Spring showers have come and gone, but waterproofing is still vital for winter. Unlike rain water that falls and flows, snow will sit on a chimney and roof until it melts, and then it melts slowly. Winter damage can be the most devastating, and it’s 100 percent preventable.
A professional chimney sweep can apply a waterproofing sealant to your masonry, crown, and flashing, for protection against precipitation year-round. This vapor-soluble sealant, keeps water molecules out, while letting gases escape. When you have your chimney waterproofed, you’re putting a barrier between your masonry and the weather – preventing water and winter damage. At Black Moose Chimney and Stove, we apply ChimneySaver, the industry-trusted waterproofing agent that gets the job done, but doesn’t change the look of your masonry. We continually choose ChimneySaver’s laboratory tested and field proven products because we want the best for our customers. Ask us about ChimneySaver today.
You may not think the annual inspection is important for waterproofing. However, it is one of the best steps you can take for preventing a chimney leak. If there is a chimney problem, the average homeowner won’t notice it until damage is already done. When you schedule your annual chimney inspection with Black Moose, you can rest assured that your chimney is ready for winter. We check all of the important components of the chimney designed to keep water out.
- The Chimney Cap
You might not see the chimney cap is damaged or has shifted from a view down below. A certified chimney sweep will check the cap, and install a new one if necessary. The cap keeps out water year-round, as well as animals, wind gusts, and keeps sparks in the flue.
- The Chimney Flashing
Many homeowners and handymen think it is okay to install flashing with no experience or training! This is never recommended. If you aren’t certain your flashing was installed correctly, you should have it checked right away. Our chimney sweep swill check the flashing for shifting, placement, visible nails, and make sure it is treated with a waterproofing sealant.
- The Chimney Crown
The crown will only function properly, if it was made properly. It should be specifically sized and shaped for your chimney, should have a specific shape and slope for optimal water runoff, should reach from the flue opening to the edge of the chimney, and have two inches of overhang. At Black Moose we specialize in crown repair and rebuilds.
If your inspection this summer identified masonry damage, and you haven’t had it repaired yet, it will be impossible to adequately waterproof your chimney. You should schedule your masonry repairs, updates, and rebuilds before the fall rush. Otherwise, you may be left in the cold, your chimney will be susceptible to extreme water damage, and your holiday season may be ruined by costly repairs. Black Moose offers masonry repairs and waterproofing year-round. Schedule now, and you can rest easy knowing your chimney will be ready for burn season.
Call Black Moose at 603.525.7905 or schedule online.