As the summer weather finally starts to leave the area, many homeowners all across South Jersey will soon be preparing their home for the winter weather. The upper East Coast is home to some very grueling winters. Between heavy rain, snow and freezing temperatures, making sure your home is able to handle Mother Nature come January and February is very important.
At Davis Brothers Masonry, a leading fireplace maintenance company in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas, we know firsthand how brutal the winter storms and temperatures can be. We also know how much damage can be done to a building that isn’t prepared for the winter weather. Aside from making sure your windows, siding and roof are in good condition before winter, you should also do the same for your chimney. Here are a few ways we tell homeowners to prepare their chimney for the colder weather:
Cap Your Chimney
Before the winter weather hits, it is important to make sure the cap to your chimney is placed back on top of your chimney. Since most caps have a wire cage around them, these caps are used to prevent a lot of water and debris from easily getting into your chimney. These are also used to prevent animals from turning your chimney into their new vacation home.
Address Any Issues Now Instead of Later
Just because the weather isn’t very cold yet, it is still important to address any issues before they turn into bigger problems. Any cracks or damages should be addressed before winter is here. The cold weather can turn a small crack into a much bigger issue once the temperatures drop below freezing. On top of that, chimney damage can also weaken the structure of your entire home. Don’t let any masonry issues spread to other parts of your home.
Call The Professionals
The last step should be to give the professionals a call. All masonry professionals will agree that you should have your chimney inspected and swept by a reputable company at least once a year.
To learn more about preparing your chimney for fall through fireplace maintenance in Medford, NJ, and other local areas, contact us at 609-241-8512.