Protect Your Chimney with Waterproofing
No matter where you live, your chimney is going to be exposed to the elements. Your chimney sticks out above your roof, bravely taking in all that Mother Nature throws its way — snow, rain, wind and the endless cycle of freezing and thawing. Due to their porous nature, masonry chimneys absorb large amounts of water. Common bricks are like sponges, soaking up water and wicking moisture into the chimney structure. Water damage is a slow, subtle process. In many cases, you will not notice water problems until serious structural damage to your chimney has already started. In North Carolina, we are no strangers to extreme weather conditions, including high winds and heavy rain. Here, it’s even more critical to protect your chimney and your home from the expensive damage that will result from water breaches.
When to Waterproof
Fortunately, there is something you can do to prevent water damage — waterproofing. The best time to waterproof your chimney is before the rainy season comes, usually in the early spring. Mr. Smokestack will come to your property and evaluate the condition of your chimney. If we determine that there is existing damage to your chimney, we will need to repair this damage before the waterproofing is applied.
We use a breathable waterproofing agent, which is very important because if you don’t use a breathable repellent, any water or mildew that is already in the masonry will be trapped inside. This can lead to further erosion and damage to the mortar and overall chimney structure. Mr. Smokestack always uses a 100% vapor-permeable waterproofing agent. We have a complete line of products specifically designed to protect all areas of your chimney from water intrusion. These products are designed to be applied by professionals. At Mr. Smokestack, all of our technicians are highly trained in the application of these products, so you can rest assured that you will be completely satisfied with your chimney waterproofing.