When it rains, you need to wear a raincoat and boots and carry an umbrella to stay dry. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your chimney, an important appliance that can be severely damaged by water? Through waterproofing services that we can provide, your chimney protected for spring rains.
There are some things your home should have that protect it from water damage. Flashing is the metal strips that are placed at the line where the chimney meets the roof. These strips are layered in a way that direct precipitation away from the base of the chimney. Another barrier between your chimney and precipitation is your chimney crown. This is the concrete structure built on to the top of your chimney, and it has sloped edges that overlap the edge of the roof by at least two inches. This keeps the precipitation away from the base of the chimney as well. And a final guard is your chimney cap. This sits on top of the chimney crown and covers the hole of the chimney so that water can’t get in.
There is something else you can do to safeguard your chimney from the damaging effects of precipitation, and that is to waterproof it.
A surefire way to make sure that your chimney is good to withstand spring rains is to have your chimney waterproofed. When you call Firesafe Chimney Service, we’ll coat your chimney with a special product that keeps the water from entering the pores, stopping it from wearing the mortar away. This occurs when moisture gets in the pores of the mortar and brick, freezes, and expands, causing those pores to get bigger. This can cause structural damage to your chimney system. If a sealant is applied, the previously pooled moisture does not have a way to escape. That’s why we use ChimneySaver.
ChimneySaver is made in such a way that it seals the moisture out but allows the moisture that is in the brick and mortar to escape. By allowing water to exit the chimney and keeping new mortar out, the Freeze-Thaw cycle is effectively broken.
If you’re looking to have your chimney waterproofed, it’s time to give us a call. This added barrier of protection will keep your chimney sealed up tight as a drum!