You may not spend a lot of time thinking about your chimney, but if you’re a homeowner, you do need to pay attention to it. Cover All Solutions understands that chimneys may be out of sight and out of mind, but over time your masonry will deteriorate from exposure to elements.
That’s why you should always keep an eye on your chimney’s masonry and look for signs of a problem like cracks or gaps. Watch out for stains that can come as a result of smoke damage which may indicate there’s a problem.
Chimney Water Damage
One of the biggest issues affecting your chimney’s masonry is water damage. Remember, it’s outside, unprotected and exposed to the elements. Chimneys can be made from several different materials like brick, mortar, concrete, tile, steel, cast iron or stone. All of these materials except stone can be damaged by water and stone can be damaged by freezing and thawing. This water damage from your masonry has the potential to spread to other parts of your home and cause rust or wood deterioration.
Cover All Solutions can help provide solutions if you’re worried about damage to your masonry. One way to prevent water damage is to install a chimney cap if you don’t already have one. They can prevent rain or snow from going into the opening at the top of your chimney, called the flue.
We can also repair or replace damaged masonry or damaged parts such as the chimney crown which is the top part of your chimney masonry. The crown is designed to run rainwater away from the flue. We can also work on damaged chimney flashing, which is the seal between the roof and the chimney, or make repairs to mortar joints that may be taking on water damage. We can install a chimney cricket, which deflects water and stops leaks from occurring, or we can replace defective mortar joints with waterproofing products designed to keep your masonry from absorbing too much moisture.
Chimney Cricket/ Chimney Saddle Installation
A chimney cricket or saddle as it’s sometimes called is a structure designed to divert water and stop snow build up between the roof and chimney. This is a very important part of the overall chimney structure because it prevents ice dams. Ice dams are a buildup of ice on a roof that does not allow for water to drain properly. When water doesn’t drain from a roof properly it can cause roof leaks to occur. Roof leaks can rust metal parts of your home’s structure, damage wood parts, and enable the growth of mold in your home. If you don’t have a chimney cricket on your home, have Cover All Solutions install one. Located below are a few pictures of the process of installing a chimney cricket.
Cover All Solutions wants to make sure you don’t have to worry that damaged masonry can become an expensive proposition for you. We recommend annual chimney inspections, and if you’re concerned that there may be a problem with your chimney’s masonry, contact us right away.