Your chimney is an important part of your house. It is far more than just a decorative feature. Without a properly functioning chimney, potentially dangerous fumes and smoke can enter your home. So, you need to take care of it and ensure that it is properly maintained.
If you can´t remember the last time you looked up and checked this vital structure, it is a good idea to take a look. Should you discover that it is leaning, has a loose cap, missing bricks, or crumbling mortar, you need to take urgent action. Call a professional to get up on your roof and take a closer look.
The last thing you need is for your chimney to collapse. If that happens, you will have to find the money to have it completely rebuilt.
It is also possible for your roof to spring a leak because you have not had your chimney checked and properly maintained often enough. The points at which it joins the roof are particularly prone to wear and leaking. So, be sure to regularly check for signs of water ingress by inspecting your upstairs ceilings and attic space, every so often.
Whether your chimney needs a complete overhaul, renovating or rebuilding you need to hire a professional to do the work.
Dominion Roofing has the tools, the people, and the expertise to make sure that your chimney stays in good condition for many years to come.
Few homeowners fully realize that a chimney is a vulnerable structure. Your chimney is one of the most exposed components of your home. It is:
It is also vulnerable to natural calamities, including:
If used for many years, without being maintained your chimney will begin to decay and cease to function as it should. We are frequently called to homes whose chimneys have deteriorated due to:
It is important to look out for signs of deterioration. The sooner you spot and address issues, the lower the repair bill is likely to be. If you see visible deterioration in the appearance of your chimney, you should quickly get in touch with us and let us take a closer look. Especially if you notice any of the following:
We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to maintain your chimney. If cracked chimneys are not repaired, rainwater could seep into the fabric of your house. Should that happen you can expect to experience one or several of the following issues:
Cracked chimneys also allow noxious smoke and fumes to get into and become trapped inside your home. A damaged chimney will no longer:
Again, all of the above are highly undesirable. Smoke can kill and if your chimney catches light because you have not maintained it properly you could potentially lose your home. Worse than that, you may even find that you are not fully covered by your insurance because you are deemed as being partly responsible.
We are equipped and have the experience to take care of everything you need. Our team are ready to carry out:
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We will happily answer any questions you may have. As well as guide you about how to spot signs of problems with your chimney.
“Chimney repairs that are not performed properly can cause more damage to your chimney, so always make sure to hire somebody with experience.”
Is it possible for a chimney to be damaged beyond repair?
Yes, it is possible. In that situation, the chimney needs to be replaced. That will mean taking the old one down first. The new chimney should conform to the latest safety standards and be constructed using modern materials. But also, be built in a way that ensures that it blends in with the style and age of your home.
How often should I inspect my chimney?
You should look up and check your chimney every few months. At least once a year inspect it properly. As well as go into your attic and check that there is no evidence of a leak. The inside should also be inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional cleaning team. If you have any sense that your chimney is not functioning properly or is falling apart it is wise to call a roofer as soon as possible.
Is there a way to prevent the buildup of creosote?
Having your chimney properly maintained and cleaned will help to prevent the buildup of creosote. As does burning only seasoned wood and being careful about what type of artificial logs you use. Make sure the fire gets plenty of air, and insulate your chimney so that the fuel burns fast. All of these things combined work to reduce creosote buildup.
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