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7 Signs Your Chimney Needs Repair Southwest Marietta, GA
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Your home’s chimney plays a vital role in keeping your family safe and warm during the colder months. It channels smoke and dangerous gases away from your living space while efficiently burning wood or other fuels. However, like any other part of your home, chimneys can deteriorate over time. To ensure the safety and functionality of your chimney this fall, it’s essential to be aware of the signs that indicate it may need repair. Here are seven key signs that you may need a chimney repair.

1. Visible Cracks

One of the most apparent signs that your chimney needs attention is the presence of visible cracks. Cracks can appear in the bricks or mortar of your chimney and are often caused by water damage or the natural settling of your home. Even small cracks can allow water to penetrate, leading to more significant structural issues over time.

2. Deteriorating Mortar Joints

Mortar is used to hold the bricks of your chimney together. Over time, mortar joints can deteriorate due to exposure to the elements, leading to weakened structural integrity. If you notice crumbling or missing mortar, it’s time to consider repairs.

3. Efflorescence

Efflorescence is a white, powdery substance that appears on the surface of bricks and masonry when water evaporates and leaves behind salts. While it may seem harmless, efflorescence can signal ongoing water penetration, which can eventually lead to more severe damage.

4. Leaking Water

Water should never enter your home through the chimney. If you notice water stains on the walls or ceiling near your chimney, this is a clear sign of water infiltration. Leaking water can cause damage to the interior of your home, including the chimney structure itself.

5. Damaged Chimney Cap

The chimney cap is the protective cover at the top of your chimney that prevents rain, debris, and animals from entering. If your chimney cap is damaged or missing, it can allow water, animals, and debris to enter your chimney, potentially causing extensive damage.

6. Difficulty in Starting Fires

If you’re having trouble starting fires in your fireplace, it could be due to a blocked or damaged chimney. A blocked chimney can prevent proper ventilation, leading to poor combustion and an increased risk of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide entering your home.

7. Unpleasant Odors

If you notice unpleasant odors coming from your fireplace or chimney, it could be a sign of a blockage or creosote buildup. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that can accumulate inside the chimney, increasing the risk of chimney fires.

Your chimney is an integral part of your home’s safety and functionality. Ignoring signs of chimney damage can lead to costly repairs and safety hazards. If you observe any of these seven signs, it’s crucial to contact a professional chimney inspector or repair specialist promptly. For homeowners in the greater Marietta and Atlanta, GA, area, you can trust Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs for quality chimney repairs. Contact us at the first signs of chimney damage for a complete repair inspection.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

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Anglin's Foundation & Masonry Repairs

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Based on 55 reviews

Tammy S.

From start to finish, everyone at Anglin's was amazing! Gus was responsive, always answered his phone, knowledgeable, professional, honest and fair. He went above and beyond to make a stressful situation less stressful. Scheduling was a breeze and the crew that arrived on the job (on time, I might add) were courteous, respectful and efficient. They allowed me to watch and take pictures, and explained the process step-by-step, as well as what results were to be expected. Iggy was so knowledgeable, professional and amazing. He was able to pin point a problem that 2 other competing companies couldn't explain or relay in layman's terms what needed to be done and why. He was an absolute superstar in easing the mind of the buyers purchasing the house. His 27 years experience was so valuable. Shelly was quick to send paid invoices and warranty information. Everyone did an amazing job and I would recommend them highly.

Penelope Greensmith

I cannot say enough good things about GUS at Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry! GUS, was fast and gave a free estimate on raising, reattaching and fixing my brick stairs. I will be sure to post before and after photos! Thank you GUS for your no nonsense, straight forward approach! Thank you for listening to me! The Greensmith’s

Regina Renee Kalasz

Today was a install of a 2nd beam for our house... first one was easy, 2nd one gave them a run for their money. But they stuck it out and got it done! Awesome work! I'd throw a + behind my 5 stars if I could. Sorry I held your crew up, but they were determined to get it done with no issues. So shout out to your team Chris, Leo and Dan!

Scott Lapin

The team that lifted our chimney was prompt, courteous and efficient. Other then the repair, you simply could not tell they were even there despite the fact they had to remove part of our deck to do the work. I would HIGHLY recommend them.

Melissa Reed

Diagnosis and estimate from a picture, arrived as scheduled, done in just a couple hours and results were absolutely amazing. Price, workmanship, clean up - everything was absolutely 5 star!! Highly recommend these folks!!! I must add, 2 other well known and much advertised companies came out and estimated 6x the work and price, claiming we had more issues than what was actually going on. These guys call it like it is - honesty and integrity are hard to find in construction.

Dana Brennan

This crew is top notch. Worked with the office and mainly with Gus on site who was great. Showed up early, super knowledgeable, tons of experience. We really felt served in the way he recommended only what needed to be done and at a great price. Had another company wanting to add in other extras and unnecessary work. HIGHLY recommend Anglin!!

Aaron Gray

Quick to call back and totally honest. I wasn't sure if I had a foundation issue or a flooring issue but after a few questions, Nathan helped to figure out that it thankfully wasn't a foundation issue. Insteand of trying to sell me a job, Nathan helped me to make a good decision. I hope I never have foundation issues but if I do, this is the company I'm hiring.

Jake Herman

Another masonry contractor referred us to Anglin because we had a concern about the structural integrity of our chimneys. We were told that they were the best people to talk to. I called them and they actually came by to assess my house within two hours. Although I was fully prepared to spend a lot of money to stabilize my chimneys, he did a full assessment and very honestly told me that my chimneys were fine and just needed some caulking where the mortar met the brick. I greatly respect his expertise and honesty and would recommend him without reservation.

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