Temperatures are beginning to drop and holidays will soon be upon us! During this season, it’s easy to forget the regular care and maintenance that your chimney and fireplace require. Once snow falls, cozying up to a crackling fire makes every evening a perfect one. This is why you should be sure to schedule your annual inspection and cleaning as soon as possible. Once complete, you can rest easy knowing your home will be safe throughout the cold months ahead.
One thing homeowners do not often think about during their regular inspection is the flashing on their chimney. This is one component that is easily forgotten, due to its out-of-sight position on the roof. Yet, it plays a very important role in keeping your chimney free from damage and deterioration. Your sweep will likely inspect for this. However, it is important to stay educated on the role this piece plays in keeping your home protected.
All About Flashing
If you have a lot of brickwork, you will want to avoid moisture at all costs. Water and masonry do not get along. Too much exposure will cause your chimney to break down much more quickly throughout time. Rust, decay, stains, clogs, rotting, and even chimney collapses are some of the many issues that arise when appropriate preventative measures are not taken.
The flashing is one of the various components set in place to help you avoid water issues. This seals the space where the chimney and roof meet. It works hard to keep your chimney, walls, ceiling, and brickwork free from water damage and unsightly stains. It also helps to prevent the materials that hold your brick together from breaking down and causing extensive damage.
Ask The Experts
If you feel that your flashing needs some attention, be sure to get it checked out during your pre-winter inspection. An expert will be able to do a thorough examination and alert you of any needed repairs. They will also know the appropriate steps to take to prevent further damage, and can ensure that your chimney is ready for regular use.
Installing and repairing flashing is not a do-it-yourself job. Venturing up to the roof can put you and loved ones in a dangerous position, and ensuring all parts are installed correctly is vital for your chimney’s health. If something is not done right, you will still find yourself facing leaks, decay, and countless other issues. Avoid headaches and further expense by calling in a professional right away.
At Mason’s Chimney Service, we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction. We do things right the first time, so that you can use your fireplace without stress. Check out our website for more information about our countless services. Give us a call today at 800-559-6276 with any questions. We look forward to meeting all of your chimney and fireplace needs!