Masonry Chimney Repairs You Need Before Winter
Warmer months are a time for vacations, leisure time, and fun, but they are also a time when many homeowners take the opportunity to catch up on much-needed household repairs and maintenance. And while there’s no shortage of things to do, one area that’s often neglected is the chimney. Because your chimney is exposed to harsh weather during winter and spring, it’s common for minor issues to develop, like cracks and moisture damage. It is important to deal with these concerns before the cold sets in and you need to use your chimney. Fall is when most people schedule chimney cleaning, maintenance, and repair, and because of this, chimney service companies get booked quickly, making it more difficult to schedule an appointment at your preferred time, so make sure you start scheduling your appointment soon! Scheduling necessary repairs, cleaning, and maintenance before winter gives you ample time to get the service you need and ensure that your chimney and fireplace is ready to go once cold weather arrives.
Common Chimney Repairs
One significant problem we encounter is homeowners who don’t think about their chimney until there’s a significant issue. Many people think that because the chimney is a solid brick structure, it’s going to last forever. However, while a chimney can last a lifetime with proper care, it’s crucial to nip minor issues in the bud before they escalate and cause irreparable damage or lead to situations that can cause a fire. Here are the most common chimney repairs to undertake.
Tuckpointing is a process in which cracked, flaking masonry materials are replaced with new mortar. Tuckpointing minimizes the effects of foul weather and keeps your chimney looking like new.
Another vital fireplace component that’s often overlooked is the firebox, even though it’s where all the ‘action’ takes place. The firebox is exposed to extremely high temperatures and corrosive elements that can cause masonry materials to deteriorate, making your fireplace unsafe.
The chimney crown is a vital component that covers the opening to guard against water ingress. Because the crown is typically made from concrete, it’s susceptible to water damage and weather exposure like all other masonry materials. Cracks in the crown can allow water to seep into the chimney, causing mold and corrosion, so it’s crucial that you repair minor chimney crown issues before they get out of hand.
The damper is the only mechanical component of your fireplace, and it’s responsible for controlling airflow and smoke through the flue. Because you open and close the damper frequently during use, it’s prone to wear and tear. Experts recommend replacing the damper periodically to minimize the effects of water damage and heavy usage.
How Often Do I Need Chimney Repair?
As mentioned, most homeowners have a lengthy list of chores and repairs, and unfortunately, chimney maintenance is typically low on the list or gets put off until next year. Statistics show that the most common cause of chimney fires is a dirty chimney, so regular cleaning and maintenance is crucial to protect your family and home. Experts recommend that you schedule chimney repair at least once a year!
Chimney Specialists Inc is a full-service chimney repair, cleaning, and maintenance company that’s served residents throughout Southwest Wisconsin and Northwest Illinois since 1977. Besides offering certified chimney services, we offer wood, gas, pellet, and oil stove service and fireplace design. Our technicians are highly trained, and we have a reputation built on technical expertise, high-quality workmanship, and outstanding customer services. Whether you need chimney repair, routine cleaning, a new fireplace installation, you can count on us. Contact us today at 608-929-4887 to book an appointment or fill out our convenient online form.