There are many things that can go wrong with your chimney through the years, but none are more devastating than water! The average homeowner won’t notice a problem until there is visible damage, and by then there is serious damage going on behind-the-scenes. Repairing water damage, especially winter water damage, can be stressful and expensive.
Water and Your Chimney
Once water enters your chimney system, either through damaged masonry, flashing, or crown, or a missing cap, it can destroy it from the inside-out. Since most of this damage is hidden from view, the best way to diagnose a leaky chimney is to simply pay attention to the way it works. Sudden changes in efficiency, ease of use, and amount of fuel are signs that something is wrong. If you notice changes or issues with your system, and troubleshooting doesn’t help, your next call should be to a certified professional. You may have a leak that can cause rusted parts, deterioration of the system, spalling of masonry, malfunction of parts, structural damage, water-logged and ruined floors, walls, and ceilings, decreased efficiency, and increased fire risk. Your moldy chimney may even cause health problems.
You Might Have a Leak If…
-If you hear or see dripping in the fireplace
-If there are white stains on the exterior of chimney
-Rust stains on exterior of chimney
-Leaking ceilings or walls in any part of the house
-Faulty damper that is stuck in one position
-Odors of mildew or mold
-Persistently smoky fireplace
If you are worried your chimney has a leak, you should call a certified chimney sweep today.
Prevent Chimney Leaks
You can prevent chimney leaks. The devastation of chimney water damage is 100 percent preventable, and we can help you. At Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services it’s our goal and priority for our customers to be safe and comfortable all winter long. We offer inspections, waterproofing services, and flashing and cap maintenance and installation. The best way to prevent leaks is to make sure the correct defenses are in place. This includes the flashing, crown, cap, and waterproofing agent. These many parts of the chimney system work together to protect the chimney.
Schedule routine inspections and chimney sweepings to catch issues before they become a problem. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular sweeps and inspections for a safe and efficient chimney system. These professional services will save you time and money in the long-run. Our technicians at Anderson’s Chimney can spot a hazard and repair it instead of merely fixing the damages like many companies may.
Call a chimney expert at Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services at (717) 975-3526 or request service online.