Getting Your Chimney Ready for Autumn

The days are getting shorter, which means autumn is right around the corner. Cooler temperatures will be here very soon. Now is the best time to check your chimney to see if it will keep your home warm this winter. You should check your chimney to make sure it is safe and in good shape. Here are a few suggestions to ensure you are prepared for the cooler months.

Inspect Your Chimney Before Winter

A thorough sweeping should clear any buildup of debris, which may lead to a chimney fire.  This will also protect from smoke wafting back into the house. Additionally, it is a good idea to inspect the chimney and look for any damage or flaws. Also check for any type of malfunctions that could interfere with the use of the hearth system. It is recommended to have a professional complete this work.

Cap Your Chimney

It is important to cap your chimney before cold weather sets in.  A cap will prevent water from running down the flue. If possible, surround the cap with a wire cage. This will help keep any debris or wild animals out. You also may want to consider protecting your chimney flue with a top-sealing chimney damper. This goes on top of the chimney with a tight seal to protect against the elements.

If you note any deficiencies or repairs needed to your chimney, this is the time to act. Any damage will only worsen as the chilly months wear on. This is due to the chimney constantly dealing with moisture and freezing temperatures from outside and heat from the inside.

Chimney damage may put your home at risk for smoke, fire or water damage. With the approach of autumn, there is still time to get your chimney inspected or repaired. Prepare your chimney soon so it will be ready for the first fire of the season.

In the Chicago area your best option for chimney inspection and repair is  Arrow Masonry and Exteriors, Inc. Headquartered in Palatine, Arrow Masonry has been providing the highest quality masonry restoration services to commercial and residential communities for over 50 years. Call Arrow today at 847-776-6400 or visit their website to view all the services that can provide for you.