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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.

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