Masonry chimneys are built to last for years. However, in order to remain in good condition, it is essential to properly maintain these chimneys. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year. In addition, they also strongly suggest ensuring that masonry chimneys are sufficiently protected against water penetration. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional preventive services against water damage to the residents of the Hudson Valley. These services include chimney cap sales and professional installation as well as customized flashing repair and construction. What’s another another service that is one of the best investments you can make? Having your chimney professionally waterproofed! We would like to tell you more about our waterproofing service. Plus, its importance in prolonging the life of your chimney!
What is waterproofing and why does my masonry chimney need it?
Masonry materials are naturally porous. This means the bricks and mortar of your chimney absorb water whenever it rains, sleets, or snows. A professional waterproofing treatment can prevent this from occurring and keep water from causing erosion damage. All Seasons Chimneys only uses waterproofing formulas that are 100 percent vapor permeable. This is important because it allows the masonry materials to breathe. Water is stopped from entering the bricks and mortar, but vapors can leave and not become trapped to cause further damage. After we have applied the waterproofing formula to your chimney, it will be protected from water penetration for at least a decade!
How does water damage my masonry chimney?
When the bricks and mortar absorb water, it begins the erosion process. This is also known as spalling. The greatest amount of damage occurs during the cold months of winter. Each time the temperature falls below the freezing point, any moisture within the masonry materials freezes and expands. As the water thaws when the temperature rises, the force of the thawing can cause the bricks and mortar to crack, break apart. Consequently, it can even become loose and fall from the chimney structure! Repeated freeze/thaw cycles can lead to significant spalling damage. If not repaired, your chimney is vulnerable to more water leaks and to serious structural problems. This includes the collapse of the entire chimney. This is why waterproofing your chimney is such an important preventive maintenance service.
Preventing water penetration of your masonry chimney is essential to keep it working efficiently and safely for many years. All Seasons Chimney provides professional waterproofing treatments, as well as other preventive services like flashing and chimney cap installation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of our chimney maintenance services!