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2 Great Ways To Take Care Of Your Chimney This Year

It is easy to forget about your chimney, as it sits on top of your house and you don't' have to interact with it that much. However, if you want your chimney to last, and you want to avoid costly repairs that can run into the thousands, you need to make sure that you inspect and take care of your chimney. Three of the best ways to take care of your chimney is by sealing the chimney crown and waterproof the bricks.

1. Sealing the Chimney Crown

The chimney crown is located at the base of your chimney. It is the cement structure that holds your chimney up and in place. The chimney crown helps support the weight of the chimney. You don't want your chimney crown to develop any cracks in it. When your chimney crown develops cracks, that means your entire chimney could be unstable. Luckily, it is easy to keep your chimney crown sealed up. You need some brushable crown sealer and chimney water repellent, as well as some duct tape, a putty knife, and a paintbrush.

Place the duct tape around the base of the chimney; you don't want to get the sealer on the chimney itself. Then, scoop up the sealer and apply it to the chimney crown. Pus the sealer down into any cracks that are present. Fill up the seam between the crown and the chimney itself. You can use a putty knife instead of your hands to apply the sealant as well. Then, take a paint brush and even out the sealant around the chimney cap. Be sure to cover the entire chimney cap with a layer of sealer. Allow the sealant to dry, then apply a second coat of sealant, only using the brush this time.

2. Waterproof the Bricks

Once the sealant on the crown has dried, you are going to want to take care of the bricks. Purchase a water repellent and mix it up inside of a low-pressure garden pump sprayer. Put down some tarp or paper around the base of your chimney so that the repellent doesn't get on the rest of your roof.

Start at the top of the chimney, and spray the water replant onto the bricks. Work your way down so that you cover the bricks and the chimney crown completely with the water repellant. This will help keep water out of your chimney and ensure that water drains properly off of your roof.

Keep your chimney crown well-sealed and help repel water away from your chimney by following the steps above. It is also a smart idea to have your chimney cleaned by a professional at least once a year and to install a chimney cap on your chimney to prevent debris and pests from getting into your chimney.

For more information, contact a company like Allstate Chimney Service.