Chimney Repair – Chimney maintenance does not just involve having the flues swept. The chimney stack, especially on older properties needs to be inspected periodically for signs of erosion and leaning.
One of the most common chimney stack problems is pointing erosion. Pointing is the cement that bonds bricks together. Over time this can dry out and crumble leading to brick erosion, gaps and water penetration.
The lead flashing may also need replacing. Lead flashing is placed around the bottom of the chimney stack to prevent water seeping into the flue. While you are having chimney repair works done, it is also a good time to inspect the general condition of the roof and undertake any smaller repairs that may be needed such as loose tiles or broken guttering.
It is advisable to seal the fireplace during chimney repairs to stop debris and soot from falling down the flue. If your TV aerial is attached to the stack it should be removed while repairs are being done.
If you live in a terraced property and the chimney stack is ‘co-owned’ by your neighbour, it makes sense to split the cost and get the entire chimney re-pointed rather than just your half. Contact Roofing Solutions UK for a free quote for chimney repair.