Protecting Your Chimney from Winter Damage

Protecting Your Chimney from Winter Damage

When the weather turns cold, that’s the time of year when your chimney is most vulnerable to damage from the elements. Snow and ice, cycles of freezing and thawing temperatures, and critters seeking refuge from the cold can all wreak havoc on your chimney!
What are some precautionary measures that you as a homeowner can take?
Inspection and Cleaning: Having your chimney inspected annually will help identify problems early on that can be exacerbated by winter weather. A certified technician will look for damage and blockages up inside your chimney that might not be readily apparent, and help determine the proper steps to take to keep those small problems from becoming bigger ones. In addition to an inspection a thorough chimney cleaning will help eliminate creosote build-up, as well as help your system run efficiently throughout the cold weather season.
Waterproofing: If your chimney hasn’t had waterproofing applied, it can mean trouble in the winter. After all, moisture is public enemy number one when it comes to chimneys! Professional waterproofing is one of the easiest preventative things you can have done. This involves applying a coating that keeps moisture entering the porous masonry and allows moisture from the inside to escape.
Chimney cap: Speaking of water, a chimney that doesn’t have a properly fitted cap or any cap at all is at high risk for moisture damage. This simple and often inexpensive addition is a smart move to prevent problems from snow and ice getting into your chimney as well as keeps animals and debris out.
Other things you can do includes always closing the damper when your chimney is not in use, and be sure the damper is working properly!
North American Chimney and Gutter is here to help when the elements get the best of your chimney, and can make sure that winter doesn’t give your system the blues. Call us today to schedule a time to get your system into tip-top shape! Our professionals service the following areas: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, Harrisburg; New York-Bay Shore, Bedford Hills; Massachusetts-West Borough, Boston; Connecticut-Fairfield.