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Does Your Chimney Need a Makeover?

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Have you noticed missing bricks and pieces of mortar from your exterior chimney? Not only is this damage unsightly, but it can also be dangerous. If left unrepaired, the stability of the structure of your chimney could be compromised. This type of damage is not uncommon and is caused by water penetration. Not surprisingly, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls water the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. If you have seen this kind of chimney damage, you should act now because this damage worsens in the winter. You do not want to risk serious chimney problems when you need your chimney the most. Fortunately, Magic Sweep can help you by giving your chimney a makeover. We have the training and experience to replace missing bricks and mortar joints in your chimney, and we can also protect your chimney from the water penetration that causes this type of damage. We would like to tell you more about how we can help your chimney function safely and effectively with no exterior masonry damage.

How does water damage the exterior of my chimney?Does Your Chimney Need a Makeover - Chespeake VA - Magic Sweep

Since this part of your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements, it will show signs of weather-caused erosion over the years. Masonry materials absorb water, and when they are worn down, they can take in more moisture. When water penetrates bricks and mortar, it can cause these materials to weaken, crack, and break apart.

Why does this damage get worse in the winter?

When the water that is trapped inside the bricks and mortar of your chimney freezes, it expands. Once the temperature rises above the freezing point, this water thaws and causes the masonry materials to spall, or crack and break apart. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles makes spalling damage worse, and this can quickly lead to the deterioration of the structure of your chimney.

How can Magic Sweep help me deal with chimney water damage?

Our CSIA-certified chimney experts can inspect your exterior chimney damage and make recommendations on repairing and replacing damaged bricks and mortar joints. Once we make the necessary repairs, we can prevent water penetration with several methods. We sell and install chimney caps that keep water from rain and melted snow from entering inside your chimney from the top. We can apply a waterproofing formula that will protect your chimney from water leaks. We also provide custom flashing services to prevent water from pooling around your chimney where it meets the roof.

Ensuring your chimney is in good condition before the coldest weather arrives is very important. If your exterior chimney needs a makeover, contact us at Magic Sweep to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection and consultation.