Do you know when you last waterproofed your chimney? Chimney waterproofing is for leak prevention and something we recommend to all of our customers. Here are the benefits of waterproofing and how each of them helps
Water damage is a major problem for homeowners. Leaks can cause significant problems, including structural issues, mold, and more. When water invades a chimney, it can cause spalling bricks, speed up creosote development, and eventually lead to a leaning structure.
The benefits of waterproofing are protecting your chimney from problematic moisture.
Did you know that the average chimney should last around 50 years before needing significant repairs? However, you can extend the life even longer simply through basic maintenance, including chimney waterproofing.
One of the goals here at FlameMaster Chimney Sweep is to protect your investment. The benefits of waterproofing are that it prolongs the life of your chimney, minimizing the need for larger repairs.
Older flue liners were made of clay tile. Newer chimney liners are typically comprised of different types of stainless steel.
Water can, however, destroy your flue liner. For example, if you notice clay remnants in your firebox, it can point to internal water damage. Likewise, creosote when mixed with water, can create a combination that will eat away at a stainless-steel chimney.
Waterproofing is your first line of defense against both these problems.
Another of the benefits of waterproofing your chimney is simply aesthetics. Masonry is a porous material that can deteriorate quickly through the freeze-and-thaw cycle. While this is a safety and structural hazard, it also can make your chimney look worse than it should for its age.
If you break a bone in your leg, you’ll need to first heal before you can focus on walking again. Likewise, damage to your chimney should be repaired before our team applies a waterproof layer.
This will, in turn, make other repairs easier down the road.
Do you have a chimney with efflorescence on it? Or is there rust along your flashing? Perhaps you’ve noticed some green stains, indicating algae growth. There are many reasons why each of these could be happening. However, more often than not they’ll all tie back to the same core problem.
The final benefit of waterproofing your chimney is that it will help keep it cleaner and each of these potential problems at bay.
Our team is well-equipped to handle all aspects of ongoing chimney maintenance and repairs. Among our various services is protecting your chimney from water damage, and we’ll gladly chat with you to talk about how the benefits of waterproofing can save you money in the long term.
If you’d like to get in touch with our team, call FlameMaster Chimney Sweep at
(719)-661-3277 or send a quick message.