Can Chimneys Get Repaired in Winter?
Your chimney will need repairs from time to time due to age and normal wear and tear. It should also have an annual chimney inspection to determine if any repairs are necessary so a certified chimney technician can fix them before the winter season. According to masonry experts, the best time for chimney repairs is during the spring and fall. The weather is typically warmer, and dryer and most fireplaces are dormant. The cold and wet months of winter can be destructive for chimneys, which is why repairs should be completed before or after the winter season.
Winter Chimney Repairs
However, it is sometimes necessary for masonry repairs to be done during the winter, such as fixing a water leak, replacing a broken chimney cap, or repairing a stuck damper, among others. The constant freezing at night and thawing during the day common along the Atlantic Coast during the winter months can cause masonry chimneys to crack, leaving gaps in the mortar joints, increasing the risk of water damage. Tuckpointing and repointing can be done in the winter to repair brick and mortar damage if conditions are dry so that the new mortar material will properly set and cure. Any chimney damage that involves moisture intrusion must be repaired as quickly as possible to protect the chimney’s structural integrity and to minimize fire and health risks.
Over 25,000 chimney fires nationwide annually result in more than $100 million in property damage. The majority of chimney fires occur during the winter, with excessive creosote build-up cited as the primary cause. Many homeowners are also unaware that a fire occurred in the chimney until a Chimney Sweep points out the damage during a chimney inspection or cleaning. A chimney fire can damage the flue liner increasing the risk of the high temperatures in the fireplace spreading to nearby combustible building materials. Along with fire departments here in Maryland and across the country, we can’t stress enough the importance of cleaning your chimney at least once a year.
Winter Chimney Sweep
Our certified chimney technicians perform chimney inspections, cleanings, and repairs all year long, including during the winter. Keep in mind that winter road conditions could impact scheduling and arrival times. Also, homeowners in need of emergency repairs are given priority over routine calls for service. We recommend scheduling regular inspections and cleanings in advance to beat the winter rush. You will have more convenient scheduling options, and if any repairs are necessary, you will have ample time to get it done before the busy winter season arrives. Then when winter finally comes, you can relax and enjoy the fire with peace of mind knowing that your chimney and fireplace are safe to operate. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!