Effects of Winter on Your Chimney

When winter weather strikes Aurora, your chimney can experience some major issues if you are not adequately prepared. If you do not take the proper precautions, you could find yourself facing some costly repairs in the future. Getting your chimney inspected and getting some of these preventative measures completed will cost you a little right now, but will save you a lot of money in the long run when it comes to the extensive damage that could be caused by excess moisture and bad weather.Effects of Winter on Your Chimney - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney Sweep

Moisture and Masonry

The biggest thing that you can do to protect your chimney during winter is getting it waterproofed. Water and masonry are not meant to mix and excess moisture can cause a lot of damage throughout time. The main problem you will experience is dealing with freeze/thaw process. If water gets sucked into your brick, it will cause it to expand in the winter when it freezes. It then thaws out again and sinks down, putting a lot of stress on your brick and decreasing its lifespan significantly.

On top of this, too much exposure to moisture will cause rust, cracks, water stains, and various forms of deterioration. All of these things add up to cause big problems. Your chimney will eventually either tilt, settle, or just collapse altogether. There is a lot of work involved in repairing these things and it will cost you a lot of money to get everything properly addressed, so you will want to avoid these issues at all costs.

Preventing Damage

There are many things you can do to keep water away from your chimney. Here are just some ways to prep for nasty weather conditions.

  • Add A Chimney Cap: By adding a chimney cap you are preventing all types of weather from entering you chimney and causing wear and tear. They also keep out animals and other pests that may build nests and cause blockages.
  • Waterproof: A professional will know how to properly waterproof your chimney so that moisture cannot enter the brick. Get an expert in today to ensure your masonry is safe for whatever the winter weather brings.
  • Address Damaged Mortar: Water can easily penetrate your chimney if the mortar is not in top shape. Any cracks or holes need to be addressed and fixed to ensure that water is given no opportunity to cause your chimney damage.

Whatever you decide to do, seeking a professional’s help is strongly advised. Experts know exactly what your chimney needs and how to address any needed repairs. They also know the proper techniques to use when waterproofing and preparing your chimney for any type of weather, so you can rest assured that your chimney is good to go year round. On top of all that, taking on these tasks yourself can be challenging and dangerous, especially if you are not adequately trained on the correct procedures.

Save yourself the time and hassle and give Pozzi Chimney Sweep a call today at 815-286-9922! We have everything you need to get your chimney ready for whatever comes its way.