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Summer Masonry Repair Checklist

Your chimney system may be most noticed in the winter, but it needs attention year-round! Summer is the perfect time to begin preparing for winter. This means making sure your fireplace, chimney, and fuel is all ready for burn season.

Summer Masonry Repair Checklist Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsTaking care of these things during the summer means you will miss the fall rush – the months between October and January when chimney sweeps are especially busy. Summer is the perfect time to schedule maintenance and repairs, too. Since it’s the off season, your fire is already out.

Summer Repairs

  • Chimney Sweep
    Though not a repair, this chimney maintenance is a preventative step that will keep your chimney system working longer. A clean chimney will prevent odors, build up, reveal damage, and raise efficiency for the upcoming burn season.
  • Chimney Inspection
    The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends chimney inspections annually for the safest and most efficient chimney systems. By scheduling these inspections during the summer, you give yourself time for necessary repairs before fall.
  • Crown Repairs
    A year of seasonal weather can wear down even a well-constructed chimney crown. The crown is important because it covers the top of the chimney, keeping water out. If your chimney sweep discovers any weakness or damage to the crown during your inspection, it will need repairs. At Pristine Sweeps we utilize CrownCoat from ChimneySaver. It’s a flexible waterproof sealant that covers cracks and protects the crown from water penetration!
  • Tuckpointing
    Spalling masonry is a very common occurrence after a harsh winter, or as a result of water damage. Pristine Sweeps often sees cracking mortar and flaking bricks during routine inspections and can schedule a repair before any significant damage occurs. Tuckpointing is the process of removing the old mortar and replacing it with a new one of equal color, strength, and texture. The finished product is always beautiful, and can be topped with a waterproofing sealant for added protection.
  • Firebox Repair
    The most abused part of the chimney is usually the most overlooked. The firebox endures the highest temperatures and the most concentrated chemical byproducts and fuel. A well-constructed one can become damaged over time and may need repairs. This type of repair is best done over the summer, when the fireplace isn’t used – and you have time for adequate repairs before fall.

Count On Us!

If you remember to schedule your routine chimney sweep and annual inspection this summer, it will save you a headache this fall! Standard procedure is to stop using the fireplace and chimney twenty four hours before an appointment. Depending on how extensive the repairs will be, you may be without your fireplace for several days. Scheduling repairs during the summer means the cost won’t interfere with your holiday budget, too! There’s really no reason not to schedule repairs now.

Call Pristine Sweeps at 206-574-8414 to discuss your summer chimney checklist today. We can help you with everything from routine maintenance to extensive masonry rebuilds!

Summer Months Are a Great Time to Add an Insert or Stove to Your Home

While you’re thinking of summer vacation, holidays, and outings, consider improving your home while you’re at it. Perhaps your home doesn’t have a fireplace, but you’d like one. Maybe you thoroughly enjoy the “crackling fireplace” channel on the television while you open Christmas presents. You may simply want to add some supplemental heat for the times when winter storms knock out your electricity. We have the solution for your wintertime woes, and summer is a great time to get it done.

Add an Insert or Stove to Your Home Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsPristine Sweeps can install a stove or insert now, during the summer months, and you can be fire-ready this fall! Even if you have a central heating system, a stove or insert can be a great addition to your home.

Going Green

Both inserts and stoves are highly efficient, out-heating the traditional masonry fireplace by leaps and bounds. In fact, some stoves qualify for tax credits due to their little impact on the environment.

Cost Effective

Not only are inserts and stoves good for the environment, but can also be easy on the wallet. You can supplement your heat with your stove or insert, while enjoying a beautiful fire. If you have access to your own wood source and have enough space to properly store and season your wood supply, then you can save on resources and burn wood!

Inserts and stoves are also fairly inexpensive to install. They don’t require a masonry chimney. Depending on the model and capacity, a stove can be vented via a stovepipe and an insert can be similarly installed. Certain models, a direct insert, for instance, vents through a wall instead of ceiling. The direct insert is a completely closed unit that pulls air from the outside, and vents it out the same space. It also runs independent of the home’s electricity so it can heat your home if the power goes out, as well.

It’s our goal at Pristine Sweeps for all of our customers in the Seattle area to be safe and comfortable. We also want you to have your dream home and your dream fireplace. That is why we love to install inserts and stoves, because every home deserves to have a fireplace.

If you start planning now, you can have yours installed this summer and enjoy the ambiance of a beautiful fire all winter. Give Pristine Sweeps a call at 206-574-8414 and speak to a fireplace expert today. One of our technicians will start the process right away, gaining an understanding of your need, take measurements, order your product, and schedule an installation. Your installation will be completed with an inspection to insure your product is installed correctly and to your satisfaction. Get started today by calling or scheduling an appointment online.

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