Old Crumbling Chimney Problems? Repairs To Consider

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have a chimney that has bees swarming around the top, there are moisture problems and deteriorating brick, you'll want to call and expert for chimney repair to come to the home.  There are a lot of things you can do to repair the chimney, and it will improve the look and the function.

A mason can come to your home and give you an estimate for the work that needs to be done. While you are having the fireplace fixed, you should ask about the following things.

Remove the Wood

If you have wood around the top of the chimney, have the chimney repair expert replace the inside wood trim with vinyl. Bees, wasps and other insects will burrow into the wood, causing it damage and allowing moisture to get inside the wood. The wood will rot and can attract dangerous or problematic insects around the home.

Replace all the Brick

If you have a lot of damaged brick it is often hard to find the same brick to match it. Choose new brick for the entire chimney. The chimney expert can remove the old brick and examine the condition of the chimney in case it needs repairs, and they can add a sealant to the chimney. You can then choose new brick to update the look of your home.

You can even choose stone if you want, or stucco if the masonry specializes in those talents.

Have It Cleaned

Debris that gets clogged in the chimney can be a fire hazard, and it can prevent smoke from leaving the chimney. These issues can cause a house fire or smoke inhalation, and both can be fatal. The chimney cleaning removes the soot and debris, and allows better air flow when you use the chimney throughout the winter.

There are a lot of different safety hazards that can occur with a fireplace. If you can see your chimney is in terrible condition and you think you need to have it repaired or the brick replaced, call a chimney expert (such as Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service) to have it inspected right away. You may find out that you have a problem with the ventilation system, that the smoke isn't exiting the home properly, or that you have termites or other insects causing damage throughout the chimney and in other areas. Getting the area repaired in the spring, summer or fall is best, and you shouldn't put it off any longer.


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