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ChimneySaver Saves Your Chimney

Now that Spring is finally here, we get to enjoy some warmer days. However, with spring weather comes spring showers as well. Rain and your chimney does not have a good relationship. When it comes to your chimney, water is not good for it at all. Rain can cause serious problems to the structure of your chimney. At Chim-Cheroo Chimney Service, we want to help you understand just how much damage water can cause, and what you can do to prevent water from entering your chimney system.

Freeze-thaw Cycle

rainbow behind a houseEven though warmer weather is here, it’s not unusual for the weather to dip below freezing, especially at night. This freeze-thaw cycle can have devastating effects on your chimney. When spring rains come, the precipitation permeates the porous mortar and rests in them. When the temperatures dip below freezing again, that moisture freezes and expands and causes the pores to get bigger. As this cycle continues, the pores can get big enough to cause chimney leaks or an unsteady chimney structure altogether.

Damage by Water

When your chimney starts to leak, there are some areas that are more prone to damage than others. For example, when rain trickles down your chimney, it can cause the damper to rust and warp. This also cause the seal to not be as tight. If this happens, outside air can get into your house, and the heated or cooled air from your home can escape, which causes an increase of your energy bill.

Other damage caused by water include rusted fireplace accessories, deteriorating firebox assembly, or a deteriorating chimney liner. You might even notice that the ceiling around your fireplace is soft and saggy, with brown spots. You also might notice the walls around your fireplace is stained and weak or flaky, or that the floorboards are soft and peeling. Any of these signs can mean your chimney is leaking.

What to Do

If you’ve noticed any sign of chimney leaks, the best thing to do is professional chimney waterproofing. At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, we are just a call away. We can inspect your chimney and look for leaks. After we get the troubled areas fixed, we can then waterproof your chimney. We use ChimneySaver to waterproof chimneys, a vapor permeable solution. There is likely moisture present in your chimney pores. It’s important to pick a product that doesn’t just keep precipitation out, but it also allows remaining moisture to leave. That’s exactly how ChimneySaver is designed to work.

If you’re worried that precipitation is shortening the life of your chimney, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call and we’ll apply ChimneySaver, to save your chimney!

By Don Rhine on April 15th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Reasons to Invest in a Chimney Cap or Chase Cover

The snow is going away but it’s being replaced by rain! There’s something so pleasant about the sound of rain falling on the roof at the end of a long, snowy winter. It washes away all the dirt and grime and leaves things feeling and smelling fresh and clean. Before you know it, there will be a soft green carpet of new grass and little pale green buds on the trees. But sometimes rain doesn’t have such a pleasant effect. Sometimes it brings weathering and wearing down of different structures. It can cause loss of topsoil, flooding of rivers, and wearing away of man-made and natural structures. And it can also cause severe damage to your chimney system. 

What Happens To Your Chimney in the Rain

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), precipitation can damage your chimney in several ways. First, and perhaps most problematic, is that it can cause the mortar to wear away, to weaken and become crumbly. This is a problem because if the mortar wears away, the very structure of the chimney can be weakened. This can also cause cracks to occur, and this means that there can be water leaking down into the chimney and into the firebox. This means that you may have weakened wallboards or ceilings, and, in extreme cases where the damage isn’t detected right away, mold can start to grow. Other problems that a leaky chimney can cause are rusted fireplace accessories and damper system, a deteriorating heating system, and even a collapsed hearth support. 

Causes of Chimney Leaks

There are several causes of chimney leaks, including loose or rusted flashing or a cracked or chipped chimney crown. But when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, one of the first things we’ll check out is your chimney cap or your chase cover, depending on what type of chimney you have. First, what’s the difference? A chimney cap is placed on a brick and mortar chimney, while a chase cover is made for a prefabricated fireplace. A chase cover only goes over the top of the flue opening, but a chimney cap actually sits right on top of the chimney crown and covers the opening of your chimney. It is designed to have a little roof that deflects water away from the opening, and with metal grated sides that let the smoke out while keeping critters out of the chimney. If you don’t have either of these, you should!

Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc

Because precipitation can cause so much damage to your chimney structure, it’s very important that you take the best precautions available to make sure that it doesn’t get in your chimney. What this means is having a chimney cap or a chimney chase cover. Now is the time to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call, before the rainy season hits in full force. We’ll set you up with a chimney cap or chase cover so you don’t have to worry about rain damage this spring.

By Don Rhine on March 27th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment