No matter how much effort you put into making a structurally sound chimney, you’ll still experience damage and wear and tear from time to time. The best way you can avoid and prevent this wear and tear from occurring is by knowing the most common causes of chimney damage. Get familiar with the causes below so that you can catch this damage as early as possible to ensure the structure is in working condition.
Weather and Outdoor Elements
Any part of your home constantly exposed to the weather and outdoor elements is at risk for damage. Over the years, high winds, heavy rain, snow, and temperature changes can all affect this structure. This will inevitably happen to your chimney because we can’t, unfortunately, turn off mother nature.
The integrity of your chimney depends on the work that took place to build the structure. Any mistakes or defects in the construction process will affect the chimney later. For example, a technician might install a chimney liner incorrectly or make shallow or narrow footing. Any defects present during the chimney’s construction will lead to excess wear and tear in the future.
Aside from the usual weather Mother Nature loves to throw at us, natural disasters and unforeseen circumstances can also occur. For instance, if you live in an area that experiences earthquakes, this can also damage the structure. Other common causes of chimney damage are trees falling on it or chimney fires.
Water and Moisture
The ultimate kryptonite to your chimney is water and moisture. Typically, this type of wear and tear doesn’t occur without the help of the above circumstances. If a hidden defect or a natural disaster occurs, this provides the perfect opportunity for moisture and water to seep into the structure and wreak havoc on your chimney.
Chimney wear and tear comes with homeownership because a structure can’t be perfect 100 percent of the time. This is why chimney repair companies exist! You should never repair a worn chimney; leave this to the professionals who will do the job correctly.
If you notice any of these incidents occurring to your chimney, don’t hesitate to contact Chimcare. Our team of professionals would love to help restore your chimney. Give us a call today to ensure your fireplace and chimney is clean and structurally sound.