Tornado Hit Your Area? Don’t Forget About Your Chimney
While you likely have bigger concerns than your chimney if a tornado actually hits your home, a nearby tornado has the power to cause significant issues you may not realize. Although damage to your roof may become your primary concern because of the water leaks it can cause, it’s always wise to review the ways a tornado can damage your chimney so that you can take action to repair it as soon as possible.
The high winds created by a tornado or even a severe storm has the power to create cracks and fissures in your chimney. When your chimney is cracked, this can hinder smoke from venting out of the chimney as it was designed. In some cases, this can allow creosote to collect in the cracks, which can provide a chimney fire all the fuel it needs to grow out of control and potentially spread to your roof.
Even if you aren’t planning to use your fireplace or wood-burning stove any time soon, the masonry fissures can also prevent carbon monoxide from venting through the chimney, which can make a carbon monoxide leak in your home even more dangerous for your family.
Crown and Cap
Over time, your chimney’s crown and cap can become damaged by rain and high winds. If you’ve recently had severe weather in your area, including hail and tornados, damage to these two parts of your chimney could be accelerated.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have to be fireplace season in order to feel the effects of a damaged chimney cap. Since this is the part of the chimney that keeps water, debris and small animals out of your fireplace, it can require immediate attention if you don’t want the exterior damage to cause problems inside your home as well.
The flashing is the part that connects your chimney to your roof and is another common source of water leaks. While many homeowners contact roofing companies to deal with this issue, it’s actually specialized repair work that requires a chimney professional used to working with the masonry of a chimney.
Regardless of which type of issue you have with your chimney after a tornado or severe storm, it’s always wise to contact a masonry specialist or chimney repair company right away. Depending on the full extent of the damage to your home’s exterior, it may be necessary to coordinate chimney repairs with roofing and gutter work. In most cases, the person handling the repair of your chimney can provide guidance on whether the roofing work needs to be completed before they can get started.