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

Although it may seem early to start thinking about chimney maintenance, fall will be here shortly, and your chimney will soon be frequently used. Before lighting a fire, it is important to ensure your chimney functions properly. After being unused for several months, your chimney could have built up water damage, accumulate animals or debris, and exhibit cracks. It is common for your chimney to experience damage overtime, however, the damage can have dangerous effects if it is left untreated.

Watson Brothers Chimney and Vent can inspect and clean out your chimney regularly so you have nothing to worry about when starting a fire. Routinely cleaning your chimney will create a safer and more enjoyable environment in your home. By following these steps we have provided, your chimney will work properly for the entire fall and winter season.

When there are no visible signs of damage, it can be easy to forget about chimney maintenance. However, failing to take care of your fireplace and chimney can have harmful effects on your home. It is important to understand how your chimney works and its various aspects to reduce incidents that result from chimney malfunctions or negligence.

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