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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!

Now’s The Time To Get Your Chimney Swept!

As the temperatures outside continue to climb higher and higher, fireplaces are often the furthest things from most homeowner’s minds. However, just because it is too hot to use your fireplace doesn’t mean you should ignore it entirely!

Summer is one of the best times of years to have chimney maintenance done. This year, beat the fall rush by having your chimney swept in the summer, getting it out of the way and leaving your ready for the year to come.


The benefits of summer chimney sweeping

Most homeowners do not use their fireplaces during the summer when it is hot outside. Not using it during this time of the year, however, makes it the perfect time to have chimney maintenance done!

First, having your chimney swept in the summer means you will not experience any breaks in fireplace usage while your chimney is being swept. Likewise, if any significant damage is discovered during the sweeping you will not be put out in the cold – sometimes literally – if you cannot use you fireplace while you wait for repairs to be completed.

Next, a summer chimney sweeping gets your chimney ready for fall. Having your chimney swept in the summer ensures that it is clean long before the first cold snap of the season. Likewise, summer weather is ideal for masonry repairs, some of which cannot be done in wet or cold conditions.

Lastly, because summer has been traditionally considered a “slow” season for chimney sweepings, homeowners with busy schedules may have better look securing a convenient appointment time.

The importance of having a swept chimney

Having your chimney swept is one of the most important things you can do to improve the safety and lifespan of your fireplace and chimney system. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, all homes should have their chimneys swept at least once per year. A regular annual chimney sweeping not only ensures that the chimney is free from damage, debris, or other blockages but also keeps your fireplace running safely and efficiently.

One of the primary purposes of chimney sweeping is the removal of creosote. Creosote is a highly flammable byproduct of all fuel burning fires. It accumulates in the flue and can both damage your chimney and endanger your family is left unremoved.

When creosote is allowed to accumulate in the flue, it can be easily ignited with stray sparks or embers. In fact, creosote ignition if the number one cause of all chimney fires. In addition to creating chimney fires, creosote can also cause significant chimney odors. Creosote chimney smells can fill your entire home with a smoky odor and are often made worse by summer’s hot and humid weather.

This year, don’t put off maintenance until the first cold spell of the year. Now is a great time to get your chimney swept! Contact Pristine Sweeps today to schedule your summer chimney sweeping to get your fireplace system ready for fall!