Motor City Home Improvement has the experience and knowledge to keep your Oak Park, MI home and chimney in tip-top shape. From masonry repairs to flashing to flue liners, we can repair and maintain your chimney.
Signs of Chimney Trouble
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Furnace or Boiler Fumes
If the basement of your Oak Park, MI home has a furnace or boiler providing you heat in three seasons, it probably exhausts through your home’s chimney. The carbon monoxide combustion byproduct escapes harmlessly out of your home, unless your chimney has cracks in the liner or brickwork. If your chimney has cracks or defects, that odorless, poisonous, colorless and tasteless gas can seep into your home, possibly with fatal results.
On the outside of your Oak Park, MI home, the flashing and chimney cricket tie the roof into the chimney. This cannot be a solid connection because different materials expand and contract at different rates, so caulking and flexible flashing are used. If a caulking crack or flashing failure allows water to seep into your home’s attic, expect mold, mildew and insect damage to follow.
Smoke and Fire Damage
Worse, possibly, than any threat to your home’s integrity from CO seepage, water infiltration and pest entry, is smoke or even flames escaping through cracks in your chimney liner and into your home. A two-story Oak Park, MI home may have more than 30 linear feet of chimney liner—that entire surface area must be free of cracks or defects so that smoke or flames from a first-floor fire in the fireplace cannot re-enter the second story of your house.
Contact Motor City Home Improvement today to schedule an appointment for one of our expert chimney technicians to inspect your chimney and recommend any chimney repairs.