In each situation, there is an ideal choice and a “have to” choice. During the winter months, homeowners call one of our Chimney Solutions team members because they’ve discovered an issue with their chimney during normal use. Almost without question, they ask us if they can get their chimney repaired in the winter or if they’ll need to stop using it until the spring. Today, we’re going to unpack the nuanced answer to that question.
Until recently, it was almost impossible to repair a chimney in cold weather. The materials most masons used weren’t receptive to cold weather. If you need a good visual example, picture laying tar when it’s cold outside vs 90 degrees. It may be hotter when it’s 90, but the tar will spread easier and adhere to the surface much better. Masonry is no different. Typically, even with newer masonry mixes, winter chimney repair will require tarps and portable heaters to bond properly.
Can you get your chimney repaired in the winter? Technically, yes, but it’s not ideal. As we’ve already unpacked, building materials bond more effectively in warm weather. Masonry adheres to brick much easier when it’s above 40 degrees. That’s where working with your Chimney Solutions technician can develop both long-term and temporary solutions. As many of you know, we had a relatively warm Christmas in 2021. While January has been much colder, it’s not unheard of for 60 degree days mid-month. You may be able to schedule winter repairs during those warmer days. However, if we hit a long, cold streak, and your chimney is more of a luxury than a necessity, the better time to fix it will be in the late spring to early summer. That will give ample time for the brick to warm up, for the sun to do its job, and for you to budget appropriately if the damage is extensive.
Most homeowners don’t think about their chimney until fall or winter and they’re ready to light a fire for the first time. By then, it can be challenging to schedule an inspection and (depending on the weather) more difficult to repair. A better solution is to have annual inspections of your chimney in late spring or early summer. Your tech can let you know of any problems, if you should schedule a follow-up visit in the late summer, and the cost for necessary repairs at that time.
If the need arises for winter chimney repair, your best bet is to call Chimney Solutions Indiana. Our technicians understand the cold weather situations we experience here, how to work around them, and can give you expert advice. If you require any kind of chimney repair regardless of the time of year, call us at 317-757-6979. We’ll schedule an inspection right away. You can also set up your appointment by clicking here.
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If you live within 20 miles of Marion County, there’s no need to call any other chimney provider! The team here at Chimney Solutions Indiana will be in our marked trucks and clean uniforms and at your door on time! We travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Westfield, Geist, Eagle Creek, Noblesville and all throughout the Indianapolis, IN area. See a complete list of zip codes, cities, and towns that we serve in Marion County and beyond >>
We believe that education and ongoing training is important, which is why we continuously invest in ourselves and our team to deliver better service to you. We’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) – certified and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so whenever advancements are made within the industry, we’re among the first to know about it. When you work with Chimney Solutions, you can expect the latest information and the most advanced services and techniques. We strive to exceed expectations on every job from a routine chimney sweep and chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration.
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