Chimneys can be a valuable addition to any home, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view. Few things are more satisfying than going back to a warm and cozy house during a cold and rainy winter day. However, wet and damp weather (just like you would expect from typical B.C. winter weather) can affect your chimney in Vancouver, causing structural problems that can be costly and time-consuming to repair. Because prevention is better than cure, Vancouver homeowners have much to gain from taking a proactive approach to chimney maintenance. Here are a few things to look out for so you can enjoy a warm and cozy home for many years to come.
Being in such a vulnerable position on the top of your house, your chimney is not only exposed to the harsh elements of wind, rain and sun, but it is also out of sight and is therefore often neglected. However, ensuring that your chimney is in prime working condition and that all of the brickwork is undamaged should be a top priority for homeowners everywhere.
Damage to the mortar joints of your Vancouver chimney stack is likely to be caused by weathering and erosion and is therefore difficult to prevent. Furthermore, the natural ageing process of the brickwork may be enough to cause small cracks to appear in the mortar joints. If there are visibly loose bricks, damaged masonry or cracked mortar joints on your chimney, it is highly recommended that you call in a specialist to repoint the brickwork.