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Waterproofing & Your Chimney

When it comes to keeping your masonry in tip-top shape, investing in a few forms of preventative maintenance can go a long way. Things like chimney caps, chimney crowns, flashing, and more all play a big role in protecting your structure from harmful water damage, and these effective and affordable solutions typically wind up saving homeowners hundreds (sometimes thousands) in repair work.

One thing the crew here at Lords Chimney urges all of our customers to invest in is waterproofing services. Not familiar with how this process works or what it entails? We’ve got you covered! Get the facts below, then reach out to our team with any questions. We are always happy to help.

What Is Waterproofing?chimney near lake in fog

Waterproofing is the process of covering your brickwork and mortar with a light, vapor permeable seal. This coating protects your masonry from rain, sleet, snow, and other forms of moisture without affecting the look or aesthetic of your structure. The products that are used by professional sweeps are known for allowing any pre-absorbed moisture the chance to effectively escape your structure, as well, ensuring things will not continue breaking down from the inside.

Why Is Waterproofing Important?

Now, what many homeowners fail to realize is their strong, sturdy brickwork is actually quite absorbent. The more exposure your masonry has to rains and harsh weather, the more it will break down, meaning you’ll be investing in some expensive professional rebuilding work before you know it. Waterproofing now will save you loads of money down the line!

What kind of damages does waterproofing trigger? Homeowners have noted countless issues from too much water exposure ranging from discolored brickwork to mold growth to rust streaks and more. Not only with it threaten the structural integrity of your setup, but it will make it look much less attractive, as well.

A waterproofed structure will also ensure your brickwork and mortar won’t form holes, gaps, and openings through which smoke, carbon monoxide, heat, and flames can escape into your home. All of these can lead to injury or health issues, and they can cause damage throughout your property, as well.

Finally, waterproofing helps homeowners avoid disasters, such as settlements or collapses. If your chimney starts to crumble and weaken, it may only be a matter of time before it falls down completely, putting your entire home and family members at significant risk. A simple call to our team of experts can ensure you are set up right with the high-quality services you deserve. Let’s get started today!

How Often Should I Invest In This Service?

How often do you need to schedule waterproofing services? Well, it often depends on the products that are being used, but most will need to be reapplied every 5 – 10 years. Here at Lords Chimney, we use ChimneySaver, which comes with a 10 year warranty, so you’ll be good to go for the long haul!

That being said, make sure you invest in care from a qualified technician or you may not get the results you are hoping for. Tackling this as a do-it-yourself job could result in you not getting the most from the products you invest in, and your chimney will suffer as a result.

All About ChimneySaver

Like we said, ChimneySaver comes with a 10 year warranty, but it has many other qualities that make it a top choice for certified sweeps all throughout the nation. This company excels when it comes to setting the standard for all types of chimney products, and everything they sell undergoes testing and research to ensure it really performs out in the field. Chimney companies all over the country trust it year after year because it really delivers!

Help! My Chimney Is Already Leaking!

Is your chimney already experiencing leaks and water-related damages? Well, these are issues you will obviously need to have addressed before applying any waterproofing agents. If your metal components are rusting, if you see or hear water in your chimney, or if you’ve noticed some deterioration throughout your flue, then the time to call in the experts is now!

If you aren’t sure where you stand, the best thing to do is to schedule a chimney inspection. A CSIA certified sweep will have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do a thorough overview and can recommend further services based upon their findings. With the holidays coming up quick, now is a great time to get this maintenance scheduled.

Thanks to services like tuckpointing, crown repair, brick replacement, and more, you’ll have your system working as efficiently and as safely as possible in no time!

Can Lords Chimney Help Me?

So, what can the Lords Chimney team do to resolve problems with leaks and water damage throughout the Houston area? First things first, we are certified to perform all levels of chimney inspections, so you can count on us no matter what state your chimney is in. Then, we can sweep and repair your unit as necessary.

After we’ve got your structure looking and functioning like new again, we can apply preventative measures to keep it protected, including waterproofing services. You deserve peace of mind in the months ahead, and we’re here to provide it. Reach out now, and we can get something scheduled!

All About HeatShield

A warm and cozy fire sets the perfect mood for a chilly evening indoors. But not if your fireplace and chimney are broken down, crumbling, or posing any threats to your home. Stressing about gas leaks, house fires, and damaged masonry makes fireplace use anything but relaxing, which is why we encourage homeowners throughout the Houston area to rely on our team of experts for it all.

When it comes to offering your home and chimney better protection, a structurally sound liner is a must. A good number of homeowners will opt for a stainless liner if relining work is needed, but this isn’t always an option for those with a tighter budget. Fortunately, if you have a clay liner in place, there may be an alternative option – restoring it with HeatShield!

Our team can set you up with everything you need to operate your chimney as safely as possible this upcoming holiday season. For more information, give us a call today, or set up an appointment for your annual inspection so that we can get this process started. We’re always happy to help!

The Role Of Your Liner

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First things first, it’s essential to know why a sturdy and reliable liner is necessary when operating your fireplace. For one thing, it keeps the other parts of your home from catching on fire. Your fireplace produces a lot of heat, and if the surrounding woodwork isn’t adequately protected, it could start on fire within a matter of hours. A correctly fitted and well-maintained liner will ensure those high temperatures and stray flames don’t reach any other areas of your house.

Another thing your liner does is keep your masonry in better shape. Your fireplace produces a lot of acidic gases, which can eat away at your brickwork and mortar in a hurry if given full access. The more it breaks these components down, the higher your chances will be of facing gas leaks, house fires, or even a chimney collapse! All in all, broken down masonry is costly to fix, so avoiding the issue altogether will always be your best bet.

Last, but certainly not least, a well-functioning liner will enable your chimney to function as efficiently as possible. It will ensure smoke and fumes are directed up and out of your flue, so nothing leaks back into your household, and it guarantees better draft and airflow all around. In the end, your system will function a lot safer, too, so don’t skimp when it comes to your liner – it’s a vital piece of your chimney’s anatomy!

How HeatShield Works

So, how does HeatShield work? Well, a full relining job would consist of tearing apart your current, broken down liner, after which an entirely new liner is put into your chimney. This is super effective, but it’s also very costly and time-consuming. Many wonder if there’s an easier and more affordable option – and there is! Heatshield is an alternative many turn to, and it also produces great results. In fact, it comes with a 20-year warranty, so you can trust that it’s a method that truly stands the test of time.

There are two HeatShield methods we can apply to your chimney. The first is HeatShield’s Joint Repair which is good for a tile-lined chimney that needs some repair work. If your mortar joints are crumbling, then this mixture will fill in every gap throughout your structure. In the end, you’ll be left with a smooth, seamless surface that can enjoy for the long haul.

Is a whole resurfacing job necessary? Then, HeatShield’s Resurfacing System is what you need. We’ll remove any dust from your flue, then put a thick application of HeatShield throughout the entire interior. Your chimney’s interior will be looking like new in no time!

Whichever method we use, we’ll use cameras to show you how everything looks at the end of it all. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction above everything else, so you won’t need to worry about being disappointed when we’re through. The Lords Chimney crew knows their stuff!

HeatShield: A Consistently Reliable OrganizationHeatshield-logo-image-blog-houston-tx-lords-chimney

So, how can you know that HeatShield is a name you can trust? Well, this product has been utilized in homes for two decades now, so it is clearly a reliable one. All standards meet the Underwriters Laboratories’ regulations regarding chimney liners, and sweeps throughout the country utilize their products on a regular basis for their loyal customer base. This is a company that is dedicated to keeping homes as safe as possible!

We’re The Only Certified HeatShield Techs In The Area!

Throughout the entire Houston area, the team here at Lords Chimney is the only technicians that are certified to set you up with the HeatShield method. This, along with our many years of experience, ensure we can get you taken care of, no matter what. We’ve built up a strong reputation throughout our service area, and we stand by our work every time. If you want to invest in a name you can trust for the long haul, we’re it!

Fall is just around the corner and, soon, you’ll want to start lighting up fires for the festive months ahead. Ensure your home has the perfect aesthetic by getting our team on the job today. We can’t wait to work with you soon!