Keeping your chimney in peak condition requires care and attentiveness, which is why the CSIA and the NCSG recommend annual inspections for all chimneys. You see, without a professional video inspection, it can be difficult to identify where chimney issues and weaknesses are, and when it comes to things like chimney leaks, time is of the essence.
Chimney leaks can cause serious damage, not just to the chimney itself, but to the home. Here are some of the most common damages caused by water penetration:
- Rusted Liners, Dampers, Fireboxes – When water is allowed access to your chimney system, the repair costs can quickly add up. Many chimney components are made of metal (like your flue liner, your throat damper and your firebox, for example), which when exposed to water, can rust and corrode.
- Water-Damaged Walls & Ceilings – A lot of times, homeowners don’t know they have a leak until they see water-damaged walls and ceilings around their chimney.
- Deteriorating Masonry – Like the metal components of the chimney, the masonry of the chimney can also be seriously damaged when exposed to water. In fact, leaks are responsible for the majority of cracking, crumbling, and discoloration we see in brick and mortar.
WHERE IS THE LEAK COMING FROM?
Although chimney leaks can originate from a few different places, one of the most common areas is the flashing. Flashing refers to the metal sheets surrounding the chimney and roof where they meet, and is designed to be installed in protective layers. The place in the roof where the chimney exits the home is one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to water penetration and destruction, and if the flashing isn’t doing its job, water entry is almost guaranteed.
But you don’t have to wait until you see water damage to find out if your flashing is working properly. Our technicians can inspect your flashing, and if we notice any vulnerable or problem areas, we can make the necessary repairs before you see extensive damage. Read more about flashing and flashing repairs here.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO PREVENT WATER PROBLEMS?
In addition to making sure that your system undergoes annual inspections, you can also take the proactive approach and have your system professionally waterproofed. Our technicians work with the finest masonry waterproofing products and can give your chimney the added protection it needs. Click here to read more about our waterproofing services and how they can help you protect your system!
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No matter what is blocking your chimney, it is a safety hazard that should be removed immediately. Keeping up with annual chimney inspections and sweepings enables you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance that your fireplace brings, without worrying about the dangers of a fire. Let SirVent give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.
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