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Now is the Time To Schedule Your Annual Chimney Service

Summer has turned the corner into fall, and that means it’s time to schedule your annual chimney service! Whether you’re in need of a chimney sweeping, chimney inspection, chimney repairs or chimney upgrades, we can help! Don’t put off your enjoyment of your fireplace this fall by delaying your chimney service; schedule an appointment today!

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An annual chimney sweeping is a must for every fireplace and chimney, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Every time you use your fireplace, the smoke from the fire deposits solids onto the walls of the chimney. Those solids turn into creosote, and if that creosote is allowed to build up too heavily, it can ignite a dangerous chimney fire. Even if you haven’t used your fireplace in the last year, your chimney still should be swept before you light a fire this fall! That’s because other things can enter your chimney, such as leaves, twigs or animals, and form clogs that make burning a fire a hazard. A chimney sweeping ensures that your chimney is free from any dangerous obstructions!

Chimney Inspection

Your annual chimney inspection should go hand in hand with your annual chimney sweeping. A chimney inspection will spot any damage or deterioration in the fireplace, firebox, chimney flue or chimney exterior that could pose a danger. The inspection will verify that all working components of your fireplace are operating safely and properly. Your inspection also will spot signs of chimney leaks that could cause further damage to your chimney, your fireplace or your home farther down the road.

Chimney Repairs

If you know that your chimney is in need of repair, now is the time to schedule those repairs! Winter is hard on your chimney. Dealing with the heat of the fireplace and the moisture and freezing temperatures outside can cause chimney damage or deterioration to worsen. Delaying your chimney repairs through the winter could leave you with more costly damage come spring, and it can put your home at risk of a fire or damage if the chimney isn’t functioning as it should.

Improvements

If you have been thinking about improving your fireplace or chimney, fall is the perfect time to schedule improvement services! When you improve your fireplace or chimney in the fall, you get to enjoy your refurbished fireplace or chimney all winter long!

Whatever chimney service you’re in need of this fall — chimney sweeping and inspection, chimney repairs, chimney or fireplace improvements, or all three — now is the time to schedule your chimney service! Having your chimney and fireplace serviced this fall guarantees that your fireplace and chimney are ready to use safely this winter. Call London Chimney Services to schedule your fall chimney services today!

By Mark Rizzo on September 12th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Spotting Masonry Damage

Water, more than anything else, is responsible for chimney damage and deterioration. Unchecked water damage can cause major chimney problems. This often leads to chimney failure and very expensive repairs! To keep you chimney safe and structurally sound, it’s important that you remain on the lookout for water damage in your masonry. Here are the things to look for when you’re trying to spot chimney masonry damage.

Spotting Masonry Damage Image - San Francisco CA - London Chimney ServicesCrumbling mortar.

Mortar is often the first chimney component to deteriorate due to water damage. As temperatures drop, the water absorbed by the mortar expands, causing the masonry to crumble away. The crumbling mortar might be obvious. In addition, you can gently scrape at a mortar joint to see if the mortar holds fast – or if it has weakened and crumbles away easily.

Falling bricks.

Bricks also can fall victim to freeze-thaw damage. When the water inside bricks freeze, chunks of the bricks or the brick faces with fall of the sides of the chimney. This type of masonry damage is referred to as “spalling.” Perform a periodical visual check of your chimney to see if the bricks faces are firmly intact.

Cracks

Whether from water damage, storm damage, or shifting foundation – cracks can form in the chimney structure. It’s important to be on the lookout for these cracks. This is because they can allow water to make its way into your chimney and into your home. Not to mention, they can weaken the chimney structure to the point of rendering it unsafe!

Staining

Discoloration on your chimney can be an indication that water is penetrating the chimney and causing damage. As you visually inspect your chimney, be on the lookout for white, black, or greenish stains. Also, look for signs of mold or moss growth on your chimney.

Tilting

Is your chimney straight? As a chimney’s masonry or foundation is damaged, it can start to lean to one side or the other. A leaning chimney can be a major concern. Make sure your chimney remains sturdy and upright!

Cracked or crumbling masonry inside the firebox.

When you’re inspecting your masonry chimney for signs of damage, don’t forget to look inside your firebox! Exposure to moisture and extreme heat can cause both fire bricks in the firebox and in the clay tiles that line masonry chimney flues. In the firebox, look for deep or wide cracks in the firebrick. In addition, remain on the lookout for chunks of flue tiles that have cracked away from your chimney liner.

If you notice any signs of chimney masonry damage, don’t wait to address it! Masonry damage worsens with time, and it doesn’t take long for the entire chimney structure to become compromised. To make sure your chimney’s masonry repaired properly and safely, call the chimney experts at London Chimney Services to schedule your masonry repair today!

By Mark Rizzo on August 28th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment