Moisture is the number one cause of chimney problems. Perhaps you’ve noticed water in your firebox. While that’s an obvious sign that your chimney is damp, it can be hard to determine just what the cause of the moisture might be. The dampness may be just the tip of the iceberg. There may be damage that has already occurred that needs to be addressed before the problem gets out of hand, leading to costly repairs on down the line.
What if you haven’t noticed any signs of water? What are the best ways to avoid a damp chimney and the damage that comes with it?
• Chimney cap-A properly installed chimney cap will keep water from getting into your chimney through the top. If you don’t have a cap or have one that you believe may not be doing its job, it’s time to call in the experts to assess the situation.
• Repair and replace-If there are noticeable problems with the exterior of your chimney, it’s important to get them resolved as soon as possible. Whether it’s damaged flashing, deteriorating mortar or crumbling brick, any of these things can invite cause moisture to seep into your chimney.
• Waterproofing-A waterproofing application to the interior and exterior of your chimney can make a huge difference in its condition. This product acts as a barrier to keep moisture out, but also allows the masonry to release water vapor that is inside the masonry.
• Annual inspection-And of course don’t forget that having a professional take a look at your chimney annually can help determine if there are problems that need to be addressed.
Are you worried that your chimney might be a little on the damp side? Take action now! Give North American Chimney & Gutter a call to assess your situation! North American Chimney & Gutter services the following areas: Bay Shore and Bedford Hills New York; Philadelphia and Harrisburg Pennsylvania; West Borough and Boston Massachusetts; and Fairfield Connecticut.