Your chimney is vital to the safety of your home. A properly functioning chimney quickly and safely expels smoke, gas, and other wood burning byproduct from your home. Without a functioning chimney, your home could be in danger of fire, and your family could be in danger of exposure to dangerous gases like carbon monoxide.
With annual inspections and maintenance, your chimney system should stay in good shape. However, your chimney could deteriorate and no longer function properly if you avoid regular chimney inspections. When your chimney gets to this point, the only option is to replace your chimney. At Tennessee Chimney & Home, we want to help you determine if your chimney is past the point of no return and let you know how we can help you with your deteriorating chimney.
Repairs are fairly common in chimneys. Although it may not look like it, there are a lot of components to your chimney system, meaning that there is a lot that can go wrong. If you notice an issue with your chimney, it is usually fixable. Common problems include water leakage, crumbling masonry, stains, and corrosion of metal chimney components. Bigger issues occur when delaying needed repairs. Over time, problems that seemed small can turn into larger issues which may require chimney replacement.
There are extreme cases when chimney repair is not an option. If this is the case, it needs to be replaced. If your chimney is starting to lean, this is a very serious problem that often requires a rebuild. Leaning chimneys are incredibly dangerous and can cause serious harm to a person or your home if it falls. Also, if your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, creosote buildup becomes a hazard. Ignoring creosote long enough erodes your chimney from the inside enough that the masonry is too unstable for a repair and may require a rebuild.
If you are worried that your chimney may need to be replaced, do not use it without having a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified professional inspect it first.You may be putting your home and family in danger. At Tennessee Chimney & Home, we are Knoxville’s only CSIA certified chimney technician. Therefore, we are the only ones that have had the training and experience to assess the integrity of your chimney. If it’s been a while since your last chimney inspection, or you are ready to schedule your annual inspection, call Tennessee Chimney & Home today at (865) 258-3473 or schedule an appointment online with one of our certified chimney technicians.