The traditional masonry chimney is built to last. It’s actually built to last the life of your home, and will as long as it’s properly maintained. The only way to truly damage a masonry chimney is one thing, and it’s preventable: neglect. Neglecting routine maintenance and preventative care leads to water penetration and winter damage that deteriorates the masonry from the inside out.

Routine Maintenance

Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend routine maintenance for a safe and efficient fire:

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    Your chimney should be cleaned regularly in order to keep soot and creosote from building up and becoming a fire risk, causing unpleasant odors. Soot and creosote, when mixed with moisture, becomes corrosive, damaging liners and masonry over a short period.
  • Chimney Inspection
    Most insurance policies require an annual inspection of the chimney system to assess it’s safety. A level one inspection is required annually. This annual appointment is important because it may be the only time that your chimney’s interior and exterior are seen by a professional. At this appointment, a trained technician will assess and report on weaknesses that can lead to Common Causes of Masonry Deterioration Image - South Central PA - Anderson's Chimney Servicecatastrophic damage if left unchecked.

Preventative Care

A certified chimney sweep will make customer safety and comfort above all else. Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services offers a full menu of masonry repair and preventative care. We know the value of small preventative steps today that can save you in damage and health risks later. Remembering to schedule routine maintenance is the best way to prevent water from entering your chimney. Once water enters your chimney it destroys it from the inside out. It is the most common cause of masonry deterioration and the most common result of neglect.

While scheduling these services, you can discuss other steps with your chimney expert. Anderson’s offers a waterproofing sealant that can further prevent water penetration. FlashSeal is a flexible, waterproof membrane designed specifically for chimneys. This sealant allows vapors and heat to escape the masonry while preventing water molecules from entering. Water is the worst thing that can happen to your chimney, and the first step in prevention is routine maintenance.

Only a professional can detect weaknesses in your system before they cost you an arm and a leg. Costly damage hidden in the system’s  interior will go unnoticed to the average homeowner.  The masonry can be repaired and the source corrected after your system has been assessed.  Anderson’s chimney sweeps specialize in masonry and masonry repair. We know the climate and municipal codes in our community in South Central Pennsylvania, and strive to offer the best service possible.

One of our chimney experts is standing by to assess and walk you through your masonry repairs. Give us a call at 717-975-3526 and we will come out at no cost to you for a consultation. We repair leaky chimneys and masonry deterioration on a daily basis, paying attention to fixing and preventing re-occurrence.

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