Prepare Your Fireplace and Chimney for an Upcoming Rough Winter
Colder days are coming, and preparing your home for freezing temperatures is on the top of your to-do list. Cold winter weather can cause a lot of damage to parts of your house, including your chimney. Is your chimney ready to face this upcoming rough winter? All Seasons Chimney can help you prepare your chimney for this weather so that you will be able to enjoy your fireplace as the snow falls outside. We can inspect your chimney to be sure it is in good condition, and we offer several prevention services that can protect your chimney from cold weather damage. Since the majority of this type of damage has to do with water penetration, we would like to tell you how we can help keep your chimney working efficiently and safely this winter.
If your chimney is uncapped or your existing chimney cap is old and damaged, All Seasons Chimney can help you with picking out a good cap and with professionally installing it. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a chimney cap is the least expensive prevention measure you can take against water penetration. We will be sure your new chimney cap fits perfectly to keep out water from rain and melted snow. You will also get protection from animal invasions as well!
The seal between your chimney and your roof, flashing keeps water from rain and melted snow from running down into your chimney. In our years of experience, we have seen a lot of water damage caused by damaged or no flashing around the chimney. When water gets into the bricks and mortar of your chimney, it can freeze and expand when the temperature drops. As this water thaws, it causes the masonry materials to crack and break apart. This damage, if left unrepaired, can lead to the collapse of your chimney structure. Our CSIA-certified technicians will measure the area around your chimney to make custom sheets of flashing that will protect your chimney from water leaks and damage. We can also repair damaged flashing.
To protect your chimney from water penetration, efflorescence, and mildew, All Seasons Chimney can apply a waterproofing agent to your chimney. We only use waterproofing formulas that are 100% vapor permeable, which means vapors can escape from the bricks and mortar even though water cannot be absorbed. We will never use a clear sealant as that will trap vapors and cause more spalling damage. Our waterproofing services are guaranteed to last for ten years, which makes this a very smart investment.
Get your chimney ready for the upcoming rough winter! Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our water penetration prevention services.