When you are ready to have your chimney inspected and repaired, you want to choose the chimney contractors in Maryland that best suit your needs. After you have reviewed the contractor’s website and read the reviews, choose a couple that have the best reviews. Good reviews should mention “on-time completion, affordable, quality work.” Once you’ve narrowed down your options you can call the business during regular hours and ask some of the following questions:
- Is the estimate free?
- Is the price of the estimate firm?
- How soon can the work be performed?
- Does he carry most repair parts in his truck?
On the day of your appointment for the estimate, note if the contractor is on time, and if not, did he let you know he’d be late? Is the contractor’s truck organized with the necessary tools and parts? It’s critical that the contractor examine the chimney from the roof before you get the estimate. When you’ve chosen your contractor make sure you check that your contractor does the necessary preparations and actually does the work you have agreed to pay for. For example, when a cement repair is needed, the contractor must mix the cement. Also, for a cap repair, make sure a new cap is being used.
Everyone loves to sit by the fire and relax, read, or just feel cozy and warm. A fireplace adds appeal to any room and provides a desirable amount of heat in your home during winter. However, if not maintained properly, fireplaces can become dangerous and hazardous.
It’s easy for a homeowner to take the structure of his or her chimney for granted. Climbing up on the roof is not always easy or safe. Following are some of the most easy-to-spot signs that your chimney needs a repair:
•White residue on the chimney is an indication that there is a moisture problem, which causes the mortar to deteriorate.
•If rust is anywhere on the fireplace damper or firebox, it’s a sign that there’s too much moisture in your chimney.
•Damaged mortar joints can cause the chimney to deteriorate, especially from moisture that freezes in the cold weather.
•A crack in your chimney enables rain to leak through. If it is not fixed the water eats away at the mortar and damages any wood in its way.
•Spalling is what happens when pieces of masonry are coming off of the brick, concrete, or stone on the chimney.
•If there are pieces of chimney tile inside the fireplace, shaling may be occuring, which indicates a damaged flue.
•Chimney crown damage can only be seen on the roof. The chimney crown protects the chimney from harsh weather, so if it is cracked, moisture can seep inside and cause considerable damage.
Complete Chimneys is a full-service company that works with customers throughout the Baltimore and Annapolis areas. Our chimney contractors in Maryland are licensed and insured. Visit CompleteChimneys.com for information on our services and contact us for an appointment.