Cold weather brings about many challenges. Icy roads can make driving more difficult, driveways and sidewalks must be shoveled out regularly, and there are a lot of things you have to do to throughout the home, such as add insulation, tune up your furnace, and more. Well, one thing that also needs some extra attention is your chimney for your furnace, wood stove, pellet stove, wood burning or gas fireplace, but fortunately our sweeps are here to help you out with all of your pre-winter chimney maintenance. If you’re ready to get started, read up on some of our tips below, then give the team here at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County a call right away. We’ll set you up right in no time!
Beware The Freeze/Thaw Process
Now, it doesn’t seem like water should be able to do a lot to your strong and sturdy masonry structure, but the truth is that it can cause quite a bit of damage, costing you a lot in time and money down the line. Your brickwork is quite absorbent, so if it isn’t adequately protected it will soak in a lot of moisture, which will then start to break down your structure. Now, when temperatures drop below freezing, things really get bad. Any water that is already inside of your structure will freeze and expand, causing the brickwork to expand with it and triggering the freeze/thaw process. Eventually, temps will rise again and the water will melt, causing the structure to settle. This whole ordeal puts a lot of strain and stress on your system as a whole, and it will likely occur multiple times over the course of the winter as the weather fluctuates here in Maryland. Fortunately, this damage can be prevented with the help of preventative maintenance. Our team can inspect your chimney crown, chimney cap, flashing,brickwork and mortar joints to see if anything should be repaired or replaced. Masonry chimney repairs are not simple to do. You want to make sure they are properly being done.We have over 40 years of experience in repairing chimneys. One of the best ways to protect your chimney is to waterproof the structure, which will keep water out, while still allowing the chimney breathe out previously soaked up moisture When all is said and done, you can enjoy your home heating system without having to worry about a thing! We are dedicated to providing quality repairs to keep your chimney healthy If the Maryland cold weather has been hard on your chimney or want to get your chimney ready for winter. Give us a call, so we can get started.