Do I Need a Professional for Fireplace Repairs? Or Can I DIY?

Owning a home can be a dream come true, but it definitely comes with a hefty price tag. Between the mortgage, property taxes, and insurance, it’s no surprise many homeowners explore do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions for repairs and maintenance. 

Before you grab your toolbox, though, let’s talk about chimney and fireplace repair – and when a DIY approach can be a safe bet versus when it’s best to call in a licensed professional.

Why Fireplaces Need Specialized (Professional) Attention

At first glance, you might think your fireplace is just a cozy spot to relax on a chilly night. After all, you build a fire and the smoke goes up the chimney. Doesn’t sound too complicated, right? But if you take a closer look, you’ll actually find that your chimney and fireplace are a complex system that requires special attention to function safely and efficiently.

Within that system, numerous components work together to prevent smoke inhalation, chimney fires, and even structural damage to your home. This includes the firebox, flue, chimney cap, chimney crown, and damper…just to name a few. 

On top of helping your system function safely and efficiently, a certified chimney technician’s regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your fireplace and chimney. By catching minor issues early on, you can prevent them from turning into expensive repairs down the road. Let us help you keep your home safe and warm for years to come! Call or book online today.

When To Call a Professional for Fireplace Repairs

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Let’s be honest – tackling home improvement projects can be incredibly satisfying. I mean, who doesn’t love crossing something off that never-ending to-do list…all while saving a buck or two in the process? But when it comes to fireplace repairs, it’s important to know when to call in the experts. Here are some indicators that your fireplace needs a chimney technician:

  • Visible Damage: Cracks in the firebox, chimney liner, or clay flue tiles can compromise safety and allow smoke or gases to leak. A certified professional can assess the severity of the damage and recommend repairs or replacements.
  • Deteriorated Mortar: Crumbling or missing mortar joints between the bricks weaken the entire structure. Professionals can use a technique called tuckpointing in order to restore the structural integrity and improve the overall appearance of your fireplace and chimney. 
  • Water Damage: Signs like rust, stains, or a white, powdery substance known as efflorescence can indicate leaks. Having a professional come in to properly diagnose the source of the leak and make repairs will prevent further damage. 
  • Poor Draft: A weak draft that forces smoke back into your home can be caused by a blockage or other airflow issue. Having someone to come inspect your flue is a good place to start!
  • Smoky Smell: The only thing worse than smelling smoke while the fire is burning is to smell smoke even after the fire is out. This red flag could be caused by a multitude of things ranging from creosote buildup to a damaged flue liner.
  • Difficulty Starting or Maintaining a Fire: If your fireplace struggles to ignite or keep a fire going, there could be issues with airflow, creosote buildup, or a broken or malfunctioning damper. Let a professional help get your fireplace burning optimally.
  • Gas Fireplace Concerns: Gas fireplaces always require specific expertise. After all, natural gas is a flammable substance, and any issues with the gas line, burner components, or ignition system can pose a serious safety hazard. So if you have concerns about your gas fireplace not igniting, emitting unusual odors, or displaying abnormal flame patterns, call someone that is trained in gas fireplace repair. 
  • Annual Maintenance: Even if your fireplace seems functional, scheduling an inspection and sweep once a year is highly recommended. During these appointments, a certified chimney technician will identify any potential problems early on to ensure a safe and cozy fireplace all season long. 

Benefits of Hiring a Professional at Lords Chimney

When it comes to your fireplace and the safety of your home, peace of mind is priceless. At Lord’s Chimney, our team of certified sweeps and technicians understand the importance of a safe and efficient fireplace. That’s why we offer comprehensive solutions to meet all of your fireplace concerns. We want you to feel confident turning to us every time a need arises. 

All of our technicians are highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and repairing all types of fireplace and chimney issues. Whether you’re experiencing a minor chimney leak or need help troubleshooting issues with your gas fireplace, we would be happy to help.

Give Lord’s Chimney a call today at 346-250-4453 or request an appointment on our website. 

Trust the Best With Your Fireplace & Chimney

As a homeowner, there are lots of things around your home, both inside and outside, that need to be regularly maintained. And let’s face it – it’s easy to get so overloaded with household to-do lists that sometimes some of the most important places get overlooked.

We’ve noticed that fireplaces and chimneys tend to get thrown into this overlooked category since they are only used for a portion of the year. Sound all too familiar? Well, don’t burn yourself out figuring out how you’ll fit in yet another job. Simply give our experts a call to handle it all!

Chimney Inspections & Sweepings

Annual chimney inspections are essential when it comes to keeping your system standing strong for the long haul. All kinds of hidden dangers could be lurking and putting your home at risk, and it takes the trained eyes of a pro to spot and resolve them. Oftentimes, what homeowners think of as no big deal (even something as seemingly minor as a broken tile or brick) are actually quite dangerous.

Trust the Best With Your Fireplace & Chimney - Houston TX - Lords Chimney bricksWhen it comes to chimneys, the sooner any issues are spotted and addressed, the better. If there is a crack, it will only continue to grow. If mold shows up, it will only spread. If things aren’t heating correctly, this will only continue, costing you more to operate the appliance and putting your home at risk.

That’s why we urge all of our customers to book inspections at least once per year and always before kicking off your burning season. During these, our sweeps will look for any flaws, build-up, and imperfections, and then suggest any further maintenance, like sweepings or repairs, as necessary.

And what’s the importance of a chimney sweeping? To start, they remove any build up, excess debris, and creosote, which is the main cause of chimney fires. And apart from being fire hazards, blockages can lead to smoke in your home, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a lack of efficiency.

Repair & Restoration Services

Now, chimney sweepings and inspections are an important part of chimney maintenance, but they’re still just only one part of the equation. That’s why we offer a wide range of chimney, masonry, and venting services and repairs, all of which allow us to better serve our customers and meet all of their chimney and fireplace needs.

If your fireplace or chimney is worn down after years of use, we can help restore it to its former glory. Our fireplace restoration services can fix every part of your chimney, from the chimney cap at the top to the firebox at the bottom. Some of our many services include tuckpointing, leaky chimney repairs, chimney pressure washing, relining services, wildlife removal, troubleshooting, and even replacements or facelifts.

Not sure where you stand or what you need? Give us a call! We’d be happy to answer your questions and get you where you need to be.

Need Dryer Vent Services?

In addition to our chimney services, we can also clean dryer vents, as well as assist with installation and re-routing. Even if you regularly clean your lint trap, lint will still accumulate in your dryer vents and hoses over time, which can then create clogs and fire hazards. In fact, dryer-related issues cause thousands of house fires every single year. This one service well worth investing in.

Clean dryer vents can also help your dryer run more efficiently, wasting less energy and resulting in dryer clothes after each load. This saves you money month to month, and keeps your dryer and clothes from experiencing excess wear, too.

We’re Trusted Throughout Houston

At Lord’s Chimney, we have been proudly providing the greater Houston area with chimney, fireplace, masonry, and vent services for years. If you’re experiencing chimney issues, there’s no better crew to trust!

Trust the Best With Your Fireplace & Chimney - Houston TX - Lords Chimney certificationsWhy do so many turn to us time and time again? Well, for one thing, we make education a priority. We’re certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), and maintain a long list of certifications, associations, awards, and 5-star reviews. One look at our credentials and it’s clear – we take what we do seriously!

In the end, when you hire a sweep for your chimney inspections, sweepings, and more, you deserve to work with someone you can trust. If your sweep is associated with reputable organizations, experienced, and has a strong relationship with the community it serves, these are all solid signs that they’ll have your back throughout it all. When you hire us, we’ll treat you and your fireplace with respect!

Keep Your Home Safer By Working With Us

A clean and well-maintained chimney and fireplace doesn’t just help with efficiency… it also ensures your home stays a safer place to live season after season. Stay out of harm’s way by reaching out to our highly trained and qualified staff today. When you work with Lords Chimney, you work with the best!