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3 Common Chimney Repair Problems in Boston, MA

For more than 30 years, the homeowners of Suffolk County have been depending on Absolute Construction for all their Boston, MA chimney sweep and chimney repair needs. As a fully licensed and insured, locally owned and operated Massachusetts CSIA-certified chimney and fireplace company, our professionally trained technicians are experts in all aspects of chimney care. From cleanings and inspections to routine maintenance and emergency chimney repairs; no job is too big or too small for our team of experts to handle. We employ the most advanced techniques, proven strategies, and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver outstanding results that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. For fast, efficient, affordable, and reliable chimney repair and maintenance services, contact the Boston, MA chimney sweep company that Suffolk County residents trust most: Absolute Construction!

Common Chimney Repair Issues in Boston, MA

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Who doesn’t love kicking back and relaxing in front of the warm glow of a roaring fire on a cold winter evening? In order to ensure that your fireplace continues to provide warmth, joy, and beauty, it’s important to remember that it must be properly maintained, otherwise, rather than being an asset to your Suffolk County home, it can become a serious liability. Chimney repairs are one of the most important parts of fireplace maintenance.

A chimney is a vital component of your fireplace, as it exhausts smoke and excess heat out of your house; however, even the sturdiest, most well-constructed chimney can become damaged, and when damages occur, having a licensed, experienced, and CSIA-certified Boston, MA chimney sweep repair it is absolutely essential. But how does a chimney become damaged? Here’s a look at three common factors that contribute to chimney repair problems in Suffolk County.


Moisture is, by far, one of the most common causes of chimney damage. Chimneys are made of masonry materials, such as bricks, stone, and mortar. Chimneys are also exposed to moisture on a constant basis, and masonry materials and moisture do not mix well. Whether from rain, snow, ice, or even humidity, when moisture penetrates brick, stone, or mortar, it gets trapped. As temperatures fluctuate between hot and cold, the moisture trapped in the masonry materials expands and contracts. Over time, that swelling and shrinking will weaken the materials, and eventually, the masonry work can start to crack and crumble.

At the first sign of damage, calling in a reputable Boston, MA chimney sweep that specializes in chimney repair is essential. If left unchecked, the damage will worsen, and there’s a serious risk that the entire structure could collapse.

Poor Craftsmanship

Poor craftsmanship is another common factor that can contribute to chimney repair problems. Subpar materials and/or faulty installation of those materials can lead to serious problems from day one, as poorly crafted chimneys aren’t nearly as durable as they need to be. Regular use and constant exposure to the elements can damage even the most expertly-constructed chimney; a poorly-crafted chimney is prone to more rapid and severe deterioration as a result of regular use, moisture, and fluctuating temperatures.

How can you tell if your Suffolk County chimney is poorly constructed? By arranging to have a licensed and experienced Boston, MA chimney sweep perform a thorough inspection. A reputable professional will be able to determine the quality of the construction and the materials. Of course, they’ll also be able to determine if any damages are present and if so, they’ll be able to make the necessary repairs.


Routine maintenance is vital for the health and safety of your chimney – and your Suffolk County home. Even if you only use your fireplace sporadically, experts strongly recommend having a professional Boston, MA chimney sweep perform annual cleaning inspections; if you use your fireplace on a regular basis, more frequent chimney inspections may be necessary. Unfortunately, however, many homeowners fail to have their chimneys maintained. This neglect can lead to serious damages, as layers of creosote can accumulate, moisture can penetrate through the masonry materials, and even ground shifting can weaken and damage the brick, stone, and mortar, and the structural integrity of the chimney can become compromised.

With routine maintenance performed by a certified Boston, MA chimney sweep, not only will the structure be thoroughly cleaned, but a comprehensive inspection will be performed, as well, and if any damages are detected, they can be promptly corrected.

Contact Suffolk County’s Chimney Repair Experts

Whether your chimney is showing signs of damage or you need a routine cleaning and inspection, for the most reliable results, contact Absolute Construction. For more than 30 years, our CSIA-certified Boston, MA chimney sweeps have been maintaining and repairing the chimneys and fireplaces of Suffolk County, and we’d love to do the same for you. To schedule a free consultation, call 857-919-5964 today!

Some information about Boston, MA

Boston, officially the City of Boston, is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and 24th-most populous city in the country. The city proper covers about 48.4 square miles (125 km2) with a population of 675,647 in 2020, also making it the most populous city in New England. It is the seat of Suffolk County. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest MSA in the country. A broader combined statistical area (CSA), generally corresponding to the commuting area and including Providence, Rhode Island, is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.

Prior to European colonization, modern-day Boston was originally inhabited by the indigenous Massachusett. There were small Native communities throughout what became Boston, who likely moved between winter homes inland along the Charles River (called Quinobequin, meaning ‘meandering,’ by the Native people), where hunting was plentiful and summer homes along the coast where fishing and shellfish beds were plentiful. Through archeological excavations, one of the oldest Native fishweirs in New England was found on Boylston Street. Native people constructed it to trap fish several thousand years ago.

Boston’s early European settlers had first called the area Trimountaine (after its ‘three mountains’, only traces of which remain today) but later renamed it Boston after Boston, Lincolnshire, England, the origin of several prominent colonists. The renaming on September 7, 1630 (), was by Puritan colonists from England who had moved over from Charlestown earlier that year in quest for fresh water. Their settlement was initially limited to the Shawmut Peninsula, at that time surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay and Charles River and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The peninsula is thought to have been inhabited as early as 4000 BCE.

In 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s first governor John Winthrop led the signing of the Cambridge Agreement, a key founding document of the city. Puritan ethics and their focus on education influenced its early history; America’s first public school, Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston in 1635.

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