Summer is a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy warm weather activities like swimming and sunbathing – not sitting in front of a fireplace. However, because it is not in use summer may be the perfect time to have chimney repairs done. After being used all fall and winter, having your chimney maintained during the summer can make sure it is in good condition and ready to use again when chillier weather arrives.
Why summer is the best time for chimney repairs
Many homeowners are surprised to hear that summer is often the best time to have chimney repairs done. Below are three of the reasons to have your chimney repairs done this summer.
- Appointment availability. Summer is considered the off season for chimney sweeps. Because of this, it is easier to get an appointment time that is convenient for you and your schedule. Likewise, this slower time of year also means less wait time before your appointment.
- Fewer delays. Many repairs cannot be done if the weather is too cold or during rain or snow. Because of this, summer has ideal weather conditions for many masonry repairs. The warm temperatures – and long days – allow your repairs to be made with little to no delays because of weather.
- Repair it while it’s not in use. Waiting until fall or winter to have masonry repairs done can means that the use of your fireplace is affected. By having repairs done during the summer while your fireplace is not in use, it will be ready to go when the first cold snap hits in the fall.
What causes chimney damage?
Chimneys are built to last and masonry is one of the strongest building materials in the world. Despite this, there are a number of factors that can cause chimney damage. The following are several common causes of chimney damage that could lead to chimney repairs.
- Settling: All homes settle as they age; chimneys that are not built with a strong foundation can be damaged as the home settles. Large cracks in the firebox masonry or tilting or shifting chimneys can be the result of settling – and effect the structural stability of the chimney.
- Moisture: While water can damage exterior masonry, it is particularly harmful to delicate interior chimney components. Even small leaks can cause significant damage; the flue liner, damper, and refractory bricks in the firebox can all be affected by moisture.
- Other causes of chimney damage: There are a number of other ways that your chimney can be damaged. One of the primary causes of chimney damage is simple deterioration from age or lack of maintenance; extreme weather can also cause sudden damage to appear. Having the roof repaired, painting the chimney, or even power washing the masonry can also cause chimney damage.
Don’t wait until cool temperatures arrive this fall to have your chimney repaired. Contact Magic Broom today to schedule your summer chimney maintenance!