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Chimney leak repair can save you thousands of dollars.
Have you ever seen water dripping from the front of your fireplace? Or seen a puddle in the bottom of your fireplace, a water stain on your walls, or a water accumulation around the base of the chimney?
If this is the case, you might be suffering from a leaking chimney. There are a couple of different things that can cause a chimney to leak.
If you see any of these signs, it is a good idea to immediately call our chimney professionals, since signs of damage to the chimney are often a sign of water damage, and can lead to expensive repairs if not addressed quickly.
The signs may NOT be visible. You might hear water dripping inside your fireplace, but not see it.
Chimney Leaking Causes
There are a bunch of ways a chimney can be leaking.
- From the Top, If you have no chimney cap.
2. The chimney can be leaking around the flashing, where the roof meets the chimney.
3. The leak can be coming through rust pinholes in an existing cap or rain pan.
4. The leak can be a roof leak that is running down a beam to the chimney, then running down the side into the living space.
5. The leak can be around the termination cap on a prefab.
6. The leak can be water seeping in through the sides of the brick.
7. Other strange and wonderous circumstances.
Why Is My Chimney Leaking?
First, before we can start to diagnose the problem, we need to know what type of chimney you have.
Is your chimney masonry (brick, stone, etc.) , or is it a prefab metal chimney with a wood frame chase box around it.
If your chimney has siding on it, it is a prefab. If it is brick, it could be either a prefab, or an actual masonry chimney.
Our technician will tell you which one you have, and can diagnose the problem from there.
Chimney Leaks In Heavy Rain
If your chimney only leaks when the rain is heavy, or goes on for a long period, it usually means your leak is slow. It only shows up with massive amounts of water.
It can mean the leak is actually in your roof. It takes time for the water to run down a beam, then down the side of your chimney.
If it starts leaking right away when it rains, then you have a either a serious leak, or you don’t have a cover on top.
It could be a lot of things. We have ways to test and diagnose, but we do have to come to the house.
Chimney Leak Repair Cost
Chimney leak repair costs will vary widely.
There will be a service charge to diagnose the problem.
That’s because it takes quite a bit of time and effort to find the cause.
Or it may be as simple as you needing a chimney cap.
Either way, we can then give you an estimate and let you decide.
For example, we may find that the problem is in the roof and not the chimney. In that case, you would call your roofer for the actual repair.
If it is a problem we can take care of, then we can give you a firm price for the fix.
Meanwhile, a cap, or cover, for your masonry, stone, or brick chimney will keep your fireplace and home dry and safe.
A cap alone may be all the chimney leak repair you need.
The mortar that holds the bricks together is NOT concrete. Mortar is much softer and absorbs water. That is what makes it suceptible to water and weather damage.
The next time you see an older brick home with an unprotected brick chimney, notice the difference in the sides of the house and the chimney.
The sides of the home will look almost new because they have always been under the roof of the house. The chimney will look aged.
That’s one of the reasons to have a masonry chimney cap. It stops the aging process immediately.
Once you have installed a chimney top, your job is done. It should outlast you and your house.
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