Monday, October 10, 2011

It's Time to Winterize!

So far, Seattle has seen 11 straight days of rain since September 30th, and autumn officially began on September 23rd. In fact, Scott Sistek (meteorologist for Komo 4), just tweeted this morning: "Your odd weather stat du jour: ties 1997 record for having measurable rain for 1st 10 days of October."

That weather doesn't look good, folks. Especially for your masonry work on your chimney.

Moisture is the silent killer of masonry. Most people don't realize that your chimney and masonry work need to be adaquately protected for the autumn and winter seasons, especially here in the Pacific Northwest.

I get a lot of questions about what needs to get done on your chimney for the autumn and winter seasons, as well as what is necessary. Basically, this is what we - as an industry leader in chimneys & masonry - recommend:

1) Annual cleaning & inspection of your chimney & masonry. This will prevent creosote from becoming a hazard to your chimney, and it will provide you with an exact listing of any work that needs to be done to protect the life and integrity of your masonry and chimney.

2) If you have a cleaning and inspection done, and we recommend getting something repaired or replaced, do it now. You don't want to wait until you're bundled up and still cold in your home, unable to use your fireplace because of repairs that are necessary to keep your fireplace and chimney in working order. Don't worry; we won't come out and give you an estimate on things that you don't need. We're straight-forward and honest, and our #1 priority is your safety during this cold season.

3) Even if you're unsure of whether it's time to get your chimney cleaned, at least schedule an inspection so that we can tell you whether you're ready for winter or not. We conduct a 20-point safety inspection that is very thorough, and we'll be able to tell you whether it's safe to light a fire in your fireplace or not, and if not, what work needs to be done before you do so.

Simply put, Powers Chimney & Masonry, LLC is your resource for fall and winter readiness.

In addition to cleanings & inspections, we also specialize in complete rebuilds, partial rebuilds and veneers. Check out our website and other blog posts here for pictures and examples of our work.

Call us today so we can get an appointment scheduled for you. (360) 691-9828

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