What Is Chimney Waterproofing?

Many are told that waterproofing is a necessary step in keeping their chimney better protected, but what exactly does this mean and what does the process entail? Well, chimney waterproofing is a treatment that is done to the chimney that protects it from rain, snow, sleet, and other types of moisture. It prevents leaks and weather-wear, which end up leading to cracks, gaps, holes, and all types of decay and deterioration. All in all, it ensures your chimney is equipped to give you the long-lasting protection you deserve!

When you call on our team to complete this service for you, one of our professional techs will apply a waterproofing sealant to the exterior of the chimney, ensuring no water or excess moisture will be given easy access. Worried about the water that’s already inside your brickwork? Don’t. These sealants are also 100% vapor permeable, meaning that any moisture and/or vapors will be able to effectively escape.

All in all, waterproofing is a routine preventative measure that will guarantee a healthier chimney. Any cracks, gaps, or other problems with the masonry structure should be addressed before waterproofing, but once these repairs are completed, adding that protective barrier is your next best step. If you have a problem with your chimney, schedule an estimate with the team here at Brickliners today. We’ll get your chimney repaired and waterproofed before the wet season really kicks off!

Signs Of Leaks Or Water Damage

So, how can you know if you have issues that need to be resolved? Well, there are some things to look out for if you’re concerned about the state of your structure. Keep an open eye (and sometimes an open ear or nose) for the following scenarios:

  • Water stains on the walls and ceiling near your chimney.
  • Dripping noises throughout the fireplace.
  • Musty odors, similar to mold or mildew.
  • Stains on the masonry itself.
  • A lack of efficiency.
  • Standing water in the firebox.
  • Gaps or holes throughout the structure
  • Rotting woodwork.
  • Rusted metal components.
  • Poor draft (due to clogs caused by excess water)

Unfortunately, sometimes the effects of water on your masonry can be invisible to the untrained eye, which is why it is important to schedule annual inspections, as well as regular sweepings. It’s at these routine service appointments that a certified professional will get a thorough and in-depth look at your system, allowing them to note any damage and create an appropriate repair plan.

And remember – if you fear your chimney is in poor condition, do not put it to use! Doing so can put your home and family at risk, as it increases the likelihood of experiencing gas leaks, chimney fires, house fires, smoke exposure, carbon monoxide leaks, and more. Don’t take any chances! Call on our team today.

Protecting Your Investment

Like most other things, investing in preventative maintenance for your chimney will save you time and money in the long run, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team and get this process going. Your property is an investment for your future and your family, and by protecting this investment, you ensure you get years worth of safer and more enjoyable fires and fun.

Unfortunately, many try to take matters into their own hands, which typically winds up creating even more problems. The products and tools we use are specifically designed for chimney structures, and by purchasing store-bought paints and sealers, you put your system at significant risk. These substances can sometimes do an effective job at keeping moisture out, but even in the best-case scenario, they will lack the ability to vent out pre-absorbed water. This means that anything inside your brickwork will stay trapped and your system will continue to break down.

In the end, you’ll need to pay for a lot of repair and reconstruction work, and you may need a new crown built, as well. Factor in the cost of replacing any damaged parts, such as a chimney cap, damper, flashing, and more, and you’re looking at quite a hefty service bill! It’s definitely easier (and cheaper) to prevent water damage than to repair it, so if your home or business is experiencing issues, call a professional today. The sweeps at Brickliners are experienced and able to repair the damage, then apply the waterproofing once the chimney is back in shape. We’re eager to help you out.

Why Choose Us?

So, why is Brickliners the company to turn to throughout Burlington and all of its surrounding cities? Well, we not only apply top-notch waterproofing products, but we can also ensure you’re investing in every necessary step to prevent damage down the line. There are many chimney components that play a part in leak prevention, and if they’re not all working together for the greater good, then you’ll have a lot of big problems on your hands.

Our experts are certified with the CSIA, members of the NCSG, the treasurer for the NEACHP, and have associations with countless other reputable organizations throughout the trade, both nationally and locally. We make customer care and satisfaction our top priority, and we pride ourselves on being professional, honest, and ethical in every job we take on.

Don’t put your faith in a crew that is inexperienced, lacks appropriate credentials, or attempts to scam you out of more money than necessary. Rather, trust in our highly-ranked team from the start. We are proud to have countless satisfied customers all throughout our service area, and we know you won’t regret relying on us for it all. Reach out today!

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