A chimney is a great addition to your house, as it adds character to your property. Along with a fireplace, you can keep your house warm, during the colder months. It is quite common to assume the chimney doesn’t require any maintenance, as it looks like quite sturdy.
Like every other element of your house, maintenance is necessary to keep problems at bay and increase the lifespan. Here are three common problems your chimney will face:
The top part of your chimney is known as the chimney crown, while the protective layer over it is the chimney cap. If there is a problem with the chimney cap or the crown, it compromises the integrity of your house. The chimney crown is responsible for keeping rain, leaves, and snow away. It also prevents animals and birds from residing inside the chimney.
When the chimney cap/crown is damaged, it allows moisture to enter, which causes significant problems. For instance, moisture damages the ceilings, walls, lining, and masonry.
When you burn wood in the fireplace, the smoke which enters the chimney leaves creosote and soot on the lining. Creosote is a dark brown or black tar, while soot is what gives color to the smoke. Creosote is dangerous, as it is flammable, which can lead to a fire in the future.
At the same time, it can also block the pathway in the chimney. As a result, it prevents carbon monoxide from escaping, which puts your family members in danger.
Although creosote is the most common reason for obstruction, there are several other factors which can cause this problem. If you haven’t used the fireplace in a long time, it can cause an obstruction. Animals such as raccoons and birds will consider your chimney to be a safe place and start living in it. Due to these types of obstructions, it creates negative air pressure, which prevents the chimney from functioning properly.
These are the three common problems your chimney will face, if you don’t take preventive measures to maintain it. If you are looking for a professional roofing company to take a look at your roof, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction. After the arrival of our roofing contractors, we will inspect and provide the estimate for fixing your roof, within 30 minutes, for free. We always provide work of the highest quality, to ensure our customers get best value for money services!