Protecting Your Chimney by WaterproofingAugust 21, 2013
Your chimney is a structure that is subject to many environmental factors that can cause damage. In particular, the materials that a chimney is typically made out of are very conducive to absorbing moisture, resulting in water damage. To avoid such damage, you can have your chimney waterproofed. Chimney waterproofing is a preventative measure that is very beneficial in protecting your chimney from the elements. At Town & Country, we can handle all of your chimney waterproofing needs.
About Chimney Waterproofing
Chimney waterproofing keeps the porous materials that chimneys are made from absorbing water and deteriorating. There are many different kinds of products that can be used for chimney waterproofing. These are all 100% vapor permeable, meaning that they coat the chimney without detracting from breathability. This allows any water currently absorbed by the chimney to dry out, and it keeps more water from getting in. Most products used for chimney waterproofing will last between 5 and 10 years. If your chimney is already damaged from water, the contractor will first need to repair the damage before adding the waterproofing formula.
What Does Chimney Waterproofing Prevent?
Waterproofing your chimney prevents many different types of problems caused by water damage:
- Leaks: If your chimney absorbs water, that water can also leak into the interior of your home. This can lead to further water damage as well as mold and an unpleasant odor.
- Rot: When water is absorbed into your chimney, it causes mold and mildew. If the mold is allowed to spread, it will cause your chimney to deteriorate and rot away.
- Erosion: The water that is absorbed into your chimney itself will cause expansion and contraction, leading to cracks within the materials.
- Collapse: The mortar joints, or the areas between your bricks that are filled with mortar, are most at risk to water damage. If they do not have regular maintenance, your chimney could collapse.
Chimney Waterproofing from Town & Country
At Town & Country Chimney Services, we provide quality chimney waterproofing. We utilize a product called ChimneySaver, which is very breathable and completely repellent to water. ChimneySaver is superior to other products for chimney waterproofing because it offers stain protection, mildew/fungus resistance, and freeze/thaw protection. All of these benefits make ChimneySaver very durable over a long period of time and the manufacturers even provide a 10 year warranty! Contact Town & Country today to learn more about our chimney waterproofing services and to schedule an appointment.