Chimneys take a beating from severe weather year round. Water penetration is the single greatest cause of deterioration and damage. Waterproofing your chimney is a simple and easy task that will extend the life of your chimney for years and will protect against expensive repairs. Chimney leaks are a frustrating problem for many homeowners; waterproofing your chimney is the best way to solve chimney leaking problems. While there are several potential sources for water intrusion on a chimney, the brick and mortar joints are usually the most obvious places to start.
Klere-Treat WB is a premium grade masonry water repellent used to seal brick and masonry without altering the surface appearance, it is not just another chimney sealer. It is designed to penetrate into the brick and work entirely below the surface. It doesn’t change the look or color of the brick and provides exceptional protection against efflorescence, staining, salt and freeze thaw spalling for porous building materials including brick, concrete, natural stone, and grout. Surfaces remain breathable to allow trapped moisture to escape.
Properties/Benefits of Klere-Treat WB
Effective protection against water
Reduced primary and secondary efflorescence of building materials
Stop a leaking chimney
Protection against de-icing salts
Reduced corrosion of steel reinforced concrete
A non-tacky finish with stain release effect
Reduction in heat conductivity and thus, improved thermal insulation
This picture is an example of a neglected chimney which over the years has been allowed to absorb water and the results are the damaged joints and the destruction of the whole chimney. This chimney will require a professional to set up staging, cut out loose and bad mortar joints and then apply new mortar to the joints. There are many clear sealers on the market, they all proclaim to be the best, use my product, but when you read the fine print they all work best when applied to a sound surface. Clear sealers cannot take the place of mortar and sound solid bricks. Clear sealers, the active solids left behind in the pores of the masonry can only work properly when the mortar joints are tuck pointed tightly and the bricks don’t have spalling faces and the roof cap cannot have mortar missing. The roof flashing must be in good shape or sealing your chimney will only stop some of the water.
Our products are always made with the highest quality resins and powders. A technician is always available to offer assistance and guidance in using our products.
A neglected brick chimney will look like one of these pictured here within a few years of neglect. The Chargar Corporation under the trade name of Florok, manufactures brick sealers that are clear, odorless, and non toxic. The Chargar Corportion has been manufacturing clear masonry sealers since 1950. The experts at The Chargar Corporation can suggest the best method of repair for your brick chimney as well as suggest the best sealer for your particular application. 1-800-922-4623 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is what a brick chimney will look like with a few years of neglect. The Chargar Corporation manufactures a clear professional grade water repellents that will prevent much of what you see in this picture . Many owners of single family homes think that it requires special equipment to seal bricks. This is not true, Klere-Treat WB can be applied with what many call bug sprayers or hand pump up sprayers. A good saturating application of Klere-Treat WB will protect your investment and save you in hundreds of dollars in repointing work or complete rebuild. Klere -Treat WB is non toxic and non hazardous, it lasts as much as 10 years. Klere-Treat WB works by soaking into the pores of the masonry chimney and chemically reacts from the alkalinity within the masonry to form a water repellent barrier and is completely breathable. For more information on Klere-Treat WB go to www.chargar.com and click on water repellents or call one of our technical advisors at 1-800-922-4623
De-Icings salts such as rock salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and other salt related products all do damage to concrete surfaces. The resulting slurry of melted ice and salt is absorbed into the concrete causing spalling and general erosion of the surface. Salt Block WB does not allow the salty slurry created by the de-icing salt from soaking into the concrete and destroying your concrete surface. A chemical reaction occurs within the pores of the concrete creating an invisible barrier which prevents absorption into the surface. A treatment of Salt Block will save you hundreds of dollars in future concrete repairs.
What if the damage is already done?
Concrete that has pitted and spalled needs to be repaired using a concrete repair mortar such as Plas-Tex Powder. All broken and loose concrete needs to be removed prior to patching to ensure the patch gets a strong, permanent bond. Once all patching has been completed and allowed to cure the surface can now be sealed with Salt Block WB to protect and prevent future damage from de-icing salts.
Klere-Treat WB is a masonry water repellent based on a silane and siloxane. Under the influence of atmospheric humidity, it chemically reacts with and bonds to masonry, forming a highly effective poly-siloxane repellent. It is highly alkaline resistant and designed for use on brick, concrete block, precast concrete, stucco, limestone, fieldstone and many other natural stones.
Kleare-Treat WB provides superior protection against moisture penetration, thereby preventing the deleterious effects of efflorescence. The deep penetrating application retains it’s natural appearance with no surface build up or darkening effects. The masonry remains completely breathable.
Klere-Treat WB can also be applied to parking garages and flat concrete or masonry surfaces to reduce attack from deicing salts.
The advantages of Klere-Treat WB include:
Deep Penetration into surfaces
Does non contain wax, gum resins, silicas or silicones
Unlike many water repellents Klere-Treat WB does not break down due to alkali in masonry.
Enviro-Shield 40WB is a water based, VOC compliant, high performance, clear, penetrating water repellent sealer. It is designed to provide long term protection for brick, blocks, Jersey barriers, vertical or horizontal concrete and natural stones and other porous surfaces.
Enviro-Shield 40WB repels water on masonry surfaces for up to 10 years and can be sprayed with a low pressure sprayer, allowing it to thoroughly soak the surface up 1/2″ deep.
Enviro-Shield is easy to use. Overspray can be washed off with soap and water. Sprayers and tools can be washed with soap and water.
Enviro-shield is available in formulas of 20% solids and 40% solids. Enviro-shield is an excellent cold weather water repellent since it will not freeze.