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.
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.