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Chimney Repair: How to Know When It’s Time


Owning a chimney that properly works is crucial, especially being a Maryland resident. Maryland weather can be unpredictable, sometimes hitting record lows. When this happens, you deserve the comfort of surrounding yourself by a warm fireplace. Don’t suffer this fall and winter season by not having your chimney repaired. Are you unsure of when chimney repair is necessary? Then, keep reading because we’re going to share with you some signs.

Is Your Chimney Spalling?  

When we say “spalling,” we’re referencing when flakes of brick, stone, concrete, or other materials break off from the exterior of the masonry. Usually, this happens when there is water damage. The chimney ends up freezing and thawing, and this is the result. The material then ends up peeling off, popping out, or flaking off.   

Do You Notice Smoke Coming Into Your Home? 

The purpose of a chimney is to create an upward draft. It lures smoke and gases away from the living area. When this fails, it happens for several reasons. One, there could be a cold flue. A flue is an internal duct or shaft which helps to release smoke or waste gases. When the flue is cold, the fire burns slowly, meaning that it may spill out in the front of the fireplace instead of going upward as it should. Two, your damper could be closed. This valve regulates air flow inside of a chimney, so you should make sure that it’s open at all times. Three, your chimney could have been poorly designed overall. If this is the case, then you’re reading the right blog. Not only do we repair chimneys, but we construct brand new ones as well.

Is There Visible Soot?

Visible soot is an indicator that there is a blockage. When a fireplace is inactive for a while, or when debris gets stuck in it, soot accumulates. To clear the blockage, we offer chimney sweepings. Chimney sweepings and annual inspections should happen to keep your fireplace running as it should when the temperature in Maryland begins to drop.

Is Water Coming Out of Your Flue?

A chimney may seem like a simple structure, but it consists of a lot of structural components. Because of this, it has exposure to the outside elements. Still, the purpose of a chimney is straightforward. Smoke should come out of your house. Water should never enter your home. If you notice leaks, then call us right away. 

It is now time for chimney repair if you answered “yes” to any of these questions. We’re an expert chimney repair company that’s been serving many areas in Maryland for almost two decades! 

Don’t Be in Despair If Your Chimney Needs Repair

Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded and insured chimney service company that has been serving customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at  443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest


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