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Did the Winter Weather Damage Your Chimney?

The lower Hudson Valley area sees its fair share of brutal winter weather, which can be tough on masonry chimneys. Every spring, All Seasons Chimney spends a lot of time repairing chimneys that have been damaged by freezing cold winters. We have over 25 years of experience in fixing winter-related chimney problems, and you can trust us to repair any damage caused by winter’s wrath. We would like to tell you what kind of damage winter causes and how we can repair and prevent these problems from happening next winter.

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How does winter damage my chimney?

Have you ever heard of spalling damage? You have probably noticed how many pot holes appear on the roads after a big snow storm. This is a great example of spalling damage. Masonry materials like concrete, bricks, and mortar naturally absorb water, and when the temperature drops below freezing, any water that has been absorbed into masonry materials will freeze and expand. When the weather warms up, this water will thaw, and its force causes the concrete, bricks, and mortar to crack and break apart. With repeated cycles of freezing weather, your chimney can suffer serious damage, and if this spalling damage is left unrepaired, your chimney could be in danger of collapsing. This is just one reason why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys.

How can All Seasons Chimney repair spalling damage?

We have several experienced masonry technicians who can replace missing bricks and mortar joints using techniques like tuckpointing. You can trust us to reinstate the stability of your chimney’s structure without making the repair work look like a patch-up job.

How can All Seasons Chimney prevent spalling damage from happening next winter?

We offer a few water penetration prevention services that can protect your chimney from spalling damage. We construct and install customized flashing systems that protect your chimney where it meets the roof, which is a very vulnerable area for water leaks. Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians wrap metal sheets around your chimney to form a watertight seal at the roof. The best preventive measure you can take against spalling is to have your chimney waterproofed. We will apply a 100% vapor permeable formula to your entire chimney that creates a barrier against water being absorbed into the bricks and mortar.
Protect your chimney from spalling damage next winter. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule our water penetration preventive services today.

The Importance of Chimney Caps

Consider this: without a chimney cap installed at the top of your chimney, your home has a hole on the roof. Thinking about a chimney cap in this way illustrates just how important this chimney component is. However, All Seasons Chimney regularly sees chimneys without caps and chimneys with damaged caps, so we thought we would tell you exactly why chimney caps are so important to keep your chimney working efficiently and safely.

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Protection From Weather

The most important function of a chimney cap is to prevent water from rain and melted snow from getting into your chimney. You may have heard us quote the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) by saying that water is the biggest enemy of a masonry chimney. If water enters your chimney, the bricks and mortar will absorb it, and this can lead to structural problems. During the winter, the water trapped inside the masonry materials of your chimney will freeze and expand. When this water begins to thaw out, it can create cracks and breaking in the bricks and mortar. This type of damage left unrepaired can cause tilting and leaning of the chimney and possibly even lead to a collapsed chimney. Protecting your chimney from water penetration with a chimney cap is one of the least expensive steps you can take as a homeowner.

Protection From Animals and Birds

If you have had trouble with birds or animals entering your chimney, you should consider installing a chimney cap with mesh metal siding to keep them from being able to get inside. When the temperature drops in the winter, birds and animals look for a warm, safe place to nest, and your chimney could be the perfect spot. These critters can cause expensive damage to the interior walls of your chimney, and their nesting materials can block the exit of your chimney, which can lead to a chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak. Prevent birds and animals from being able to enter your chimney with the professional installation of a chimney cap.

Protection From Accidental Fires

That mesh metal siding that keeps birds and animals out of chimneys serves another purpose: preventing hot sparks and burning embers from jumping out of the chimney to land on the roof or in your yard and ignite an accidental fire. Also known as a spark arrestor, a chimney cap with mesh metal sides can go a long way in reducing the risk of accidental fires on your roof and in your yard.

If you need a new chimney cap, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. We can help you find the perfect cap or create a custom cap that we will install on top of your chimney to give you the ultimate protection against water penetration, animal invasion, and accidental fires.