Could this be your chimney?
by Tom Bolt on March 5, 2015
The problem is: How would you know? By code the chimney must be at least three feet higher than the ridge of your roof. Unfortunately you cannot see the top of your chimney-which is the most important part because the concrete cap keeps the water out. I was doing a routine roof inspection in Cincinnati and my customer had no idea that her REAL problem was the chimney.
Most standard brick chimneys have a poured concrete cap on top. This is what protects your entire chimney from bugs, animals and most importantly moisture. The average lifespan of a chimney cap is ten years before some maintenance is required. In Greater Cincinnati, the major cause of chimney cap failure is the FREEZE THAW cycle that we all have been experiencing since January.
What are the signs that your concrete cap may be letting moisture get into the chimney? Loose, flaking and missing bricks and mortar are all tell tale signs. Also moisture inside your fireplace or water spots on the ceiling around your chimney indicate that the problem is getting serious. The good news is that if you can catch the problem early enough you can save lots of money. Remedies for this situation can be as little as a few hundred dollars to over $5,000 if the entire chimney needs replacement down to the roof line.
Next week we are kicking off a FREE chimney and roof inspection for everyone who lives in greater Cincinnati. This offer will go for 30 days. It will start Monday March 9th and go through Saturday April 11th. Please call Construction Solutions Home Improvement at 513-746-9557 or just fill out the contact form.
One area of caution: Any time you have someone look at any part of your home that you cannot see-like a roof or chimney-Make sure the inspector shows you pictures of the damage. I was fortunate enough to help a very nice, retired single lady from Kenwood get out of a contract that she signed after being duped by some supposed "chimney experts". They showed her some pictures of a chimney that needed extensive work. The only problem was that it was not HER chimney.
When doing an inspection, Construction Solutions Home Improvement always take pictures of all potential issues with your roof and chimney. Afterward, we involve you in the process by giving you a problem free report or multiple remedies that fit your budget.
Call (513) 746-9557 or complete our contact form for a free chimney and roof inspection.
-Tom Bolt, Construction Solutions, Inc.