From freezing temperatures to a barrage of varied precipitation, your chimney takes the brunt of winter weather, both inside and out.
And these elements can damage your chimney, leaving it in disrepair and creating potentially harmful results: Creosote build-up from inefficient burns can increase the threat of a chimney fire; water absorbed by mortar that freezes and expands resulting in weakened cement; and animals using your chimney as a warm and cozy home can be a hazardous nuisance that block the escape of toxic gases.
These winter weather worries can become problematic if not immediately fixed. But there are several ways to prevent these issues from becoming dangerous situations, including:
• Making sure your chimney damper is installed properly and keeping it closed when not in use. In addition to helping keep out debris, it will prevent cold air from coming into your home.
• Installing a chimney cap to prevent animals from using your chimney as shelter from the winter weather. A chimney cap also will prevent rain and snow from entering the chimney.
• Applying a waterproof sealant to the outside of your chimney. This will help keep the mortar from absorbing water, therefore extending the life of the chimney.
• Having your chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. A thorough cleaning by a professional chimney service will reduce excess build-up of creosote, which, when stuck on the interior walls of your chimney, can catch fire and spread to other parts of your home.
MCP Chimney and Masonry Inc. can help with all of these suggestions by installing properly fitting dampers and chimney caps, to thoroughly cleaning and inspecting your chimney. Furthermore, if you already suspect damage to your chimney, we provide the services to repair or replace any chimney components, or the chimney itself.
So while the weather outside may be unbearable, be rest assured that MCP Chimney and Masonry can provide the services needed to make your indoors warm, cozy, and safe. Contact us today to learn more about how to protect your chimney from winter weather.