It’s summertime, and you probably don’t think you need to check on your chimney but checking your chimney now will allow you make repairs before it becomes a bigger problem in the fall and winter.
1. Check Your Cap
If your cap on your chimney is missing, all you have do you is take a glance at your chimney to see if its there. Without a cap, water from storms can enter your chimney or animals can build a nest in the opening. These can be dangerous to your chimney and potentially be a major issue in the future and cost you hundreds in repairs.
2. Check the Mortar Joints on Your Chimney
Homeowners should check for damage between chimney masonry because damages can allow more exposure of water to the bricks. If water gets in these small cracks, it can freeze over time and expand these crack enough that it may lead to the collapse of your chimney. If possible, you should check the exposure parts of your chimney once a month to ensure that any cracks are handled properly before they become a larger issue.
3. Rusted Firebox or Damper
If opening and closing your damper is difficult or you see rust starting to develop on your firebox, you probably have issues with your cap, and moisture is entering your chimney. Another source of moisture entering your chimney could be the that you have a mortar joint issues. If water gets in through a crack, it can damage your flue lining which is extremely dangerous to your home. If your lining is deteriorated, your home is at greater risk of a home fire.
4. Damaged Crown
The crown of your chimney is a concrete slab that sits at the top of your chimney and prevents water from entering your chimney. If it is crack, you can potentially have rain enter into your chimney and cause rotting, mold, mildew and will cost you hundreds to repair.
5. Your Chimney Starts Turning White
If you notice a white discoloration on your chimney, it is an indicator that you may need repairs. The white discoloration is call efflorescence, a crystalline deposit that usually sit on top of your masonry. This is caused by water that is entered through a damaged cap, mortar joint or crown.