When it comes to treating moisture and water damage in your chimney, putting off services until late in the year won’t do you much good. In fact, once the freeze/thaw process has started up for the season (which usually happens sometime in October), a lot of these issues can’t be addressed until spring and summer come back around!
Needless to say, when it comes to water and your chimney, acting sooner rather than later is essential. And here in Worcester, when things tend to cool down quickly this time of year, this might be one of your last opportunities to get this maintenance in.
What is the Freeze/Thaw Process?
Not totally clear on what the freeze/thaw process is?
Well, before we dive into it, it’s important to note that your brickwork is really porous. If not adequately protected, it will easily soak up any moisture it’s exposed to, just like a sponge.
The freeze/thaw process is what occurs when that absorbed water freezes and expands in the wintertime. When it expands, it puts a lot of pressure on your bricks from the inside and causes them to expand as well, which then causes all types of cracking, decay, and deterioration.
Not to mention, the more cracking your masonry experiences, the more pathways it has for water to enter, which will wind up causing you even more issues the next time temps drop below freezing. And with the freeze/thaw process typically occurring multiple times per year, you can bet you’ll wind up with a lot of extra damage in just a few months!
In the end, this can cause your brickwork to weaken quite a bit and force you to invest in expensive and time-consuming repairs when things warm up again. Avoid the stress, hassle, and cost by simply investing in preventive care from us now!
Avoid Damage With Waterproofing
One of the most effective ways to avoid water damage and the freeze/thaw process is to invest in waterproofing services from a team of CSIA-certified chimney experts, like the crew here at FireSafe Chimney Services!
We use a product called ChimneySaver which is known throughout the industry for its effectiveness and long-lasting dependability. It is 100% vapor-permeable, ensuring no water gets in but pre-absorbed water can still escape, and it lasts for over a decade, so you won’t have to stress about damage occurring again any time soon.
It’s also environmentally friendly and available in both water-based and solvent-based formulas, so you don’t need to stress about your system’s appearance being altered or looking glossy or shiny!
In the end, there’s no better product for your chimney and there’s no better team to trust than us throughout Worcester and its surrounding areas. Give us a call today to get started. With freezing temps potentially just a few weeks away, there’s no time to lose!
Other Potential Water-Related Threats
Now, the freeze/thaw isn’t the only thing to be wary of when it comes to water damage and your chimney. Water in your masonry can also lead to discoloration, mold and mildew accumulation, efflorescence, vegetative growth, and more.
Other common problems to look out for include:
- Missing/Damaged Chimney Cap: If your chimney cap isn’t fitted correctly (or if you don’t have one at all), rain, snow, and sleet will easily enter your flue and start causing damage. The cap is designed to cover the opening of your chimney, so that moisture (along with animals and any other flying debris like leaves) can’t get in and break down the interior or cause clogs.
- Broken-Down Crown: If your chimney crown is cracked and deteriorating, then addressing issues before your burning season is a must. Crowns work to send water out and away from the sides of your structure and they help to protect your chimney opening, too. Unfortunately, not all are built correctly or from the appropriate materials. We can ensure yours is functioning right!
- Flashing Damage: Your flashing protects the vulnerable spot where your roof meets your chimney. If not installed properly or it is showing any signs of rust, water is sure to seep in, causing damage to your chimney, roof, walls, and ceiling.
- Mold Accumulation: There’s no denying the dangers of mold and mildew growth. This is one of the last things you want spreading throughout your home, and removing it is both time-consuming and expensive. Lower your risk of exposure by having us check for leaks as soon as possible!
All of these things, along with rusting, stains, clogs, rotted woodwork, discoloration, and more, are good indicators that water damage is present throughout your fireplace and/or chimney. If you have any suspicion that you’re experiencing issues, don’t hesitate to call us in, especially now that fall weather is upon us!
FireSafe Chimney Has Got Your Back!
Our experienced techs are ready and eager to get your system looking great and working efficiently before we really get into the holiday season. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cozy fire on those cooler evenings, but if your system isn’t in tip-top shape, you’re sure to face trouble.
Give us a call to get started. We’d love to speak with you soon!