addressed before winter gets here. We train each Chimney Solutions employee to look for the signs of a chimney in need of repair. As a homeowner, you too can often identify them with a simple visual inspection. Let’s go over the signs your chimney needs to be repaired this summer.
Issues with your masonry are a recipe for disaster. They can lead to a leaning chimney and potentially the need to completely rebuild your chimney from the ground up. Smaller issues should be addressed right away as well, such as cracks or gaps in your brick and mortar. These can let water in and, as temperatures drop across Indiana, lead to that water freezing and causing even bigger cracks and larger problems.
You should have your chimney swept at least once per year, sometimes twice (depending on how much you use your chimney). During your annual sweep and inspection, your tech may discover that your chimney liner is cracked or damaged. Your chimney should not be used until this is repaired as it can lead to other problems with your home such as a house fire.
Walk outside and look up at your chimney. Is your cap still in place? If not, there’s a good chance there may be some blockages inside of your flue. In addition, a cracked or broken cap does you no good either. If you can see damage to it from the ground, it’s time to have it replaced.
If you notice rust on the inside of your firebox, contact Chimney Solutions right away. This is a sign of a moisture problem, which means your chimney is not functioning properly. It can point to everything from a damaged damper to cracked flue tiles and more.
Do you know what “spalling” means? Essentially, it means that your bricks are distended. Something inside of your flue has pushed the bricks out. This is also an early warning sign that there may be an eventual problem with the masonry structure.
Lastly, although not always visible from the ground, if your crown appears cracked it means that water will be able to penetrate into your home. This can lead to a leak in your ceiling and potentially a costly internal repair (including mold and drywall issues).
Each of these visual clues that your chimney needs to be repaired this summer can easily be handled by a member of our trained team. We’ll fix any problems with your masonry, ensure that your liner is functional, make certain that your cap is in place, fix any rust issues, and more. Contact any of our Chimney Solutions, LLC team members by calling us at 317-757-6979 or by filling out our website form.
Our Service Area
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. See a complete list of zip codes, cities, and towns that we serve in Marion County and beyond >>
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.
We’re committed to providing the best service possible and look forward to serving you and your family, year after year. Call 317-757-6979 to get started! >>