Snuggling around your fireplace on that first cold night can be a relaxing and romantic experience. And if you have a fireplace, you likely get the chimney cleaned regularly because you understand that’s important for safe operation. Making sure there isn’t a buildup of creosote or unwanted critters living in it are important for fire prevention.
However, have you ever had the exterior inspected or masonry repair? Did you know that the exterior of your fireplace plays nearly as large a roll in the safety of your home while burning a fire as the inside? If you haven’t had someone verify the structural integrity and safety of your chimney, you should call for an inspection before you have your first fire.
Although your chimney is likely one of the more structurally sound parts of your home, it still needs regular attention. With our harsh winters and frequent freeze-thaw cycles, even the smallest of cracks can grow quickly. Because masonry work shouldn’t be done in freezing (or even cold temperatures), you want to have yours inspected and repaired now.
Cracked masonry leads to all sorts of problems. From a loose chimney cap to falling bricks in extreme cases. Sometimes you may even find that you have water leaking all the way into the home from poor chimney maintenance. Masonry repair and a quality chimney cap can prevent all sorts of troubles with your chimney.
Your Chimney and Your Roof
Because your chimney attaches to your roof somewhere, you need that checked too. When the flashing around your chimney begins to fail, water gets in. Although there’s flashing in many places on your roof, there’s simply more around your chimney than anywhere else. Because the job of flashing is to keep water out and running down the roof, when it’s not doing its job, you end up with a roof leak. Water will follow the path of least resistance and often that means down your chimney and into your home.
If you’re looking for one company who can provide expert roof repair to your chimney’s flashing and expert masonry repair to your chimney, call Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors. We have professional masons on staff who can perform repairs to keep your chimney sound and leak free. Our roof repair team can fix flashing and perform any other necessary roof repair before winter sets in. Call us today at 414-425-5796 or fill out our contact form.