Maintaining Your Chimney Throughout the Year
By Doug Hetsch
June 8, 2018
Durable and dependable, masonry chimneys are built to last for years when they are taken care of properly. When you own a home with a chimney, you are responsible for following a routine maintenance schedule to ensure everything is working safely and efficiently. Neglecting certain professional chimney maintenance tasks can lead to major problems with potentially extensive damage that can be very expensive to repair. Knowing what you need to do and when you need to do it can be very helpful in prolonging the life of your chimney. Proudly serving the Louisville area since 2006, All American Chimney Service provides superior quality chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services, and we would like to give you a seasonal schedule of the essential maintenance services your chimney needs every year.
According to theChimney Safety Institute of America(CSIA), the majority of chimney masonry damage occurs over the winter because of freeze/thaw cycles. Any moisture inside the bricks and mortar joints will freeze whenever the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the weather warms back up, the force of the water thawing can cause the masonry materials to crack, break apart, and become loose and possibly fall from the chimney structure. This type of damage should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration, which is why spring is the best time to schedule chimney masonry repairs with All American Chimney Service.
To avoid dangerous hazards like chimney fires and carbon monoxide leaks, the CSIA and many other national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected before lighting the first fire of the year. The best time of the year to schedule these important maintenance services with All American Chimney Service is during our off-season in the summer. Our CSIA-certified sweeps will make sure your chimney functions safely and efficiently when you are ready to light the first fire of the fall.
Now is the best time to make sure your chimney is sufficiently protected from water penetration and freeze/thaw damage by scheduling a professional chimney waterproofing with All American Chimney Service. We will also check to see if you have a chimney cap and a flashing system in place to give your chimney the ultimate protection against water damage.
If you have kept up with your seasonal chimney maintenance routine, you can enjoy staying warm and cozy in front of your fireplace during the coldest part of the year. Just make sure you are following fire safety practices as you use your fireplace. All American Chimney Service is always available if you have any trouble with your chimney or fireplace during the winter.
Prolong the life of your masonry chimney by keeping up with the recommended maintenance tasks every year. To schedule an appointment for any of your professional chimney needs,contact usat All American Chimney Service. Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians are here to help you take care of your chimney.