Waterproofing your chimney is an excellent way to minimize damage from the Illinois weather and help prolong the life of your chimney.
Masonry chimneys, especially common brick, are porous and will absorb water and wick the moisture through to the interior masonry chimney. As professional chimney sweeps, we have tried a number of products over the years and find that ChimneySaver™ works the best.
If there is significant damage or deterioration on your exterior chimney, like cracks, holes or missing bricks/mortar, then you should have your chimney repaired before you waterproof it. Waterproofing can only ‘save’ a chimney in its current state or condition. It is a preventative measure to maintain the interior chimney’s ability to breathe while protecting the exterior from letting water in.
The product that we use, ChimneySaver, says it is only available for purchase by chimney professionals. However, it can be found for purchase on the internet. We stand behind their guidelines and believe that the most qualified person to determine the problem and solution of your chimney is a certified chimney professional. An obvious problem from the outside might be a hidden and dangerous problem not obvious to the untrained home owner. ChimneySaver stands behind their products but only warranties them if they are applied by chimney professionals.
Valley Chimney Sweep has been cleaning, sweeping, repairing and rebuilding chimneys for over 37 years. We can help assess your problem and find a solution to fit your needs.