Ivy can look beautiful on house walls and brick chimneys, if maintained.
The thick, green texture gives your home a woodsy feel. It can provide a canopy over a trellis or pergola.
There is a dark side to ivy, though. As the ivy tendrils (a slender, whiplike or threadlike plant strand specialized to anchor and support vines) dig deep into brick; it can actually grow through the brick and mortar, damaging your home and chimney.
Ivy had fully engulfed this chimney. From the roof, the home inspector could barely make out the spark arrestor/raincap assembly on top; and could not see the brick. It appears the ivy was removed only as high as the gardener could reach with a small ladder before the house was put on the market.
Once the dead ivy is removed, the chimney in this picture may have to be tuck-pointed (repairing or replacing the mortar between bricks) because the ivy may have grown between the bricks damaging and weakening the chimney.
Count on the certified and experienced inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections to identify this condition and recommend further review by a licensed chimney mason.