The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a cold winter, colder than normal, with higher levels of precipitation. The cold weather will begin in late November into early December and from late December into early January, and February. Just what we needed to hear cold weather with a lot of rain.

Now winters in Houston are usually mild when you compare them to the Midwest and Northeast but we have been known to get a cold spell every now and them. Houston gets much colder than places like South Florida and our neighbors in South Texas. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, the winter weather that Houston experiences can fluctuate from  a high of 62.9 °F (17.2 °C) in January to low 43.2 °F (6.2 °C), Cold fronts during the winter can drop nighttime lows into the 30s, almost near but not quite at the point of freezing. Hard freezes don’t happen very often but the George Bush Intercontinental Airport has recorded a freeze every winter since it opened in 1969.

With the leftover damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of the building professionals have been really busy with the cleanup. It’s easy to put off something like regular maintenance, especially for a chimney which doesn’t get used until the temperature drops. Plenty of homeowners assume they do not have to clean their chimneys if they don’t use them that often but you could be putting yourself and your home at risk. If you do not use your chimney, you may not have to clean it as often, but it doesn’t mean that moisture and water damage doesn’t occur. Birds, raccoons and other small animals are looking for a warm place to rest for the winter and your chimney fits that description.

Damage to the masonry and chimney’s structure can occur, even if you do not use it. Severe weather, which we all know something about and moisture can affect the masonry and joints, leading to a cracked chimney. A damaged chimney can collapse if it isn’t promptly repaired. Having your chimney inspected once a year will make sure your chimney has not endured serious damage and ensures that it’s in order when it comes time to use it.

When your chimney is not in use it’s an open invitation for birds and many other animals seeking a warm, dry place for animals and birds to call home. If you are not using your chimney, this issue can go undetected and cause you headaches when you do use your chimney. Your annual chimney inspection will detect any animals in your chimney and keep it clean and safe for you to use.

Having your chimney swept by a professional chimney cleaning company like Professional Chimney Services ensures that you aren’t putting your loved ones and home in harm’s way. Unlike jack of all trades a professional chimney technician will come to your home and use special equipment to inspect the inside and outside of your chimney to discover any chimney damage, sweep the chimney out and recommend any repairs. We have more than 15 years’ experience in the trade, so you can trust our expertise to get the job done. Trust a professional chimney cleaner, trust Professional Chimney Services of Houston, Texas.