The winter season is officially upon us, along with the upcoming holiday season. While for many, this means heavy snowfalls, slow traffic, and oh-so-much shoveling, there is also the upside of getting to dig into your warm winter clothing, hiding under the blankets with some cocoa, and relaxing by the fireplace.
As you enjoy the winter weather, keep in mind that as your fireplace works overtime, your chimney can also suffer certain forms of damage and wear that are particularly associated with the snowy season. Courtesy of Above All Chimney & Masonry, your source for expert chimney flue repair in Philadelphia, take a look at some of these wintertime chimney problems that you should watch out for.
Capable of causing possibly hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of damage, water leaks can be a chimney’s nightmare and are especially common in the winter. While such leaks can be difficult to locate, telltale signs of leaks do exist, such as:
– Cracking and crumbling in the bricks or mortar
– Plants growing in cracks in the mortar
– Rust stains
– Water in the fireplace
– Brick discoloration
– Damp odors
Damper and Chimney Cap Damage
The functionality of these two chimney parts is critical to saving money and energy, along with keeping out water leaks. If your damper is stuck open due to frost, it is similar to leaving a window in your home open. Cold air escapes, insects get in, and the rain and snow pour into your house. If the damper is stuck closed, you won’t be able to start a fire because your flue is closed-off, and hence unable to filter gases and smoke. Similarly, it is vital for your chimney cap to fit correctly on the chimney’s top. Not only will it keep snow and rain out of your chimney, but it will prevent stray animals and birds from setting up homes there.
For more information on common winter chimney issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Above All Chimney & Masonry today, your prime source for chimney flue repair in Montgomery County, PA. Call us today at 215-664-8884!