The Best Time of Year For Chimney Repairs
For many, this time of year is full of getting the kids ready for fall sports while trying to squeeze in a vacation. For others, it’s a time for home updates and repairs. Their spring and summer to-do lists often include landscaping work, washing windows, deep cleaning living spaces, and …chimney repairs? Yes, you read that right! While you might not be thinking about your fireplace at the moment, you should be. Here are a few reasons why now is the best time for masonry repairs.
Water is a basic necessity of life. Unfortunately, this is not the case with your masonry. Your chimney is exposed to the elements year-round. The porous nature of brick and mortar means that water can get in and cause damage, often large amounts before you are even aware.
This is where regular inspections play a part. During routine cleanings, our Northeastern Chimney techs will go over all parts of your chimney system. If they notice moisture, crumbling mortar, cracks, or stains (known as efflorescence), they can take care of the problem right away before it has a chance to set in deeper.
What kind of repairs exactly?
Let’s dive into the types of repairs that may be needed. If any crumbling mortar is found, this can be fixed by a process known as repointing. The damaged area is removed and fresh, color-matched mortar is re-applied. If the damage is limited to the joints only, it may only need tuckpointing.
Missing elements such as your crown or cap or damage to either of these can be repaired or replaced easily at this time as well. And lastly, a waterproof sealant can be applied to help shield against the elements.
But, why spring?
To get back to our original statement — that now is the right time for masonry repairs for multiple reasons — let’s look at the why for a moment. The biggest reason is temperature. Now that it is warming up outside, you are not using your chimney and fireplace. This makes it an ideal time to complete any necessary repairs.
Indeed, many masonry repairs should only be done in warmer temperatures. Simply put, these warmer months make for the optimal repair season and allow the materials to be set properly.
Another benefit to scheduling your chimney inspection, cleaning, and any needed repairs during the spring is getting ahead of the fall rush. Waiting until the temperatures begin to drop or an early cold snap to make any repairs will have multiple downsides.
First, you’re likely to be put on a waiting list. The dropping temps will have homeowners scrambling and cause a backlog in the system. Planning your repairs ahead will ensure you’re good to go when the mercury drops.
Second, as we mentioned previously, mortar repairs need to be made when the weather is dry and warm for everything to set and cure properly. Trying to complete chimney repairs in the fall could lead to more damage and even more costly repairs down the road.
That’s why now is the best time for chimney repairs
Our team is the best in the area and is ready to serve you whether you need a regular inspection, cleaning, or repairs. Contact Northeastern Chimney, LLC at 860-233-5770 or send our office a message online.