Fireplaces have many important functions in our homes. They keep our house warm during winter, and they create a nice cool atmosphere on dark nights. Even in the summer they have their utility, they work as a monument in your room, making it look beautiful and cozy. But, as you are aware of, fireplaces need regular maintenance to ensure that they will function the way they have to for many and many years. In this article will help you to prevent future damages to your fireplace by giving you tips of what to do.
That is a practice which is vital to keep your chimney safe and working properly, and it is sweeping it every year, but most people are aware of that. But, there is one thing that most fireplace insert owners forget about is preventing water damage. All masonry chimneys are made of materials like bricks, stones, mortar or concrete.
Now, imagine these materials being exposed to water regularly; it is obvious that they will suffer some damage. And it happens because they work like a sponge, they absorb any water nearby. So, when the winter comes, it freezes the water which the materials absorbed, expanding and contracting as part of the freeze and thaw cycle. This continuous action weakens the materials over time, so the structure may crack or even collapse.
Water can be the cause of many damages in your fireplace, like creating cracks and holes inside the chimney because of water leaking inside of it. These holes caused by the water leaking will expose the interior of the chimney, so the brick and mortar will suffer damage as well. And it damages don´t stop there; this water can also travel down to the dumper assembly and rust it out, making ventilation impossible. And, because of that the faceplate and doors of your fireplace will rust, and everything will be a mess.
So, first of all we want to warn you that to repair the damage caused by water in your fireplace will cost you much more money than what you might spend preventing it. Now, we are going to tell you what you have to do to prevent water damage and don´t go through hard times with your fireplace.
First, to prevent water from leaking inside the chimney, you can buy a chimney cap, that can be installed by a chimney service. This cap is cheap and the best way to avoid water leaking. Plus, the mason can check the chimney crown for damage. The crown works as a roof protecting the chimney top from water leaking. There is also available an aluminum cover, which will protect the seam where the chimney exits the roof line.
Follow these tips today and your fireplace will be safe! We hope this article was useful for you and to your chimney; after all, it is much cheaper to prevent it than to repair it later. We wish you good luck!