Most people put off having someone repair their chimney because they do not see the point of it. Others know that it should be done and choose not to because they feel that it is going to cost more than they can afford.  In both cases, you could be risking a lot more damages if you fail to handle it before it becomes a major problem. As an added bonus, having a chimney repaired costs less than you expect, provided you handle it now rather than wait.

If you have an older chimney, you risk a lot of added costs by not taking care of its issues as they show up. For instance, a chimney that was put up more than 60 years ago may not be up to code for your area. The codes and regulations for chimneys are there because so many people have lost their homes and have suffered health issues because of the way chimneys use to be made. Most do not have the inner lining which prevents carbon monoxide from coming into the home. These old chimneys also may crack and then you will be losing heat. If a crack is near the exterior wall of your home, it could get too hot and lead to a house fire. The potential of very bad issues is high with an older chimney. Therefore, you will spend a lot more money if you have to deal with the other issues.

Even if you are unable to see damage on your chimney, which happens often in the newer homes, you still are not out of the woods. Homes and chimneys both can settle over time. As a chimney settles it becomes weaker and cracks may form. This can lead to cracks forming and as this happens your chimney also loses its strength to stand. Eventually, you could develop a crack that is large enough or have enough of them form in one area to cause the chimney to fall. It is a lot easier and cost effective to have someone fix the crack rather than have them rebuild your entire chimney.

Which would you prefer? Would you rather spend a couple hundred to improve your chimney now or wait to have it cost you thousands of dollars? The choice is simple for most people. They realize it can save you from worrying about it later.

Most people don’t really think too much about the chimney in their home, especially people who have an older home. They may feel that the chimney has been able to function properly for the last 60 years and there is no reason for it to fail them now. However, if you ask any professional about your chimney, they may surprise you with the things they can show you.

For instance, an old chimney may not be up to code. The reason for codes to be in place is to keep you safe. Most old chimneys do not have linings in them and this can be an easy way for carbon monoxide to get inside of your home, even though the chimney is free of blockages. Linings in newer chimneys ensure that there is no carbon monoxide leaking in through the walls of your home and it also ensures a more efficient heat.

Most older chimneys are also made purely of brick and mortar. This is effective and it looks great, but brick and mortar are not without issues. These chimneys are likely to crumble and have damage that is not easily seen. If you don’t repair it, it could easily collapse and cause your family a lot of trouble. It will also be a massive job to repair at that point and cost could add up very quick.

If you live in an old home with a chimney or you purchase an older home that was build 60 years ago or more, the chimney could be a constant issue for you to deal with until it is repaired the right way. It is very important to have it inspected thoroughly by a professional who specializes in chimneys. Even if it does simply need a good cleaning, any money that you spend now will be money well spent.

Summer is a great time to take care of it and fall is an even better choice. The reason for this is because during the spring you may have birds building nests inside of the chimney. You may have fall leaves filling it up, especially if your chimney cap is not covering the chimney right. In either situation, you stand a better chance of fixing it effectively if you have it checked before winter time strikes again.

If you have a chimney, you may enjoy the warmth, but that warmth can come at a price if you are not careful. You should stay on top of chimney maintenance and ask for chimney repair help at the first sign of trouble. Otherwise, you could be taking a major risk when it comes to your family’s safety. That is why most experts will tell you that you don’t need to wait to repair your chimney.

Each year, house fires are started because of a chimney not being properly maintained. It is also a common reason for homes to have too much carbon dioxide in them. Either of these issues could spell disaster and in some cases, you may not know that there is an issue until it is too late. Creosote is a buildup that ends up in all chimneys that burn wood. It sticks to the side of the pipes and it is very flammable. The only way to know it is there and perhaps stop it from causing you problems is to hire a chimney sweep.

If the buildup becomes a blockage, you will also have major issues. However, creosote isn’t the only reason a chimney can become blocked. Bird nests and water damage, collapsed pipes or lining, leaves and a variety of other things may cause a blockage. When this happens, smoke from the chimney may back up into your home. Everyone knows that smoke is carbon monoxide and dangerous to breathe in. Therefore, if you are smelling smoke or seeing a haze in your home, you could already have a massive issue that should be dealt with quickly.

Other issues, may take years to develop. Brickwork problems, an issue with the chimney cap or crown, and cracks in the flue are all major issues that can cause your entire chimney system to fail. There are ways for you to have it repaired that will not cost you a fortune. If it gets to the point where it is beyond repair, then you will have to spend more money to have your entire chimney replaced. Which would you rather deal with? A major expense or a little maintenance each year?