Common Summer Chimney Problems

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Common Summer Chimney Problems

Are you in the process of getting your home ready for summer? A major part of exterior home maintenance involves ensuring your chimney is functioning properly. As a Rochester homeowner, being aware of summer chimney problems that tend to occur more during the summer can help you prevent costly damage to your home. Here are some of the most common summer chimney problems our team frequently encounters:

Offensive odors

Offensive odors are a common summer chimney problem for Rochester residents. During the hot summer months, offensive odors in a chimney can become more noticeable. Odors can permeate from your chimney due to the build-up of creosote and soot, as well as animal droppings and even dead animals. If it’s been years since you’ve had your chimney inspected, a professional contractor can assess your chimney for the source of odors and perform a complete cleaning to eliminate the smells.

Storm damage

During the summer, it’s common for high winds and rainstorms to wreak havoc on your chimney’s structure. If your chimney’s flashing and cap have not been installed properly and are compromised, they can easily become damaged and allow water to enter your home or your chimney itself. If you suspect your chimney has been affected by a recent storm, it’s important to have a professional chimney contractor perform an inspection right away to address and prevent further damage.

Pest infestation

Pest infestation can be most prevalent in the summer when all types of rodents and small creatures – such birds, squirrels, racoons, insects, snakes, and more – can take shelter inside your chimney either temporarily or permanently. Many pests are more attracted to chimneys when there is no fire burning in the fireplace. During the summer, they are more apt to build nests and create major airflow obstructions in your chimney. A professional chimney contractor can evaluate your chimney for signs of pest infestation and provide the most effective solutions.

Looking for a top-rated chimney company to handle your chimney repairs this summer? Get in touch with Four Winds Chimney, based in Rochester, NY, by calling (585) 727-1174!


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