Chimneys are usually the highest point at the top of homes, which means they’re more likely to suffer damage because of heavy rain, hurricane-force winds and hail. To determine if yours did suffer storm damage, you have to perform a simple visual inspection.
Timberland Exteriors, your local source of fiber cement siding, shares the things to look for in your chimney following a storm.
1. Damaged Chimney Cap
Made of rust-resistant metal and mesh, the chimney cap is installed to prevent water, snow, and pests from entering your home. While it can endure harsh weather, it can get dislodged or damaged during a particularly heavy storm. As you inspect your home’s exterior after a storm, check if the metal hat at the top of the chimney is still intact. Otherwise, have it repaired as soon as possible.
2. Cracked and Chipped Masonry
Cracks on the chimney brick and mortar as well as chipped masonry are obvious signs of structural damage and must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible by professionals. Our new roof installation specialists will make sure no moisture seeps in as we assess the storm damage on your chimney.
3. Water Marks
Strong winds can cause the flashing surrounding the base of the chimney to get loose or broken. If there’s heavy rain involved, the gap between the roof and the chimney may have allowed moisture to seep through. Eventually, you may notice water spots on the ceiling near your fireplace. A thorough inspection of your roof is necessary to identify damaged flashing.
In the event your home suffered storm damage, expect Timberland Exteriors to respond quickly and perform emergency repairs. We will then work with your insurance company to make sure your insurance needs are taken care of and that you receive the proper compensation you deserve.
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