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  • How to Prepare Your Chimney for the Upcoming Inevitable Snow

    How to Prepare Your Chimney for the Upcoming Inevitable Snow

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    Your fireplace provides warmth and comfort during the cold, snowy winter months, but it can only do so safely when it has been properly maintained. Here, you will learn more about the proper steps in preparing your chimney for wintry precipitation, ensuring your family’s comfort all winter long.

    Watch for Leaks

    Snow and ice buildup is inevitable in many parts of the country during the winter months, and that’s especially true of the northernmost states. Eventually, though, that snow and ice will begin to melt, and the resulting meltwater will try to find its way into every possible nook and cranny. For this reason, you should check and inspect your chimney prior to the snowy season to ensure that there are no leaks. If you notice wet spots inside your fireplace, or if you’ve seen discoloration on your ceiling around your chimney, this is a good sign that you might have a leak.

    What’s more, in these parts of the country, it is vital that you have a rain/snow guard, often called a chimney cap, installed on the chimney at the very top. This stops precipitation from falling through the chimney in the first place. If you are concerned about leaks or the health of your chimney cap, it is always a good idea to contact a professional chimney team to inspect your fireplace and chimney.

    Educate Yourself about Creosote Buildup

    Creosote is always a concern, and this is especially true during the winter season when you use your fireplace regularly. Creosote is the buildup of byproducts that develop when burning wood, and while it is a natural process and one you cannot stop, it can also be quite dangerous. Though there are products on the market designed to help remove creosote, these should never be considered replacements for professional chimney cleaning. You should have your chimney professionally cleaned regularly to prevent excessive creosote buildup, and having your chimney cleaned just prior to the cold season is ideal.

    Check for Rust

    Finally, it is always a good idea to check for rust on the exterior portion of your chimney. Your chimney caps and even the flashing that fits the joint between your chimney and your roof are usually made of metal, and this means that they can rust over time. Though a very small amount of rust may not directly affect your chimney’s structural integrity, it can spread over time. A significant amount of rust can certainly cause issues. In fact, rust can completely “eat through” the flashing or chimney cap, resulting in potentially devastating leaks. If you do not feel comfortable climbing onto the roof to look for rust, you can always contact a professional for a full inspection.

    Preparing your chimney for the upcoming snow is all about ensuring that you’ve maintained it properly. The absolute best way to guarantee your family’s warmth, comfort, and safety throughout the winter precipitation is to call a professional chimney cleaning and inspection company. These companies will help you resolve any issues you might have with your chimney, including leaks, rust, and creosote buildup.

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