The Benefits Of Waterproofing Chimney Maintenance

In many ways, water poses the biggest challenge to your home maintenance efforts; this is especially true when it comes to your chimney. If you are like most homeowners, you probably never think about a leak coming from your chimney until you have one. But, honestly, when it comes to protecting your home from water damage, your chimney should be one of the first structures that comes to mind – especially if you live in the Seattle area. After all, water causes more damage to masonry than all of the other elements combined, and we certainly get our fair share of moisture here.

How Does Water Harm My Chimney System?

When moisture gains access to your chimney system, it causes the masonry to break down, and it also causes rust and deterioration to the metal and steel parts of your chimney. Simply put – water is NOT your chimney’s friend. If you want your chimney to last and remain as safe and efficient as possible, waterproofing is the best option.

What Can I Do To Protect My System?

There are several great waterproofing products on the market, but the products we trust and use here at Pristine Sweeps are from industry-leading manufacturer, ChimneySaver. These products are applied to the exterior of your chimney, forming a vapor-permeable moisture barrier. This means that the chimney can still expel dangerous gases and byproducts, but water is not able to penetrate. It is critical that you use the correct type of product to waterproof your chimney. Other coatings, such as latex paint, will trap moisture inside the chimney bricks, accelerating the moisture damage and doing more harm than good.

Here at Pristine Sweeps, we believe preventative maintenance is key to the health and safety of your chimney and surrounding structures. We all know the damage that water can do over time. It is a slow and subtle process, but it can cause very expensive damage. The best way to save yourself money in the long run is to invest in professional waterproofing services. You will spend a little bit of money now, but it will save you hundreds, or even thousands, over the life your chimney.

For more information on our waterproofing services, or to schedule an appointment to have your system protected, call 206-574-8414 or click here!


Problems with the flashing around your chimney could also be the source of a chimney leak. A thorough chimney leak inspection will reveal what you need to do.