After a long winter, it’s time to shut down your fireplace for the summer. By the end of burn season, most homeowners are done with fires, firewood, and ashes. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done in the spring.

Routine Maintenance

The best way to prepare for the end of the season and close out your chimney system is to schedule routine maintenance services. Scheduling a chimney sweep will clear your fireplace or appliance and chimney of soot, creosote, and debris. This will prevent odors and corrosion during the humid months of summer, and your system will be ready for fires in the fall!

If you haven’t had your chimney system inspected in the last twelve months, you need to schedule an inspection this spring! This is the first time a professional will look at your chimney system after it’s worked for you all winter. This is the appointment that will determine the necessary repairs.

Common Chimney Repairs

Every home, chimney, and climate is different. In New England, we can experience harsh winters and long seasons, and winter damage is quite common. At Black Moose Chimney and Stove the most common repairs we make in the spring include tuckpointing, crown repair, chimney leak diagnostics and repairs, and restorations.

Just as chimney damage doesn’t occur overnight, neither do repairs. Scheduling in the spring will give you time to make major repairs and waiting until you’re finished with burn season means minor repairs won’t mean a cold night! Scheduling in the spring is also great because you can avoid accumulating debt by using your tax refund. Spend a little money now and invest it in your own home.

Preparing your chimney system for next season now can make a difference this summer. Making necessary repairs in the spring can protect your chimney against water during “spring showers”. It will also prevent conditioned air loss during the summer which can raise your utility costs. The main thing to remember when it comes to chimney repairs is that you cannot wait to make repairs. No matter what season it is, chimney damage will affect your home and your wallet.

While you’re thinking about your spring to-do list, do not forget your chimney system.

1. Schedule your chimney inspection to determine necessary repairs.
2. Discuss a repair plan with your technician and arrange payment.
3. Schedule waterproofing services to protect your masonry against water damage year-round.

You will not regret investing some of your spring to-do into your own home and chimney. Do not try chimney repairs yourself, as it should be handled by certified professionals. Leave the masonry work to the masons at Black Moose Chimney and Stove.

Call Black Moose today at 603-525-7905!