Leaks! Never a good thing, whether you’re talking about your sink, washing machine, or bathtub or your car’s radiator. If you have a leak, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible so it doesn’t get bigger or damage the things the water is leaking on to. This goes for leaks in your chimney or fireplace system as well. Leaks can cause further damage, but can also cause major health issues for you and your family. It’s important that you take care of leaks sooner rather than later so that you know that your chimney is doing its job and that your loved ones are protected. If you’re worried that you may have a leaking issue, give the pros at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair a call so we can get started on finding and repairing any leaking problems.
Why Your Chimney Leaks
If you notice signs of leakage, such as water-stained ceilings or walls, rusty dampers or chimney accessories, or even something as drastic as water in the firebox, you need to find the source of the leak as soon as possible. Obvious places to look are the flashing, the chimney crown, the chimney cap, and the mortar.
The flashing is the metal strips around the area where the chimney meets the roof. This is layered in a strategic way that keeps rain from entering. If the flashing is torn or loose, water may be seeping in. Take a look at your chimney crown as well, because if there are cracks there, precipitation may be getting down your chimney rather than being directed away. If your chimney cap is rusted or damaged, rain may be getting in by the most direct route, which is right down the chimney opening. If your mortar is soft, cracked, or crumbly, you may have loose bricks, and this, too, is a problem area. It’s important to take care of leaks as soon as they start so that they don’t become bigger and cause more serious problems, such as structural damage that will call for major repair work. A problem is that you, the homeowner, might be able to spot problem areas, but sometimes these things aren’t quite so obvious. That’s why it’s a good idea to call in the professionals.
Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair is the company to call if you suspect your chimney is leaking. Our specialists are Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) trained in a wide variety of chimney inspection and care, so that no matter what the problem, we can diagnose and fix it. Once we get your chimney leak-free, we’ll also recommend waterproofing to stop leaks from reoccurring. We know that not only is it important to keep leaks out, but it’s also important to make sure that any moisture that may be lurking in the pores of the bricks and mortar be allowed to evaporate out. That’s why we use ChimneySaver water repellent. This is the best formula in the industry for sealing your chimney. We believe in providing the best tools and service so that our customers are safe and satisfied. Call us today to stop chimney leaks from happening!