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Should You Worry about Vines Climbing Up the Chimney?

The look of vines climbing up a home’s walls can add beauty to the structure. A bit of color on your walls and on the roof is always a nice touch, and it add to the charm of nearly any home. However, there are some concerns you might not think of when it comes to the greenery on the side of your home. But our experts are often cautious about letting the growth get out of control, at least when it comes to your chimney.

The problem with some vines

The main issue with having vines cover your property is that some vines can grow into the mortar of the structure and cause damage. This can turn into a major problem when it comes to your chimney. Structural issues can increase your risk of fire greatly, since there is a larger chance that a fire could spread to the outside of the house. Sure, this structural issue won’t happen immediately, but you don’t want to take the risk of what could happen over time.

Selecting the right vines

However, there are some vines that don’t have any effect on the outside of your property. If you’re planning on gardening, you mainly want to be sure that you pick a vine without tendril, which is what digs into the mortar in the first place. Twining vines may be safer, as they only climb using the width of the structure as support.

Calling for inspection

If you’re worried about the state of your chimney, call in an expert for an inspection. In fact, this is something you should do once every year or so that you get the peace of mind of knowing you’re not at risk for a chimney fire.

2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. is here to offer helpful advice and chimney repair services in Minneapolis, MN. Call us today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS

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