There are a lot of different ways that your chimney may need repair throughout its lifetime. Some of it may be masonry work while other instances require specific parts to be installed. With a professional chimney repair Washington DC homes can keep their fireplaces working all year long.
Chimney Cap and Crown
One of the most common problems is damage to the chimney cap or the crown. In some instances, both parts need to be replaced. If you notice a lot of water coming in when it rains, it’s likely because you have damage to one or both of these parts. This is often a simple replacement that can be done by professionals.
If you have found that you have a lot of soot buildup in your chimney or that you have smoke going through your home instead of up into the chimney, there may be a problem with the lining. Sometimes, the lining starts to separate from the brick. If the lining has been in place for over 10 years, it may have aged to the point that you want to get new material in place.
Cracks in the Chimney
Cracks may occur throughout the chimney, too. Often, this is as a result of moisture in the bricks. If you have a significant amount of ice buildup, it may also start to create cracks throughout the chimney. Scheduling some masonry work will ensure that the problem is taken care of quickly enough.
You may simply notice that there are aesthetic problems or a blockage when you go to use your fireplace. Additionally, smoke may not be going up the chimney like it used to or it may be “raining” inside your fireplace when it’s raining outside.
If you notice any kind of problem, the best thing that you can do is contact a chimney repair company to provide you with assistance.