What is the Average Fireplace Repair Cost?
A fireplace is a beautiful addition to the living area of a home. It can add ambiance and charm in addition to providing heat. However, a fireplace that's in disrepair is a hazard to both safety and health, as deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up or embers could start a fire that spreads throughout a home. Before calling for a fireplace repair, there is some essential information to consider.
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The Average Fireplace Repair Cost
The average cost of a fireplace is $934. The final project cost will depend on the extent of the damage to the fireplace and chimney as well as whether or not there was a fire that spread into the adjacent walls. If the fireplace needs additional work such as relining, capping or replacement of the cleanout door, this will add to the total cost of the project.
Common Types of Fireplace Repairs
Water infiltration through the top of the chimney can wear away the mortar between the fireplace bricks. It can also cause a metal liner to rust. Water can also damage the adjacent floors, ceiling and roof of the home. When water mixes with creosote buildup, an acidic mixture develops and causes further wear and tear on the bricks, mortar and liner of the fireplace. The damper may rust as well. Damage to the chimney cap can allow stray embers to ignite the roof. A missing or damaged chimney cap also allows animals and birds to get into the chimney and fireplace. The animals can cause damage or block smoke from being vented out of the chimney.
Factors Associated with the Cost of A Fireplace Repair
If a water leak caused the fireplace damage, the cause of the leak will also need to be repaired. Damage to adjacent structures such as the flashing of the roof and the cap of the chimney will need to be done. When a significant amount of mortar is worn away, parts of the chimney or fireplace may need to be rebuilt.
If You're Thinking of Repairing A Fireplace Yourself
Fireplace repairs are not suitable for a do-it-yourself project. Improperly performed fireplace repairs could cause a chimney fire that spreads through the walls, floors or roof of the house. At the first sign of a fireplace or chimney problem, a homeowner should contact a professional for repair and not use the fireplace until it's been inspected and fixed.
Last updated on Oct 19, 2016
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