Chimney waterproofing is exactly how it sounds. It is a treatment of the chimney that protects it from water from weather, preventing leaks and weather-wear. A professional will apply a waterproofing sealant to the exterior masonry of the chimney. These sealants are 100% vapor permeable, meaning that moistures and vapors are allowed to escape, but water isn’t allowed to seep into the porous bricks.
Waterproofing should be a routine preventative measure for a healthy chimney. If there are cracks, gaps, or other problems with the masonry structure, these should be repaired before waterproofing. If you have a problem with your chimney, schedule an estimate with Brickliners today, and get your chimney repaired and waterproofed before the wet season.
Protect Your Investment
Your property is an investment. When you decided to buy a property it was an investment in your future and your family. Protect this investment by taking the proper measures to prevent unnecessary damage. This isn’t something that you can do yourself. The sealant is specific to chimneys. If the wrong sealant is applied or the correct sealant is applied improperly it can actually trap moisture in the masonry instead of keeping it out.
Why Prevention is Necessary
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA): Water penetration can cause the following damage to your chimney system:
- Rusted damper assemblies
- Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox assemblies
- Rusted fireplace accessories and glass doors
- Rotting adjacent wood and ruined wall coverings
- Water stained walls and ceiling
- Clogged clean out area
- Deteriorated central heating system
- Stained chimney exterior
- Decayed exterior mortar
- Cracked or deteriorated flue lining system
- Collapsed hearth support
- Tilted or collapsed chimney structure
- Chimney settlement
It’s definitely easier (and cheaper) to prevent the water damage than to repair it. If your home or business is experiencing chimney water damage call a professional today. Brickliners is experienced and able to repair the damage, and apply waterproofing once the chimney is repaired.
Waterproofing sealant is not the only measure homeowners can take against water damage. Chimney caps, chimney crowns, and flashing are also very important for waterproofing your chimney.
- Chimney caps should be properly installed and routinely checked during your annual chimney inspection. The chimney cap is important because it keeps outside water and weather from falling into the chimney.
- The chimney crown is designed to direct water away from the chimney opening, and out onto the roof. If the crown is damaged it can collect water, doing the opposite, and causing water damage to your chimney system.
- The chimney flashing protects your chimney system at its weakest place—where the chimney meets the roof. When properly installed, the flashing directs water down the roof and away from the chimney. Learn more about your chimney flashing and take the necessary measure to protect your home and family today.