Don’t Let Winter Weather Ruin Your Chimney

Masonry chimneys are known for their durability and dependability. However, the elements of weather can lead to damage and deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints. After years of constant exposure to water from rain, ice, and snow, these masonry materials can become cracked, crumbled, and broken, and this damage could get worse if it isn’t repaired. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this type of damage to masonry chimneys could become even more serious during the winter.  Cold temperatures can accelerate the deterioration of bricks and mortar joints.

For almost 30 years, Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists have been taking care of the chimneys in the Upstate South Carolina region. We provide both experienced and professional masonry repair and maintenance services. Both of these services will keep your chimney working safely and efficiently throughout the winter. We would like to tell you more about how we can help you keep winter weather from ruining your chimney.

Masonry Repairs

The reason why cold temperatures are so rough on masonry chimneys has to do with freeze/thaw damage. Any moisture inside bricks and mortar will freeze and expand when the temperature falls below freezing. This greatly weakens the masonry materials. As the water thaws, its force is strong enough to cause the bricks and mortar joints to crack, crumble, and even become loose from the chimney’s structure. If neglected, this damage can worsen to the point where the chimney is at risk of collapsing.

Contacting Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists after a period of freezing temperatures this winter can keep the structure of your chimney safe and sound. Our CSIA-certified chimney experts can inspect the chimney for freeze/thaw damage. If we spot any cracked, loose, or missing masonry, we can remove the damaged materials. Afterwards, we will replace them with durable bricks and mortar that match the existing chimney.

Water Penetration Damage Preventive Services

To avoid winter weather chimney damage, the CSIA recommends some key professional maintenance and preventive services.  That includes annual sweep and inspection, chimney cap installation, and customized flashing. Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists is proud to provide all of these services. In addition, we also can give your chimney the ultimate protection against freeze/thaw damage with a waterproofing treatment. We strongly advise that you schedule an appointment with us to have your chimney professionally waterproofed.

Keep your chimney safe and sound this winter. Contact us today at Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists to schedule an appointment for any of our professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services. Protect your chimney from winter weather!