The chimney stack is normally the highest point on your house and is the focal point to removing heat and exhaust fumes from your fire. With the heat and gases, it contains, combined with the external punishment the weather brings, it’s one of the most common items to fail and cause a lot of damage.
The problem with your chimney stack, failure can be avoided with proper maintenance, however, seeing or accessing any issues is very difficult given the height. This is why people don’t realise they have an issue until it’s fallen and damaged something.
Replacing a chimney stack is a complex and time-consuming project. Not only will it involve some roof work, but there is also bricklaying and ensuring the internal parts of your chimney are intact and in working order. However, the first and most important to do, is to ensure the roof is watertight. Any rain that gets into the chimney when its failed, can cause further damage to your roof and other internal parts of your property.
If you have a failed chimney, that’s fallen it looks damaged then the best thing to do is give us a call. Our team will come out and assess the damage, tell you the best course of action, and a quote for us to do the work. We will not do anything until you’ve seen our quote and accept it, this is part of our open and honest process. Pick up the phone today to book an expert chimney specialist to your property.
Understanding Your Chimney
Your chimney comes in a few parts and these differ depending on the heating system for your home. Here are some of the parts of your chimney which can fail.
Chimney Stack: This is the main part you can see. This is the brickwork or rendered section usually in a rectangle or square. If this has failed, then you will potentially see the brickwork out of place or the mortar (bits between the bricks that keep them stuck together) missing. These fail due to weathering, rain, ice, wind etc.. cause the mortar to disintegrate which leads to bricks falling.
Flaunching: This is the concrete seal around the top of the chimney. Usually, you’ll have your chimney pots inside it, but depending on your setup you may not. Cracked flaunching is caused by heat from your fire or weathering. When it’s cracked, this can become loose enough to fall and cause damage, or let further rainwater into your chimney causing internal damage.
Chimney Pots: These are the exhaust pots for your gasses or fumes from your fire. In the modern world, you may have caps on the top or other items that stop water from getting in. However, cracked flaunching or a failing chimney can cause these pots to lean or even fall of totally.
Internal Flue: This is the internal workings that come from your fire. They run inside your chimney breast up to the chimney pots. Although it’s not for a roofer to fix, these can still fail. If your chimney is not swept the heat and fumes degrade the flue. This then causes the fumes to build up in your home and can make you ill.
Chimney Repair in Liverpool
Before your chimney fails, it can be repaired. If you spot the issue early enough, a roofer such as us here a Roofer & Builder can repair all of your chimney. Our team are highly exerienced at chimney pointing (this is replacing the mortar between the bricks), reflaunching, brick replacement, cleaning and any other issues you may have with your chimney. Simply drop us a message or a phone call before the problems get worse.
If you are sure your chimney has an issue but you cannot see it, then still give us a call. We have a partnership with a local drone company. These drones can take pictures of your chimney from all angles and give us enough information to see what may or may not be wrong with your chimney.
We’ve mentioned above, apart from repairing your chimney and replacing it when it fails, you can reduce the risk of needing this expensive work with simply chimney maintenance. Although some of the repair items such as pointing, is considered good maintenance, there are other items you can do. Chimney sweeping is one of the important items to keep the internals working as they should, however, we don’t do that.
Items that can be dealt with on maintenance can include
Flaunching: Cracked flaunching can easily be repaired and stop any further issues coming from that area.
Moss Build Up: The build-up of moss and other vegetation on the roof can cause damage and lead to failure, having this cleaned is considered good practice.
Pointing: Having your chimney pointed at regular intervals will also reduce the risk of a full failure.
If you have a failure of your chimney and you are looking to claim on your insurance, its extremely important to note that the insurers will be looking for a way not to pay. For instance, if you haven’t maintained your chimney properly, then the insurance company will decline your claim leaving you out of pocket. So consider your chimney maintenance as a very important part of your house that you should never ignore.
Contact us now to have us maintain your chimney to the highest standards in roofing.