A chimney plays an important role in the function of your fireplace and in your roofing system. If the chimney is in need or repair, water can seep into through the chimney causing water damage to the roof or chimney, or a fire can start when you use your fireplace. Knowing the signs of a damaged chimney repair can help you determine when you need to call a professional for repairs.
One of the tell-tale sign that your chimney needs repair is damaged bricks. This may be bricks that are falling apart and/or shifting. If you notice that the bricks around your chimney move when you press on them, have cracks in the mortar, or have obviously shifted, it is time to call in a professional.
Flashing are metal strips that are placed around the bottom of the chimney, where the chimney meets your roof. They are designed to keep water from seeping into your roof. If the flashing is damaged, water will seep in. Damaged flashing may be twisted, rusted or could have even blown off. A roofer or a chimney sweep can inspect your flashing for you.
Smoke Not Going Out the Chimney
The last sign that your chimney needs repair is smoke from your fireplace filtering into your home, rather than up the chimney. This is indicative of a crack or damage to the chimney liner. This can be hazard to anyone in the home, including pets, so it is important to not use your fireplace until this problem has been properly repaired.
In some instances, homeowner’s insurance will cover the damage done to your chimney. If you have questions about chimney damage and your homeowner’s insurance, or simply want to price a new policy out, give Smart Way Insurance Agency a call. We serve the greater Sandy, UT area and would love to help with all of your homeowner’s insurance needs.