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.