If you consider your fireplace as the centerpiece of the room, then it’s important to make sure it is in top condition. Not only is an old fireplace an eyesore when it is in disrepair, but it can also be a potential hazard. Here are some ways that you can check your fireplace for signs that it’s due for repairs.
If you can flake pieces off of your brick fireplace, that implies that there is an excessive amount of dampness present. When this is the case, it is best to avoid utilizing the fireplace since it tends to be hazardous. Also, if the mortar is disintegrating and falling off the bricks or you find that you can take the mortar out with your fingers, this is an indication that your fireplace needs repairs. This could be a direct result of water damage or even that the entire structure is breaking down under the weight of the chimney. When your brick fireplace is getting flaky or crumbling, you need to contact a professional to make repairs.
The firebox is a critical part of the fireplace. It contains the fuel while it is burning and therefore withstands the most heat. So, it’s extra important to make sure that it’s in good condition. You should check to make sure that your firebox doesn’t have any rust or holes. Please don’t use your fireplace if the firebox is in bad condition, because it could be dangerous. The best way to prevent the firebox from deteriorating is to make sure there are no places for moisture to leak through your fireplace.
Lastly, you should take a quick inspection of the bricks on your fireplace for any white stains or dust. In the event that you do see white residue,
then efflorescence is the cause. Simply put, efflorescence is a result of moisture and erosion that occurs specifically in masonry. The white power is natural salt and minerals inside the brick but got pushed to the surface by water. Efflorescence by itself is relatively harmless, but it is a warning sign of possible serious water damage. It’s best to have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a professional if you notice a lot of efflorescence.
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