Hurricane Season: How Safe Is Your Chimney After A Major Storm?

If a major storm recently hit your area, you may expect to experience some structural damage in your home, including on your roof. One of the structures on your roof you might not expect to have problems with is your chimney. However, chimneys can sustain damage during high winds and pouring rain. Your chimney can shift out of place or crack from the storm's powerful winds and rain. Both of these problems can make your chimney unsafe. Here are things you can look for in your chimney and what you can do about them.

How Can a Storm Affect Your Chimney?

Hurricanes and tornadoes can inflict substantial damage on chimneys, even if your chimney is in good shape. Unless you inspect your chimney immediately after a storm passes, you might not see the damage until it affects your roof and home. Your chimney could have cracks in the mortar and wall, which could make your chimney structurally unsound. 

A storm-damaged chimney can also move or shift out of its place in the roof. A shifting chimney can potentially collapse or pull on the structures connected to it. If you use your chimney to operate a fireplace or wood-burning stove, it can be dangerous for your family. The fumes and smoke released by the appliance could back up into the home if the chimney is blocked or damaged.

You can keep your home and loved ones safe by taking action now.

What Should You Do About Your Chimney?

If it's safe to do so, take a trip outside your house and inspect your chimney. You don't have to physically access your roof to examine your chimney. Instead, use a pair of binoculars to look over the structure. If your chimney leans to one side or appears out of alignment with the roof's surface, it's most likely damaged. In this case, contact a chimney repair company, such as G.H. Erickson & Son, for services.

A repair company can inspect the inside and outside of your chimney for structural damage. If your chimney is damaged, contractors can fix it as soon as possible. Your chimney could also leak in the future from water damage. Contractors will generally seal any cracks they find with new mortar or other methods.

After the repairs, schedule routine inspections of your chimney and surrounding structures. The inspections can help you detect areas of missing mortar, blockages, and deterioration. You can take the appropriate steps to fix the issues before the next big storm occurs.

For more information about your chimney, contact a contractor near you today.