Many homeowners are concerned about what causes chimney leaks and how to resolve the problem. First and foremost, the folks here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair want all our valued clients to understand the importance of performing routine maintenance to their chimneys. Your chimney, when clean and dry, will contribute greatly to the warm, comfortable atmospheres in your home during the cold weather months.
Even with routine maintenance performed on your chimney, you may very well still experience one of the most common chimney problems of all – chimney leaks. When leaks occur, they can present with a variety of other problems for homeowners which is why it is so important to understand the cause of these leaks and seek appropriate solutions to the problem as soon as possible.
We understand how difficult it can be to pinpoint chimney leaks since they can be created and caused at any one point within your chimney. Even if you are able to pinpoint the leaks, this is not enough to solve the problem. Rather, scheduling a professional inspection by our highly skilled and trained technicians will allow for our team to examine the chimney, identify the problems and the sources, and ultimately provide you with effective and efficient solutions.
There are several common places within your chimney where leaks can and will occur. For starters, the very top of the chimney is apt to be the source of your problem. In addition, the crown of your chimney, the flashing, and even the bricks themselves are also common culprits that, over time, can lead to annoying chimney leaks. In addition to familiarizing yourself with common places where leaks will occur, our team highly recommends you give focus to the very reasons why these leaks occur.
The use of a cover cap to close off the top of your chimney’s opening is mandatory to the health, safety and lifespan of your chimney. If you allow your chimney to remain open year-round this will allow rain and snow in and even allow annoying little critters and animals to build their nests in your chimney’s flue which causes air to be blocked and causes the accumulation of carbon dioxide as well. With these risks, it is important to rely upon our professionals to provide you with the perfect fitting cap for your chimney.
Another common reason for leaks is the presence of cracks in the chimney crown. This will also allow rainwater to enter into the chimney resulting in leaks. Rain water can then freeze in these cracks causing them to expand and get larger. To avoid this scenario, we recommend you use a chimney saver crown coat over the bricks to prevent cracks from getting larger.
Lastly, there is a wide range of problems affiliated with the mortar, the bricks, and the chimney flashing that can contribute to chimney leaks. To best resolve these types of problems, our experts highly recommend the use of polysiloxane waterproofing agents.
Whatever type of chimney leaks you may have, rest assured the certified professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair are on hand to perform a professional inspection of your chimney, identify problems and sources, and provide you with quick and effective repairs to solve your every problem. The cold weather is here, which means it’s time to start using your heating system. With that said, you don’t want to ignore chimney leaks that can cause you to run your heating system longer and cause an increase in your utility bills and a variety of other issues as well. In this green world we live in, you want to be sure to do your part and conserve energy whenever possible. So, don’t delay. Reach out to the professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair today and schedule your chimney inspection. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round and most affordable chimney services this side of Tennessee!!