The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) warns homeowners of the dangers of water penetration to masonry chimneys. They explicitly state how cold weather can cause the most extensive water damage to the bricks and mortar of your chimney. Keeping water out of your chimney is key to maintaining a safe and efficient fireplace and chimney system. Ashbusters can help you prevent water penetration of your masonry chimney. In addition, we also provide masonry repair services if your chimney has suffered from any cold weather damage this winter. We would like to tell you more about what cold weather can do to your masonry chimney. Also, about our repair and maintenance services.
How does cold weather damage my masonry chimney?
The bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous. This means they absorb all of the water from rain, snow, and ice. Some of this moisture stays trapped within the masonry materials. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, that moisture freezes and expands. The damage occurs as the weather warms back up. The force of the water thawing out can be strong enough to make the bricks and mortar joints crack and break apart. This type of damage is called spalling. Consequently, repeated cycles over one winter can lead to serious structural damage, if the repairs are neglected.
How can Ashbusters help me with cold weather masonry damage?
We are trained and experienced with repairing and preventing spalling damage. Our certified masonry technicians can replace damaged bricks and mortar joints to restore the structural soundness of your chimney. We use masonry techniques like tuckpointing. This will be undetectable to keep your home’s appearance looking great. We also provide chimney crown repair and construction services as part of our masonry repairs. When it comes to spalling damage, prevention is crucial.
We sell and install various types of chimney caps to keep water out of your chimney. In addition, we protect one of the most vulnerable areas. This is where your chimney meets the roof! We install a customized flashing system. For the ultimate protection against water penetration, Ashbusters recommends having your chimney waterproofed. We apply a 100 percent vapor permeable formula to your entire chimney. This creates a barrier against water being absorbed by the bricks and mortar, but allows vapors to escape.
You can trust Ashbusters to take care of your masonry chimney during cold weather. Contact us for all of your chimney maintenance and repair needs in the Nashville area!