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It can be difficult to tell if your chimney needs cleaning or repairing. In some cases, it can be difficult to tell if a chimney is in good condition by looking at it. It is possible, though to determine whether chimney repair is necessary if you know what to look for. We at Ageless Chimney are committed to helping you and your family stay safe. We want you to familiarize yourself with the telltale signs of chimney damage since chimney safety is synonymous with protecting against obvious fire hazards. Take a look at the signs of an impending chimney repair.
Mortar Joints are Damaged
It may require a rooftop vantage point to spot, but damaged mortar joints between chimney masonry are an issue that should be quickly repaired. Failing mortar joints can mean accelerated damage to the chimney since the condition exposes the bricks to greater amounts of moisture. When water gets into small cracks in the masonry, it can turn into larger cracks, particularly as a result of freezing and thawing. Ultimately, if the problem isn’t addressed, the chimney could collapse. Call one of the professional chimney sweeps at Ageless Chimney to assess the situation right away.
Rust on Firebox or Damper
Signs of moisture in a chimney or fireplace are red flags that the chimney isn’t operating the way it should. Rust is one clue that there is too much moisture, and you may see rust in the firebox or on the damper. You’ll know to take a close look at the damper if it becomes difficult to operate or if it isn’t sealing properly. If there is moisture in your Suffolk County chimney, rust will create numerous problems, including causing flue tiles to crack. A cracked or deteriorated flue lining is highly dangerous since it could allow too much heat into vulnerable areas and cause a house fire. If you notice your fireplace’s damper or firebox looking a bit rusty, call Ageless Chimney for an emergency inspection or chimney cleaning today!
Spalling on Bricks
Have you noticed your masonry popping out, peeling, or flaking off? This could be a sign of spalling. It should be pretty easy to spot spalling since bits of it fall from the chimney. If this does not get repaired, your Suffolk County chimney could continue to crumble and cause an eventual collapse of your chimney.
Chimney Crown is Cracked
If you notice that the top of your Suffolk County chimney has a crack in it, you are definitely in need of not only a chimney cleaning company, but some major repairs as well. The chimney crown must always be in good condition because it provides the first line of defense against outdoor elements. If the crown is cracked, water could seep through and cause even larger cracks. Spalling would likely occur if this problem doesn’t get repaired right away. Damaged Wallpaper
If you notice that the wallpaper is damaged in areas near your Smithtown, NY chimney, it could be because of excess moisture building up in the chimney. Whether the moisture problem is caused by any of the conditions already mentioned or others that are less obvious, it should be repaired without delay. Remember that rust could lead to further damage as well.
Getting your chimney swept and inspected improves the quality of the air in your home, keeps your loved ones safe from toxins, and reduces your home’s fire risk. Ageless Chimney takes pride in providing the safest, most cost-effective cleaning procedures. Call us today at 516-795-1313!
Smithtown is a town in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. It is part of the New York metropolitan area. The population was 116,296 at the 2020 Census.
Smithtown, originally known as “Smithfield”, was first settled circa 1665. Local legend has it that, after rescuing a Native American chief’s abducted daughter, Richard Smith was told that the chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day “on a bull”. Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice), to enable him to ride longer “in one day”. The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town’s location. There is a large, anatomically correct, statue of Smith’s bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A).Main Street, Smithtown
The border between Smithtown and the town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride. The border between Smithtown and Huntington was also the site of Fort Salonga, a British fort that was the site of a battle of the American Revolution during 1781.
The Smithtown hamlet of Nesconset was the home of Spaceplex, an indoor amusement park and arcade that was falsely accused of being the abduction site in the Katie Beers kidnapping case in 1992.Learn more about Smithtown.