Winter is a lot of work for homeowners with fireplaces. Maintaining a fireplace and using it properly is a pain, especially after a whole season of use. During the off-season, you may want to forget about your fireplace, but it is actually the best time to service it!

Servicing the Chimney

masonry chimney with blue skyIt’s important to schedule your chimney maintenance after a long winter. The safest and most efficient chimneys are those that have regular cleanings and annual inspections. During burn season, your fire produces soot and creosote that coats the system interior and leads to buildup and corrosion.

Schedule your chimney inspection now, and you’ll have time to make necessary repairs before burn season. Making repairs during winter means you have to discontinue use of the fireplace to keep the chimney sweep safe. By scheduling services and repairs in the off-season, you can avoid an interruption in use, and you can rest assured that your system will be safe for use this fall.

Masonry Repairs

One of the most common problems we catch at Anderson Chimney and Masonry Services in the spring is masonry damage caused by winter weather. The best time to have the masonry repaired is as soon as possible! If you wait to schedule your repairs, you may end up with more damage. Cracks and gaps in the masonry allow water into the system, leading to water damage in the chimney and home.

If your chimney sweep has found masonry damage in your system, take action now. At Anderson’s, our masons have more than 15 years’ experience. We complete masonry repairs year-round, protecting the system from weather and water and restoring the structural integrity of your chimney.

Repointing and Tuckpointing

If your chimney has cracked mortar and falling bricks, we can remove the affected area and replace it with new mortar of equal strength, consistency, and color. Mixing the wrong mortar for this job can actually weaken the masonry instead of strengthening and restoring it.

Smoke Chamber Repairs

Over time, the slope in the smoke chamber gets worn down to the bricks, slowing the air in the space and leading to a smoky fire. In order to restore the smoke chamber to proper function, a professional covers the space in insulating refractory mortar so that the sloped wall is smooth. According to the National Fire Protection Association Code Book (NFPA 211), the smoke chamber should be parged smooth and our team can restore the smoke chamber to code compliance.

Crown Repair

Your chimney crown becomes damaged due to water and ice as well as heat and sunshine—especially if it’s improperly made. At Anderson’s, we build crowns properly out of appropriate materials and at the correct dimensions and slope. When it’s damaged, we can repair cracks and gaps with an industrial sealant instead of replacing it completely.

If you reside in South Central Pennsylvania and need masonry repairs, you can count on Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services. We repair masonry and then protect it with ChimneySaver. Ask a professional about our masonry services and preventative maintenance now by calling 717-219-3620.

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