Frequently Asked Questions
about Chimney Problems:
Question: Why should I be concerned about maintainng/repairing my chimney?
Answer: A chimney or firebox left unrepaired can:
Release dangerous, toxic, and unhealthy gases into your building.
Allow flames and sparks to escape and come in contact with potentially combustible materials in your building. It is a real fire hazard.
Allow loose masonry materials to fall and potentially cause damage to property or people.
Several of these dangers often work simultaneously. The best way to identify the dangers of chimney problems is to call on the expertise of an experienced and trained professional who has a keen understanding of masonry materials science. Only after causes and effects have been determined can the most appropriate and enduring intervention method be recommended. Contact us in this regard.
Question: Why are chimneys so prone to deteriorate?
Answer: Unlike masonry walls, chimneys are exposed to the effects of wind, snow, ice, and rain from five surfaces - the four sides of the chimney and the top. They are therefore subject to a continuous war of expansion and contraction due to the chimney masonry being heated by hot gases from the fire, and the cold, wet outdoor temperatures. This repetitive expansion and contraction creates a lot of movement, and consequently deterioration.