Fire and water are two of the most damaging factors to your chimney structure. However, these are also the two of things that your chimney comes in contact with the most. So how can you protect your chimney from the damaging effects from these two things? The best answer is to give Firesafe Chimney Service a call. We can help you resolve any of your chimney issues.

Fire Damage

water on a windowWhen you burn fires in your chimney, the smoke that is released carries moisture and chemicals. Although most of this is released into the outdoors, some of that condense onto the interior of the chimney, forming a layer of creosote. This substance is extremely flammable. If it catches a spark, it can cause a chimney fire, which can cause structural damage.

Many people don’t realize that chimney fires actually occur without the homeowner even being aware of it. You probably think that a chimney fire is a huge and devastating event, but most of the time, there isn’t enough draft for a full-fledged fire to occur. Although this seems like a good thing, it actually is a problem because it means there may be structural damage that you don’t even know exists inside your chimney. Structural damages can then cause your chimney to leak. This is why it’s so important to call us to inspect and clean your chimney regularly.

Water Damage

Water can also cause considerable damage to your chimney. Rain can have weathering effects on your chimney, wearing away the structure. It can also cause a problem in another way, the freeze-thaw cycle. During the late winter days, the temperature can fluctuate drastically. It rains in the afternoon, and the rain then settle in the pores of the mortar. Then, when night falls and the temperature drops, that moisture freezes and expands, widening the pores to cause even more damage. As that cycle continues, the pores get bigger and bigger. Overtime, the structure of the chimney is then compromised.

Waterproofing

A great way to make sure that your chimney doesn’t suffer from chimney leaks is to give Firesafe Chimney Service a call. We can give your chimney a thorough inspection to make sure that no damage has occurred. We can also take care of any repairs. After we’ve taken care of any leakage, we highly recommend to get your chimney waterproofed. We use ChimneySaver, which is a product that keeps the rain from permeating the brick and mortar while allowing moisture that are already in the brick or mortar to leave. This protects your chimney for many years.

If you’re worried about chimney leaks, give us a call at 413-436-7946 now, before the spring showers hit!