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How We Respond to Winter’s Wrath

If you live in Ohio, you know what it’s like to live in the winter! It gets cold, it gets snowy, and it gets icy! An Ohio winter isn’t forhouse in winter everyone, but if you’re one of the tough people that love nothing more than getting outside in the cold weather, then Ohio is the greatest place to be. We get through the winter in many different ways. Let’s look at a few ways we can respond to winter’s wrath!

There are basically two ways to get through an Ohio winter. You can embrace it or you can get through it. Let’s look at embracing it. If you’re one of those people that can’t wait to see the snow fall, that lives for cold temperatures so you can bundle up and go outside and play, then that’s exactly what you should do! Find a ski resort or hit some of Ohio’s cross country ski trails, then finish out your day by taking a hike to make sure your muscles stay warmed up. Or grab a sled or a tube and hit the hills. Whether it’s in your backyard or at a recreation center, there’s not much that makes you feel like a kid again like zooming down a hill, the cold wind in your face. Never mind the long trudge back up that hill, the thrill of speeding down makes it all worthwhile. Maybe you like ice fishing, sitting on the lake on a peaceful day, sipping on a cup of coffee while you wait for the fish to bite. No matter what the outdoor activity you prefer, as long as you are outdoors enjoying nature, it’s going to be a great day.

Maybe you aren’t as much of an embracer as an endurer. Well, winter is great for that, too. If when the weather gets cold, you snuggle in, then you know that nothing feels quite as good as looking out the window and seeing the snow fall, knowing that you are warm and safe in your house. Grab a book and enjoy a long read, turn on the tv and watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see, or do a marathon session of a series on Netflix. Maybe you can’t wait for the cold weather to hit so you have a reason to bake, using the oven to heat up your kitchen while filling the house with the sweet aroma of cookies or cake. Put the kids in their warm jammies and watch a kids’ movie on television. You’ll never feel as comfy and cozy as that feeling you get when you’re snug and warm inside while it’s cold outside.

Cuddle Up In Front of the Fireplace

No matter what type of person you are, embracer or endurer, there’s one thing everyone can agree on, and that’s that cuddling up in front of a beautiful, crackling fire is a great way to spend a winter’s evening. Now is the perfect time to enjoy your fireplace, but winter can also be very hard on a chimney and fireplace. The almost continual use can cause your chimney to become dirty, filled with soot and creosote, and that creosote, if it builds up too much, can catch a spark and cause a fire. Many chimney fires are undetected, which means there may be damage to your chimney liner. If your chimney liner is cracked or chipped, this means that the smoke isn’t able to make as smooth an exit out of your chimney and that your fire won’t burn as efficiently. It can also mean that dangerous gases that should be getting released through the chimney are instead leaking back into your home, causing illness for your family.

The outdoor elements can be very hard on your chimney, as well. Precipitation can get into the pores of the bricks and mortar that make up your chimney, and when the temperatures drop below freezing, that moisture freezes and expands, causing the pores to get bigger. As this happens, cracks can form. This also makes it difficult for smoke to leave your chimney in the manner in which it was intended. There’s another problem, as well. These cracks could also cause instability in the structure of your chimney.

Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

If your chimney or fireplace is showing some negative effects from the harsh weather conditions that an Ohio winter can throw its way, then now is the perfect time to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call. If we find your chimney or fireplace has been damaged, we can set you up on a repair schedule and start as soon as the weather allows. Our team of professional chimney servicemen are CSIA certified and highly qualified to take care of the problems discussed earlier in this article, but also any other problems that can happen when your chimney goes through a long, cold winter. Whether you have chimney problems or not, give us a call and let us come in and we’ll inspect and clean your chimney, look for any trouble spots, and get things fixed up so you have no worries going into the next burning season.

By Don Rhine on February 28th, 2020 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on How We Respond to Winter’s Wrath

The FlashSeal Difference

Have you ever wondered what that shiny stuff is on top of your roof? That’s the flashing, and it protects your home from chimney leaks. It makes sense that the most difficult area to keep leak free would be where two different materials meet. The joint where your chimney meets your roof is a natural spot for water to get in, and so to stop that from happening, home builders add flashing. Flashing is pieces of sheet metal that are staggered over the joints of your roof to prevent precipitation from getting through and into your home, causing water damage to the interior of your home or chimney.

Flashing Damage

Just like the siding and shingles, the flashing is exposed to extreme weather conditions. Strong winds and storms can cause your flashing to rip or crack or even come loose. When this happens, your home is more susceptible to rain damage. It isn’t only bad weather that can damage your flashing. Common wear and tear, the hot sun, and regular breakdown over time can also cause your flashing to crack or tear. This is one thing that we’ll be looking for when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service in to do your annual inspection.

Water Damage

Why is a little precipitation sneaking into your chimney a big deal? It’ll just evaporate out, right? Not so much. Water is the number one damage over time to chimneys, and that can cause problems inside your home as well. When water leaks into your chimney, it can seep through and cause softened floor, ceiling, and wall boards to occur. If you look around your fireplace and notice that the boards seem spongy, the ceiling paper is brown and water stained, or the plaster or wallpaper around the fireplace is weak and soft, you could have a problem with your flashing leaking. You could be looking at large repair bills to fix these areas up.

Another problem with leaking flashing is that, over time, the mortar of your chimney could get weakened. This can cause major structural damage to occur. In addition, the gasses that should be escaping through your chimney might now be seeping back into your home.

The FlashSeal Difference

It may seem as though there isn’t much that protects your flashing, but fortunately, we can help. We use a product called FlashSeal, which coats your flashing and leaves a waterproof membrane which can protect your flashing for seven years. This added protection gives you years of worry-free coverage, and saves you hundreds of dollars in repair work.

Stop worrying about chimney leaks! Give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call today to schedule an appointment to have your flashing sealed.

By Don Rhine on July 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on The FlashSeal Difference