Well, good ole’ Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring today, so you can stop procrastinating and start thinking about all those long deferred exterior maintenance issues on your Sutton home. In particular, it’s always a good idea to give your chimney a periodic inspection.
Between the extreme summer heat and bitter winter cold, Central Massachusetts weather can really do a number on your chimney masonry. Add in soaking rains and freeze/thaw cycles in the colder months and your Webster home’s chimney masonry can develop cracks, leaks and worse.
As with most issues like roof leaks, it is best to catch problems before they get too big. Examine the walls and ceilings around your Worcester area chimney for any signs of moisture or discoloration. If your attic is accessible, take a flashlight and inspect the surfaces around your chimney masonry, particularly where the bricks meet dissimilar materials like wood or roofing. In these locations, proper metal flashing or caulking should be in place and intact to direct water away from your chimney and prevent leaks.
Next, examine your chimney cap, which is crucial for keeping rain, critters and other debris out of your Douglas chimney to make sure it is structurally sound. (If you don’t have one, stop right there and give us a call to install one!)
Finally, have a masonry professional give your chimney a periodic inspection. Gaps or cracks in the mortar can widen over time and leak. This can be difficult for homeowners to evaluate but our experienced masons can determine if your mortar needs some spot repairs or complete repointing.
For any other chimney repair questions on your Oxford or Southbridge area home, contact Dudley-based LJ Construction today for a free estimate.