The 2021 Hurricane Season is officially here.
And when a major storm hits your area, you may encounter some structural damage in your home, including to your chimney. While chimneys are normally able to withstand the elements, they are not indestructible. The fierce winds, heavy rain, and flying debris associated with hurricanes can cause both surface and structural damage to chimneys, and the full degree of the wreck can be hard to observe with an undeveloped eye or without exceptional hardware.
So here is how to prepare for major storms this summer!
Can wind damage a chimney?
Chimneys are like any other parts of a home and can be damaged by wind. More so if the chimney is taller than the roof as it will take the majority of the brunt of the storm. Wind can topple chimneys and blow off chimney caps. Wind from storms like Hurricane Sally did a ton of damage and can continue to cause damage to your home if not taken care of.
Having your chimney inspected prior to the storm is important to help ensure your bricks and mortar are in the best condition to withstand storms.
How much wind can a chimney withstand?
Chimney damage from a bad storm or hurricane is not always simple to identify. In the event that we don’t know what precisely to pay attention to, in any case, basic issues may appear straightforward corrective deformities. Indications of tempest harm to a workmanship smokestack may incorporate block pieces or full blocks lying on the ground or on the rooftop, new breaks in the fireplace, or smothered areas of the stack.
Harm to mortar joints among stonework and fireplace, broken or debilitated liners, tops, crowns, or potentially brickwork are normal issues. Rooftop harm can likewise uncover flashing, too. Lighting typically strikes chimneys at the top and goes down, at that point exits eventually which can be found in the outside or interior. There can be gigantic inside harm by a lightning strike that is not obvious from the outside. Hail harm for the most part brings about block or stone face harm and harm to fireplace covers.
It is significant for property holders to consider how they intend to utilize their home warming frameworks or chimneys in the hours and days after landfall since possible harm to fireplaces could make their living space be presented to pointless dangers including perilous gases
We can investigate inside and outside of your chimney for any damage prior to and after a storm occurs. On the off chance that your chimney is harmed, we can fix it as quickly as time permits. Your fireplace could likewise leak later from water harm. Our technicians will seal any cracks they find with new mortar or different strategies.
Be sure to plan routine inspections and sweeps to your chimney and surrounding structures. The maintenance can assist you with recognizing any issues that may arise so that you can take the correct approach in keeping the safety of your home. For more information about your chimney, contact us today.