Chimney Repairs & Installations
We often take for granted certain areas of the home such as a chimney. Still, it is an undeniable fact that maintenance and upkeep will be required from time to time. The Roofing Company are capable of providing professional chimney repairs for our clients in Hereford, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire and we offer a second-to-none sense of reliability when it is needed the most. So, what are some of the advantages that you can anticipate when working with our company?
While chimneys may appear as if they are built to last for hundreds of years, even these solid structures can suffer from faults on occasion. Mortar may flake away over time or the entire structure could begin to lean due to a ground subsidence.
Whether you require on-the-spot chimney repointing or you have noticed that the chimney pot (the cylindrical pipe at the top of the structure) is damaged, The Roofing Company is only a phone call away.
Common Signs Your Chimney May Be In Need Of Repair?
There are often tell-tale signs that a chimney requires repair.
These clear and obvious signs include:
• Large visible cracks
• You can see water damage on the ceiling from inside your property
• The chimney is subsiding or leaning slightly to one side.
• Damaged mortar joints and flashing around the base of the chimney.
• Debris in your fireplace (if you have one)
Despite this, you may sometimes need to look a little deeper to see if there is an issue. Less obvious signs include small, almost invisible, cracks that you can’t see unless up close. Although these may not be an issue of concern in the immediate term, they can lead to more problematic issues in the future so it makes sense to fix this as quickly as possible.
How Often Should You Inspect Chimney For Damage?
It depends. Many chimneys nowadays are out of what we would call active use as they have been blocked from inside. However, if your chimney is in active use and you still use an open fire, smoke and debris can cause damage over time. We suggest checking your chimney at least once a year to ensure all is looking stable and no obvious cracks have appeared.
Why You Should Act Quickly At First Sign Of Damage
It may be tempting to leave chimney repair, especially if it’s the summer months when the weather is advantageous, until the winter when the worse weather returns, but this would be a mistake. Leaving a chimney damaged any time of the year can cause other damage to your property, not just to the chimney. Any amount of water can damage the inside of your property leading to the potential to rotting and needing to repair internal ceilings and walls too.