Are you aware of the effects of moisture on masonry? Brick is more absorbent than most people realize, meaning water is easily absorbed. Once this occurs, problematic issues such as decay, deterioration, clogs, and rust, among others, occur. In turn, these issues decrease the efficiency and overall lifespan of the fireplace.
One of the most harmful things that can occur is the freeze-thaw process. Many have heard this term, but know little about what it actually means… and others haven’t heard about it at all. It is important to learn about because it teaches better chimney maintenance which, in turn, preserves it better. Read below so you’re educated and up-to-date on it all!
Hurting Your Structure
By now you know that the freeze-thaw process hurts your structure, but you have yet to learn how this happens. Let’s start by explaining what the freeze-thaw process actually is. When spring and summer rains fall, water gets absorbed into your brickwork and accumulates, for the most part. This means that it’s there when temperatures drop in the winter time, and you know what happens to water in cold weather… it freezes!
When this water freezes, it expands and, as it expands, so does your brickwork. When the temperatures rise up again, your brickwork will thaw and settle, but not without facing some wear and tear. As this process keeps re-occurring, your masonry will shift, crack, and break… and your entire structure ends up facing a lot of extra pressure!
How Do I Avoid Water Damage?
First things first, you need to address any repairs that already present. If bricks break down and masonry crumbles, then you’ll need some experts on the job to get everything patched up and back in tip top shape. The CSIA certified experts at Wells & Sons Chimney Service can help you out! We specialize in various repair jobs, and we are qualified to perform your annual inspections and cleanings, too. Give us a call today!
Another vital step in avoiding water damage is investing in waterproofing. Many consider painting their chimney or using a sealer that they find at a local store. We strongly advise against this. These materials will keep water out, but they will also trap any pre-absorbed moisture in! Instead, trust in the professionals to get the job done right.
At Wells & Sons, we use products that keep water out, while allowing your chimney the ability to breathe out necessary vapors. And we don’t just waterproof chimneys! Whatever masonry you have, we can help you protect it. This includes walkways, home exteriors, walls, and more!
To learn more about our long list of services, visit our website or give us a call today. We are more than happy to help you out and answer any questions you may have. Talk to you soon!