Spring has definitely sprung here in the Nashville area, and many of homeowners are busy with spring cleaning and maintenance routines. As you check the exterior of your home for winter damage, look for cracked and loose bricks on your chimney. Taking care of these repairs as soon as possible is important for a couple of reasons. The longer you wait to have damaged masonry repaired, the more extensive and expensive the damage will become. Additionally, if you procrastinate too long, colder weather could arrive before the repairs can be completed. Unfortunately, industry experts do not recommend scheduling masonry repair work in the winter, so you run a high risk of further damage occurring to the structure of your chimney.
This is why Ashbusters would like to tell you why now is the best time to contact us for our professional chimney masonry repair services. In our over 30 years of business, we have seen how quickly the structural soundness of chimneys can be jeopardized by neglected repairs. We would like to share with you more about why you should not hesitate to schedule masonry repairs in the spring and summer months.
Water-damaged Masonry Can Deteriorate Quickly
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water is the greatest enemy of a masonry chimney because of how much damage it can cause when it leaks into the flue. Even worse is how quickly the bricks and mortar joints will deteriorate during the winter, especially if there have been repeated cycles of the freeze/thaw process within the season. To keep the structure of your chimney safe and sound, Ashbusters recommends taking a look at the condition of the exterior of your masonry as soon as the weather turns warmer in the spring to see if there are any damaged or cracked bricks or mortar joints. Getting them fixed as soon as possible should be high on your priority list to avoid extensive and expensive damage.
Masonry Repairs Last Longer When They Are Done In The Spring and Summer
When the temperature is near freezing, Ashbusters will recommend that you wait to contact us for masonry repairs in the spring to be sure that the mortar will not freeze and not be able to set properly. While it may seem to be a good idea to keep the chimney covered with a waterproof tarp to protect it, this is actually a dangerous fire hazard. If the flue is active, hot sparks and embers may jump out of it and catch the tarp aflame. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
Have you seen damaged bricks and mortar joints on your chimney’s exterior this spring? Don’t hesitate to contact us today at Ashbusters to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney masonry repair services. Our professional chimney masons have the experience and training to keep your chimney protected from water damage.