Can Chimneys Get Repaired in the Winter?
Although not the best time of year, we can perform chimney repairs in the winter. The biggest obstacle, however, may be getting to your location as fast as you would like. Winter is the busiest time of year for chimney technicians. The higher call volume combined with the slick and snowy roads common in winter makes travel more complicated that can delay service response times. That’s why it’s best for chimney repairs to be made when the weather is warm and dry, like in the spring or fall. However, if you need a chimney inspection, cleaning, or repair in the winter, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Homeowners requiring emergency repair are given priority over routine service calls.
The winter season is also the time of year for chimney leaks to occur. The chimney’s age, wear and tear, and minor damage from previous winters can eventually allow water to leak inside the chimney. There are several potential entry points where water can get into the chimney system. It must be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further water damage to the structure.
Damaged Flashing: When rain, snow, and ice are collecting on the roof, it can damage the flashing, the metal seam that joins the chimney with the roofline, exposing the chimney to water damage. Water leaks will continue until the flashing is either repaired or replaced.
Chimney Cap Damage: When the chimney cap is damaged or is blown off during a winter storm, moisture can enter the flue that can damage the interior walls, liner, and other components. It will also make the chimney crown more susceptible to winter damage. If you notice water dripping in the firebox, contact your chimney professional to replace the chimney cap as soon as possible.
Cracked Chimney Crown: The chimney crown is the upper-most portion of the chimney and is typically made of concrete. However, it can begin to crack when repeatedly exposed to freezing rain and ice, allowing moisture to seep inside the chimney. Chimney crown repairs can be done in winter on a dry day when the weather is above freezing.
Flue Liner Cracks: Moisture leaking in the chimney and the corrosive combustion gases can soften the clay liner causing it to develop surface cracks. Flue liner cracks increase the risk of fire and exposure to dangerous carbon monoxide gas. If the damage is relatively minor, repairing the clay tiles can protect the masonry, but replacing the flue liner with a steel liner is a much better solution in the long-run.
Chimney Inspection and Cleaning
Homeowners can save time, money, and frustration by having their chimneys inspected and cleaned in the spring, summer, or fall. It’s a slower time of year for chimney professionals, so getting a more convenient appointment is much easier. If chimney repairs are necessary, they can be scheduled and completed before the busy winter season. It will also reduce the chance your service technician will be delayed due to poor weather conditions. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection today!