Few things are more enjoyable than having a roaring fire in your own home. The warmth of a fire is something you cannot replace with other heating methods. It can bring the family together and create an atmosphere like no other. That’s why your fireplace and chimney is the central component of any home. Indeed, in times past, the fireplace was the only gathering place where family members could come together.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure your chimney stays in good working order. One of the biggest causes of damage to your chimney is from water damage. There are several ways that water can get into your chimney, and several ways that your chimney can be damaged. And while it seems as if the solution would be simple, oftentimes this isn’t the case.
Of course, the best solution would be to waterproof your chimney before there is any damage. The best time to do this is before the rainy season comes, which is generally around spring time. A reputable company will come out, take a look, and figure out what needs to be done. The best solution is a completely breathable water repellent. The reason this is important is that if it isn’t breathable, then any mildew or damage that is already done will be trapped inside. This could lead to further corrosion of the bricks and mortar.
If there is existing damage, then this will obviously need to be repaired. Cracks will be filled in, missing pieces will be replaced, and any mortar damage due to excessive water will be remedied. Then a comprehensive water repellent sealant will be applied, keep your chimney safe from future water damage.
In addition, an attractive looking cover can be placed above the chimney outlet, keeping water from getting in directly. This can not only protect the interior of your fireplace, but it will also help to make your chimney look captivating, which can easily add value to your home.
That’s why it’s essential to have your chimney checked out and repaired before the rainy season comes.