Unless properly protected, all new and existing masonry chimneys are susceptible to water damage. Because chimneys project above the roof line, they are vulnerable to the elements.

Water damage can be prevented. ChimneySaver Water Repellents, which have been used by chimney professionals for nearly 20 years, come with a 10-year warranty. This material reduces water penetration into the masonry by 99.9% according to ASTM tests conducted at the University of Wyoming.

A typical masonry chimney isn't made of just brick and mortar. Steel, cast iron, and tile are also used. All of these materials will suffer from accelerated deterioration and possible structural damage in the case of water infiltration.

When exposed to the freeze and thaw process, masonry materials deteriorate quickly due to the moisture that has penetrated into them. Freezing and thawing, which contracts and expands masonry materials, puts stress on your chimney, which also causes damage.

When water is in contact with steel and cast iron, it causes them to rust. This process will weaken and eventually destroy these valuable metal parts.

Water penetration can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and masonry chimney, including:

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