Gathering around the fireplace in the colder months serves as a way to keep warm as well as a cozy memory to share with loved ones. To ensure this option is always available when you need it, stay informed on common causes of chimney leaks. If you encounter a leak, it is best to be able to interpret what might be the cause so you can develop as quick a solution as possible.
There are a few different reasons for chimney leaks, which you can be on the lookout for. The most common are:
- Lack of Chimney Cover
- Water seeping in through bricks
- Faulty flashing installation
- Buildup of condensation in the chimney
Lack of Chimney Cover
If your chimney is lacking a cover on the top of it, chances are rain and snow will begin to take a toll on its structure. This also leaves room for birds and other unwanted visitors to enter your chimney. Over a longer period of time, your chimney may begin to get backed up with debris and worn down from the weather, causing it to leak and bring unwanted debris and moisture into your home. If this seems to be the case for your chimney, there is a quick fix. Whether it be a chase cover, crown, cap, or damper, our experts at Watson Brothers will be there to provide you with the protection your chimney needs. If your chimney has been uncovered for an extended period of time, it is also a safe bet to have it professionally cleaned and inspected before adding a cover.
Bricks Seeping Water
Another aspect of your chimney that might begin to wear down due to weather exposure is the brick and mortar joints. As far as sound chimney structure goes, these are a vital piece of holding your chimney together and also help to prevent leaks. These joints can often become damaged and split apart, causing water to seep through. If this issue does present itself in your chimney, a quick repair is vital to upholding its structure. If everything else seems to be running smoothly but you are still experiencing leaks, make sure to check on the status of your brick and mortar joints.
Chimney flashing is the point of your chimney where it makes contact with the roof or connects to the inside of your house. Flashing is designed to keep moisture out and is usually sealed with a waterproof sealant. However, if there is an issue with how the flashing is installed, it is easy for things like debris and moisture to enter your home through the chimney. When flashing is not working optimally, both your roof and chimney structure are in danger, so calling in a professional to help is imperative.
A buildup of moisture in your chimney can sometimes cause water to seep through the cracks. This is a more rare occurrence but can happen all the same. Generally, the cause of this situation is when a chimney is converted from wood burning to gas burning but does not have the right liner. Because a gas fireplace emits fumes with more moisture, it is imperative that your chimney is fitted to be prepared for these conditions. If you have a gas fireplace or are moving into a home that has one, make sure to ask questions about the way your chimney is built or, call a professional to inspect the chimney prior to moving in.
How Watson Brothers Can Help
Just like anything else that requires upkeep, getting your chimney regularly inspected is vital to its longevity. At Watson Brothers Chimney, we specialize in both chimney repairs and inspections, as well as perform cleaning services as needed. If you have a suspicion your chimney might need some attending to, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will help you identify your problem as well as repair whatever may be causing issues to prolong your chimney’s lifespan.