Seen and Unseen Issues Caused by a Faulty Chimney

You may have already figured out that you have a faulty chimney, based on obvious signs, but there are also unseen issues that can occur. A faulty chimney is not an unusual thing, and that is one reason that fire safety experts recommend scheduling an annual inspection. There are various issues that can occur when a chimney does not operate the way it is supposed to and when deterioration has occurred.

chimney damper, newbury nhA Smoky Fireplace

Something is not right if smoke billows into your home when you use your fireplace. The reason could be as simple as forgetting to open the damper. On the other hand, a smoky fireplace could be a sign of extensive masonry damage. There are a number of potential reasons for a smoky fireplace, and it often requires the help of a chimney sweep expert to determine the cause.

It is important to note that the combustion fumes from a fire in the fireplace are a threat to safety. Among the toxic fumes released by fires is deadly carbon monoxide. It is important to have your smoky fireplace repaired so that you can use your heating appliance without exposing the occupants of your home to toxic fumes.

A Damaged Chimney Liner

The liner of your chimney must be undamaged to ensure home safety. When deterioration occurs in a chimney flue, the risk of a home fire and of exposure to toxic fumes are both increased. A deteriorating chimney liner is difficult to detect without the help of a special camera that professional chimney sweeps use during a Level 2 chimney inspection. The camera provides a thorough look at the entire chimney flue to determine whether repair or replacement is needed.

A Leaky Chimney

Chimneys can leak for a variety of reasons. The result can be damaged interior walls and ceilings as well as masonry bricks that need to be replaced. The worst thing about a leaky chimney is that it is often undetected until extensive damage has occurred.

One of the most common causes of a leaky chimney is faulty chimney flashing. The flashing is installed for the purpose of creating a watertight seal between the roof and the chimney. Unfortunately, flashing is notoriously difficult to install correctly. Leaky flashing leads to a faulty chimney that can cause a roof to rot and many other types of water damage in the home interior.

Leaning chimney, nashua NHA Leaning Chimney

Water has a destructive effect on chimney masonry. Chimney systems are built on the exterior with a specific strategy to keep moisture out. The problem is that various components of the chimney exterior are prone to fail. Whether it is because of a cracked chimney crown, missing mortar, lack of a chimney cap, leaky chimney flashing, or a cracked chimney, the result can be water in the masonry that leads to its gradual deterioration. Annual chimney inspections can help you avoid a leaning chimney.

If a chimney is leaning, a partial or complete chimney rebuild is necessary and the sooner the better. The sheer weight of chimney materials creates a risky situation when the chimney begins to lean. Until repairs are made, there is a real potential that the chimney will collapse.

The qualified chimney sweeps at Black Moose Chimney & Fireplace can fix what is wrong with your faulty chimney. You may not even be aware that something is wrong. Schedule a chimney inspection to find out the condition of your chimney and address any seen and unseen problems that may exist. Give us a call today at (603) 525-7905.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)