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The FlashSeal Difference

Have you ever wondered what that shiny stuff is on top of your roof? That’s the flashing, and it protects your home from chimney leaks. It makes sense that the most difficult area to keep leak free would be where two different materials meet. The joint where your chimney meets your roof is a natural spot for water to get in, and so to stop that from happening, home builders add flashing. Flashing is pieces of sheet metal that are staggered over the joints of your roof to prevent precipitation from getting through and into your home, causing water damage to the interior of your home or chimney.

Flashing Damage

Just like the siding and shingles, the flashing is exposed to extreme weather conditions. Strong winds and storms can cause your flashing to rip or crack or even come loose. When this happens, your home is more susceptible to rain damage. It isn’t only bad weather that can damage your flashing. Common wear and tear, the hot sun, and regular breakdown over time can also cause your flashing to crack or tear. This is one thing that we’ll be looking for when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service in to do your annual inspection.

Water Damage

Why is a little precipitation sneaking into your chimney a big deal? It’ll just evaporate out, right? Not so much. Water is the number one damage over time to chimneys, and that can cause problems inside your home as well. When water leaks into your chimney, it can seep through and cause softened floor, ceiling, and wall boards to occur. If you look around your fireplace and notice that the boards seem spongy, the ceiling paper is brown and water stained, or the plaster or wallpaper around the fireplace is weak and soft, you could have a problem with your flashing leaking. You could be looking at large repair bills to fix these areas up.

Another problem with leaking flashing is that, over time, the mortar of your chimney could get weakened. This can cause major structural damage to occur. In addition, the gasses that should be escaping through your chimney might now be seeping back into your home.

The FlashSeal Difference

It may seem as though there isn’t much that protects your flashing, but fortunately, we can help. We use a product called FlashSeal, which coats your flashing and leaves a waterproof membrane which can protect your flashing for seven years. This added protection gives you years of worry-free coverage, and saves you hundreds of dollars in repair work.

Stop worrying about chimney leaks! Give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call today to schedule an appointment to have your flashing sealed.

By Don Rhine on July 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on The FlashSeal Difference

Waterproofing 101

Rain is such an important part of the natural cycle of the environment. It brings life to plants, breaks a heat cycle, and fills the lakes and rivers. Doesn’t it feel and smell wonderful after a gentle summer rain has fallen, cleaning off the sidewalks and freshening up the air we breathe? It’s hard to imagine that something as fresh, clear, and gentle as rain can have a negative side as well, but when it comes to your chimney, precipitation can definitely have a deteriorating effect.

Precipitation and its Negative Power

When you think of precipitation, you probably think of softly falling rain or gently falling snow, and that’s oftentimes the case. However, there are, times when the rain comes down in torrents or sleet or hail hit fast and hard. It’s during the big storms that you’d assume damage to your chimney would occur, but the gently falling precipitation can also have an adverse effect on your chimney. This is due to the freeze-thaw cycle. When it rains, the moisture gets into your bricks and mortar and settles into the pores. When the cold Ohio winters hit, that moisture freezes and expands, causing the pores to get bigger. As more moisture seeps in, the process is repeated, and before you know it, you have structural damage.

Negative Effects on your Chimney

When your chimney starts to leak, the worst possible effect is structural damage. If this occurs, you may be looking at major repair jobs or even rebuilding parts of your chimney. This is one reason to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call soon to have your annual inspection and cleaning. We’ll be able to see any damage and recommend solutions so bigger damage doesn’t occur. But even if it’s caught early, other damage can occur. You might experience weakened interior walls and ceiling, moldy wallboards or wall and ceiling coverings, rusty chimney parts such as the damper system or firebox assembly, or even damage to the flue liner. All of these things can be very damaging, but what’s a homeowner to do? You can’t stop the rain from falling, and you can’t build a giant bubble over your chimney. There is, however, something that you can do, and that’s waterproof your chimney.

Let us Waterproof your Chimney

When it comes to waterproofing a chimney, certain precautions need to take place. If you were to seal your chimney, the water that remained in the bricks and mortar wouldn’t be allowed to escape outside, and so would trickle down the interior of your chimney instead. You can imagine the damage this could cause! At Chim Cheroo Chimney Service, we use ChimneySaver water repellent to waterproof your chimney. This product is amazing because it brings a seal that keeps water from invading the pores of your brick and mortar while allowing the moisture that’s already there to evaporate out. For more information on the waterproofing process, give us a call at 800-284-8770.

By Don Rhine on June 13th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Waterproofing 101