According to Restoration Local providers, more cases of water damage to chimneys are reported than fire damage.
(PRWEB) April 09, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water removal and restoration services in the US, is warning residents to properly protect and secure their chimneys as severe weather season 2012 begins in earnest.
According to Restoration Local providers, more cases of water damage to chimneys are reported than fire damage. Chimneys are composed of brick, mortar, and tile, all of which may be seriously deteriorated through repeated exposure to water. In addition, thawing from a hard freeze may result in cracks to the structure, allowing noxious gases to enter the home.
To protect the chimney, a chimney cap or rain cover should be installed, as it is one of the less expensive methods for keeping water out of the chimney structure. Unprotected flues may attract not just water, but also, birds, small animals, leaves, and debris. Once collected within the chimney, these may provide a serious fire risk. Chimney caps also serve to keep sparks inside the chimney, as opposed to allowing them to shoot out and ignite dry leaves, wood, or other flammable materials.
Damaged chimney crowns should be replaced. Since most are made of basic mortar, they are unable to resist years of exposure to the elements. A high quality cement construction should be utilized, creating an overhang that protects all sides of the chimney. If the crown is damaged, there is a good chance that the surrounding flashing is as well, which means it should be replaced to prevent water from flowing down inside the structure and getting into your home.
Chimney waterproofing is also required, since both brick and mortar act like sponges when it comes to retaining moisture. Vapor-permeable waterproofing materials are preferred, as they let moisture out but do not allow it to get in.
Chimneys should also be inspected every year and cleaned as conditions warrant. As with any case of water damage, catching the problem early is the key to successful remediation. Water damage will not get better on its own; in fact it only gets progressively worse until it is treated.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the country, with service providers in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.