How The Freeze/Thaw Cycle Affects Your Chimney

Your chimney needs regular care and maintenance to make sure that it remains in good condition. The freeze and thaw cycle can be an issue of concern that can lead to damage and can also cause water damage. You might see small gaps and cracks in your masonry.

Effects of the Freeze/Thaw Cycle

The freeze/thaw effect causes your chimney to expand and contract. This can place pressure on your chimney that leads to the masonry cracking and allows for water to enter into your chimney. The expanding and contraction is the result of heating up the chimney when placing it in use. 

Effects of Water Seepage

The water that seeps in through the cracks causes water damage to the interior. You might notice black and green stains. Oftentimes, you'll see mildew or mold forming near the fireplace opening. If you allow this to continue, you'll see much more severe damage to your chimney and will also begin to see leaks throughout your home.

For this reason, it's important to contact a chimney cleaning service that can get this problem under control. You'll never want to hire a general contractor because only a chimney service will know how to prevent your chimney from collapsing. Chimney sweeping services are not only able to clean chimneys but know how to perform repairs. 

Preventing the Freeze and Thaw Cycle

One of the best ways to prevent the freeze and thaw cycle in the first place is to have your chimney cleaned regularly. In addition to cleaning your chimney, you'll have your chimney inspected by professionals who can identify warning signs such as cracks and spalling. These problems might seem small, at first, but become progressively worse. 

When a problem is identified, preventative measures can be taken such as waterproofing your chimney and making sure that the bricks and masonry are repaired so that the problem doesn't become worse. Waterproofing your chimney allows it to maintain its porous nature while still being waterproof. 

A clean chimney will keep your home clean as well. A clean chimney is a safe chimney, and your chimney will also operate more efficiently. For this reason, you should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year.

A chimney sweeper uses the most advanced equipment to eliminate creosote from the chimney, which is a top cause of fires. The last stage of creosote is harder to remove than the earlier stages. For more information, contact a chimney cleaning service.