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  • How to Prepare Your Chimney from the Upcoming Inevitable Snow

    How to Prepare Your Chimney from the Upcoming Inevitable Snow

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    What’s more fascinating and beautiful than snow on your eyelashes, frozen ponds, and that that lovely powder, sifted on treetops and roofs? We love the snow and the holiday season, but snow can be a home maintenance nightmare. We don’t love shoveling the driveway and scraping frost off of our car windows. And we especially don’t love leaks dripping melted snow from our chimneys.

    Maintaining your chimney before the winter season is particularly important because you’ll probably be using the chimney a lot more in the coming months than you do during any other time of the year. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that you and your chimney are ready for winter and snow!

    Get an Inspection

    You should get a professional for this one. Having your chimney inspected on a yearly or biyearly basis is imperative on maintaining a healthy chimney. A chimney technician can verify that your chimney is ready for the winter. You want to check your flashing and masonry to make sure that they aren’t damaged or cracked. If a technician finds problems with your flashing or masonry, you want to address these problems before it starts to snow, or you might be dealing with a few leaks.

    Make Sure You Have a Good Cover

    One of the simplest steps you can take toward securing your chimney against the snow is installing a chimney cover. A cover prevents snow from directly entering your chimney. Different chimneys require different sized covers, and there are a number of different styles and colors available, so ask your chimney technician about your options!

    If you already have a chimney cover that you like, you just need to make sure that it is securely attached to your chimney and damage free.

    Waterproof Your Chimney

    If you have the opportunity, it might be a good idea to introduce a waterproof material to your chimney. Different sealants can be placed on your chimney. These sealants prevent moisture from penetrating small cracks and pores in your chimney.

    Watch Out for Rust

    Rust might develop after an extended period of time. You want to replace rusted items like covers and flues before the snow hits because rusted areas are significantly weaker than the rest of the pieces. With heavy snow, these rusted areas might crack or flake, and then you’ll be dealing with a leak.

    Make Sure the Chimney Is Clean

    When it’s below freezing and snowing outside, you probably wouldn’t expect that you’re at risk for household fires. During the snowy season, homeowners tend to use their fireplaces frequently. If your chimney has Creosote or other unwanted matter, you might be at a higher risk of fires in the chimney.

    The smell of snow is in the air, and you want to make sure that your house is safe! Call Lindemann to take care of all of your chimney winter prep needs.

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