summer chimney problems

Summer Chimney Problems: What to Look For

In summer as much as in winter, chimneys should not be ignored because a lot can go wrong. Chimneys are highly vulnerable to moisture, and many other potential problems can occur.

Summer is really the best time to call about chimney problems because you will beat the extremely busy fall scheduling!

Just to help you know what to look for, here is a list of common summertime problems to be aware of:

  • Unpleasant smells could be coming from your chimney. They could be the result of moisture mixed with the toxic creosote in the chimney flue.  The smell may become more noticeable because of the heat and humidity of the season.
  • Bad odors can also be related to the presence of an animal trapped in your chimney. The smell could be animal droppings or the horrendous odor caused by a dead animal that couldn’t get back out of the chimney.
  • You could get an insect infestation in your chimney, such as bees.
  • The high winds and heavy storms of summer could damage the chimney flashing or chimney crown. If these problems aren’t discovered and repaired much more serious damage can occur, such as a moisture-damaged roof structure or deteriorating chimney masonry.
  • In summer each year, birds called chimney swifts migrate from South America to various parts of the U.S. These birds that are naturally drawn to chimneys are federally protected. Homeowners are required by law to leave swifts alone until they migrate after a few weeks, during which time baby swifts are hatched and grow.
  • If you don’t have a chimney cap with wire mesh, other animals might also climb into your chimney, such as raccoons, snakes, squirrels, or rats. Having a chimney cap installed can keep all these creatures out of your chimney.
  • If your chimney has been infiltrated by moisture, the bricks can deteriorate. Eventually, the chimney will collapse if repairs aren’t made.

summer chimney problems

Does your chimney look like this?  Notice the flashing, brickwork, and cap!

You can schedule your annual chimney inspection and cleaning

or feel free to call us at (781) 893-6611.

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