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Make Your Chimney Repairs Before Winter

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Summer is the best time to schedule your chimney services, because it’s considered the industry’s off-season. This means your favorite chimney sweep companies are more available for routine maintenance like chimney sweeps and inspections. Scheduling chimney sweeps and inspections in the spring and summer allows the chimney sweep time to make necessary repairs before burn season. Understandably, families become busy during the summer months. Consequently, the chimney will get overlooked until the weather begins to change.

Make Your Chimney Repairs Before Winter - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep CorporationCold Weather and Chimney Appointments

To make repairs to your chimney system, your chimney sweep company will require you to discontinue use of the system for at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. If this occurs during cold months, and your wood stove or fireplace is your primary heat source, you will need to temporarily install electric heaters. You may even have to arrange to stay somewhere else. Then, depending on the type of repair or extent of the damage, your chimney system may be out of use for at least a day, maybe more.

Don’t wait to make chimney repairs until cold weather hits! Many homeowners are tempted to put off the repairs until spring to avoid the cost and hassle of the repair. This is not recommended.

Your Damaged Chimney

If your chimney needs to be repaired, the repairs MUST be completed before burn season. It is never a good idea to use your chimney system when there is even minor damage. This is because it can quickly become a dangerous risk.

If you have cracks in your chimney crown, masonry, or chimney cap it may not seem like a big deal. However, even a drop of moisture entering the chimney on a regular basis is enough to rust parts like the damper assembly. The damper can stop working without your knowledge. The fire can rise up the chimney at unsafe temperatures. This ignites the highly flammable creosote on the walls of the flue liner. Because of a small crack that could have been easily sealed by a certified chimney sweep, or a damaged or missing part that could have been easily replaced, you can experience a flue fire. The headache is not worth it. After a flue fire your homeowners insurance will require repairs and inspection before they continue coverage. This adds stress to an already stressful situation.

Water and Your Masonry

Water in the chimney can cause a host of problems for your whole system, especially during winter. The freeze/thaw cycle of even a drop of water in the chimney can cause extensive damage to the masonry. When the chimney cools the water freezes and expands, causing the existing crack to grow larger. When that same water thaws because someone lights a fire in the furnace, the water falls further into the damaged masonry. The cycle persists until the mortar and bricks begin falling from the chimney due to these deep cracks and water penetration.

You can avoid the added risk of burning a fire in a damaged chimney by scheduling your repairs before burning season! There is still time for a Magic Sweep to diagnose and treat your chimney problems. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call Magic Sweep at 757-828-0404 today or schedule an appointment online.