There’s something sweet about the soft patter of rain in the springtime that just feels like nothing else. It brings a clean, fresh scent to the air and washes away the dirt that’s left behind when the snow melts. The thing that many people don’t know is that this soft rain, or any precipitation, can cause some damage to your chimney. Whether it’s the pounding rain or hail that summer can sometimes bring, the sleety rain of autumn, the heavy snow that sometimes falls, or the soft and gentle rain of springtime, precipitation can cause wear and tear and structural damage that only a chimney inspection can uncover.
What To Do
There are several things that you can do to help keep that structural damage from happening. One thing that you’ll want to have us look at when you call Chimney Sweep Plus, is what condition your chimney flashing is in. Chimney flashing is the metal sheets that fit in the joint where your chimney meets your roof. This spot is especially susceptible to leaks, and your flashing will keep the interior of your house nice and dry. Although this sounds like a pretty simple setup, your flashing can be more complicated than just a couple of metal sheets, so it’s important that the flashing gets some special attention, which is just what it’ll get when we get up on your roof and check things out.
Another thing that you need to check out is the condition of your chimney cap. The chimney cap sits at the top of your chimney and acts as a blocking aid to keep things out. Animals, birds, debris, or even precipitation can all enter your chimney without a chimney cap. You’ll want to make sure that your chimney cap is in good shape and able to keep moisture from getting down into the interior of your chimney, where it could damage the stainless steel liner or produce mildew or mold that could cause odor or eat away at the mortar.
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to protect your chimney is to waterproof it. Waterproofing your chimney entails us coating it with a product that will allow any moisture that is in your bricks and mortar to escape while keeping the rain and other precipitation out. At Chimney Sweep Plus, we use only the best products to make sure that your chimney stays sturdy and in great working condition all year long.