Moisture damage is real. It can slowly erode all the foundations of your home, and your chimney is no different. No matter how much love you have given your home and have wanted a fireplace, moisture damage to chimneys can cause serious safety hazards to you and your family.
In this blog post, Purcell’s Paving and Masonry, serving Somerville, NJ, will explore the different types of moisture damage, hidden damage, and hazard to occupants in your chimney.
Three types of moisture damage can occur to your chimney:
– Erosion from Weathering
When your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements, moisture will slowly start to eat away at the mortar and bricks. Such damage is usually first noticed as cracks in the mortar or bricks, which can eventually lead to large chunks of your chimney falling off.
– Efflorescence (a.k.a. mineral deposits)
This occurs when water seeps into the pores of your chimney, dissolves minerals in the masonry, and then evaporates, leaving behind a powdery white substance. Because your chimney is mainly made of porous materials, this is a common problem that things like rain and snow can exacerbate.
– Leaks in Chimney
Leaks are perhaps the most obvious sign of moisture damage. They can be caused by several factors, from cracks in the chimney to faulty flashing (the metal strips to seal the gaps between your chimney and roof).
– Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive in moist environments, so if your chimney is damp, chances are you’ll see some growth at some point. It may seem harmless, but mold can seriously threaten your family’s health by causing respiratory problems.
– Rot in the Chimney
If left unchecked, dampness can lead to wood rot, weakening your chimney’s structural integrity.
Remedies to Prevent Damage
There are a few things you can do to prevent moisture damage to your chimney:
- Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris so water can drain properly.
- Inspect your chimney regularly for cracks or gaps that could allow water in.
- If you have a fireplace, use a glass fire screen to help prevent heat and sparks from igniting combustible materials near the opening.
- Use a Chimney Balloon when the fireplace is not in use to help block out drafts.
A professional chimney repair can also help you assess the condition of your chimney and make recommendations for repair or waterproofing.
If you’re looking for top-quality chimney repair services, contact Prucell’s Paving and Masonry, serving Somerville, NJ, today. We’re experts in all things chimney related and can help keep your home safe from water damage. Our top-of-the-line professionals will be there to answer any questions you may have. We’re just a click away, so don’t hesitate to reach out today!
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