Options in Keeping Water Out of Your Chimney
“How do you keep water out for good?” This is the most common question for most of us who have chimneys and fireplaces at home, right? Whether it is due to heavy rains or ice melting after winter, water somehow manages to successfully penetrate and gradually damage your chimney. So what can we do to keep water out? Fire Safe Chimney has some information on how to be both preventative in keeping water out and what to do if the damage is already done.
First we have to understand that water is the number one cause for problems both big and small. It opens doors to problems that should never have existed in the first place. Here are the problems that occur when water gets to enter the inside:
- Negative air pressure can occur
- Molds start growing
- Brick walls start crumbling
- Damage to the inside parts especially the flue and the flue liner
Here are some solutions:
We’d first like to recommend having a chimney cap installed. Chimney caps are specially designed to act as the first line of defense for the internal structure of your chimney. It basically covers the chimney opening and only has enough opening for the smoke to come out. It keeps water out and even debris, animals and most importantly, water.
Second, it’s also good to apply a waterproofing sealant. This comes in various brands but its main aim is to keep water out too. It is applied in between degrading bricks. Even ants or the smallest creatures or things cannot enter. This process is often called chimney flashing.
The whole process is a bit tricky but with the full expertise of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps, we guarantee you’ll get the best service in the area. Whether you are looking to get ahead of a problem, or invest in repairs, we are here to help.
Of course, regular chimney inspection and sweeping is necessary to prevent damages. But for water problems, consider getting a chimney cap installed and waterproofing your chimney before the rainy days kick in. Give us a call and we can tell you everything you need to know!