Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chimney Damage and the Importance of Summertime Maintenance

As summertime approaches, chimney maintenance is often the last thing to come to mind. However, just because your chimney is not in use does not mean it is immune to damage and weathering during the summer months. The good news is that now is the perfect time to repair and protect your chimney. Don’t wait until winter to realize that your chimney needs repairs. 

What Causes Chimney Damage?

Damage usually occurs gradually from routine use or from the effects of inclement weather such as rain storms and high winds. In rarer cases, the damage can arise suddenly due to earthquakes, tornadoes, or other severe weather phenomena. Damage can also be exacerbated by a broken or ineffective weather cap that leaves your chimney and masonry vulnerable to the elements. Keep your chimney in the best shape possible and have it inspected routinely by a trained masonry professional. An improperly sealed or damaged chimney can even be a fire and toxic gas hazard.

Is Chimney Damage Reversible?

Yes, masonry professionals can do chimney repair tasks like replacing broken chimney liners, installing new weather caps, chimney cleaning and repairing the chimney itself through a process called tuckpointing.

Powers Chimney and Masonry

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