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Why Summer Is Ideal For Chimney Services

Have you considered scheduling your chimney repairs, cleanings, etc. now instead of waiting until fall? We think that you should! Many homeowners put chimney care out of their minds until things cool down again, and this doesn’t always end up working in their favor. We are here to encourage you to give us a call right away, and get this maintenance done sooner rather than later.

Giving Yourself Peace Of Mind

One of the biggest benefits to summertime chimney service is the peace of mind you gain knowing everything is good to go when temperatures drop. This is something you can easily cross off of your to-do list early, so that you have less to think about during fall and winter. With kids back in school and the holidays fast approaching, it’s best to get as much done as you can now.

But homeowners aren’t the only busy ones… we get really swamped, too! Fall is our busiest season as everyone rushes to get their inspections and cleanings in before it gets too cold outside. By putting off these services, you add unnecessary stress to an already busy schedule, and you may struggle to find a time that works.

Getting Repairs Done

Another reason to schedule services now is so that we can inspect everything and get any repairs done in a timely manner. We struggle more and more to get repairs done in the fall and winter because our books are already so full. We do our best to get everyone in, but it may not happen as soon as you’d like. Schedule now, so we are sure to get you set up right for the cold months ahead!

Not only will we be able to get these repairs done more quickly, but they will be done in an ideal temperature range for the products we use. Sometimes, working in colder weather means the job simply cannot be done because lots of materials need the opportunity to cure. Let us get the job done now so that you get the lasting results you deserve.

Working On Your Time

When hiring service workers, there are always times of day that are more ideal for the customer. We love being able to come at the time that works best for you! That’s why summer services are always a better option. Putting it off will likely force you to maneuver around already scheduled appointments, thus inconveniencing your entire afternoon.

Help Us Stay Safe

To top it all off, summertime repairs are better because our crew can work in ideal conditions. Trying to get a job done on a slippery and icy roof can often lead to injury, and we want to keep our employees as healthy as possible, so that we can best serve you! Help us out by getting these tough jobs done now.

Call Us Anytime!

You can give us a call anytime during our regular business hours to set up an appointment, or feel free to fill out our online form, and we will get back to you soon! Thanks for choosing us!

By Jake Johnson on July 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now!

Have Your Masonry Repairs Done Now Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyWith warm temperatures and long days still outside, few homeowners are using their fireplaces. However, fall is just around the corner; make sure your chimney is ready for this burning season by having it serviced and repaired now!

If your chimney needs to be repaired, now is the perfect time to have it done. Having your chimney repaired before the heavy burning season will ensure you and your family can enjoy a safe and efficient fireplace all winter long.

What causes masonry damage?

The exterior masonry of your chimney is meant to withstand the elements; however, even the best built chimneys can be damaged or deteriorate over time. The following are three common causes of masonry damage.

  • Moisture: Water is one of nature’s most damaging elements, especially to the masonry of your chimney. The freeze thaw process, during which small amounts of water absorbed by the brick expand and cause further damage, can cause masonry to crack and spall in as little as one winter. Water from rain, ice, snow, and even sprinklers can lead to damage or chimney leaks.
  • Settling: Settling happens to all homes; if your fireplace were not built on a strong foundation, settling can cause the chimney to crack and shift. Cracks in the refractory masonry of the firebox are a common symptom of settling. Chimneys that have shifted or cracked due to settling should be inspected as soon as possible to ensure they are still structurally sound.
  • Other causes of masonry damage: Even the toughest masonry can be damaged in a number of surprising ways. Painting the chimney with a non-breathable sealant can trap water inside, causing hidden masonry damage behind the paint. Likewise, attempting to power wash a dirty chimney can do more damage than good; power washing masonry can cause cracks and holes that let water in and cause further damage.

Benefits of having your masonry repaired now

Even though you aren’t currently using your chimney, now is the perfect time to have your chimney repaired. Below are three reasons to have your masonry repaired now.

  1. No breaks in use. Damaged masonry often means an unusable fireplace. While this isn’t an issue during warm weather, it can literally leave you out in the cold in the winter months. To prevent any breaks in use, have masonry repaired now so it is fixed and ready when cold weather arrives.
  2. Better appointment availability. Fall and winter are the busiest times for chimney companies as homeowners rush to have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned and repaired. Avoid the rush – and get a more convenient appointment time – by having your masonry repaired now.
  3. Less chance of weather delays. Unpredictable winter weather can side track and delay masonry repairs. Likewise, some masonry repairs cannot be completed in freezing temperatures or when moisture such as snow and ice are present. Avoid this by having masonry repaired now.

If your masonry is damaged, don’t put off the repairs until fall. Now is the perfect time to have your chimney serviced and repaired. To schedule your masonry repair, chimney sweeping, or other fireplace appointment, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on August 30th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment