We Fix Leaking Chimneys
If you’ve noticed rainwater in or around your fireplace or furnace thimble, you probably have a leaking chimney on your hands. Likewise, if you’re seeing water damage to the walls or ceiling around your chimney, you may have a leaking chimney. It can often appear that your roof is leaking when really it’s your chimney that’s leaking.
A leaking chimney doesn’t always manifest itself in obvious ways. If you’ve noticed cracks in your chimney, deteriorated mortar joints, and weakened masonry, there’s a good chance that moisture is making its way into your chimney. Moisture is notorious for causing hidden damage the kind that causes chimneys to crack, seep, and even fall down.
A certified chimney professional can inspect your chimney to determine whether or not your chimney is leaking.
Most chimneys are extremely susceptible to water damage. That’s because most chimneys are made of brick, which is a porous material, and are held together by mortar. Mortar is a water-soluble material. Meanwhile, the inside of your chimney is made of metal, which will rust when exposed to water.
It’s important to ensure that your chimney hasn’t been damaged by water. Water damage will compromise both the structural integrity and performance of your chimney. Water penetration can cause a chimney to deteriorate, and water leaks can often signify masonry damage. Putting off repairing your leaking chimney may mean your chimney and fireplace will end up requiring extensive masonry work.
It is a well-established fact that even brick walls constructed to ASTM Standards will permit water penetration through the brick-mortar interface of head and bed joints. Corrective action can always be taken, but prevention will save the homeowner the most money.
How to Protect Your Chimney from Water Damage
There are many ways to safeguard your chimney from water damage. Of course you can hire a chimney professional to waterproof your chimney by installing a chimney cap or constructing a new crown. This will prevent water from collecting in your firebox through the flue or chase.
If you want to take matters into your own hands, there are actually plenty of things you can do to protect your chimney from water damage yourself. These include:
- Regularly clearing leaves from your gutters
- Repairing broken gutter and downspouts near your chimney
- Pruning trees near your chimney so that rain and dew that collects on them won’t cause your masonry to deteriorate
- Checking for drainage issues
- Repairing any leaks in the flashing between your roofing material and your chimney
- Ensuring that your sprinklers aren’t watering your chimney instead of your garden.
What to Do If You Think Your Chimney is Leaking
Noticed water dripping into your fireplace or staining the walls or ceiling near your chimney? Contact Chimney Saver Solutions of Richmond right away to prevent hundreds, even thousands, of dollars worth of damage to your home. Ignoring this problem can result in repairs to not only your chimney but also your ceilings, mantels, walls, and flooring.
Lots of homeowners mistakenly call roofers when their chimney is leaking, but most roofers don’t know how to properly fix a leaking chimney. If you want your leaking chimney to be fixed once and fixed right the first time, call on us to perform an analysis of your chimney.
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Your chimney masonry may need to be repaired or restored due to deterioration caused by the weather and passage of time.