The look that masonry adds to any room is often desired by homeowners, making older fireplaces a popular item to obtain. If you own a lot of masonries, it is important to study up how to take care of them so that you can enjoy their beauty for years to come. A key in chimney maintenance is waterproofing. If your chimney is waterproofed early on, it will save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as ensure that your chimney is safe from future damages.
Water and Masonry
Water and masonry do not mix well and exposure to excess water will cause a lot of damage to brick throughout time. Water deteriorates all of the parts of the chimney that help it to function. Metal becomes rusted and the mortar becomes weak, which will eventually cause structural damage and sagging.
Water also affects the look of your masonry. Stains, discoloration, rust, and cracks all contribute to poor chimney health and turn what could be a beautiful showpiece into an eyesore. Waterproofing will greatly reduce the risk of these things occurring and will allow you peace of mind as a homeowner, knowing that your chimney is safe from outside elements.
How to Waterproof
Waterproofing is done with the help of products that are designed specifically to keep water out of your masonry. A good product will allow your chimney to breathe, while still preventing water from being sucked in. Masonry is highly absorbent, so ensuring that the correct products are applied properly is extremely important in preventing further damage.
The best option would be to call a professional who can ensure that your chimney will be safe from harm throughout any type of weather. Water-repelling products are great for keeping water out, but if damage has already occurred before the products are put to use, then nothing will stop that damage from getting worse. A professional will assess any needed repairs before starting the waterproofing process in order to ensure that your chimney is in the best condition possible
As a homeowner, it is smart to examine your masonry regularly to ensure that moisture is not negatively affecting it. If you are in a climate where your chimney is likely to be exposed to the negative effects of freezing and thawing, carefully note how your brickwork is doing both before and after the cold season. Note any cracks or possible damages and have them repaired before any further harm occurs. Fixing small things now will save for costly and large replacements in the future.
SirVent Chimney and Venting Service want to make your chimney and home as safe as possible for your family to enjoy. We have all the tools and products you need to keep your chimney safe from the elements that do it harm. Put your mind at ease and call us today to schedule an appointment!