Summer is the best time to get your chimney checked out because of timing and scheduling, proper conditions for chimney repairs, and many other benefits. Summer is when you are probably the least busy, and that’s when we are the least busy too so we will have time to inspect and repair your chimney. Since your fireplace is not in use in the summer, it will give our professionals plenty of time to check your system for damages.
Signs of Damage
Because you’re outside a lot in the summertime, it’s really easy to spot chimney damage or necessary repair work. You can easily notice obvious signs of structural damage such as a leaning chimney or bricks that are out of place. Look for specks or flakes of mortar or brick laying on the ground around the chimney, this is a condition called spalling. This happens because when there are excess moisture has permeated the brick and mortar.
On the interior of your home, look at the walls, ceiling, and woodwork surrounding the fireplace. If these areas are soft or appear to have water damage, it’s a signal that there could be a leak somewhere in your fireplace system. If you notice these signs, you’ll want to call Black Velvet Chimney at 817-473-4466 right away.
Timing and Scheduling
Summer is a wonderful time to get your chimney inspected. Having your fireplace inspection done early give you plenty of time for necessary repairs that need to be addressed before you can use your fireplace again. If your masonry needs repair, summer is the best time. Mortar needs certain conditions to cure properly, and temperature is a big part of it. Temperatures above forty degrees work best because freezing water causes a change in volume which causes the mortar to expand. Because mortar contains more than six percent water, the freeze thaw process can cause problems for your new chimney work.
Summer is also the ideal time for our workers to be outside. There is less of a chance for bad weather to interfere with work schedule during the summer months. Although chimney repair work can be completed in the winter, it’s best for the materials and our workers if the repairs are completed in the summer. Scheduling can be another issue, and summer is the best time to get on our schedule. According to Chimney Safety Institute of America, it’s highly recommended to have a chimney inspection on an annual basis.
Schedule Us Now
Regular maintenance help to prevent repairs needed down the road. If you have an annual inspection scheduled, it’s easy to assume that you won’t need major repairs. Summer is the best time to schedule chimney inspections and masonry repairs, so give Black Velvet Chimney a call today at 817-473-4466.