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What Types of Chimney Repair Are There?
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Your chimney is a core part of your home’s heating system. Because of that, it’s important that you make sure that it is in tip top shape when the cooler weather starts coming along.

Your chimney is a core part of your home’s heating system. Because of that, it’s important that you make sure that it is in tip top shape when the cooler weather starts coming along. Chimney repair may be necessary if your chimney cleaning specialist decides that there’s something not right about your chimney the current condition it is in. What types of chimney repair are there? And how do they get performed on your home? Here’s a quick look at some of the most common types of chimney repair that you may encounter or have to take care of.

-  Bricks that need to be replaced, are crumbling, or are completely missing in the first place. This is probably the most stressful thing that you would have to deal with if you needed chimney repair. If there are bricks missing out of the chimney or there are bricks that are crumbling, the whole chimney is in a state of disrepair. In the best case scenario, those bricks would just need to be replaced and everything would be fine. In the worst case scenario, you may need the entire chimney to be rebuilt.

-  Chimney liner has a problem related to it.Your chimney liner is what keeps your chimney stable and safe, and it prevents junk from getting caught in your chimney. If your liner has cracks or holes in it, you may need to get it repaired or replaced, depending on the severity of the issue. A replacement doesn’t take long, so you don’t have to worry about being without heat for a long period of time if that’s what you need. Your chimney repair specialist can give you a good idea as to the best course of action in this case.

-  Issues related to the overall stability of the entire chimney structure.As the world moves, the earth shifts as well. Rain, snow, sleet, sinkholes, and other natural phenomena can cause your home’s foundation to shift slightly. This isn’t a concern usually, but if your chimney isn’t as stable as it was, you’re going to need to make sure that it gets fixed. Like the issue with the bricks that we discussed above, it could just need to be adjusted a bit, or in the worst case, you may need to get a whole new chimney installed. Talk about your options with your professional before you commit to any decision related to the issue.

- Changes to the chimney setup based on a change in the type of heat that you’re utilizing for your particular chimney. If your chimney was originally built for a fireplace, and you’ve switched to a woodstove, then you may need to get your chimney changed or adjusted in order to make sure that it’s going to work with the new setup. This also applies if you switch from wood to charcoal, charcoal to gas, or anything in between. Different types of fuel require different types of chimneys to be able to deal with it properly, so you want to make sure you get a full inspection and the okay before you start using it after such a change. The changes may also cause any of the above issues, if you or your contractor wasn’t careful when installing the new item. Inspections are important – get them done before the problem gets any bigger than it originally is.

- Other issues. Other problems that may arise include things that get caught in your chimney, your chimney cap being in need of repair, and a wide array of other issues that aren’t listed here. If you have any issues with your chimney, no matter what they may be, make sure to call a professional to come and look at it for you.

You may feel stressed out about the possibility of making changes to your chimney or the need for chimney repair, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave the idea alone. If you’re looking for advice or you want to get your chimney inspected so that you know it’s ready to go (and you should be doing that yearly anyway), then make sure that you contact us today so that we can make an appointment and get started as soon as we can.

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