Causes of Chimney Leakage
There are some visible signs of water damage on chimneys. Some include discoloration, cracking, spalling, or gapping of the masonry. If you have seen any of these signs form or begin in your chimney, it is time to call the professionals at Ageless Chimney. Other causes of chimney leakage include:
Damaged Flashing: Chimney flashing is the sheet of metal installed around the area where the chimney meets the roof. The flashing ensures that the connection between the chimney and roof is watertight. Chimney flashings have to be replaced after extreme wear and tear, which happens over some time.
Damaged Chimney Cap: Chimney caps are a very important part of the chimney to prevent rain and snow from deteriorating the inside of your chimney. Popular chimney caps include stainless steel, copper, and Kydex colored steel. Some include a stainless steel mesh that helps as a spark arrestor to minimize burning debris from rising out of the chimney. In addition, the cap also provides a barrier to present animals and debris falling into your home. If the chimney cap is damaged, it is very possible that it is the reason for the chimney leaking.
Missing Mortar: If water is absorbed by the masonry, it can be very easy for damage to occur. Gaps and missing mortar will allow water to easily access the structure of the chimney which can result in even more damage.
Reasons to Waterproof your Chimney
Hiring a professional, like Ageless Chimney, for a waterproofing service has many benefits. Regardless of the homeowner uses the chimney, waterproofing is recommended to maintain the structure. Sealing the masonry, even before cracks begin to form, prevents water damage, making the chimney structure last longer. In addition, replacing a chimney crown or other elements of the chimney can be costly. In addition to masonry repair, an important element of the chimney is chimney crowns. Other benefits to waterproofing a chimney include:
1. Block water absorption from mold and vegetation growth in and on your masonry.
2. Keep your brick and mortar from cracking, spalling, or gapping.
3. Protect your masonry from black and white discoloration.
4. Allow your brick and mortar to “breathe” and release water vapors.
5. Prevent damage that normally occurs following a freeze-thaw cycle.
Types of Chimney Waterproofing
Depending on the type of chimney your home has, there are different services to waterproof. Ageless Chimney offers waterproofing services to both masonry chimneys and at the foundation of the chimney. The masonry of the chimney should be sealed by waterproofing to prevent water damage.