Water Damage and Your Masonry Chimney

Water damage to your masonry chimney is serious business and can lead to safety hazards, structural damage and astronomical costs. The best way to prevent and repair this damage is to have your chimney regularly swept, inspected and maintained. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 is the standard that Oregon Chimney Sweep Association and Chimney Safety Institute of America certified sweeps follow, and is considered the gold standard for fireplace and chimney code.

Chimney caps, are the first line of essential preventative measures a homeowner can take against water damage. Uncovered, the  openings at the top of your chimney can directly funnel water into your chimney’s interior. A chimney cap prevents these water leaks, protecting your chimney from damage.

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