As we head into spring in the Shenandoah Valley, it is a good idea to go outside and check the exterior of your chimney masonry. After a long winter of brutal temperatures, it is common to find cracked, crumbled, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints. This type of damage typically occurs during the freeze and thaw cycles. If you don’t address these repairs, it can quickly deteriorate into extensive and expensive damage.

For years, Blue Ridge Chimney Services has been providing trained and experienced chimney masonry repair services. We also protect chimneys from future freeze and thaw with our water penetration preventive services. One of the most popular ways to prevent water damage to chimney masonry is our professional waterproofing services. We would like to tell you more about the freeze and thaw cycles and how waterproofing can help!

What is a freeze and thaw cycle?

rainbow outside after rainingMasonry chimneys are sitting on the top of our homes. As it endures countless weathering, it gets lots of damages over time. Since your masonry is super porous, freeze and thaw cycles affect the bricks and mortar joints of the chimney. Numerous cycles within a winter season can result in broken, loose, and missing masonry materials and serious structural damage.

What is the best way to keep freeze and thaw cycles from damaging chimney masonry?

To avoid masonry damage from the freeze and thaw cycles, homeowner should take preventative measures to stop water from getting inside their chimneys. At Blue Ridge Chimney Services, we specializes in water penetration preventive care including professional chimney cap installation and customized flashing construction and repair.

However, for the best protection against freeze and thaw cycles, we recommend our waterproofing treatment. It creates an invisible barrier against water penetration for the bricks and mortar joints of the chimney. Our qualified professionals only use 100 percent vapor permeable formulas that have been specifically manufactured to use on chimneys. After we apply it, your chimney will be protected against water penetration for at least a decade.

Avoid the extensive and expensive chimney masonry repairs caused by freeze and thaw cycles every winter. Contact us today at Blue Ridge Chimney Services to schedule an appointment. We provide a full range of water penetration preventive services to keep your chimney masonry damage free.