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How Can Water Hurt A Chimney?

Of all the things that can bring a chimney down, water is not the first thing that comes to mind. Fires, earthquakes, and neglect, yes. But water?

Can Water Hurt A Chimney Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsWater and Your Masonry

Your masonry is constructed of various materials, all of which are adversely affected by water. When water is allowed to penetrate the masonry, through neglect or storm damage, it can damage the chimney system from the inside out.

Chimney Water Damage

When water penetrates the chimney system, it causes a drop in efficiency, which affects safety and performance. It also leads to mounting damages that can cost an arm and a leg to repair.

  • Rusted parts including doors, hinges, damper assemblies.
  • Stained and weakened masonry, walls, floors, and wall coverings.
  • Clogged clean-out area.
  • Cracked and deteriorated flue liner.
  • Chimney settlement, collapse, or leaning chimney.
  • Water damage in other parts of the house.
  • Mold, mildew, and stains throughout system.
  • Decrease in air quality and affected central air and heat system.

Seattle Chimneys

In the Pacific Northwest, we endure a lot of rain. Our service area likely deals with more rain and water damage than any other area in the country, simply because of the climate. Because it rains so steadily in Seattle year-round, it’s important to stay on top of prevention, and keep the leak from happening in the first place.

  1. Schedule routine maintenance including chimney sweeps and inspections.
    It’s at these routine appointments that a chimney professional will catch damage before it happens.
  2. Waterproof masonry before winter with ChimneySaver.
    This is a vapor-soluble waterproofing agent applied by a certified professional. ChimneySaver allows vapors to escape while keeping water molecules from penetrating the masonry.
  3. Make necessary repairs as soon as damage occurs.
    Damaged masonry can allow water direct access to the chimney system, causing more damage as days pass. Schedule a masonry repair as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Freeze/Thaw Cycle

If a leaky chimney is not addressed as soon as possible, water continues to penetrate the chimney system. As fall turns to winter, this can become more serious as water freezes and thaws in what we call the freeze/thaw cycle. Water penetrates the masonry, then freezes, expanding and further damaging the brick and mortar. When the chimney heats, the water melts and moves further into the damaged masonry. As the chimney cools again, the water freezes, repeating the cycle as it breaks apart the masonry. This cycle can repeat all winter long, causing spalling masonry and the water damage described above. Again, the best way to stop water damage is to prevent it.

Don’t let rainy Washington hurt your chimney this winter, or any other time. Hire the best chimney sweep in Seattle, and let us handle your comprehensive chimney maintenance year-round. Call Pristine Sweeps today at 206-574-8414.

We Restore, Rebuild, and Renovate Your Chimney

Your chimney is built to last. However, it can become damaged, worn, and outdated over time. Sometimes your chimney can go on being used with a little work. Sometimes components should be removed and replaced to bring it up to safety codes. Other times your chimney may need to be rebuilt or renovated completely. Pristine Sweeps is a one-stop chimney sweep company! We can maintain your chimney from first construction and for its life thereafter. That is why our sweeps specialize in repairs, restorations, rebuilds, and renovations.

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Pristine Sweeps specializes in masonry construction and repair.

Common chimney work that our chimney sweeps are proud to offer our customers in the Seattle area include the following:

  • Brick and Mortar Repair and Replacement
    Masonry repair such as tuckpointing may be the most common required for chimney restoration. Spalling bricks and mortar can become a serious problem quickly. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, it can result in chimney disuse. Pristine sweeps can get your chimney back to it’s former functionality and beauty by a process called tuckpointing. This is where bricks and mortar are removed and replaced with mortar of the same strength, consistency, and color as the existing. This process also restores mortar joints that might have affected the structural integrity of your chimney.
  • Fireplace Face-Lift
    During a renovation or upgrade before a sale or re-finance, you can hire Pristine Sweeps to help you maximize the results of a new fireplace. Our masonry experts can add a stone veneer, or construct a new, beautiful stone or brick hearth to bring your fireplace to life. Our technicians work closely with homeowners to ensure the finished product is the fireplace of your dreams! Making it beautiful, safe, and efficient.
  • Repair, Replacement, and Installation
    Missing or damaged components such as dampers, chimney caps, chase covers, and more can mean a fire hazard. This puts your family and home at risk. We can repair or replace the damaged parts of your chimney system. Thus, resulting in a beautiful fireplace and chimney that is efficient and safe!
  • Restore Fireplaces
    Is your firebox beyond restoration and you don’t want the stress and cost of a full rebuild? Pristine Sweeps can still restore your fireplace by instilling an insert! If the chimney is functional and safe, one of our fireplace experts can help you choose an insert. It will then retro-fitted into your existing firebox and connected to your chimney. It gets your fireplace back to burning before fall.

Professional Services and the Best Products

Our chimney sweeps at Pristine Sweeps are CSIA certified who put customer safety and comfort first. When you choose Pristine sweeps you can count on professional services, beautiful work, and competitive prices. To find out how you can benefit from the expertise of Pristine Sweeps call 206-574-8414 today!