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How Does a Chimney Affect your Whole Home?

By on April 27, 2018
Close up chimney on the roof

The chimney is subjected to a great deal of heat (inside) and at the same time to the whims outside. And that’s why it is no wonder that these impacts affect its condition. But attic insulation company whitby is here to help you.

A remediation may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Most often these are cases of wear and tear which are mostly due to the age of the chimney itself – for example, the formation of cracks on the inside or the formation of soot. No matter what, most damages can be repaired with the help of different methods and prevent the chimney from being completely changed.

When does it need to be redeveloped?

There are 3 main reasons when it is needed repair:

1)  if the chimney is already visibly outdated and its function is weakened;
2) if modern heating needs to be installed;
3) if asbestos was found around or in the chimney itself.

How do you know that your chimney needs renovation? There are different signs that testify to this, you only need to recognize them to avoid more serious consequences. Clear signs are unpleasant smells coming from the chimney, unnaturally large amounts of smog or yellow-green to brown spots that result from moisture on the wall and ceiling. In these cases, you should immediately contact a specialist. The chimney sweep is necessary in every annual inspection and cleaning of the chimney to give you a reliable “diagnosis” of its condition, and to warn if the time has come to rehabilitate the chimney.

The three biggest dangers that can endanger your health and home are the soot (clogged soot), cracking in the inner wall, and an asbestos-containing chimney. In these cases, you cannot avoid remediation.

By soot (adhering soot) is understood when water, tar or acids penetrate into the coating of the inside of the chimney, which can lead to the breakdown of its structure. The reasons for this are weariness over time, but the most common “villain” in this case is the aggressive sulfuric acid that occurs in many burning processes. It gradually eats the structure of the chimney. Increased danger of damaging the chimney is when an old chimney is connected to a modern heating system. The dimensions of the fireplace are often too large and as a result the waste air leaves the chimney more slowly, and acid-containing condensates can more easily come into contact with the chimney.

Formation of cracks
Fired soot or high temperatures of waste gases can lead to tears in the surface of the chimney. If they do not immediately recuperate, they continue to spread. In the worst case, when the crack appears at the same place and becomes larger, then it is necessary to completely repair the chimney.

A chimney containing asbestos
Between 1960 and 1980, asbestos, along with cement, was a very popular material for the construction of chimneys. Since the 1990s, asbestos has been banned because the inhaled fiber of the material can provoke lung cancer. If your chimney is from this time, it may still contain asbestos. You should then contact a specialist to remove asbestos. Only one special asbestos remediation will prevent dangerous, fine asbestos dust from spreading into the air in the dwelling.
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