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Make Sure Your Chimney Is Waterproofed This Rainy Season

When owning a home with a masonry chimney, one of the biggest maintenance responsibilities is to prevent water penetration. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) warns homeowners that masonry chimneys can suffer from accelerated deterioration due to prolonged contact with water if no preventive measures are taken. Once water has penetrated the bricks and mortar joints of a chimney, it won’t take long for extensive damage to occur, and this damage could potentially jeopardize the structure of your chimney. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney have been helping Hudson Valley area to avoid extensive and expensive water damage repairs with our professional services including waterproofing. We would like to tell you more about this particular service we provide and why it is so important, especially before rainy season hits.

Why is it so important to prevent water penetration from my masonry chimney?

Make Sure Your Chimney Is Waterproofed This Rainy Season - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimney The reason why you must keep water out of your chimney is because masonry materials are porous, which means the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney absorb water from rain, melted ice, and snow. While this can lead to erosion and deterioration all year long, the greatest amount of damage is done during the winter. Each time the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, any moisture trapped within the bricks and mortar will freeze and expand. When the weather warms back up, the force of the water thawing can be strong enough to cause the masonry materials to crack, crumble, and break apart. This creates gaps and voids in the chimney structure that will allow even more water to penetrate, which lead to further deterioration. It is is strongly recommended by the CSIA to have your chimney professionally waterproofed to avoid water damage to your chimney.

How can waterproofing my chimney help prolong its life?

When All Seasons Chimney applies a waterproofing agent to your masonry chimney, we are able to reduce water penetration by almost 99.9 percent. We only use waterproofing formulas that are vapor permeable. This means that even though we have created a barrier against water penetration of the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney, gases and vapors are still able to escape the masonry materials and not become trapped to cause more damage. By having your chimney professionally waterproofed will not only protects it from water damage and penetration for a decade, but it will also prevents stains from mildew and efflorescence.

Keep your chimney safe from water penetration damage during the rainy season. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney waterproofing services.

Repairing Damaged Masonry

Masonry Repairs Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyDid you know that some of the worst chimney masonry damage occurs in the winter? If you have noticed cracked or missing bricks from your chimney, it is important to have this damage repaired before colder temperatures arrive. Having these repairs taken care of now will keep the deterioration from getting worse and creating more extensive and expensive damage during the winter. All Seasons Chimney & Masonry is proud to offer experienced chimney masonry repair services, and we can help to protect your chimney throughout the winter season. We would like to tell you more about the type of damage that happens over the winter and how we can keep the structure of our chimney safe and sound.

Why does so much chimney masonry damage occur in the winter?

Since the bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous, they absorb water from rain and melted ice and snow. Moisture gets trapped inside the masonry materials, and this moisture freezes and expands whenever the temperature falls below freezing levels. When this water thaws as the weather warms back up, its force damages the bricks and mortar by causing cracks. Repeated cycles of freezing and thawing leads to the masonry materials breaking apart and falling from the chimney structure. This deterioration can happen quickly and can lead to the collapse of your chimney. This is one of the reasons why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys.

How can All Seasons Chimney & Masonry help keep my chimney safe and sound?

If you have damaged bricks and mortar, our experienced masons can repair the deterioration by using trusted masonry techniques like tuckpointing. We use specialized tools to remove damaged masonry materials and to replace bricks and mortar to your chimney. We take great pride in matching the existing masonry to make the repairs look unnoticeable. After we have repaired the damaged masonry, we can protect your chimney from future water penetration damage by waterproofing your chimney. Using a 100 percent vapor permeable formula, we will create a barrier against water from penetrating into the bricks and mortar of your chimney. The formula we use will not trap vapors inside the chimney masonry, which could create more cracking and other deterioration. We will also be sure your chimney is protected with a good quality chimney cap and a customized flashing system. You can trust us to be sure your chimney is ready to stand up to cold weather so that your fireplace will work efficiently and safely all winter long.

Is your chimney ready for winter? If you have damaged chimney masonry, contact us at All Seasons Chimney & Masonry to schedule an appointment to have your bricks and mortar joints repaired and protected.