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Understanding The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

The brutally cold temperatures of winters in the Hudson Valley can be rough on masonry chimneys. In addition, they can also cause quite a bit of damage. Have you noticed a few cracked or missing bricks and mortar joints from your chimney after a long winter? If so, the reason why these masonry materials have deteriorated has to do with the freeze/thaw cycle. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), water causes the most deterioration to masonry materials. Unfortunately, freeze/thaw cycles in the winter significantly speeds up this deterioration. All Seasons Chimney knows how to repair chimney masonry damage from the freeze/thaw cycles that happen each winter. Additionally, we can also prevent them happening during the next one. We would like to tell you more about the freeze/thaw cycle and what we can do to help you deal with it.

Freeze Thaw Cycle Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyWhat is the freeze/thaw cycle?

The reason why water is so damaging to masonry materials has to do with how porous they are. The bricks and mortar joints of your chimney naturally absorb moisture from being exposed to rain, ice, and snow. Whenever the temperature falls below the freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, any water trapped within the bricks and mortar joints will freeze within the masonry materials. As the weather warms back up, the water thaws. This causes the bricks and mortar joints to crack and crumble apart, which is called spalling damage. Over a winter season, the temperature can go up and down many times, and this is a freeze/thaw cycle.

How can All Seasons Chimney help me with freeze/thaw damage?

For over 25 years, we have been providing the Hudson Valley with professional chimney masonry repair services. Have you have seen damaged or missing bricks or mortar joints from your chimney? If so, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced chimney masons. We can remove the spalled masonry and replace it with durable and long-lasting bricks and mortar joints. Also, we know how to prevent spalling damage from occurring during a freeze/thaw cycle with our professional chimney waterproofing service. We apply a 100 percent vapor permeable waterproofing formula to your entire chimney to create a barrier against water penetration of your bricks and mortar joints. After we have waterproofed your chimney, it will be protected during each freeze/thaw cycle for the next 10 years.

Protect your chimney this winter from the damage that can happen during freeze/thaw cycles. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney masonry repair and maintenance services today.

Why You Should Waterproof Your Chimney

Masonry chimneys are built to last for years. However, in order to remain in good condition, it is essential to properly maintain these chimneys. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year. In addition, they also strongly suggest ensuring that masonry chimneys are sufficiently protected against water penetration. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided professional preventive services against water damage to the residents of the Hudson Valley. These services include chimney cap sales and professional installation as well as customized flashing repair and construction. What’s another another service that is one of the best investments you can make? Having your chimney professionally waterproofed! We would like to tell you more about our waterproofing service. Plus, its importance in prolonging the life of your chimney!

Why You Should Waterproof Your Chimney Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyWhat is waterproofing and why does my masonry chimney need it?

Masonry materials are naturally porous. This means the bricks and mortar of your chimney absorb water whenever it rains, sleets, or snows. A professional waterproofing treatment can prevent this from occurring and keep water from causing erosion damage. All Seasons Chimneys only uses waterproofing formulas that are 100 percent vapor permeable. This is important because it allows the masonry materials to breathe. Water is stopped from entering the bricks and mortar, but vapors can leave and not become trapped to cause further damage. After we have applied the waterproofing formula to your chimney, it will be protected from water penetration for at least a decade!

How does water damage my masonry chimney?

When the bricks and mortar absorb water, it begins the erosion process. This is also known as spalling. The greatest amount of damage occurs during the cold months of winter. Each time the temperature falls below the freezing point, any moisture within the masonry materials freezes and expands. As the water thaws when the temperature rises, the force of the thawing can cause the bricks and mortar to crack, break apart. Consequently, it can even become loose and fall from the chimney structure! Repeated freeze/thaw cycles can lead to significant spalling damage. If not repaired, your chimney is vulnerable to more water leaks and to serious structural problems. This includes the collapse of the entire chimney. This is why waterproofing your chimney is such an important preventive maintenance service.

Preventing water penetration of your masonry chimney is essential to keep it working efficiently and safely for many years. All Seasons Chimney provides professional waterproofing treatments, as well as other preventive services like flashing and chimney cap installation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of our chimney maintenance services!