Spring Is the Best Time for Chimney Masonry Repairs

Chimney Masonry Repair in Keene, NHAfter a busy winter burning season, it’s a smart idea to have your chimney and fireplace inspected and start scheduling any repairs that might be needed prior to the next burning season. In cold-weather regions, spring is definitely the best time to arrange for inspections and repairs, particularly when masonry work such as chimney rebuilding or tuckpointing will be involved.

Masonry repairs

While some chimneys suffer serious damage (major chimney fire, destructive earthquake, etc.) in the middle of the winter and must be dealt with immediately, more moderate chimney structural damage is best not undertaken during the worst of the winter.

The main reason for this is that mortar can freeze when it’s too cold outside, and it can take a lot longer to set up and cure, even if the weather doesn’t actually freeze. Mortar is the “glue” that holds your chimney together; without a high-quality mortar compound, bricks may never become stable and another round of repairs likely will be required.

What about the summer for chimney masonry work?

There’s certainly nothing wrong with scheduling repairs for a damaged chimney in the summer. However, two problems may present themselves:

Chimney repair companies tend to get busier in the summer and scheduling may be tricky. Additionally, your family’s busy-ness during the summer months might further complicate the scheduling challenge.

Depending on the type and extent of damage that was caused to your chimney over the winter, it may not be wise to wait until summer to have it dealt with. This is especially true if damaged brick work has caused the chimney to begin to lean or if a chimney fire has seriously compromised the masonry.

Let’s just get our chimney work done in the fall

Chimney Inspection in Concord, NHIf you wait until fall to arrange for a chimney inspection (which is usually how the need for chimney masonry repair is discovered), you may learn that the level of damage present requires a considerable amount of work (and time) to fix correctly. Scheduling a large chimney repair project could be more problematic in the fall than in the summer, because the fall is when chimney service crews historically are the busiest. Although a lot of the work being done at that time includes relatively simple chimney sweeping and minor repairs and maintenance, chimney company calendars are often pretty full with not a lot of room to fit in full-scale masonry work or chimney rebuilding. Keep in mind also that trying to get the necessary work finished too close to winter might mean extending the job into weather that’s not conducive to working with mortar in the outside air.

Black Moose Chimney & Stove of Antrim, NH, can help with all your chimney masonry repairs as well as chimney cleaning, inspection, component repair and more. We work year-round, but we suggest that you schedule masonry work in the spring so the job can be completed properly, safely and conveniently for everyone.

Speak with a CSIA-certified chimney expert at (603) 525-7905, and let us know how we can help.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)