For all our customers in and around Raleigh, North Carolina, we recommend chimney waterproofing. In order to maintain the longest chimney life that is safest and most efficient, preventing water penetration and damage is paramount.
Water and Chimneys
Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to your chimney system is a chimney leak. When water penetrates the system, either through damaged masonry or missing parts, it can destroy the system from the inside out. When it comes to chimney leaks, they’re 100 percent preventable. All it takes to prevent water damage and leaks is to schedule annual inspections and pay attention to your system—how it’s working, anything different, any discoloration or drop in efficiency. There are signs of a chimney leak long before serious damage occurs, but homeowners often overlook these small changes until it’s too late. The damage caused by water leaks is serious and mostly hidden from view.
Rusted parts, assemblies, accessories, and glass doors are a result of prolonged water exposure. The rust will eventually lead to sticky mechanisms and eventually lock up altogether.
As water mingles with soot and creosote, a corrosive compound results in deterioration. Deteriorated metal or masonry firebox assemblies, central heating systems, masonry, and wood or wall coverings.
As ash, coals, and other byproducts become waterlogged, parts become clogged and the clean-out doors can become clogged and stuck.
Red stains at the top of the chimney exterior are a result of a leak, usually caused by a loose chimney cap. White stains that look like powder on the surface of the chimney exterior are a result of water passing through porous masonry and leaving minerals on the surface. Other discoloration on the masonry such as green or black marks in and around the firebox is a result of a prolonged leak and even possibly mold growth.
The most serious result of chimney leaks may be structural. When chimney supports collapse, chimneys begin to lean, and masonry settlement begins, it is too late and can require a serious overhaul or rebuild. In order to avoid this type of serious overhaul, prevent water damage by having your chimney waterproofed.
Waterproofing in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
If you reside in or around Raleigh, North Carolina and own or rent a home with a chimney, it’s important to waterproof it. Protect your chimney from water penetration by hiring Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service to apply water repellant now. When we waterproof your chimney, we apply an industrial water repellant that moves and breathes with your chimney. Other products available at your local retailer seal in moisture and end up doing more damage than good. Our product is 100 percent vapor permeable and penetrates deeply, protecting the masonry from water penetration year after year. It is our highest recommendation for customers who want their chimneys to be safe, efficient, and long-lasting.
If you’re not sure your chimney is adequately protected against water this fall, give us a call now. Call 919-747-1859 to schedule waterproofing services with us today!