If you have had a professional tell you that your chimney is in dire need of repairs, then this summer is the best time to get all that damaged fixed. The summer weather is perfect for chimney repairs, because the temperatures are warmer, the sun is shining, and there is less chance of inclement weather lasting for days or weeks.
Here are 5 chimney repairs that are best completed in the summer:
- Masonry Repairs
The masonry on your chimney can be damaged by water, wind, and lack of maintenance over the years. While a professional can do these repairs at any time of the year, it is best if they are taken care of during the summer months. The materials that are used for the repairs of your masonry will cure better with the warmer temperatures.
Your chimney needs to be waterproofed, especially if it has been a while since you have had it done or you are noticing that water is getting inside. Waterproofing should always be applied in warm weather, so that it can dry properly. Once you have had your chimney waterproofed, you will not need to worry about your bricks getting damaged by water and crumbling on the inside as well as outside of your chimney.
- Crown Repair
The crown around your chimney may need to be replaced if you notice that there is water damage to the inside of your home. A damaged crown allows water to seep between your chimney and roof to your ceiling and walls.
- Flashing Replacement
Flashing replacement is another item that should always be replaced during the summer when possible. Inspect the chimney flashing, the metal that connects to the chimney and to the roof, for damage.
- Chimney Relining
Relining your chimney will take some time, which is why it should be done during the summer months. You wouldn’t be able to use your fireplace when this is being completed and sometimes that isn’t an option during the colder months of the year.
Quite a few of these chimney repairs take a long time and an experienced hand, which is one of the reasons why they should be done during the summer months. The summer is the time when you will not be using your fireplace and you will not need to worry about your house being cold or cold air flowing down the chimney as the repairs are being made. A lot of the materials that are used for these repairs should only be used when the temperatures are warmer and you will not need to worry about continuous rain or snow delaying the work that you are having done.
Chimney repair isn’t often something that can be done as a DIY weekend project depending on the damage that needs to be repaired. Most repairs require a mason or someone who knows how to lay and tuckpoint brick. Our CSIA certified chimney sweeps are able to clean, restore, reline, and repair all parts of your chimney. Call us at 610-626-2439 for an appointment for a consultation.