A leaky chimney is a very aggravating problem for homeowners. During rainy weather, some homeowners will have literally buckets of water coming into their homes through the chimney. Not only is this water a nuisance, it will also cause serious damage to your chimney and fireplace. When it comes to masonry chimneys, water is their worst enemy. Rain makes the mortar joints more porous, so the more the chimney is exposed to water, the worse the leaks will get.
When a customer with a leaky chimney calls Fluesbrothers, the first thing we do is go into investigation mode. We look at where the water is showing up, so we can trace it back to the point of entry. Is it coming through the flashing? The roof? Is it the chimney cap? Or is the chimney itself leaking? We will carefully examine each part of the chimney to check for any signs of water infiltration. Finding a water leak is hard because it is always a process of elimination. Also, water may be coming in from more than one place, so the entire chimney structure and roof should be checked. Once we discover the source of the water, we will make a detailed recommendation for repairs.
Fixing Chimney Water Damage
Water will slowly, but surely, destroy your chimney. It is absolutely critical that you protect your chimney from the elements. If you suspect that water is getting into your chimney, you should have a chimney professional inspect it as soon as possible.
Even after you’ve fixed any leaks in your chimney, you still can’t let your guard down. Water is a constant presence in and around your chimney. To save yourself from repairing expensive damage, you should take some precautionary steps to stay ahead of the water. The Fluesbrothers can help you with our waterproofing treatment. Click here to schedule an appointment online.
Regular sweeping and cleaning your chimney is an important part of safety and home maintenance. Let Fluesbrothers perform this task as part of our professional fireplace and chimney services. You’ll be glad you gave us a call.