During the spring and summer, the last thing on your mind is your chimney and fireplace system, but the warmer months are actually the best time to take care of your annual chimney maintenance responsibilities. You will have an easier time scheduling your appointment on the date that is the most convenient for you, and you will be ready to use your fireplace in the fall. American Chimney & Masonry recommends having your chimney swept and inspected in the off-season so that any damage that occurred over the winter can be repaired in a timely manner. We would like to tell you more about the advantages of maintaining your chimney in the spring and summer.
EASIER TIME WITH SCHEDULING YOUR APPOINTMENT
Waiting until the fall to schedule your appointment for a professional chimney sweeping and inspection can be risky. The fall months are the busiest time of the year for American Chimney & Masonry, and it can be challenging to arrange these essential chimney maintenance services on a date that works best for you. Since national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Safety Association (NFPA) recommend that you have your chimney professionally swept and inspected before lighting the first fire of the year, you may have to wait several weeks to be able to safely use your fireplace. If you go ahead and have these chimney maintenance services performed in the off-season, you will be able to light that first fire as soon as you wish.
PREVENT DAMAGE FROM WATER LEAKS
Winter weather can be tough on masonry chimneys. Since the bricks and mortar of your chimney naturally absorb water, any moisture trapped inside these masonry materials freezes and thaws repeatedly throughout the winter. Repeated cycles of freezing and thawing leads to your bricks and mortar joints cracking, breaking apart, and even falling loose from your chimney. This type of damage creates holes and gaps in the structure of your chimney that allow water to easily leak into your chimney, and if this damage is left unrepaired, your chimney can be at risk of structural problems, including the collapse of your chimney. This damage is why the CSIA has named water as the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. When the CSIA-certified sweeps from American Chimney & Masonry professionally inspect your chimney, they will be looking for winter-related damage. If any of this kind of damage is found, you can trust us to give you honest and fair repair recommendations to keep your chimney safe from further damage from water leaks. We also offer waterproofing services that can stop winter-related chimney damage by creating a barrier against water penetrating into the bricks and mortar of your chimney.
Avoid the fall rush by taking care of your chimney maintenance responsibilities during the off-season. Contact us at American Chimney & Masonry to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney sweeping and inspection services today.