Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Chimney

Chimney repairs can be an extremely unpleasant experience to go through with your home, but they are an essential part of owning a home with a chimney. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners that fail to realize there are steps they can take to help ensure that their chimney is less likely to require major structural repairs. To be specific, there are a couple of tips that homeowners should always attempt to follow:

Have The Chimney's Masonry Inspected On A Regular Basis

While masonry is highly durable, it will eventually start to break down due to exposure to constantly changing weather conditions. When this happens, the masonry can develop problems ranging from cracks to spalling, and these problems will only worsen until they are either repaired or the chimney experiences a major structural failure. 

Sadly, inspecting a chimney's masonry can be remarkably difficult because much of it will not be visible to the unaided eye. As a result, you will need to hire a professional to conduct this type of inspection. These individuals have special cameras that can be used to inspect the interior of the chimney for signs of this type of damage, and this will allow it to be repaired before it is able to progress to the point of being beyond patching.  

Consider Investing In A Cap For Your Chimney

Having your chimney inspected can be an excellent way of catching problems once they have already developed, but many homeowners do not realize the important role that a chimney cap will play in extending the life of this part of their home. Moisture seeping into the chimney through the opening at the top can be a major problem because the moisture can rapidly degrade the masonry on the interior of the chimney. 

To combat this, a chimney cap is designed to allow smoke to exit the chimney while preventing moisture from entering. This can be complex devices to install, and as a result, it is best if you let an experienced professional handle this type of upgrade. While this may carry a cost, the amount of damage that this simple device can prevent will likely far outweigh this investment. 

Buying a home with a chimney can help ensure that your family has a cozy room to crowd around a fire during the coldest days of the winter months. However, a chimney is a surprising complex device, and it needs to be properly maintained. By having the masonry inspected on a regular basis and installing a chimney cap, you can help ensure that your chimney is safe from some common problems.