Summer is the season of warmth and relaxation. For most homeowners, this means that their chimney and fireplace are last on their mind. After all, it’s too warm for fires inside the house and if you’re not using your fireplace, you don’t have to worry about maintenance, right?
Unfortunately, even when your fireplace isn’t seeing much use, it can still develop serious problems that need to be fixed before you use it next. Here are a few of the most common summer chimney problems to watch out for:
Strange Noises Inside of the Chimney
Believe it or not, birds and rodents love to nest inside the chimney. When it’s used during the fall and winter seasons, these critters naturally avoid the space. However, during the late spring and summer seasons, they often build nests inside the structure. Unfortunately, unless these critters are removed, their nests can block the airflow in the chimney, making it difficult and dangerous once it comes time for you to use it. Regular chimney inspections will allow you to catch and remove any nests before you use your fireplace.
Odd Smells by the Fireplace
The summer heat and increased humidity can make your fireplace smellier than normal. This is, in part, due to animal droppings from rodents nesting inside as well as the buildup of creosote along the chimney walls. While it’s always a good idea to schedule a cleaning at least once a year, it’s vital to schedule a chimney inspection the moment you smell something strange inside. Remember, creosote buildup and animal nests can easily spark a chimney fire and need to be professionally removed to keep your home safe.
Storm and Wind Damage
High winds, hail, and even rain can all wreak havoc on a chimney’s exterior. After a severe storm, it’s best to schedule a chimney inspection to ensure that the flashing, chimney cap, and bricks are all still in good condition. Leaving them damaged into the fall and winter seasons only increases your risk of water damage inside your home.
If you’ve noticed any of these problems or are simply worried about the condition of your fireplace, schedule a chimney inspection immediately. The sooner the problem is taken care of, the better off your home will be. We encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment!