Can a Chimney in Disrepair Cause Long Term Damage to Your Roof or Home?

Can a Chimney In Disrepair Cause Long-Term Damage to Your Roof and Home?

We get asked this question all the time and as always, the answer is a resounding, yes! If you don’t maintain your chimney, you run risks you can’t even imagine. While the only part of the chimney you look at is the part that sticks out of your roof, your chimney actually runs down the full length of your house. Each part of that chimney is important. But let’s start by looking at the part you always notice – the part that’s on your roof.

The chimney is made of various masonry materials, such as brick and mortar; but it is also made of steel, tile and cast iron. While you’re in your toasty, warm home enjoying your fireplace, your chimney is standing like a soldier exposed to all of the elements; wind, rain, heat, cold, snow and ice. The materials that make up your chimney are subject to all of these elements.

Mortar deteriorates when exposed to moisture. This moisture in turn, expands and contracts as it freezes and thaws which causes stress on the joints of your chimney. The steel and cast iron can rust as rain gets in, which causes cracks in the lining that can let moisture invade your home.

The moisture can also cause the bricks it holds in place to deteriorate and become loose. The flashing can pull away from the chimney and can cause roofing problems. This will eventually lead to moisture in your home and can result in dark spots on the ceiling and walls.

One of the worst problems you can have because of a chimney that is in disrepair, is fire. This is why you should have your chimney inspected regularly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.