According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 60% of new homes have a fireplace. Proper chimney maintenance is important for ensuring that your fireplace is usable, and to prevent your chimney structure from endangering your home and yard. Many homeowners have no idea that their chimney needs to be properly waterproofed. Here are three reasons your home’s chimney should be protected from water penetration.
Avoid Structural Damage
Most chimneys today are made from brick and mortar. While this is generally a very durable combination, like anything, it is subject to breaking down over time. Water can penetrate the cracks between brick and mortar, causing bricks to chip and break apart—this is known as spalling. Think of fifty-year-old headstone in a graveyard and the damage simple water can do over time—now imagine what it’s doing to your chimney. Waterproofing your chimney can help to prevent future deterioration.
Water Damage Can Lead to Dangerous Carbon Monoxide
We’ve all heard about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning—but did you know that an improperly maintained chimney can be a potential cause? Over time, water can cause your chimney flue liner to either crack or rust, depending on if it’s been constructed from clay or aluminum respectively. This can eventually cause the chimney liner to fall apart—a big problem, considering that the chimney flue both directs combustible debris to the outside air, while also protecting your chimney from damaging corrosion. Avoid this potential health hazard by having your chimney waterproofed.
A Leaky Chimney Can Wreak Havoc on Your Home
What happens when a chimney leaks water into your home? Nothing good, to put it lightly. A chimney that hasn’t been waterproofed can lead to the formation of unsightly water stains in the room your fireplace is in. Water leakage through the walls can also lead to mold growth—a potentially dangerous and expensive problem to fix.
The benefits to waterproofing your chimney are myriad, and the experts at Bruno Guerriero Construction are here to help. Contact us today to find out how you can prevent water from damaging your chimney and home.