Spring gets the biggest reputation for rain across the country, but for this part of Texas, the rainy season is still in full swing. Now is the time to make sure your chimney can withstand the constant rain! Having a professional inspect and repair your chimney now will mean it’s ready for the first fire this fall. It’s also an excellent idea to make sure it’s properly defended against water, so you can stop the problem before it starts.
Comprehensive Chimney Inspection
When you schedule a chimney inspection, any minor or major damage is detected and handled so that you can use your chimney system safely this fall and winter. Schedule a level one inspection annually when your chimney has been used in the same way and hasn’t had any changes. A level two inspection should be scheduled if your chimney or home has been affected by a storm, earthquake, or fire. Level two inspections are also required if changes have been made to the system or the property is being transferred. If the level one or level two inspection identifies a hazard, your certified chimney sweep will recommend a level three inspection and repairs must be made in order to maintain the safety and efficiency of your chimney system.
Your flashing will be inspected during a standard inspection, particularly if you have concerns about chimney leaks. A leaky chimney is often the result of a flashing problem–so much so that it’s usually the first thing we check! Flashing is important because it protects vulnerable seams from water penetration, such as the intersection of the chimney and the roof. It’s made up of multiple thin sheets of metal that are placed in a precise manner according to the roofing material and the slant of the roof. When flashing is completed it should offer protection without a waterproofing agent or sealant and should have no nails exposed. Choosing an amateur or handyman to complete your flashing repair or installation may be a recipe for disaster. It is a meticulous job even for the professionals, and one that pays off.
Even flashing which is installed correctly can shift and become damaged over time. That’s why it’s important to schedule inspections and have these types of minor repairs completed now so that you don’t have major damage later. Compared to the time and cost of water damage repairs, flashing repairs are a piece of cake. You don’t have to even worry about it when you hire the professionals.
At West Texas Chimney & Venting Solutions, we put your safety above all else. We know that a chimney that works properly works safely, so let us take care of it.
Call 530-221-3331 or schedule online today.