Many homeowners often forget how harmful water penetration can be to a chimney’s masonry work. In fact, except for stone, much of the materials the chimney is constructed of will experience accelerated deterioration with constant exposure to water. This prolonged contact not only leads to problems within the flue but can also extend to other areas of the home. It is important for homeowners to take a proactive approach to preventing water damage.
Water penetration can lead to many problems within the chimney including:
- Stained exterior surfaces
- Deteriorated or decayed exterior chimney mortar
- Tilted chimney structure
- Damaged firebox assembly (both mortar and metal types)
- Rusted damper accessories
- Water staining on the interior walls
- Weakened or cracked flue system
- Unpleasant odors permeating from the area
- Not only are the damages listed above costly to repair, they also pose a serious health risk to the home’s inhabitants. The best way to protect your home against water damage within the chimney’s flue is by taking preventative steps to protect it. Below are some options to consider.
Waterproof the Chimney – Masonry can be very porous allowing water to penetrate into the surface. As bricks continue to soak-in more and more water they eventually become waterlogged as they wick moisture into the interior of the home. To keep the moisture away, a waterproofing solution can be applied to most masonry chimneys. There are several products on the market today specifically designed to treat exterior masonry chimneys such as ChimneySaver Waterproofing.
Installing a Chimney Cap – Chimney flues can allow large amounts of rain and snow to penetrate the home’s interior. Top the flue with an inexpensive chimney cap to prevent water from entering. Not only will the cap protect against water damage but also keep animals, birds, and leaves from causing blockages within the flue.
Be Proactive on Repairs – To prevent major leaks from occurring, it is important to stop smaller ones as soon as they are detected. An annual chimney inspection can help to uncover them. Some typical problems to watch for are: deteriorating mortar joints, a damaged chimney crown, and flashing in need of repair or replacement.
Not sure on how protected your chimney is from water damage? Call Lindemann Chimney Service today to schedule your chimney inspection. Our certified technicians are trained to look for common repair issues such as cracked mortar, damaged flashing and more. We can also further protect your chimney by installing a new chimney cap or applying a waterproofing treatment to the area.
Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.