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Waterproof Your Masonry Chimney

The look that masonry adds to any room is often desired by homeowners, making older fireplaces a popular item to obtain. If you own a lot of masonry, it is important to study up on how to take care of it so that you can enjoy its beauty for years to come. A key in chimney maintenance is waterproofing. If your chimney is waterproofed early on, it will save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as ensure that your chimney is safe from future damages.

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Water and Masonry

Water and masonry do not mix well and exposure to excess water will cause a lot of damage to brick throughout time. Water deteriorates all of the parts of the chimney that help it to function. Metal becomes rusted and the mortar becomes weak, which will eventually cause structural damage and sagging.

Water also affects the look of your masonry. Stains, discoloration, rust, and cracks all contribute to poor chimney health and turn what could be a beautiful showpiece into an eyesore. Waterproofing will greatly reduce the risk of these things occurring and will allow you piece of mind as a homeowner, knowing that your chimney is safe from outside elements.

How To Waterproof

Waterproofing is done with the help of products that are designed specifically to keep water out of your masonry. A good product will allow your chimney to breathe, while still preventing water from being sucked in. Masonry is highly absorbent, so ensuring that the correct products are applied properly is extremely important in preventing further damage.

The best option would be to call a professional who can ensure that your chimney will be safe from harm throughout any type of weather. Water repelling products are great for keeping water out, but if damage has already occurred before the products are put to use, then nothing will stop that damage from getting worse. A professional will assess any needed repairs before starting the waterproofing process in order to ensure that your chimney is in the best condition possible

As a homeowner, it is smart to examine your masonry regularly to ensure that moisture is not negatively affecting it. If you are in a climate where your chimney is likely to be exposed to the negative effects of freezing and thawing, carefully note how your brickwork is doing both before and after the cold season. Note any cracks or possible damages and have them repaired before any further harm occurs. Fixing small things now will save for costly and large replacements in the future.

SirVent Chimney and Venting Service wants to make your chimney and home as safe as possible for your family to enjoy. We have all the tools and products you need to keep your chimney safe from the elements that do it harm. Put your mind at ease and call us today to schedule an appointment!

The Importance of Waterproofing Your Chimney

Your chimney is potentially one of the most taken-for-granted parts of your home. You know it’s there but rarely pay it very much attention. It’s one of those things that you expect to be there for you when you need it but may not give it much thought in the meantime. Not very many homeowners give much thought to keeping the chimney’s exterior in tiptop shape; “it’s all just cosmetic,” we think. This thought process isn’t one to be ashamed of, but it is one to be corrected.

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Chimneys and Their Inherent Flaw

Chimney materials are by nature porous. As such, they experience hastened deterioration as a result of prolonged exposure to and contact with water and the elements. The freezing and thawing process—during which time water that has penetrated the various chimney materials freezes and expands—quickly deteriorates the overall construction of your chimney.

Stopping the Infamous Freeze-Thaw Cycle

One way to limit the impact the freezing and thawing cycle has on your chimney is to prevent as much water as possible from penetrating the materials. Water in your chimney can also cause rust on steel and cast iron parts, ultimately weakening or destroying them over time. The exterior of your chimney is constantly getting battered from the weather. Harsh weather conditions can have a negative effect on your chimney.

Stopping Water Penetration and Your Health

Being able to prevent water from entering your chimney system will improve conditions in and out of your home. Water penetration and saturation could cause unwanted smells as well as excess smoking in your chimney. Both of these issues will adversely impact the overall air quality in your home. Some biological contaminants trigger allergic reactions and some types of asthma. Symptoms of health problems caused by these contaminants include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems. None of these are to be taken lightly.

You Should Consider Waterproofing

By waterproofing the chimney, you enable it to repel up to 99.9% of the water that would otherwise penetrate the brick and/or other materials. Waterproofing is a true preventative measure that can add years to your chimney’s life. Because it’s not a requirement, many homeowners deprioritize it; this is a big mistake! There are many issues that can develop as a result of water being on and getting in to your chimney, and, as such, swift and immediate action should be taken to ensure that you’re not faced with unnecessary and avoidable repairs bills.

Unless you’re just looking for a reason to get rid of your chimney, there really is no excuse for not waterproofing it. This one simple thing can help ensure that both the water outside won’t enter your house through the chimney and that you are able to enjoy your fireplace for many years to come. It’s time to look at the condition your chimney’s exterior is in, get it repaired if necessary, and have it coated with a waterproofing product. Don’t wait until you have an expensive leak on your hands—take preventive action by contacting the certified service professionals at SirVent Chimney and Venting Service today to have your chimney system professionally waterproofed today!