Chimney Repairs After Burn Season

By the time spring arrives, you have likely used the fireplace daily or weekly for 15 to 20 weeks. When spring arrives, many homeowners begin to use the fireplace less, and then stop using it altogether. This gradual decline in use often leads homeowners to neglect end-of-season maintenance to prepare the system for the off-season. This is a serious problem because winter weather can leave the chimney system and fire appliance with winter damage that must be addressed.

Winter Damage

Unlike regular wear-and-tear, winter damage can affect large portions of the masonry, resulting in hazards, of fire and of structural problems. When water is allowed into the masonry it can lead to all kinds of water-related damages. but when allowed into the masonry in winter, it’s worse. The freezing temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, breaking apart masonry–a process that repeats throughout winter.

Other Common Chimney Problems

It’s our goal at Black Moose Chimney and Stove to provide maintenance and services that keep your chimney system safe during winter, and properly protected during the off-season. At the end of burn season, you can expect a variety of damages if you don’t routinely have your chimney system professionally serviced.

Chimney Fires

Surprisingly, many chimney fires go unnoticed during winter. The first is usually a fast burning fire which quickly runs out of oxygen and goes out on its own. It goes unnoticed, but it causes damage to the liner and the masonry. The next time a fire occurs, the liner will already be damaged, letting the fire leave the flue and affect the rest of the house. Have your chimney inspected this spring so that a professional can determine if the flue has had a fire this season. Damage can be repaired and your chimney restored to full safety for next season.

Clogged Caps

Anything that can get onto the roof can get to the cap, and even into the flue if the cap is damaged or missing. During winter your cap can become clogged with debris and even animals. During your spring chimney inspection, your chimney professional will check your cap. Repairing damaged caps will keep water out during “April Showers” this spring.

Plugged Flues

The largest part of your entire chimney system is hidden, so it often goes unnoticed. During burn season, your fire pushed smoke, gas, heat, and particles up to the chimney flue on a regular basis. These particles (soot and creosote) coat the flue interior and even coat the flue opening connecting your fire appliance or fireplace with your chimney. If your flue becomes plugged, your fire will not vent properly and will become a safety hazard for your family. If your fireplace or stove produces is smoky, you may have a plugged flue. Call a professional to have it assessed and cleaned.

Broken Appliances

With steady use all season long, your gas, wood, or pellet stoves may need some attention this spring. Pellet stoves may have a damaged burner. Gas stoves may have clogged connections, and wood stoves need services annually to prevent creosote buildup. Make sure that doors, hinges, connections, and vents are cleaned and maintained properly annually. Damaged parts and appliances are easier and cheaper to repair than damage from a devastating house fire.

Don’t leave your chimney system up to chance. Leave all your chimney services, repairs, and maintenance to the professionals! Schedule your spring inspection today.

Call Black Moose Chimney and Stove at 603-525-7905 or schedule online.

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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)