We’re no strangers to harsh winters here in Brookline, MA, but did you know that months of snow, ice, and wind can take a toll on your chimney? Of course, working on your chimney during the winter is not very convenient, so we recommend leaving most chimney repairs for the spring.
If you’re wondering what kind of work you may need to do on your chimney once the weather warms up, you’re in the right place. Below, learn about three of the most common chimney issues we see here in Brookline in the spring.
Repairs to the Flashing
Your chimney’s flashing sits where your chimney and your roof meet and it helps to keep water out of your home. After a strong winter, it’s fairly common for the flashing to become damaged, putting your home at risk of water damage.
If you notice any of the following issues, your flashing may have been damaged during the winter:
- Water drops in your chimney
- Water stains on the walls near your chimney
- Condensation in the firebox
- A musty smell coming from your chimney
In that case, contact the GF Sprague team to take care of the repairs for you.
Sometimes, even though your bricks are still in good shape, the mortar between them starts to deteriorate. In that case, a team of chimney repair experts will usually recommend repointing. During this process, we’ll partially ground out the mortar joints in between your chimney bricks and fill them back in with new mortar.
This is a fairly easy process that can save you thousands of dollars by preventing the need for a total chimney rebuild. If you want to take it a step further, you can add waterproofing after repointing to give your chimney extra protection against water leaks.
Full Chimney Rebuild
In the worst cases, sometimes winter will have taken too much of a toll on your chimney. When your mortar and bricks are deteriorating, oftentimes repointing is not enough to save your chimney. In that case, it may be time to schedule a full rebuild.
When you do, our team will walk you through the process from start to finish to make it as easy as possible. A rebuild isn’t just a great way to get your chimney working properly again, it can also boost your home’s overall curb appeal! We offer a variety of different colors and styles so you can design a beautiful and functional new chimney.
When You Need Chimney Repairs, Call GF Sprague
Once you start to see the signs of spring here in Brookline, it’s time to take a look at the state of your chimney. Our team would be more than happy to come out to your home to inspect it and make any chimney repairs as needed.
As your local team of chimney experts, we’re confident that we’re the best team for any repair job. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and receive a free estimate for your project.