Like with most refurbishments or building repairs jobs, looking after your chimney can be costly, but a necessary outlay. There are factors that should be considered when trying to decide whether or not your chimney needs to be repaired, demolished or completely rebuilt. The two main factors you should consider when deciding to repair or rebuild your damaged chimney are; the safety risks and long-term costs.
We can inspect your chimney and let you know just how extensive the damage is and if it is worth the cost to repair or rebuild it. If it is a simple repair, it won't take long and won't be intrusive. If your chimney needs to be rebuilt, then it will take longer.
Any type of leaks can be annoying and damaging, whether it’s a leak under your sink, through your sky lantern or from your chimney. By having regular preventative maintenance done on your fireplace and chimney you should be able to avoid this.
If you’re worried that there is water coming in from your chimney, some signs to look out for are:
The Chimney is Cracked, Decayed or Has No Flue Liner
Usually, masonry chimneys have a ceramic flue tile lining. The flue lining serves as a firewall so your home won't feel the high temperatures and catch fire. It also protects your home from toxic gasses produced by the fire. If there is extensive cracking in the ceramic tile or its degenerated or absent, the risk of a house fire and carbon monoxide poisoning rises. In many such cases, a rebuild may not be necessary to restore a broken flue liner. Occasionally, the issue can be solved by simply inserting a metal flue liner rather than rebuild the whole chimney.
Dire Chimney Structural Defects
If the chimney's foundation or exterior bricks are cracked, broken or crumbling, rebuilding the chimney is likely to be the only real option. This problem can't be ignored or put off until later. A chimney may collapse if it has a damaged foundation or if the masonry has degraded. Not only is there a risk of bricks collapsing, but other parts of your home can also be damaged. It's wise to have a chimney that isn't structurally sound rebuilt as it can save you from both headaches and expense.
If you are selling your house, rebuilding a crumbling chimney can add to the home's resale value. Having a damaged chimney certainly doesn't add to its value. As previously stated, failing to repair a damaged chimney can lead to a host of related problems.
In some cases, the damage to a chimney is so extensive that it can't be repaired or rebuilt. In those circumstances, it will have to be demolished and replaced. This process costs more but will save you money down the road.
Trust Essex Building and Carpentry Service to Repair or Replace Your Chimney
At Essex Building repair our roofing technicians have the training and experience to repair, rebuild or demolish and replace your chimney. We will work quickly and clean up after ourselves at the end of each day. So, if you are looking for a trustworthy company to take care of your chimney issues, we can help.
Call us today by clicking on the box below, or fill out our online contact form. We will be in touch to discuss your needs and set a time when we can come out and inspect your chimney. Don't be put off from having your chimney assessed, contact us today!