Every year, your home is exposed to different weather conditions, some more extreme than others. These different elements can damage parts of your house including your chimney.
For one, the chimney can develop cracks or leaks brought about by the changing temperature, condensation and other factors. This is the primary reason why homeowners like you should have chimney inspection at least once a year. This is to find problems and fix them immediately before they become worse.
The chimney plays an integral role in keeping you and your house safe when your fireplace or stove is in use. Its primary function is to vent out products of combustion like toxic fumes out of your house.
When it is damaged, it is not capable of doing its job well. For example, when there are cracks on the chimney, harmful gases like carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Inhaling carbon monoxide, an odourless gas, is harmful. It can cause headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, vomiting and chest pains to name but a few. Prolonged exposure to this toxic fume may even lead to death.
Cracks on the lining can also cause embers to get into contact with the flammable parts of the house and start a fire. Unbeknownst to many, chimney fire is one of the most common causes of domestic fires in Ireland.
Sometimes, chimney issues affect the appearance and structural integrity of a house. Let’s the case of a chimney roof leak. This problem is due to the presence of gaps between the metal flashing. One indicator of this type of problem is the presence of leak marks on your ceiling near where the roof meets the chimney.
Undeniably, a chimney roof leak can make your house less aesthetically appealing as the marks can be unsightly. Worse, when left unaddressed, the problem can weaken your ceiling/roof structure.
Basically, having a damaged chimney can be very dangerous. It can destroy your house and endanger your safety. This is why it is important not to delay the repair of your chimney.
You can schedule chimney repairs anytime between spring and autumn. The goal is to make sure that chimney is in tiptop condition before winter begins.
The usual practice is to schedule the inspection and repairs during autumn. However, since this is a busy season for chimney specialists, you may have a difficult time finding a convenient schedule for you.
Moreover, you may end up with a schedule too close to winter. This can be problematic if the damage is extensive as the specialists may need more time to repair your chimney. This may mean that you won’t be able to use your fireplace when winter begins.
Do you still want to have your chimney checked and repaired in autumn?
If you do, just make sure that you call your chosen chimney repairs specialist before autumn begins, say as early as July or August.
Alternatively, you can schedule the CCTV survey and/or repair in spring or summer. The advantage of doing these tasks early is that chimney problems are detected and repaired before they become worse.
Keep in mind:
When you delay repairs, the damage can become more extensive. As a result, you’d end spending more fixing your chimney.
Scheduling inspections and repairs in spring or summer also allows you to avoid the rush. As repair specialists aren’t that busy yet, you certainly wouldn’t have a problem choosing a schedule you want.
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