In terms of chimney repairs, at least once each year you should have yours checked and cleaned if necessary, by a chimney professional. If you eat with wood, or if special circumstances of your chimney system warrant it, you should have the chimney checked more frequently. Long, slow burns or the use of green or wet wood can create deposits very quickly, especially in older, less efficient stoves. These deposits if left unchecked can lead to chimney fires.
Chimney fires can reach temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees and can either burn your house down, cause costly damage to the flue liners, or create hidden fire damage. Visually inspecting your chimney to look for any obvious defects is a good way to start. Have questions ready when you meet with your chimney specialist. Something as simple as a chimney flashing repair, a brick or stucco chimney repair, or the early diagnosis of a chimney leak can save thousands of dollars in the future.
Keep in mind that common chimney problems include wet stains on masonry, water in the firebox, foul smells coming from the fireplace; and structural damages such as crumbling on the roof, leaning chimneys, missing bricks, black staining at the top of the chimney. Other common chimney issues could be damaged chimney caps, cracks in the chimney crown, flashing problems, chimney liner damage or even Issues inside the flue. Roof4Roof can repair, replace or rebuild your chimney as needed.