We recently reminded everyone to inspect the firebox in their fireplace and take care of any needed repairs before starting a fire this winter. In addition, you should make sure that your chimney is in tip-top shape before the snow starts falling. You may need routine maintenance, minor work, or major repairs. If you want to use your fireplace safely and efficiently, make sure that it is ready for winter fires!
Routine Chimney Maintenance Prevents Fires
While you probably want to enjoy a nice little fire in your fireplace, you most certainly do not want a fire in your chimney. The danger comes from creosote. This occurs naturally over time, as carbon from your fires builds up in your chimney. If not properly cleaned, creosote can eventually catch fire and it will burn at high temperatures. This creates a significant risk to your home.
Luckily, you can easily avoid this danger. Simply make sure that you have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Make it twice if you have daily fires or burn green and softwoods.
This inspection will also help identify any other problems in your chimney, such as any cracking. Cracks can also increase the risk of fire as they provide an avenue for heat or sparks to reach the wooden structures of your home. Additionally, cracks in your chimney may allow dangerous carbon monoxide to enter your home.
Over time, your house may settle. That, along with inclement weather and normal wear and tear can create problems for your chimney. Because of this, you may need more significant repairs in addition to routine maintenance.
One of the most common problems that we see, a cracked crown can quickly lead to a number of other problems. Eventually, it will allow water to leak into your home, worsening the condition of your chimney as it does so.
You may also see spalling, cracks, or crumbling mortar in your chimney. These can all indicate a more significant structural problem. If you have one of these problems, we recommend having a professional take a look right away to determine the best way to complete repairs — which is why we offer a free estimate! We want to help you ensure that your fireplace is ready for winter. That means delivering quality craftsmanship that will last, without doing more work than you need.
Other Masonry Services
While every home is different, we often recommend and install caps, which will help protect your home and fireplace from moisture and animals, while also preventing downdrafts. Likewise, we offer chimney waterproofing using Siloxane P.D. which will prevent water from penetrating brick and mortar — this allows moisture to “breathe” out of the masonry, without letting any additional water to make its way in.
Winter is knocking on our door, so don’t wait to ensure your chimney is in good working order. If you suspect you have any problems, from minor maintenance to major repairs, call the experts at Ray Arnold Masonry at 440-834-8252 or reach out using our contact form. We’ll have your chimney ready for action in no time.