Summer has arrived here in Maryland, and that means two things when it comes to the weather: humid days and stormy evenings. While it’s easy to forget about our chimneys during this time of year, both the humidity and the rainfall of the summer season have the potential to cause a few pesky chimney-related issues.

Rust Buildup

Rust buildup can occur on any metal portion of your chimney and can cause major structural integrity issues if allowed to spread. Look for rust on your chimney cap and chimney flashing. When your chimney inspection is performed, our team will be sure to thoroughly look for rust within the flue, on the firebox and on any metal accessories.

Brickwork Damage

Does your chimney have an exterior made of brickwork? Moisture damage to masonry is very common during months of high humidity and rain. Even after brief exposure, moisture can lead to spalling and cracking in bricks. Once even a single brick is damaged, it is more vulnerable to additional moisture damage and deterioration.


If a pipe in your home or your water heater itself is suffering from a leak, chances are the results will be very plain to see. As such, many homeowners mistakenly assume that a chimney with a leak problem will have a puddle of water sitting in the flue or fireplace. However, most chimney systems are more complex than they appear from the exterior. Leaks are often not found until they have already caused serious damage. Luckily, there are a few symptoms you can keep a look out for amid this rainy and humid time of year:

  • Water or condensation present in the firebox
  • Moisture, leaks, or water damage on the ceilings or walls surrounding the chimney
  • A sound of dripping coming from inside the chimney
  • Lingering musty odors, particularly after it rains
  • Spalling or cracking on the exterior or interior chimney masonry

Fix Your Summertime Chimney Issues with Clean Sweep Maryland

Clean Sweep Maryland has the professional equipment necessary to remove any amount of creosote from your chimney, along with performing repairs to your chimney, your liner or your insulation.  Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, dryer vent cleaning, air duct cleaning and gutter cleaning services designed to keep your home in wonderful condition and your family safe.