Now that winter is coming to an end, you may think it’s okay to stop worrying about the state of your chimney until next winter, but that’s just not the case. It’s important to make sure that your fireplace and chimney system is in great working condition now, in early spring, so that any repair work necessary can be finished well before the rush of fall sweeping hits. There are many parts to your chimney, and each is important to make sure that your fire is burning efficiently and safely all winter long. If your chimney has any repair work or if it just needs a deep cleaning, now is a great time to get those things taken care of.
One of the biggest jobs that your chimney may need is a repair to the actual brick and mortar of the chimney. There are several things that can cause this type of damage to occur, but probably the most likely culprit is rain. Rain can in and of itself cause your chimney to wear down, but even more dangerous is the water that permeates the pores of the mortar and even the bricks. What happens is that precipitation gets into the pores of your chimney structure and is trapped there. When the cold Massachusetts winter hits, that water freezes and expands, and this causes the pores to expand as well. Over time, these pores can expand to the point of causing serious damage to the structure of your chimney. As time goes on and your chimney sinks into a deeper state of disrepair, it can cause the appearance of your house to look shabby and unkempt. It’s also important that there are no cracks in your chimney because if this happens, it’s most likely that your chimney isn’t performing properly, carrying the smoke and gases out of your home. These are reasons an annual chimney inspection is so important. Just make sure you pick a chimney company like Firesafe Chimney Service, where our professionals are CSIA certified and expert in masonry repair so that your chimney will be looking great in no time!
Another thing that we will look at right away is your chimney liner. We can take an up-close look at your chimney liner by using our video equipment to see what’s really going on. It’s important that your chimney liner is smooth and crack-free because it allows the smoke that flows through it to work its way quickly through the chimney. Not only that, but your chimney liner protects the chimney from the corrosive effects of smoke and the chemicals it carries. It can protect any combustible items near your fireplace from igniting due to the heat of the fire, and it also can make your fires burn more efficiently. This is another reason that it’s important to have your chimney checked out on a regular basis. We can reline your chimney so that it continues to work just like it should.
An important defense against the negative effects that precipitation can have on your chimney is your chimney cap. The chimney cap sits on top of your chimney crown, but it isn’t a permanent attachment. It’s an addition to your chimney system, and it sits like a little roof over the top of your chimney so that water can’t get in. If your chimney doesn’t have a chimney cap, or if your chimney cap is in bad shape, bent, rusted, or twisted, then we can help you pick just the right chimney cap to keep the rain out and make your chimney look great.
Top Sealing Dampers
Every chimney system has a damper system. This important little piece of equipment keeps the smoke out of your living room and also allows air to come in to create a draft that keeps your fire burning steadily. If there are leaks down your chimney, or even just through the moisture that is released in the form of smoke, the metal dampers can become rusted and misformed, which means that they won’t shut properly. If your dampers aren’t working as they should be, you might want to consider installing a top-sealing damper. This type of damper is mounted on the top of the chimney. Just like a regular damper, when you aren’t using your fireplace the damper seals off your chimney so that no heat is lost, and it has a pull system that allows you to open it from inside when you are using your fireplace. This can also provide protection from leaves, twigs, and other debris from entering your chimney.
If you look up at your roof, you’ll notice that there are metal strips around the area where your chimney enters the rooftop. These strips are called flashing, and they are a great shield against water infiltration. When you get heavy rainfall, this spot, if left unprotected, would be a perfect spot for water to enter. Because these metal strips are layered in a way that seals off the joint, water is kept out. But if your flashing gets torn, loose, or rusted, that protective shield won’t work. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for loose, blowing flashing.
No matter what your chimney needs are, the place to pick to take care of those needs is an easy choice: Firesafe Chimney Service. We offer quality service by highly trained technicians who are CSIA certified. Call to set up an appointment for a cleaning and inspection early in the spring season to beat the summer rush!