What to Do for Your Chimney this Spring

After everything your fireplace and chimney has done for you over the winter, you should put chimney maintenance and care on the top of your Spring checklist.

After everything your fireplace and chimney has done for you over the winter, you should put chimney maintenance and care on the top of your Spring checklist.

With warm temperatures teasing us that spring is indeed on its way, we are all preparing our home improvement lists. It’s important to not forget your chimney’s maintenance during your plan. These services should only be performed by an experienced professional to keep you and your loved ones safe. To schedule your appointment call the pros at Mason’s Chimney Service.

How often should my chimney be swept?

If you use your fireplace often, you may need to have two sweeps per year instead of one. The first should be after burning season to remove creosote that has built up inside of the chimney from the fire. The second is right before the season starts to remove anything natural that has gotten into the chimney, such as leaves and twigs or something by way of an animal. You should always be sure that whoever you hire for your chimney sweep and maintenance is Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified. The earlier in the spring you call, the easier it will be to get an appointment, so don’t wait!

What are some common repairs?

Winter storms can be extremely harmful to you chimney’s structure. Early spring is one of the best times to fix anything that might have happened since the weather takes a break before having the spring showers. Flashing and rain caps are two of the things your technician will check first for damage.

Your technician will also check to see if your chimney needs to be sealed. After the unit freezes and thaws all winter season, it will begin to crack and the caulking will come loose. To waterproof, the technicians will spray a sealant on the chimney after it has been cleaned. This is a great idea for anyone living in a wet environment.

Spring is a good time for repairs.

When the weather gets warmer, it is a perfect time to have a chimney inspection. If there are any cracks in your liner, crumbling masonry or obstructions – we are here to make sure your chimney stays in tip-top shape. Most repairs, if caught early enough, will save you both hassle and money in the long run.