Sitting by the fire can make a devastatingly cold winter day feel just a little bit better. If you notice your chimney developing issues during the winter months, you’ll likely want to repair them right away so you can continue to use the warm fire.
It’s most common to repair chimneys during the summer. Warmer temperatures and lower levels of precipitation make it easier to get these repairs done. But can you get urgent chimney repairs done in the winter? Here’s what you need to know.
In the past, it was virtually impossible to make chimney repairs during the winter. If temperatures were below 40 degrees, the masonry products would not set properly due to the constant freeze and thaw cycle that happens during the winter. However, technology has improved, and now there are ways to make chimney repairs during the winter. The process is more labor-intensive, as your chimney sweep will still need to do some temperature control and keep moisture away during the repair process.
Although it’s not ideal, your chimney sweep may recommend repairs during the winter to fix major structural issues. Things like a crack in your chimney may not seem like a big deal at first, but over time, the chimney can start to shift or even collapse. Many homeowners don’t realize they have structural issues with their chimneys until it is too late, especially if they have purchased or inherited the home from someone else. In this situation, you’ll need to act quickly to ensure that your chimney doesn’t deteriorate even further.
To prevent having to make any emergency chimney repairs during the winter, be proactive during the summer months. Reach out to your local chimney sweep for an inspection. A thorough professional inspection can catch issues that you may have missed on your own.
Why is chimney repair easier during the summer? Because temperatures are warmer, masonry cures much more quickly. You also don’t have to worry about condensation during the summer. In the winter, any moisture that gets into your chimney will continually freeze and thaw, causing the chimney to expand and contract. This weakens the overall structure of the chimney and can eventually lead to collapse.
Many homeowners will need to make roof repairs when they make their chimney repairs. The moisture that causes structural issues in chimneys can also result in water damage to your roof. If this is the case, you will definitely want to make both repairs during the summer.
By getting your chimney repair out of the way during the summer, you will be able to safely use your fireplace during the winter months.
A1 Chimney Specialist offers chimney repairs throughout Southern Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley.
Give us a call at 931-967-3595 (Tennessee) or 256-285-4895 (Alabama), or contact us here to see how we can help!