When summer comes around, it’s easy to find things to do to fill your to-do list. Washing windows, cleaning out the attic and garage for a garage sale, painting the house. In the summer, going to the beach, picnicking in the park, or shooting hoop at the courts are things that you look forward to all winter long. You’d look silly playing basketball on the snow-filled tennis courts wearing only your basketball shorts, now, wouldn’t you? There are some other things that should only be done during the hot summer month. One of those things is chimney repairs. That’s the reason that it’s a good idea to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call now, now that the weather is getting hot and sunny.
First off, it’s pretty clear that winter is tough on your chimney. When it’s freezing cold, you will use your fireplace more often. This causes wear and tear on your mortar chimney. When you burn a fire in your fireplace, chemicals and other pollutants are released up your chimney. They adhere to the sides in the form of creosote. This can eat away at the mortar of your chimney, and this can cause structural damage. The only way to discover whether there is a creosote buildup and if your mortar has damage is to have a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney.
Your chimney also can sustain damage from precipitation. One way that this occurs is through water erosion – the simple process of particles being displaced through the dripping of rain drops on the mortar. Another way is through the freeze/thaw cycle; when precipitation gets into the pores of the mortar, it settles in the cracks, and when the weather freezes, it expands and makes those cracks larger. This is another way that structural damage can occur.
If you are concerned about the condition of the mortar in your chimney, it’s important that you call in Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified inspectors from Jiminy Chimney. They are highly trained to detect any chimney damage and know exactly what repairs will need to take place.
If your masonry needs to be replaced, your repair specialist will probably recommend tuckpointing, which is the process of removing the damaged mortar and replacing it with new. The new mortar needs time to cure, and this is best done during warm weather.
Another thing that your chimney professional will look for is blockages. This can happen when animals build nests or when debris blows into your chimney. Having your chimney inspected and cleaned early in the summer will clear out these blockages. They will make sure your chimney cap or cover is working, so that blockages don’t continue to occur.
Contacting Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair early will allow you to have any repairs done right away. You will be able to focus your attention on all the rest of those summertime activities!