The Benefits Of Waterproofing Your Chimney

Make sure your chimney is waterproof by calling Pozzi Chimney Sweep today!

Make sure your chimney is waterproof by calling Pozzi Chimney Sweep today!

Another year and another long winter almost behind us. As spring starts to roll in, it’s time to consider some chimney maintenance. Typical chimneys are made of bricks (usually clay or cement) and these materials are very porous. After prolonged exposure to moisture from harsh winter weather, your bricks can start to absorb the moisture, causing damage in a variety of ways.

If your chimney is exposed to the elements without waterproofing, this can lead to a variety of problems. Firstly, several components of your chimney such as the flue, damper and firebox could start to rust. Additionally, the actual bricks of your chimney could start to crack, crumble and eventually cause your chimney to shift or collapse. Lastly, if your chimney is exposed to the elements without protection, it could leave the interior of your home susceptible to water damage. If you notice peeling paint or wallpaper around where your chimney is located you may be experiencing some water damage.

Preventing Creosote Build-Up

A capped, dry chimney is able to burn hot, which prevents the build-up of creosote, a harmful chemical left behind when a fire isn’t burning hot enough. When your chimney is properly capped and/or lined, the fires in your fireplace or wood-burning stove will burn as hot as possible, making it difficult for creosote to build-up and damage your chimney.

Waterproofing Products For Your Chimney

Luckily for homeowners, there are a variety of ways you can waterproof your chimney and protect it from the elements. These products are easily installed by a professional chimney company such as Pozzi Chimney Sweep in Illinois so there’s no reason not to invest in the benefits of waterproofing your chimney.

Lining Your Chimney

Chimney liners are widely used as a means of protecting the masonry from corrosion and water damage. Chimney liners come in three main forms: metal, clay and cast-in place. Your professional chimney experts can recommend a chimney liner that’s right for your home.

Capping Or Sealing Your Chimney

There are also many add-ons or inserts that can be used to prevent rain and snow from entering your chimney. A chimney cap is placed on top of your chimney and seals the hole shut when your chimney isn’t in use. A top-sealing chimney damper has the same affect and can be reopened when you are ready to light a fire. Other benefits of chimney caps and sealers include:

Sealing your chimney from the top prevents debris like sticks and leaves from falling in your chimney and causing hazardous chimney fires.
Small animals and birds won’t be able to fall in a capped chimney, which can be dangerous for both the animals and you.

Contact us about the best ways you can prevent water from entering your chimney and causing damage. Prevention is the best way to avoid dangerous damage and expensive repairs. When the snow melts and spring rolls in have your chimney professionally inspected by one of our certified technicians and ask about the benefits of waterproofing your chimney for efficient and safe chimney use all year long!