A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home, providing a focal point in a room and offering warmth during winter. However, like any feature in your home, regular upkeep is necessary to promote safety and efficiency. Most homeowners ignore their fireplaces until winter arrives and may overlook indications of a problem. Here are five common signs your fireplace requires repairs.

Signs the Fireplace Needs Repairs

A Damaged Chimney Cap

The chimney cap prevents water, debris, and animals from entering your fireplace. If your chimney cap is damaged or missing, water will seep into the bricks and mortar, weakening the chimney’s structure over time. Without a cap, debris and animal nests can block the pathway of the chimney, resulting in a backup of smoke into your home. Call a professional for repairs if you notice a damaged or missing chimney cap.

Cracks in the Fireplace

Cracks in the chimney or fireplace will require an expert’s attention. Damage may indicate that your chimney’s foundation is compromised, which increases the risk of a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. If you see cracks in the mortar or bricks of the chimney or firebox, it’s time to schedule a repair.

Discoloration in the Chimney

Discoloration on the exterior of your chimney could signify a blockage or leak. A clogged chimney can lead to dangerous fumes entering your home, impacting your health and creating a fire hazard. Schedule an inspection as soon as possible to keep your family and home safe.

Smoke in the Room

If smoke enters your home, it is a clear sign of trouble. Blockages can occur in the flue, or the damper could be damaged, preventing the smoke from escaping from your chimney. Smoke coming into your home from the fireplace is a severe safety concern. Extinguish the fire immediately and schedule a repair.

Unpleasant Odors Can be Signs Your Fireplace Needs Repairs

If your fireplace gives off a strong odor, it indicates creosote buildup. Creosote is a black, tar-like substance that accumulates in your chimney. An unpleasant smell is a sign it’s an excellent time to schedule a chimney sweep and inspection.

Maintaining the fireplace is necessary to ensure your family’s and home’s safety. Paying attention to these warning signs allows you to schedule repairs and prevent any damage from worsening. If you are experiencing any of the issues above, contact a trained professional immediately to keep the chimney and fireplace in excellent condition.

Wild Rose Property Inspection provides professional home inspection services to customers in the Alberta area. If you’re buying or selling a property, contact us to request an appointment.