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Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa

What is fun, delicious, colorful, bright, joyful, and comes once a year? Christmas, of course! Colorful lights, a decorated tree, glittery presents under that tree, and a light snow fall. Also, do you hear sleigh bells in the nighttime sky? Could it be Santa? Hopefully your chimney is ready for that jolly old elf to slide down! What’s best way to make sure that your chimney is Santa-ready? Make sure you have it inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis.

Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo ChimneyImportance of a Yearly Inspection

You use your fireplace on a regular basis throughout the winter months. Cozy evenings spent in front of a crackling fire just can’t be beat. But, when you use your fireplace quite often, this usage can cause a build-up of creosote to occur. GuideOne Insurance explains that, as the primary route for the water vapor, unburned wood particles, tar fog, and other minerals to escape, your chimney can’t avoid having a creosote build-up. The best way to take care of this problem? Have professionals come in annually to check it out and clean it up. Another reason this is so important is because this creosote is extremely flammable. And if there’s one thing that will ruin your Christmas, it’s a chimney fire!

Structural Damage

Yearly inspections are so important because your chimney may have structural damage. This structural damage, although not visible to the untrained eye, is easy for professionals like those at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service to detect. Once detected, they will be able to make a correction plan which will have you up and running again in no time.

How Does Structural Damage Occur

Water can be the biggest problem when it comes to structural damage. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), when precipitation gets into the mortar that’s holding your bricks together and then freezes, it can cause cracks to appear. Consequently, this can be a continuous cycle! Water gets into those cracks, freezes, and cause those cracks to get even bigger, causing structural damage to occur.


If these are not reasons enough, then consider this: It’s important to have your chimney inspected on a yearly basis because, over the summer months, birds and animals can climb in your chimney and build nests. These nests can cause blockages in the chimney which, besides making it tough for Santa to slide down, can catch sparks and cause fires. It may be tempting to try to remove these blockages yourself, but this is not a good idea. Chimney specialists know how to remove these obstructions without damaging the interior of your chimney.

Trust Chim Cheroo For Quality Care

The chimney experts at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service should be your first call for any of your chimney and fireplace needs. This includes your yearly inspection and cleaning. They have the knowledge, the professionalism, and the experience to take care of any problem so that your chimney is ready for Santa! Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

By Don Rhine on December 6th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Getting Your Chimney Ready for Santa

All About Tuckpointing

When your home has a fireplace, there are some terms you will need to know. So, tuckpointing? Brickpointing? Repointing? It can certainly be confusing. This one is easy – all three mean the same thing!

All About Tuckpointing - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo Chimney ServiceHow Does My Chimney Become Damaged?

One thing is for sure – your chimney, although it may seem indestructible, can definitely suffer from the effects of weather, and especially precipitation. Heavy rains can wear away the materials that your chimney is constructed with, especially the mortar that pieces it all together. Even more damaging is the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs in cold weather. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America website, “(M)asonry materials deteriorate quickly when exposed to the freeze/thaw process, in which moisture that has penetrated the materials periodically freezes and expands causing undue stress.” This website goes on to state that stone itself isn’t going to be damaged by precipitation. However, stone will need large amounts of mortar to hold it together. This leaves a lot of surface that is susceptible to water damage.

So What Is Tuckpointing?

As told by website, tuckpointing is the process of removing old, deteriorating mortar joints and replacing them with fresh mortar. There are several things to consider when deciding whether tuckpointing is necessary or not. One, how much of your chimney needs tuckpointing? The whole structure or only parts of it? Another consideration is the age of your chimney. In addition, what type of mortar was used during it’s construction?

There are many websites out there that will give you pointers on how to ‘do-it-yourself’ in tuckpointing. However, the website makes it very clear that this is a job that needs to be completed by an experienced professional. It can be extremely labor intensive as well. Also, it is important that a complete assessment be done. This is so the considerations spoken of in the preceding paragraph can be calculated.

Is This Type of Repair Necessary?

It’s pretty obvious that crumbling, damaged mortar isn’t pretty. You want your chimney to look great, but is tuckpointing really that important? According to the experts at Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service, in a word, YES! Not only is damaged mortar unsightly, but it can be dangerous as well. The experts at Chim-Cheroo know that a mortar that isn’t properly repaired has consequences. Also, moisture and time will continue to worsen your chimney and fireplace’s condition. What happens if this moisture is allowed to continue to seep into your chimney? Other elements of your fireplace, such as the flue liner, the damper, and the firebox might also be damaged.

Chim-Cheroo Has the Answers

The professionals at Chim-Cheroo have the experience and the knowledge to assess your chimney problems.  They can also fix any problem you may be experiencing with your fireplace or chimney. So if you can see that your mortar is in some trouble, just point yourself in the right direction. Turn to the experts at Chim Cheroo Chimney Sweeps. They’ll take care of all your chimney repair needs! Call 419-752-2231 today.

By Don Rhine on November 8th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on All About Tuckpointing