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Does it have white or black exterior staining? When was the last time you used your fireplace? Are you afraid to use your fireplace because you're not sure how safe it is? If you have questions regarding the use or operation of your fireplace, we can help. Did you know water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire? Your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements. Once water penetrates the masonry inside, freeze/thaw cycles so familiar here cause expansion and contraction putting stress on the chimney and causing damage. Left unchecked, this water can cause interior and exterior damage to your masonry chimney.
Possible damage includes:1) spalled and cracked exterior brickwork 2) deteriorated masonry and metal fireboxes 3) rusted or broken dampers 4) decated mortar, cracked or missing flue liners, and in the worst case scenario damage to adjoining walls, ceilings, and woodwork
Simple steps like installing metal chimney caps, restoring your chimney crown to its original water tight condition, or simply treating your masonry with a special "breathable" water repellent can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair.