Signs That It’s Time for a Chimney Repair

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The chimney isn’t a part of the house that people consider very often, especially not during hot summer months. Unfortunately, a broken chimney can cause a host of problems, not the least of which is that it can be a significant fire and smoke inhalation hazard.

There are some obvious signs that a home needs chimney repair, cleaning, or service. Read on to learn some of the more common indicators that your chimney may not be working as well as you’d like.

White Staining (Efflorescence)

A white build-up or discoloration, otherwise known as efflorescence, is a noticeable sign that a home’s chimney could need repairing. While a non-professional could go on the roof and scrub off the white stains, that doesn’t fix the issue. The problem is that there is too much moisture within the masonry, and if the problem persists the chimney could crumble or deteriorate much more rapidly than it should.


chimney repair neededShaling occurs when thin pieces of chimney tile begin to collect in a fireplace. This is a sure sign that the chimney’s flue isn’t working properly. If this is happening, a homeowner is unwittingly putting themselves at greater risk for a fire or smoke feeding back into the house.

The best way to handle this is to have a professional sweep the chimney. A chimney professional will be able to discern if the tiles are cracked but not crumbling, and spot other issues that might otherwise go undetected.


Rust buildup is another clear sign that there is extra moisture in a chimney. A chimney that isn’t sealing well or operating as it should could be rusting out, with excess moisture being the root cause. Rusting is a late sign, and by the time rust is visible, a chimney could already have cracked flue tiles or other significant damage.

Again, if the system isn’t working properly, the home is at increased risk for a fire. In most cases, it’s best to have a professional chimney sweep assess the chimney’s condition.

Contact At the Top Restoration for Questions on Chimney Repair

People who have questions about chimney repair, roof repair, or roof renovation are encouraged to contact At the Top Restoration today. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have!