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Water is the natural enemy of masonry structures. Water penetration is the number one reason for most chimney repairs.

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Chimney Water Proofing

Water is the natural enemy of masonry structures. Water penetration is the number one reason for most chimney repairs.

Chimneys need water repellant to protect against naturally occuring freeze/thaw cycles.

Chimney Water Repellent

Water is the natural enemy of masonry structures. Water penetration is the number one reason for most chimney repairs. When bricks and blocks are laid, the mortar joints are usually struck with a mason's jointer. There are a couple of main reasons the joints are struck. First, having a struck joint makes the masonry look nice. Secondly, and more important, by striking the mortar joints, the mortar is compressed to help protect against water absorption. Over the years, through weatherization, the surfaces of the joints are worn away. Once the surface is worn away, the mortar can absorb water, causing deterioration of the joints and surrounding brick.

Water damage is an exponential process. Once it starts, it will continue to get worse very quickly. The longer you let it happen, the more expensive it is to fix.

For these reasons, we recommend that a water repellant be applied to the chimney periodically to help stop absorption of water. This should be a maintenance service, much like cleaning your chimney. So if it has been more than 5 years since your chimney has had any water repellent applied, give Top Hat a call to save future damage from happening to your chimney. 

Secondly, please do not consider a water repellant the same as waterproofing.  The sealants you can buy in the major box stores are not even close to the same. They work by providing a barrier against water intrusion. This keeps the water from soaking into your chimney. The problem is that this sealant barrier traps the water which is in your chimney already. This water cannot escape, stays at the surface and actually can create MORE damage to your chimney than if you had done nothing.

Our water repellent agent is 100% vapor permeable. It creates a barrier based on an ionic charge and repels water like magnets repel each other when you put the same polarity together. Additionally, since it does not create a seal or barrier, all the water in your chimney is free to evaporate from your chimney and will not create the types of damage that water sealants can create on your chimney.

Top Hat can apply water repellant to your chimney to help prevent water leaks for years to come!

 

See for yourself why Top Hat is the choice in the Centre Region of Pennsylvania when it comes to having your Chimney, Air Ducts, Dryer Vent, Furnace Flue or Gutters serviced.

Currently providing Chimney Water Proofing Services to the following cities:

State College, Bellefonte, Lock Haven, Lewistown, Tyrone, Phillipsburg, Huntingdon, Centre Hall, Pleasant Gap, Millheim, Penns Valley, Spring Mills, Howard, Port Matilda, Stormstown, Zion, Pine Grove Mills, Clearfield, Milesburg, Lemont, Petersburg, & Avis, Pennsylvania.

When you are ready for the BEST chimney cleaning and masonry repairs, in State College and surrounding Centre Region, Call Top Hat Chimney State College for all your furnace venting needs.

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