Homeowners often need to hire professional staff for chimney repairs and inspections. Compared to other house parts, it can be a bit complicated to try and fix chimney issues on your own. You can probably do the cleaning and regular maintenance on your own but for inspections, you can consult a residential roofing company to help you.
If you think that your chimney has issues, always ask a professional staff to check on it. Avoid trying DIY repairs because it may lead to more damages, injuries or accidents. Here are some common problems that homeowners encounter with chimneys along with their fixes:
Leaks – One of the most common issues on chimneys are leaks. New roof construction experts say that due to deterioration, mortar cracks, and other problems brought by aging, you might experience chimney leaks. To prevent further damage, be sure to fix mortar or crown damage. This can easily be done if you have done masonry tasks in the past. Make sure that you thicken the outside edge of the mortar to avoid leak-causing cracks from returning.
Creosote buildup – If your chimney lining has creosote buildup, harmful smoke or fumes may enter your home. This obstruct your chimney and prevents proper ventilation. You may need to hire professional staff to effectively remove even the most stubborn deposits from your chimney’s lining.
Blockage – Aside from creosote, your chimney may have other blockage such as leaves, nest and other natural elements or debris. You can purchase chimney caps which comes with simple installation instructions. Chimney caps prevent elements from entering your chimney and it also keeps sparks off your roof.
The best thing that you can do to prevent issues is to get the chimney inspected at least once a year. Let professionals like CQ Construction & Roofing check if there are issues on your chimney as well as handle metal roof replacement, siding installation and more. Contact us at (850) 634-4007 to set an appointment. We serve clients in Crestview, FL, and nearby areas.