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When Should I Schedule Chimney Repairs?

Spring has finally arrived to bring us warmer weather. Since you will not be using your fireplace again for several months, now is the best time to take care of your chimney. Take a good look at your chimney’s exterior to see if it has suffered from any cold weather damage. You may notice cracked, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints. This type of chimney damage should be repaired as soon as possible. This is to avoid problems with water leaks. To protect your chimney from water penetration, contact us today at Aelite Chimney Specialties. Schedule an appointment for our chimney repair services. We would like to tell you more about why the spring season is such a good time for chimney repairs. Also, about the professional services we provide to keep your chimney in good shape.

When Should I Schedule Chimney Repairs Image - Chcago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesWhy is the spring season a good time to take care of my chimney?

Preventing water leaks is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a homeowner. Winter weather can be very rough on masonry chimneys. The damage it causes can quickly worsen if it is neglected. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water can cause extensive and expensive chimney damage. In order to keep water out of your chimney and home, you should have any cold weather chimney damage repaired in the spring.

The cracks and gaps from damaged bricks and mortar joints allow water from rain to easily enter your chimney. This can lead to even more deterioration of your chimney structure. Thats why it is so important to have these repairs taken care of quickly. Another reason why spring is such a good time to schedule chimney repairs? You will have an easier time with getting an appointment on the date that is the most convenient for you. Since it is the off-season for chimney companies like Aelite Chimney Specialties, you will not have to wait for weeks on a service visit.

What types of repair services does Aelite Chimney Specialties provide?

We specialize in leaky chimneys and offer both maintenance and repair services that will prevent water penetration of your chimney. Has your chimney has suffered from winter damage? If so, our experienced chimney masons can repair deteriorated bricks and mortar joints with techniques like tuckpointing. This restores the soundness of your chimney’s structure. After we have repaired the masonry damage, we can make recommendations for other services that can keep water out of your chimney. These services include chimney cap installation, flashing construction and repairs, and waterproofing. We also provide chimney relining services that can protect your home from dangerous hazards such as accidental fires and carbon monoxide leaks. We can take care of every type of chimney liner with our HeatShield, Supaflu, and stainless steel relining services.

Take care of your chimney this spring by contacting us at Aelite Chimney Specialties. You will have no problems scheduling an appointment for our professional chimney maintenance and repair services!

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Waterproofing Your Chimney

To be sure your chimney does not suffer from spalling damage during the winter, it is important to have your chimney waterproofed. Water can cause so much damage and deterioration to masonry chimneys that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends protecting your chimney with various water penetration preventive measures, including waterproofing. The summer is the perfect time to waterproof your chimney, and Aelite Chimney Specialties can take care of this preventive task for you. We would like to tell you more about how water damages your chimney and how waterproofing can protect your chimney from deterioration.

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The bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous, which means they absorb water from rain, ice, and snow. In the winter, any water that is trapped inside the masonry materials will freeze and expand whenever the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When the weather warms back up, the water thaws out, and its force can cause the bricks and mortar to crack and break apart. This is spalling damage, and if this damage is left unrepaired, you could end up with serious structural issues, including the collapse of your chimney. Aelite Chimney Specialties has years of experience in masonry repairs, and we can replace any damaged or missing bricks and mortar joints to restore the soundness of your chimney’s structure.

How does waterproofing protect my chimney from spalling damage?

Waterproofing creates a barrier against water penetration and absorption. Aelite Chimney Specialties uses a waterproofing formula that is 100 percent vapor permeable, which means vapors can escape from the bricks and mortar. When we waterproof your chimney, we clean the exterior of the chimney by scrubbing away any mold, loose dirt, and debris and washing off any stains. We then apply the waterproofing formula to your entire chimney to protect it from water penetration. Waterproofing prolongs the life of your chimney and saves you the expense of masonry repairs. Your chimney will also be protected from efflorescence and other stains, and waterproofing also discourages the growth of mold, mildew, and other types of fungus.
Waterproofing your chimney is a good investment to keep your chimney working safely and efficiently. Aelite Chimney Specialties also provides other types of water penetration preventive services, including chimney cap and flashing repair and installation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to prolong the life of your chimney by preventing water damage.

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Chimney Waterproofing Benefits

Water can do so much expensive and destructive damage to a masonry chimney that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has named water as the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. Since the exterior of your chimney is constantly exposed to water from rain and melted snow, it can be challenging to keep water from eroding away your bricks and mortar as well as to prevent water from leaking into your chimney to damage the interior of your home. While the CSIA recommends preventive measures such as chimney caps and flashing systems to keep water from leaking into the chimney, this organization strongly suggests waterproofing to protect your chimney from water penetration. Since masonry materials like your bricks and mortar are porous and absorb water naturally, a waterproofing treatment from Aelite Chimney Specialties is the best way to slow down that process because it creates a barrier on your chimney that makes water difficult to penetrate. We would like to tell you more about waterproofing by answering a couple of questions about this service.

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What are the benefits of waterproofing my chimney?

There are many advantages to waterproofing your chimney. Not only does this investment protect your chimney from erosion and spalling damage that can lead to structural problems for your chimney, but a waterproofing treatment will also prevent your chimney becoming stained by efflorescence, discourage mildew from growing on your chimney, and prolong the life of your masonry chimney. The expense of waterproofing is worth not having to spend a large amount of money on repairing damaged and missing bricks.

What can I expect from a waterproofing treatment from Aelite Chimney Specialties?

When our CSIA-certified chimney technicians arrive at your home to perform waterproofing services, we will begin by scrubbing away any dirt, mold, and other debris from your chimney and then washing the entire chimney. We will then apply a professional grade water repellant treatment that has been proven to reduce water penetration by 99.9 percent. The formula we use is 100% vapor permeable, which means the vapors that are produced when your chimney is in use will not be trapped and can easily escape. Trapped vapors can cause even more damage to the bricks and mortar of your chimney. Once we have finished applying the waterproofing formula, your entire chimney will be protected with a watertight barrier that will keep water out and prevent future stains from forming.

To best protect your chimney against damaging water penetration, you should schedule an appointment for a waterproofing treatment today. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to talk to our staff about how we can prolong the life of your chimney by preventing water leaks.

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