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For many homeowners, the chimney is often an afterthought when it comes to home maintenance. Yet these structures are constantly exposed to high temperatures, driving winds, and harsh weather, making them among the elements most likely to suffer damage and wear over time. Fortunately, you can protect your chimney and your heating system in general by scheduling chimney restoration services. Here are a few signs that it’s time to do so.

When Should You Schedule Chimney Restoration?

1. Spalling

Spalling refers to the weakening, peeling, and flaking of masonry, typically observable from the exterior of a chimney. Usually occurring as a result of moisture penetrating and degrading the mortar between bricks and stones, spalling often indicates that the structure is breaking down and could even collapse unless promptly repaired.

2. Missing Bricks and Stones

Bricks and stones make up the bulk of a chimney and support each other against the stresses of the elements. When one or several are missing, the others are left more vulnerable to routine wear and tear. Ultimately, this may lead to the structure leaning, weakening, or collapsing. This is often the most visible sign of a need for chimney restoration.

3. Leaning

Any number of issues can cause a chimney to lean, from a cracked or inadequately sized footing to missing masonry and soil erosion. In general, this demonstrates that a chimney has already suffered structural damage and is at risk of further decay. A leaning chimney may also place excessive stress on your roof, load-bearing structures, or interior walls. If detected early enough, it may be possible to correct this issue before extensive structural repairs are needed.

As always, be sure to contact your local masonry experts for chimney repairs, fireplace repairs, tuckpointing, waterproofing and stone work of all kinds! Call Oberer Construction Company today at (513) 829-5270.

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