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Stop The Freeze/Thaw Process With Waterproofing

Cold weather can bring about a lot of fun moments as kids build snow forts, go sledding, and more. Snowy days also promote that festive, Christmas-y atmosphere that people cherish year after year and, if you ask us, nothing is better than gathering around the hearth on a chilly evening.

Unfortunately, this type of weather can also bring some issues when it comes to keeping your home and chimney better protected. One problem that is important to avoid is the freeze/thaw process. Learn more below, then contact us today for the best care in Lake Norman and its surrounding areas. SirVent Chimney has your back through it all!

What Is The Freeze/Thaw Process?

The freeze/thaw process occurs when temperatures go below freezing. Your chimney’s brickwork is very absorbent, so it can easily soak in a lot of water throughout the warmer months. When temperatures go below freezing, this pre-absorbed moisture will turn to ice and expand, causing your masonry to expand slightly, as well.

This ice will melt on warmer days, then freeze when the weather gets cold again. As the freeze/thaw process occurs multiples times a season, your chimney ends up facing a lot of wear! These small shifts may not seem like a big deal, but they wind up putting a lot of extra strain and pressure on your system, triggering all kinds of issues down the line.

All in all, moisture in and throughout your chimney’s masonry is something you want to avoid. Leaks and water damage can cause all kinds of deterioration to occur, and soon enough you’ll be facing cracks, holes, clogs, decay, rust, rot, and more. It’s not worth facing these expensive and timely repairs, when you can invest in preventative maintenance ahead of time!

Don’t compromise the structure of your chimney and fireplace. Get help from us today!

We Can Waterproof Your System

A surefire way to prevent water from soaking into your masonry is by investing in professional waterproofing services from our team here at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service. Unlike many paints and sealers that you can buy from the store, we use products that are vapor-permeable, ensuring any moisture already inside of your system doesn’t stay trapped.

Working with our team will give you the protection and peace of mind you deserve this holiday season. Your system will be more durable than ever! The moisture already inside of the brickwork will be able to escape, but nothing else will be able to get in. Our products are the best around, so you can rest easy lighting countless cozy fires throughout Christmas and New Years. Trust in us for it all!

We Can Tackle All Of Your Chimney Needs

Along with waterproofing, we can provide inspections, sweepings, repairs, and more. Whatever you need to get your fireplace in tip-top shape, we can cover! We’re ready and eager to help, so give our team a call today. There’s no time to lose!

How To Spot Winter Chimney Damage

We still have some winter ahead of us, but the end is at last in sight. In just a couple of short months, we’ll be able to enjoy warmer weather and longer days. Yet, in all the fun that comes along with higher temps, don’t neglect your fireplace and chimney! Many wrap up their burning season and call it good, without considering the harmful effects that winter weather may have had on their chimney.

Learn more about potential damages you could face, then count on the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service to help you out. Your fireplace will be good as new and looking better than ever in no time!

Effects Of Excess Moisture

One of the biggest issues we see after winter is water damage throughout your masonry. Excess moisture in your system will lead to countless issues and, when you don’t resolve them in a timely manner, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. Some things you’ll notice are rust, mold accumulation, clogging, and decay – and that’s just some of many!

When things build up in your chimney and your flue gets clogged up, your system won’t function as efficiently, and it makes lighting fires more dangerous, too. Count on us to get things done right the first time. We can handle all of your repairs, restorations, and more!

Beware The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another big thing to be aware of in the winter is the freeze/thaw cycle. The freeze/thaw cycle is what happens when the absorbed water in your brickwork freezes and expands. This puts a lot of extra pressure on your masonry and it opens things up so that more water can enter. It’s not uncommon for this cycle to occur multiple times a winter, all in all putting tons of extra stress your entire structure. Eventually, your chimney could settle or collapse, putting your home in danger and costing you thousands in repair work.

Avoiding Damages Down The Line

The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to invest in preventative measures. Once your chimney is repaired and in tip-top shape again, ask us about our waterproofing services! Waterproofing is a surefire way to stop water from entering your brickwork. Along with this, our products are vapor permeable, so you won’t have to worry about toxins and moisture getting trapped. At SirVent Chimney, we only use the best of the best!

We also encourage you to invest in products that keep water out. This includes a chimney cap and flashing, both of which stop rain and snow dead in their tracks! We also suggest having your chimney crown looked at and, if necessary, repaired. All of these parts play a huge role in preventing water damage, and each needs to be in optimal condition to do its job effectively!

Call us in for an inspection, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with everything you need for the rest of the winter. Once we’re done, you’ll be good to for years to come!

Prevent Chimney Leaks

Springtime is finally here, but with the warmer temperatures often comes a lot of rain. Extra moisture throughout your chimney will eventually lead to costly and time-consuming damages. The best option is to take preventative measures beforehand to ensure that any leaks or excess water is stopped before it can soak into the brick and cause issues.

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A chimney leaks when it is not adequately protected. Although brick seems strong, outside elements can easily penetrate it, causing deterioration and cracking. Bad weather can quickly put wear and tear on your chimney and the brickwork will soak up moisture when it rains. Excess moisture breaks down the mortar and causes the chimney to settle when the freeze/thaw process occurs. All of these things contribute to leaks and the more leaks that occur, the higher the chances are of your chimney breaking down and collapsing.

How Can I Prevent Leaks?

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure that leaks do not become an issue. Follow these guidelines to ensure the structural soundness of your chimney.

  • Maintain Chimney Crown: A chimney cap or crown will help to keep water and animals out. Ensuring that it is kept up and made out of something durable will help a lot in keeping excess moisture out. If you are missing a chimney cap or if yours is damaged beyond repair, be sure to call in an expert to set you up with something sturdy. A professional chimney sweep will know what type you should get, based upon your chimney style, and can ensure that everything is installed properly.
  • Waterproof: By waterproofing your chimney before leaks and cracking can occur, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. There are various techniques and products that can be used to ensure that this job is done right. Knowing the correct process for applying these products can be tricky, so call an expert to be certain everything is addressed correctly. There is little sense in spending the money on these products, only to discover that water can still get through.
  • Address The Flashing: The flashing on your chimney can be a huge source of issues. The flashing is where your roof meets your chimney and water can easily enter at this point, should things not be properly sealed. Adding flashing can be a tricky and dangerous job, even for the more experienced do-it-yourselfer. A certified expert will know the best way to approach this situation and can fit the flashing to meet your specific chimney needs.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have everything you need to ensure that your chimney is waterproofed and ready to face any type of weather. Give us a call today so that we can prepare your brickwork before it is too late.