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The Dangers Of A Leaking Chimney

Chimney leaks can be caused by a number of things which often makes them difficult to pinpoint. Not knowing the source of the leak or how to address and solve the problem can be incredibly frustrating and makes repairs impossible. At Chief Chimney Services, Inc., our sweeps have years of experience and knowledge to help in troubleshooting. We know where to look first and what to do when we find the cause of the leaks. Save yourself time, frustration, and unnecessary repairs by calling Chief Chimney Services, Inc. today!

The Most Common Causes of Chimney Leaks Are

  • Missing Chimney Caps – A chimney cap works in conjunction with the crown to keep out water, debris, and animals. When the cap is missing or damaged, it can leave the chimney vulnerable to leaks and water damage.
  • Deteriorating or Improperly-Sealed Crowns – The crown is the cement layer that sits on top of the chimney stack. If it is deteriorating, too thin, or improperly sealed, it can allow water into the top of the chimney.
  • Damaged, Deteriorating, or Missing Flashing – Flashing consists of several layers of metal that overlap where the roof meets the chimney. These layers travel up the sides of the chimney ways and protect this sensitive area from water invasion. If the flashing is damaged or missing, leaks are inevitable. For more information on flashing, check out our Flashing page.

Whatever the source of your leaks, water can cause widespread damage and compromise the structural integrity of your entire chimney system. When water gets into the masonry, it can cause entire sections of brick to fall off, crumble, implode, or crack. It can also lead to efflorescence, leaving the surface of your masonry discolored and rutted.

Once water gets into the masonry, it can also seep into the wood and insulation surrounding the chimney area. This can cause rotting, mold, and other decay that may require demolition and complete rebuild.

You can protect your home from the dangers of water invasion by having your chimney system and firebox regularly inspected for damage or decay. A professional chimney sweep should always check the interior and exterior of the chimney system, including the chimney crown, cap, and flashing. If these problems are detected early on, it can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
You can also protect yourself by having your chimney professionally waterproofed. Never attempt to waterproof it yourself and don’t ever purchase products that promise to waterproof on your own. Most of these products are not breathable and can actually harm your masonry instead of protecting it.

For more information on Waterproofing, please take a look at our Waterproofing page.

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Because of the wear and tear on your chimney, relining is often called for. The experts at Chief Chimney Services can discuss all your options for this common repair.

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Wow! A mother-daughter team, the most pleasant and professional of any chimney service I have encountered. Called in advance, showed up on time, explained everything in detail, was thorough and clean. In a profession full of questionable practices, this was a great experience and I would recommend Diane and Lauren without hesitation. ~ Zev Asch, East Northport, NY
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