Water is your chimney masonry’s number one enemy. Over time, moisture from rain, snow, and ice can weather and crack your masonry, causing a wide range of issues. There are a variety of components put in place to protect your masonry. However, homeowners often overlook the chimney crown. However, the chimney crown is the first line of defense against moisture getting into your masonry. At Hale’s Chimney & Fireplace Solutions, we know the vital role your chimney crown plays in your chimney’s health and we want to share with you why it is important to inspect and maintain a healthy chimney crown.
How does my chimney crown function?
Your chimney crown is located at the top of your chimney. Masons construct the crown out of cement by creating a gentle slope away from your flue and off the top of the chimney. This directs most water away from your flue. Your chimney crown also prevents water from penetrating the top layer of bricks on your chimney. Your chimney cap doesn’t prevent water or snow from falling directly into your flue. Therefore, it works in conjunction with a cap to offer total water protection at the top of your chimney.
Why is my chimney crown so important?
Moisture is rough on your brickwork and masonry. If water is allowed to rest and seep into your brickwork or mortar, it can settle into tiny pores and slowly dissolve your masonry. If this moisture freezes, it can expand and cause your masonry to crack and crumble. A chimney crown protects the areas where you masonry is most vulnerable to the elements. Without it, rain and snow would be allowed to settle on top of your chimney, greatly diminishing the longevity of your masonry.
How do I inspect my chimney crown?
Over time, your chimney crown will start to deteriorate because of exposure to the elements. Water, wind, ice, and heat wear away at the crown. Eventually, even the best-constructed chimney crown will begin to succumb to the elements. Because of this, it is incredibly important to have your chimney crown inspected periodically by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified technician. Chimney crown inspections are vital to preventing issues related to your masonry’s health. A certified technician, like the ones at Hale’s Chimney & Fireplace Solutions, will be able to decide if your crown needs to be patched or rebuilt.
Spring is the perfect time to inspect your chimney crown. While you’re at it, you might as well schedule your periodic inspection and chimney cleaning. Call Hale’s Chimney & Fireplace Solutions at 972-562-6851 or schedule an appointment online to meet with a CSIA certified chimney technician today!