Summer is almost over in Eugene and that means the rainy season is right around the corner. When it comes to home maintenance, chimneys are often neglected or simply overlooked. Water damage is the most common reason why chimneys need to be repaired. By not conducting regular maintenance, e.g. chimney sweeps and chimney repairs, you put yourself at risk of large-scale damages and expensive repair bills. Long-term exposure to water can cause interior and exterior damages including rust, stains, bad odor, decay, mortar damage, and collapsed chimney structure. Luckily, water damage is easily avoidable if you learn how to waterproof your chimney.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Install a Chimney Cap
Probably the most effective and inexpensive way to waterproof your chimney is by installing a chimney cap. Among their many functions, chimney caps prevent large amounts of rain, snow, and other debris from entering the interior of your chimney.
Repair Leaks and Mortar
Another waterproofing measure is to repair any leaks or damaged mortar. Mortar keeps the masonry materials of your chimney together. When it’s continually exposed to water, it slowly deteriorates and creates gaps in your chimney structure. By repairing this, you will eliminate the number of entry spots for water to creep in.
Install a Chimney Cricket
Installing a chimney cricket or saddle will also help ensure your chimney is armed against water exposure especially if your roof is flat. A saddle is a ridge structure that diverts water from around the base of your chimney.
Apply Water Repellent
Applying chimney water repellent can also help keep water damage at bay. Be sure to know the difference between sealers and water repellents. While sealers form a film on the surface of your chimney and trap moisture inside, repellents allow the surface to breathe while keeping water out. When using waterproofing agents, it’s important to use 100% vapor permeable formulas so that water doesn’t get trapped and cause further deterioration.
A waterproofed chimney is a healthy chimney! By protecting your chimney from excessive water exposure, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and future repair bills. For all of your chimney maintenance needs call the guys at Oregon Chimney Guys. We pride ourselves in providing quality chimney repair in Eugene, Oregon, and surrounding area.