Let’s work together to get your chimney ready to face whatever the remainder of 2016 has to throw at it. We can clean it, inspect it, repair it if necessary, and waterproof it to help prepare it for the coming spring and summer. We all know that spring and summer here in the greater Springfield area often bring heavy wind, rains, and thunderstorms. Your chimney takes the brunt of damage during heavy storms, so it should be protected as much as possible because it serves you well during the cooler months. Here are several reasons to waterproof your chimney this year.
- Resists Mildew and Fungus – The waterproofing agent we recommend is VOC compliant and protects your chimney from the growth of mildew and fungus.
- Protects against Freeze-Thaw – We use a formula that is 100% vapor permeable, which means moisture can evaporate from it, but new water cannot penetrate. This helps protect your chimney from the freeze-thaw process by not allowing new water in the brick or mortar.
- Non-Glossy Finish – No one wants their brick to be shiny or glossy. ChimneySaver waterproofing agent does not leave a glossy finish, but it could slightly darken the brick for a richer, deeper color.
- Stain Protection – Due to the porous nature of brick and mortar, it often stains easily when smoke and soot blow onto it. ChimneySaver protects against unsightly staining.
Keep an eye out for the following types of damage that are directly weather related:
- Cracks between Brick or Stone – The freeze-thaw process is brutal. Water seeps into the tiny cracks in brick and mortar and expands as it freezes. The expansion of the ice increases the size of the cracks, which allows more water to enter, and the cycle continues to cause more damage.
- Spalling – This is the flaking away of brick and mortar. Bricks very sturdy building blocks, but they are not solid. They are porous and take on water damage like many other building materials.
- Damage to the Crown, Cap, or Flashing – The cap, crown, and flashing area extremely important parts of the chimney when it comes to protecting against water and elemental damage.
- Evidence of Water in the Fireplace – Any time you see evidence of water in the fireplace, you may have water damage inside the chimney. You may see areas where it appears that the soot or creosote has run like wet paint or rust on the damper.
You should have your chimney inspected and consult with a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) Certified professional about the best options for repairing any damage and adding preventative measures for the future life of your chimney. Both of the licensed and insured chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are CSIA certified with experience dealing with common chimney problems as well as some more complex issues that homeowners may face with their chimney. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to discuss your chimney problems.