Signs of chimney problems homeowners need to know.

Signs of chimney problems homeowners need to know.

A chimney is the best way to add warmth to your home and enjoy a cozy winter season with your family. It not only enhances your home’s beauty but also increases its value during a home appraisal. However, the cold season may also bring many challenges for a chimney. The constant wear and tear from years of exposure can make your chimney vulnerable to damages. Moreover, a poorly maintained chimney can put your home at fire risk. To overcome these challenges and keep your chimney well-maintained, regular inspections from certified professionals are essential.

At Home Team Construction, we specialize in providing reliable chimney cleaning, inspection, and repair services to ensure your chimney is winter-ready. In addition, our certified contractors will ensure that your chimney stays well-kept at all times, complying with the local chimney codes and regulations, so you don’t need to worry about fire threats.

Following are the most common signs of chimney problems homeowners must be well aware of to prepare for the upcoming cold season:

Creosote Build-up

Creosote and soot may accumulate inside your chimney with time. It is a common chimney problem that occurs due to a lack of chimney cleaning. Creosote is highly flammable and can increase the risk of fire accidents. In addition, it may prevent the venting of fumes and smoke. Thus, it is recommended to hire certified professionals for proper chimney cleaning and inspections before using your chimney in winter.

Obstructions in chimney

When the chimney is not being used for a long time before winters, animals like squirrels or birds may make your chimney their home and set up their nest inside the chimney, causing a blockage or obstruction. Often, homeowners may not notice the issue right away. Moreover, it can be difficult or even dangerous for you to try and remove the blockage by yourself. Therefore, it is best to schedule an inspection from certified experts at Home Team Construction for expert assistance.

Cracks in the flue

Cracks in the flue are often challenging to detect as these cracks are hidden inside the chimney, and it may not be possible for homeowners to find them with just a visual inspection. These cracks may develop due to natural wear and tear and may lead to more serious issues if left undetected for longer. Therefore, an annual chimney inspection is essential to ensure that the flue is intact and in top condition for winters.

Damaged chimney cap

Many homeowners also have a chimney cap and crown installed to prevent the chimney from harsh environmental elements. However, any damage, such as a crack in the chimney cap or crown, may allow moisture penetration and lead to significant damages. Thus, it is best to get the chimney cap inspected and replaced if needed before the winter begins.

Deteriorated/damaged flashing

Another common issue that may threaten your chimney’s structural integrity is deteriorated or damaged flashing. Rain, hail, or heavy snow may cause corrosion of your chimney’s flashing over time. And a deteriorated flashing may expose it to moisture leading to leakage issues. Therefore, it is best to consult with certified experts for an inspection and ensure your chimney’s flashing is repaired, replaced, and waterproof ahead of winter.

If you want to avoid these common issues which may threaten your chimney and even the roof’s structural integrity, make sure to schedule an annual chimney inspection. Our certified experts at Home Team Construction would be happy to assist you. Our team is well-versed in fixing any chimney repair issues and weatherproofing your chimney for a comfortable and cozy Christmastime.

Get in touch with our team to schedule an inspection and get an estimate today!

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