Did you know that some of the worst damage to your chimney is more likely to occur during the winter? Cold temperatures are extremely tough on masonry materials, and the bricks and mortar of your chimney can suffer so much damage and deterioration that the structure of your chimney could be in danger of collapse. The worst damage occurs when the temperature drops below freezing and warms back up.
Here in the Shenandoah Valley, we see this type of weather frequently during the winter, and Blue Ridge Chimney Services is familiar and experienced with freeze/thaw chimney damage from repairing and replacing deteriorated bricks and mortar joints to restore the structural soundness of chimneys. We also know how to best prevent this type of damage, and we provide chimney waterproofing services that can protect the bricks and mortar to keep your chimney safe and sound all winter long. We would like to tell you more details about freeze/thaw chimney damage and how waterproofing your chimney before the arrival of winter prevents it from happening.
What is freeze/thaw chimney damage?
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Water can cause the most damage to masonry chimneys, and freeze/thaw damage is one of the most common reasons why water is so destructive to your chimney. Masonry materials absorb a lot of water because they are naturally porous, and the moisture that gets trapped inside bricks and mortar joints will freeze every time the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
The damage occurs when the weather warms back up because the force of that water thawing can be strong enough to make the bricks and mortar joints crack, break apart, and become loose from the chimney. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles create more damage and worsen the deterioration. Neglecting to repair this damage can lead to water leaks and safety issues. Blue Ridge Chimney Services has years of experience in repairing and replacing damaged bricks and mortar, so you can trust us to restore your chimney to work safely and efficiently again.
How does waterproofing prevent freeze/thaw damage?
Since this damage comes from inside the bricks and mortar, you have to stop water from penetrating your chimney. Because these masonry materials absorb water naturally, you need to create a barrier against water penetration. Waterproofing your chimney is the best way to keep water from being absorbed into the bricks and mortar. Blue Ridge Chimney Services only uses waterproofing formulas that are 100% vapor permeable, which is important. Clear sealants and latex paint can trap vapors and gases inside the bricks and mortar, and this can lead to even more damage. We recommend our waterproofing services as a great investment in your chimney as it prevents damage and prolongs its life. You will not have to worry about getting cracked and broken bricks and mortar joints repaired during the winter, so you will save money and be able to enjoy your fireplace all winter.
Act now to prevent freeze/thaw chimney damage this winter. Contact us at Blue Ridge Chimney Services today to schedule an appointment for our services.