There are many reasons to love summertime – the warm weather, the greenery, and the gentle rains, just to name a few. However, the summer climate can also be tough on your chimney system, especially with the heavy rainfall. There are many signs that water has infiltrated your chimney system. If you’ve noticed water dripping or trickling in your firebox, vegetative growth in your chimney, discoloration of your brick, rust on your damper, or water stains on the walls and ceiling adjacent to your chimney, you may have a leaky chimney. It may seem that chimney leakage is impossible to get ahead of, but we want you to know that we here at TN Fireplace & Chimney can help you waterproof your chimney.
Why does my chimney need waterproofing?
Though it may not seem like it, your chimney masonry is like a sponge. Bricks are full of tiny pores that easily allow water to get into your masonry and cause all sorts of problems. Also, when your chimney was installed, there should be a gap between the chimney and the roof. This prevents your home from absorbing too much heat from your chimney. However, it also allows water to run into your home along the chimney if not properly waterproofed.
How can I waterproof my chimney?
There are a number of mechanisms that your chimney system uses to protect itself from moisture. Your chimney cap is the first line of defense against moisture. It sits on top of your chimney, protecting the opening from rain, snow, and ice. The chimney crown protects the brickwork of your chimney. It allows water to run off the top of the chimney instead of settling on the brickwork. Your chimney flashing is a metal strip that covers the gap between the chimney and the roof, preventing water from entering your home. In some cases, sealants will be used to protect chimney masonry as well.
We can waterproof your chimney!
If you notice a leak in your chimney, schedule an appointment with one of our certified chimney technicians right away. Leaking chimneys mean that one or more of the mechanisms used to protect your chimney isn’t working correctly. Our certified chimney technicians will find the source of the leak, fix it, and help prevent future leaks.
Summer is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with one of our certified chimney technicians. If you notice a leak in your chimney or if it’s been a while since you’ve had your chimney inspected, schedule an appointment online or call TN Fireplace & Chimney at (865) 922-2262 today!