Your chimney works hard during those colder winter months, as it takes smoke up and out of your home. Unfortunately, Mother Nature can cause your chimney to deteriorate and it will not work as efficiently as it should. When your chimney becomes damaged, it doesn’t just affect the outside or the inside, it can affect both. And that damage can then affect other areas of your home.
One of the biggest problems that you can see is damage to the mortar. Water can seep inside the mortar and every time it freezes and thaws, it will create cracks that will then continue to get larger. After time, those cracks can become so large that they can cause your chimney to collapse.
The flashing is another area that can become damaged and it can wear out over time. When that happens, precipitation can leak in through the damaged sections and go into your house. Those leaks will enter your attic and can eventually go through your ceiling and down your walls causing extensive damage.
We recommend having your chimney inspected every spring, while you’re having it cleaned, because then any damage can be fixed prior to you needing the chimney again. While you can have your chimney repaired at any time of the year, we normally recommend late spring or summer for this type of project. The reason for this is the temperatures are hot enough to allow the materials to cure and set.
We also normally have more flexibility during the summer months as well, because we are not overbooked with cleanings and urgent repairs like we are during the late fall and early winter months. We don’t want you to begin your next heating season with a chimney that is falling apart or damaged, so give us a call now to avoid any issues.
We know that it is summer, and that you prefer to be out having fun. However, you will regret that choice when the temperature drops, and you cannot heat your home to a comfortable temperature.