Your chimney is what allows you to enjoy the beautiful fireplace in your Indianapolis home. While chimneys are made from brick or stone masonry and are very durable, the weather takes a huge toll on them- especially water. The wet springs and constant winter freeze-thaw cycles in Indianapolis can really damage your chimney over time. One of the best ways to protect your chimney is by waterproofing it. In this post, we explain the importance of waterproofing your chimney.

How Water Damages Your Chimney 

Chimneys can be made from a variety of materials, but are commonly held together with masonry. Brick, stone, or blocks may seem impenetrable, but water can also be lethal to them. These materials are porous, meaning water can get into them. When water enters the bricks and then freezes, it expands. When the frozen water thaws, it leaves gaps and cracks in the bricks. When the process repeats many times over the winter, it can really damage your chimney and threaten the integrity of the structure. Additionally, water can also seep into the mortar causing mortar deterioration. Overall, water can get into your chimney materials and deteriorate it. The Indianapolis climate is very wet during the spring and has numerous freeze-thaw cycles each winter, which exposes your chimney to a lot of potential water damage. 

Waterproof Your Chimney 

Waterproofing your chimney is an effective way to prevent water damage and keep your chimney in great condition for many years. Prior to weatherproofing your chimney, you should get a chimney inspection from an experienced professional to assess the condition of your chimney and determine if you have any water damage. 

Waterproofing is not an at-home job. To waterproof, you must use a product that protects the exterior of your chimney but still allows the toxic gases from your fireplace to escape. After your chimney inspection, you should hire a knowledgeable technician to waterproof your chimney. The Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis is here for all of your chimney needs, including waterproofing. Our dedicated team will inspect your chimney and recommend any necessary repairs. Once your chimney is in optimal condition, we will waterproof it to prevent future water damage. To learn more about waterproofing your chimney or to schedule your consultation, contact us today at 317-500-1250 or OFFICE@BRICKANDEMBER.COM