A chimney is an essential part of a home, especially for those located in areas that experience extreme cold. Everybody loves a roaring fireplace on an ice-cold winter evening, but overuse can result in damage, even in the sturdiest chimneys.

Here are some of the leading causes of chimney damage.

Creosote Buildup

Creosote buildup can lead to chimney fires, which can result in chimney and house damage.

Creosote is a smoke by-product that clings onto the interior of the chimney liner and is highly flammable. Over time, chimney fires can destroy the chimney liner, attack the chimney’s masonry, and put your home at risk of a huge fire.

Though you can’t prevent creosote from building up in your chimney, you can prevent chimney fires from occurring by regularly getting your chimney cleaned and inspected by professionals.

Leaks

Like your home’s gutter is susceptible to wear and tear through natural elements, so is your chimney. Rust, unprecedented weather events, and other things can result in cracks and chips in your chimney, leading to leaks.

Water infiltrates the small cracks, leading to decay, especially during the winter as a result of the expansion. Since chimney cracks are so minute that they aren’t visible to the naked eye, it’s advisable to hire professionals for regular chimney inspections to prevent such leaks.

 

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Moisture

Moisture is perhaps the biggest enemy of your chimney. Weathering, hidden defects, and other unforeseen damage can all result in moisture seeping into your chimney through minute cracks. However, once moisture is able to reach your chimney, it can result in a flue line crack, rust, damage the internal structure of the chimney, and much more.

However, given that chimneys are highly complex structures, it’s likely that your chimney may be damaged due to a mixture of a couple of issues. For example, heavy winds and rainfall could result in the loosening of the chimney cap, resulting in moisture seeping through and damaging the structure.

To avoid chimney damage, you should be getting your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly. At Creative Masonry & Chimney, you’ll be able to find certified chimney sweeps for the entire CT area, including West Hartford, Canton, Bristol, Simsbury, and Avon. They also offer masonry repair, chimney inspection, masonry construction services, and more in CT.

Get in touch with them at (860) 225-9178 to find out more.