According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water is your chimney’s worst enemy. The damage water penetration can do to your chimney is monumental, from the first early signs of deterioration such as loose bricks and mortar to serious, extensive and expensive trouble like tilted or collapsed chimney structure. If you have a masonry chimney, you should be sure your chimney is protected from water leaks before winter arrives because when water gets into your chimney and freezes, expands, and thaws, it causes stress on the bricks, mortar, and the entire structure. Fortunately, American Chimney & Masonry is ready to protect your chimney from water leaks. We would like to share with you three ways we can keep the water out of your chimney.
- chimney caps – The CSIA strongly recommends your chimney be capped as it is the most inexpensive way to prevent water penetration and damage. With important tasks like protecting your chimney from penetrating water and intruding animals, helping maintain a proper draft, and keeping sparks from exiting your chimney and possibly starting a fire, chimney caps come in a variety of different metals and types. Whether made from galvanized metal, stainless steel, or copper, chimney caps also have different types, such as a standard cap, a top-sealing damper, a spark arrestor, a draft-increasing chimney cap, or a custom-made cap. American Chimney & Masonry can help you select which of these caps work best for your chimney as well as professionally install the cap.
- flashing – Serving an essential role in protecting your chimney from water penetration, flashing keeps water from accumulating in the seams where your chimney meets the roof, but it must be correctly fitted and installed to work properly. Providing professional custom flashing construction and installation, our technicians at American Chimney & Masonry use several layers of metal flashing to protect your chimney. We begin with L-shaped step flashing where your chimney meets the roof and integrate it within your roof shingles. Next, we install counter flashing on top of the step flashing into the mortar joints of your chimney. Once that step is complete, we cover the edges of all the flashing with protective caulk to ensure your chimney is protected from water penetration. If needed, we can also include a custom-made cricket to deflect rain water and snow away from your chimney.
- waterproofing – The ultimate in protection from water leaks, waterproofing your chimney will reduce the need for repairs and extend the life of your chimney. With our expertise and experience, our experts at American Chimney & Masonry use a waterproofing sealant especially made for masonry chimneys that is 100% vapor permeable. This is important because it allows your chimney to “breathe” by letting vapors and gases escape while protecting the masonry work from water intrusion.
Keeping water out of your chimney, an important maintenance task to prolong the life of your chimney, is a job American Chimney & Masonry takes seriously. Contact us to arrange an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified technicians today to protect your chimney from water penetration.