Chimneys are used to channel smoke up and out but when the walls crack it can cause serious issues to the home. Cracks in the chimney typically come from freeze thaw actions that stem from cold weather. Moisture can also make it’s way into the chimney and damage it. If you live in an older home your risk of chimney damage is higher due to higher condensation levels. Finally, your home’s location can play a role in chimney damage as well if you live near a frequent earthquake area.
- Chimneys are typically built to accommodate high heat that comes from burning coal. These chimneys can lead to more condensation.
- Depending on the location of your home, you chimney may have a greater risk of damage due to earthquakes.
- Make sure to check your chimney once a year for damage as you want to look for loose or missing flashing.
“The risk of damage to your chimney increases if you live in an historic home.”