With homeownership comes great responsibility. If something breaks, you can either fix it yourself or find someone with the requisite skill set to do the work for you. Cracks and/or overall deterioration in your firebox will, more than likely, fall into the latter category. Many things can lead to you needing to replace or repair your firebox; a few of the more common causes are simple wear and tear and the settling of your home over time.
Don’t Allow a Small Problem to Turn Into a Bigger One
At the first sign of a problem, immediate action should be taken on your part, as using a fireplace without a sound firebox is extremely unsafe and could lead to additional damage to the firebox itself or, even worse, could lead to a costly and potentially deadly fire in your home. You can take this bad news and turn it into an opportunity for you to give your fireplace a makeover. You also don’t have to wait until your fireplace is in a state of disrepair to update its look; you can do it simply because you think it needs one. Regardless of your reasoning, we can help you throughout the entire process.
A Damaged Firebox is a Fire Hazard
When a certified chimney sweep inspects your fireplace and chimney, the purpose is to identify and repair issues that can compromise the safety of the unit. If the bricks in your firebox are crumbling and/or the mortar joints are showing signs of deterioration, you have a fire hazard in your home. The extreme temperatures created by fires in your fireplace require special firebricks and high-temperature mortar be used in the construction of your firebox. Repairs becoming necessary after many years of use are normal and are to be expected. No time should be wasted in getting a damaged firebox repaired, as failure to do so is extremely dangerous and irresponsible.
Our professional chimney technicians inspect your entire chimney system, paying close attention to your firebox to make sure no damage (i.e., cracks, mortar joint erosion, etc.) has occurred. In the event that we do find problem areas in need of repair, we will thoroughly cover all of the work details with you to ensure that you make the best, most informed decision you possibly can. If you happen to notice firebox damage on your own, contact us as soon as possible. You don’t want to put something like that off until it’s too late.