With the cold weather quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to prepare your masonry chimney for the fall weather. Masonry is designed to last, which is why businesses and homeowners alike choose to go with brick in the first place. But over time, your masonry structures can show some signs of wear and tear. Preparing your chimney or fireplace for the season ensures that it will keep your home warmer, save energy costs, prevent fires, and more. Here are some tips for preparing your chimney for fall.
Inspect Your Roof for Damage
Your chimney is attached to the roof, so it is a good idea to look for any signs of damage or missing shingles and make sure the gutters are clear. This will help prevent an ice dam from forming and preventing water from flowing off the roof. An ice dam can damage walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Clean Your Gutters
Speaking of inspecting your roof, your gutters need to be maintained as well. Gutters are designed to direct water away from your roof and down to the ground. But, your gutters can quickly become clogged with leaves, branches, and other debris. Blocked gutter areas can cause excessive water in one area of a structure, damaging the brick or foundation underneath.
Clean Your Chimney
It is recommended that you clean your chimney at least once per year. However, if you can, it is even better to inspect and clean your chimney multiple times throughout the year. Generally speaking, wood-burning fireplaces should be cleaned once every year, while gas-burning fireplaces should only be cleaned once every two years. Doing so will improve the air quality in the building and keep you warm during these colder months to come.
Inspect Your Windows
Be sure to check the interior and exterior of your windows to ensure they are sealed on both sides. Not only can this keep cold air out and reduce your energy costs, but sealing windows also prevent extra moisture from getting inside and reduces the risk of mold. This is the best way to keep your building protected for now and in the future.
Do Your Tuckpointing Now
If your masonry structure is due for tuckpointing, the fall season is the best time to get it done. Tuckpointing is an excellent way to protect your bricks and prevent any moisture seepage or masonry damage.
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