Chimney Wildlife Tech, (214) 295-9318 – DFW or (832) 413-6431 – Houston, is trained and experienced in all common chimney repairs as well as the not so common repairs.
When something has gone wrong with your chimney there are normally a number of things that could be causing the trouble. Getting a Certified Chimney Professional to preform a full inspection on your chimney will help to ensure that you are fixing the right problem as opposed to getting yourself into a hit or miss type of situation. We have seen time and time again where a client will call us after having their handy man “fix” something with their chimney that has now become a bigger problem. We have nothing against handy men but when it comes to something that is very specialized it is best to contact someone who is trained and experienced to help you with even the common chimney repairs.
There are a few common chimney repairs that can be needed in a home, everything from basic cleaning to the installation of a chimney cap. Breaking these down and knowing the function of each area of your chimney will help you to determine what steps you need to take to ensure your chimney is functioning at top level. Take a cleaning for example, when burning wood you will get a build up of creosote in the chimney and flue. This build up gets added to each time you burn. In the case of random cleanings there is a chance that this creosote can actually create trouble for your fireplace and home. The build up can cause air flow issues which then can cause smoke to backup into your home, create an odor or even cause fires. Viewing a chimney cleaning as a common chimney repair and getting it done on a routine basis will help to ensure that it does not become a problem in your home.
Another common chimney repair that homes need after time is the replacement of the damper. This can be due to other underlying problems like a water leak that causes the damper to rust or a lack of cleaning and creosote build up behind the smoke shelf which then causes the damper to not open fully. If you are having issues with your damper you will want them to get corrected as soon as possible. The damper is the door that allows your chimney and firebox to breathe when in use as well as being the door that stops heating and air conditioning from leaving your home when the fireplace is not in use. Having a properly functioning damper can help to save you money on other things like the electric bill.