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6 Reasons to Waterproof Your Chimney

1. Prevent Water Damage

You can prevent water damage to your masonry chimney by hiring a professional to provide a water repellent service.

2. Protect Brick Masonry

Water penetration is the #1 cause of brick damage to masonry chimneys. Without protection, water can harm the inside and outside of your home.

3. Slow Time Decay

Chimney water problems are progressive, meaning they will get worse over time! With changing seasons, the brickwork goes through a repeated freeze and thaw cycle. Proper moisture protection can delay inevitable damage.

4. Extend Chimneys Lifetime

Well maintained chimneys can increase the value of your home and last the span of many decades. Annual cleanings reduce the risk of costly chimney repairs in the future.

5. Improve Performance

To keep a dry chimney system, your Full Service Chimney Repair Technician can build structural elements (like a Chimney Cricket or Flashing) to help repel water away from areas prone to suffer weather damage.

6. Peace of Mind

When combined, structural enhancements and brick weather sealants provide your chimney waterproofing that gives you, the homeowner, peace of mind.

How to Waterproof a Chimney

Sealing a leaky chimney begins with finding the leaks. Sounds simple, however, we’ve seen leaking chimney’s smeared with silicon and tar by the homeowner or a handyman, only to continue to have water entry problems. You’ll need a chimney inspection to diagnose chimney damage and the chimney leaks that cause the damage before you attempt to waterproof chimney masonry.

The surest way to seal your chimney is to contact your Full Service Chimney Inspector for expert advise and quality chimney repairs. We understand how the chimney crown, cap and flashing all work together to ensure the chimney repair seal will last.

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Masonry Chimney Water Problems

Once chimney leaks begin, we find masonry water entry gets worse over time. Long term moisture problems always lead to chimney damage. You should consider chimney waterproofing as the first step in a multi-step process that will extend the life of your chimney. Ask your Full Service Chimney sweep about options for chimney water leaks, chimney sealer, and other masonry chimney waterproofing repairs.

Water and moisture damages both the inside and outside of masonry chimneys. Damage is done to masonry chimneys when water trapped inside expands during freezing. That happens during the time of year when temperatures are above freezing during the day and dip below freezing at night, While it’s impossible for you to keep your chimney warm, by waterproofing you can ensure it stays dry.

Different Ways to Seal a Chimney

You can think of chimney sealer in more ways than one. Ideally, chimneys should be designed and constructed to encourage water to shed from their structure. The masonry surfaces can be treated to prohibit that water from soaking in. All too often this holistic approach is absent in diagnosing and repairing chimney leaks. For example, if you only spread caulking in cracks and spray a water sealer on the crown and brickwork, most chimney leaks and brick damage will continue or even grow worse.

If water damaged masonry is removed and replaced, without treating the water entry design issue, the damage will repeat itself. Only by knowing proper chimney design and using the proper chimney waterproofing products can lasting chimney maintenance be achieved.

How Much Does it Cost?

A Chimney Waterproofing Repair can cost as little as $400, and be accomplished in less than a day! The price and scope of waterproofing treatment all depend on the needs of the masonry.

All brick chimneys need waterproofed, even if water isn’t seen leaking inside the home. That’s because brick and mortar lifespan is improved when the waterproofing treatment is both top quality and applied properly.

Allow Full Service Chimney care professionals to help extend the life of your brick masonry.  Call 913-642-6171 to speak with a Certified Technician today.

Protect Your Chimney from Moisture

Brick-Masonry Chimney’s in Kansas City suffer from the rapidly changing Midwestern weather.

Full Service Chimney technicians are certified and maintain local chimneys in your area daily. Allow us to help protect your brickwork and shield your chimney from the  seasonal elements.

Brick Chimney Waterproofing in Kansas City

Why Weatherproofing Sealant is Necessary to Protect Your Home

Sealing a leaky chimney begins with finding the leaks. Sounds simple, however, we’ve seen leaking chimney’s smeared with silicon and tar by the homeowner or a handyman, only to continue to have water entry problems. You’ll need a chimney inspection to diagnose chimney damage and the chimney leaks that cause the damage before you attempt to waterproof chimney masonry.

The surest way to seal your chimney is to contact your Full Service Chimney Inspector for expert advise and quality chimney repairs. We understand how the chimney crown, cap and flashing all work together to ensure the chimney repair seal will last.

Barrier Blocks Water

Waterproofing is a chimney sealant. The weatherproof seal becomes a barrier that keeps water from entering the brick-masonry structure.

Moisture Can Escape

Waterproofing is Vapor Permeable, meaning the treatment allows any moisture trapped inside to escape but not re-enter.

Chimney Waterproof Diagrams 1-4
  1. Brick-Masonry chimneys may look solid, but even when brand new, there are small capillary sized openings.
  2. When examined closely, we see hair-thin cracks are present.
  3. Under damp conditions, these tiny openings fill with water and over time become bigger cracks.
  4. Cracks worsen with seasonal weather changes. Freeze & Thaw cycles damage openings, increasing the damage.

What Our Customers Say

"We hired Full Service Chimney to repair flu's in three fireplaces at our lake house that were built incorrectly and would never draw the smoke, hence for 5 years we rarely if ever used them. Now they all three work perfectly!! These guys are incredibly professional, reliable and they communicate effectively every step of the way. When I wrote the last check (not a small one) I c..."

John&Mary

"Very thorough. Excellent photos of exterior & interior of the chimney. Tech walked through the issues with recommendations. Answered all my questions in good detail. Iliked them well enough to agree to gas log installation. I also like the fact they are locally owned & the initial conversation was with one of the owners."

Kathy

"Prompt, courteous, and thoroughly explained the job process."

Deborah

"Completion was delayed due to our inability to get electrical and plumbing completed. Once the preparations were complete we were very pleased with the quality of the workmanship. The fireplace works quite well and it is quite attractive. It is a classy addition to the room."

David

"The workers/technicians were great, very professional and hard workers, it was two very hot days and they did not let the heat slow them down. The work on the chimney looked great, they shared before and after photos and went over all they done at the end of the job. From the time the estimate was done to the completion of the work I have nothing but good to say about everyone inv..."

Dick

Your Local Chimney Experts in Brick Waterproofing

Full Service Chimney provides chimney waterproofing service to homes across the KC Metro area.

Kansas City families have trusted us to help maintain their fireplace & chimney systems for over three decades.

Let us be your chimney protection service.

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