It’s never a good thing when something is leaking. Whether it’s a leaky tire, a leaky pipe, it can cause some serious problems. If you’re driving down the road, a leaky tire can cause a blow-out, and that might cause a serious accident. A leaky pipe can cause a lot of damage to your home, especially the floorboards.
Another place in your home where a leak can cause some serious problems is in the chimney. A big part of this problem is that you will probably not be able to distinguish that there is a leak on your own, and that’s the best reason to give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call today!
You may wonder why a leaky chimney is a problem. There are several parts of your chimney that are there to stop leaks from happening: the chimney crown, the chimney cap, and the flashing are several of those parts. There’s a reason that they’re there, and that’s because the water in your chimney can cause other problems.
For example, when precipitation is allowed to leak into your chimney, it can cause the mortar and the surface of the bricks to soften and deteriorate, and that can cause leaks. Since one of the main reasons you have a chimney is to let the smoke out, when there are cracks and openings in the mortar, some of that smoke can sneak back into your home, and along with it, the chemicals that you’re trying to get rid of. Many of those chemicals, formed during the combustion process, can cause health issues such as breathing problems, asthma type conditions, lung diseases, and even nausea and stomach problems. One of those chemicals, carbon monoxide, can even lead to death if left undetected.
Mold and Mildew
Besides health issues, a leaking chimney can also cause a buildup of mold and mildew to grow in your chimney. Mold is a fungus that forms in areas that are warm and damp, and mildew is a black or white substance that grows on top of mold. Although mold fungi are usually present in the air, it takes these certain conditions to make it settle and grow. When your chimney leaks, these conditions exist, and that means you could have a mold and mildew problem. Beyond emitting an odor, mold and mildew can also cause health problems for you and your family.
If you live in McHenry County, Illinois or the surrounding areas and you suspect you have a leaky chimney, give Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call We’ve had thirty plus years of experience inspecting, cleaning, and repairing chimneys, and leaks are one of our specialties. We can waterproof your chimney using quality products that keep the water out while letting resting moisture escape. Give us a call today!