Chimneys can sometimes get forgotten about, especially if they’re not used much or if you don’t have an open fire. However, chimneys still play an important role in maintaining the overall structure and safety of your roof, and a damaged chimney can cause a lot of problems if it isn’t fixed.

It can be difficult to tell by sight if your chimney is damaged, especially if you’re looking from the ground up, but a chimney inspection should be an important part of your general roof maintenance. There are certain things to look out for that indicate your chimney needs repair, so if you notice any of the warning signs below, call a professional as soon as possible.

Cracks in the crown
Cracks can allow moisture to seep into your chimney and this can cause serious structural damage if left unattended. It’s good practice to arrange a professional roof inspection annually and ask them to inspect the chimney crown for cracks while they’re up there. If the cracks are significantly large, you may even be able to see them from the ground.

Damaged mortar joints
Mortar binds bricks together and ensures your chimney is securely attached to the roof, so damaged mortar joints are a serious issue. Gaps or damage to the mortar also allows moisture to seep into the chimney, which can lead to cracks in the masonry over time. In serious cases, the chimney can collapse, so it’s important to address the issue right away.

Regularly inspect your chimney’s firebox and damper for signs of rust, as this is another sign that too much moisture has entered the chimney. This can damage the flue lining and allow too much heat to build up, which is a serious fire hazard.

Shaling flue tiles
An intact flue lining is essential if you want to use your fireplace safely, but if you have an older, tiled flue lining then it can deteriorate and flake off over time. Look out for slices of chimney tile falling into your fireplace, or ask a professional chimney sweep to take a look. They use a special camera to inspect the interior of your chimney and see what condition the lining is in.

If you’ve noticed any of the signs above and are in need of professional chimney repairs, get in touch with the experts at Alan Brown Roofing. We have many years’ experience in the industry and are proud to offer prompt and reliable chimney repairs and restoration work across Dundee, Carnoustie, St. Andrews & Monifieth. With a comprehensive range of services, including lead flashing work, chimney rebuilds, waterproofing and more, give us a call today or visit our website to arrange an appointment.