Brick red bastions providing clean lines and a fundamental function make them a hallmark of modern homes. These simple structures, functional and beautiful, can be deadly if not cared for properly. High winds, earthquakes and poor construction can cause chimneys to fall. Falling away from the house could simply cause the serious harm or death to any standing below them. If piece of the chimney fall inwards, the damage to a home can be significant.
Most signs of potential danger are easy to spot if you take the time to do so. Is there any space or gaps showing between to the chimney and the wall? Has anything hit it, like a tree limb? Does the mortar crumble easily? If the answer to any of these is yes, then there is a serious hazard. It’s just a matter of time. It is very important to inspect chimneys are any seismic activity.