Is Your Chimney Ready for Summer and Spring?


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Jun 01, 2016

Get Your Chimney Spring and Summer Ready!

Spring is soon to be in the rearview mirror and the summer months are upon us. While the summer time brings many home improvement projects, maintaining your chimney should be at the top of the list. If not done correctly your home could experience draft problems or even a chimney fire, which puts your family and home at risk!

How often should you sweep your chimney?

If you are a frequent user of your chimney, you should have it swept at least twice a year. While most home improvement projects can be done manually, chimney maintenance is a project meant for experts. Sweeping your chimney before the winter months, on a warmer day (if possible) during the winter and before the Spring and Summer months will greatly reduce your chances of having a chimney fire or dealing with damage to your chimney that could be come costly.

What are common chimney repairs?

Living in the Northeast, like you currently are in Boston, exposes your chimney to harsh weather conditions both in the winter and summer. Early spring is the best time to do these repairs because it is starting to warm up outside, but the spring showers have not kicked into full gear. Flashing and rain caps are two common things that your technician will check when they examine your chimney. A big thing our experts will look at is how well your chimney is sealed and whether it is waterproofed. After several winters without proper maintenance and repairs, your chimney will eventually begin to have small cracks and the caulking may become loose.

What if you have an animal problem?

If your chimney is left unattended, especially during the summer, it could become a home or a trap for animals. In no situation is this something that you want. Animals, whether trapped or neslted in their new home, do not belong in your chimney and they could cause serious damage to the interior of your chimney as well as your home. To keep both you and the animal safe, this removal should only be done by a professional and having a cap repaired or installed by one of our experts will keep animals out completely. Your chimney is often the most forgotten part of your home, yet can cause serious risks if not taken care of. Call Guaranteed Chimney of New England today and become another satisfied customer.