Loose bricks and chimney deterioration can be symptomatic of a major problem. In may cases, minor repairs done early will save huge repair bill later. In all cases,this condition should be checked by a professional immediately to avert the dangers of fire hazard or structural failure.
Waterproofing is the best preventive maintenance you can give the exterior of your chimney against premature aging and expensive repairs.
These problems may lead too an unsafe chimney...
National fire protection code 211 requires an annual safety inspection of all chimney systems. Here's why:
In a woodburning system, incomplete combustion results in unburned residue which rises in the chimney as part of the smoke . This residue is deposited on the inside of the chimney walls, presenting a major fire hazard to the home.
Gas and oil flues should also be checked on an annual basis for any soot deposits or debris blockage which could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.
A chimney professional can clean the inside of your chimney to eliminate these dangers.
The national fire protection association standard states the fireplace and chimney should be inspected yearly for any structural faults.
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No Rain Cap
Rain can damage metal fireboxes and dampers. It can also erode mortar joints, causing the chimney to weaken.
For rain protection, a top quality chimney cap is the solution. A stainless steel model gives lifetime protection from moisture damage.
Animals are the most frequent chimney invaders. Nesting debris in the chimney is a serious fire hazard and can cause smoke or dangerous carbon monoxide vapors to back up into your home.
A chimney without a proper spark arrestor may allow airborne embers to ignite shingles, leaves, trees, or grass.