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Is Your Chimney Ready for Summer?

Summer is right around the corner, which means that is time to start thinking about all the ways to prepare! Of course, when temperatures rise, the need to use your fireplace is certainly less likely, so do you really have to worry about your chimney? Well, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.”

Spring and summer are perhaps the best times to schedule a chimney inspection and tune-up. By scheduling these services, you can prevent a number of potential issues that can occur anytime throughout the year, especially those that may arise in the winter.  There are many reasons as to why your chimney might not be safe for summer yet, and below, we have listed these reasons. Keep reading to learn more about why you should schedule your chimney services now! 

Here’s Why You Should Schedule Summertime Chimney Services

Little Critters Can Make Your Chimney Unsafe

Spring is the time of year when small animals come out of hibernation. Though many will build there homes and nests outside, you may find that some of them are a little confused, building there homes right inside of your chimney. Of course, calling for animal removal services or simply waiting until a bird is ready to leave is the best way to avoid any animal injuries.

Otherwise, though, many people don’t notice that an animal has entered the chimney until it starts to smell or until a chimney sweep has completed an inspection. If this goes undetected until winter, it can be a major fire hazard. That’s why it is important to schedule an inspection at least once a year, preferably in the spring or summer.

Damage to the Chimney Lining

Another issue that can develop during the summer is damage to the chimney lining. This can happen due to weather or simply the passage of time. Most often, a chimney will require repairs due to water damage.

Water can have profound effects on the safety of your chimney, it damages your masonry and increases the chances of a fire. A chimney sweep may recommend a chimney cap to keep water out, and sometimes, he or she may even recommend masonry repairs. The best ways to avoid these issues, though, is to schedule inspections often!

Water Leaks in Your Home

Lastly, water can do more than just damage your chimney. Water that leaks through the chimney can wreak havoc on your home and property. Water leaks typically enter the home through the flashing, where the chimney meets the rooftop. If your chimney’s flashing has worn down, you might face water damage, mold growth, and other potential issues.

A chimney technician may recommend that you repair your flashing to ensure that it is equipped to prevent water damage.

Call in a Professional

Be sure to hire a professional for all your fireplace and chimney services. Whether you need chimney repairs or fireplace installation in Minneapolis, MN, hiring a professional is the best way to ensure a job well done!

For all your fireplace and chimneys services, contact 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. 

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