5 Telltale Signs Your Chimney is in Need of Repair

For more than 35 years, Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners have been counting on Chimney King to handle all of their chimney repairs. This full-service company covers all aspects of chimney care, from inspections to cleanings, and from liner repairs and installations. Local firefighters perform all work, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your chimney is in the very best of care with Chimney King.

If you’re like most Long Island residents, you probably don’t think about your chimney too much.

While annual cleanings are important, there isn’t that much that needs to be done on a daily basis. But problems can arise, especially if the structure is older or it wasn’t installed properly. When a chimney is in need of repair, it needs immediate attention. When a chimney is damaged, it doesn’t function properly and can cause a number of issues. The quality of the air in your home can suffer, heat output can decline, and most importantly, there’s a serious risk of fire.

How can you tell if your chimney is damaged? Take notice of your chimney, and if you spot any of the following telltale signs, contact a professional chimney repair specialist as soon as possible.

White Spots

Take a look at the exterior of your chimney. Do you see any white spots along the surface? If so, then you have a problem on your hands. These white spots are a sign of efflorescene, and it’s a sign that moisture is collecting between the masonry.

While you might be able to clean off the stains, it doesn’t address the underlying problem.

Moisture and masonry don’t mix. If it isn’t corrected, the structure will deteriorate, and eventually, the entire chimney could collapse!

Crumbling Flue Tiles

While stainless steel chimney liners are more commonly used in new chimney builds, the flues of older chimneys are often lined with tiles. Overtime, these tiles can become damaged by excessive heat and the buildup of creosote and soot. As the tiles become damaged, they can break apart and collect in the bottom of your fireplace; you’ve got a shaling problem on your hands. The flue plays a vital role in safety of a chimney, as it contains the gases and fire that are created by a fire.

If you spot any pieces of tile in the bottom of your fireplace, chances are that your flue is damaged and needs to be repaired or completely replaced.

Rust Marks

Rust spots on the damper or firebox are a clear indication of moisture damage. While the rust might not be visible, if it’s hard to move the damper or the firebox doesn’t seal properly, rust is likely to blame. Rust often develops when water leaks into a chimney. Water can cause extensive damage to a chimney. If it isn’t addressed, the problem will only become worse, and the chimney could completely fail.

Crumbling Masonry

If the masonry that surrounds the exterior of your chimney is crumbling or completely missing, or the mortar joints are cracking, repair is an absolute must. These problems can arise when water gets trapped between the masonry. As the moisture freezes and thaws, the masonry expands and contracts, and it will eventually crack and crumble.

When the masonry of a chimney is damaged, the entire structure is unsound. This issue requires immediate repair.

Issues with Fires

If fires are slow to start, they produce an abundance of smoke that collects in your home, or creates an odd odor, something is awry with your chimney. The flue may be damaged, the firebox might not be functioning properly, or there could be an excessive amount of creosote buildup, for example.

Schedule an Inspection with Chimney King

If you notice any of these telltale signs of chimney damage, contact Chimney King to schedule an inspection. Our crew will thoroughly assess your chimney to locate any damage, devise the most effective plan to correct the problem, and get your chimney back up and running properly and safely.

To schedule an appointment for chimney inspections and repairs, call 516.766.1666 in Nassau or 631.225.2600 in Suffolk. You can also schedule a service on our website: ChimneyKingInc.com.