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Water Is Public Enemy #1 For Your Masonry Chimney

Your chimney is potentially one of the most taken-for-granted parts of your home. You know it’s there but rarely pay it very much attention. It’s one of those things that you expect to be there for you when you need it but may not give it much thought in the meantime. It’s one of those things that often remain out of sight and out of mind until a problem arises.

Because we enjoy sitting by a blazing fire during the winter months, we keep the fireplace and hearth clean, and we even hire someone periodically to come out and clean the inside of the chimney; however, not very many homeowners give much thought to keeping the chimney’s exterior in tiptop shape — “it’s all just cosmetic,” we think. This thought process isn’t one to be ashamed of, but it is one to be corrected as soon as possible.

Your Chimney Is Destined For Repairs Sooner Or Later

Chimney materials—brick and mortar—are, by nature, porous. As such, they experience hastened deterioration as a result of prolonged exposure to and contact with water and the elements. The freezing and thawing process—during which time water that has penetrated the various chimney materials constricts and expands—quickly deteriorates the overall construction of your chimney.

One way to limit the impact that freezing and thawing cycle has on your chimney is to prevent as much water as possible from penetrating the materials in the first place. Water in your chimney can also cause rust on steel and cast iron parts, ultimately weakening or destroying them over time. The exterior of your chimney is constantly getting battered and harsh weather conditions can have a negative effect on your chimney – but what can you do to protect it?

Why Wouldn’t You Waterproof Your Chimney?

By waterproofing the chimney, you’ll enable it to repel up to 99.9% of the water that would otherwise penetrate the brick and other materials. Waterproofing is a true preventive measure that can add years to your chimney’s life. Because it’s not a requirement, many homeowners deprioritize it. This is a huge mistake! There are many issues that can develop as a result of water being on and getting inside your chimney, and, as such, swift and immediate action should be taken to ensure that you’re not faced with unnecessary repair bills down the road.

This one simple step can help ensure that the water outside won’t enter your house through the chimney and that you are able to enjoy your fireplace for many years to come. It’s time to schedule an appointment to have one of the chimney professionals at Olde Town Chimney Sweeps evaluate the overall condition of your chimney’s exterior, repair it if necessary, and have it coated with a waterproofing product. Call or click here to schedule your appointment today!


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