frozen chimney possible leaks Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Chimney You know that old saying about closing the barn door after the horse has bolted? Well, let’s play with a few wintry variations of the phrase. “Don’t shovel the snow after the snow has melted.” No, that doesn’t quite make sense. How about: “Don’t look for chimney leaks when a trickle becomes a torrent.” An icy one, at that. The point we want to make, albeit clumsily, is this: don’t wait until it is too late to fix chimney leaks. And wintertime falls into the category of “too late.”

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has experts ready to help now with chimney leaks well before they grow into a larger problem. We can discern any evidence of a leaking chimney — and recommend how to fix it. Enlist one of our certified technicians for a professional evaluation. We will suggest how to correct problems related to a leaking chimney system — at a fair price offering lasting value. Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney now at 518-767-9315 or schedule an appointment online.

Evidence of chimney leakage can be visual or smell-related. Perhaps you see rust streaks, brick deterioration or vegetation on your chimney or fireplace. Maybe your chimney and fireplace smell damp, mildewed or moldy. How can you tell for sure what the cause is? A professional annual inspection is your best insurance policy against further damage from water or moisture intrusion. During an inspection, Northern Masonry & Chimney identifies areas of water entry by a 25-point evaluation. We examine the flashing, the roof area surrounding the chimney, the chimney cap, the chimney crown and the masonry of the chimney itself. If a water problem is discovered, we will confer with you to craft an effective solution.

One obvious remedy is to waterproof your chimney. Our highly trained technicians can apply the most effective waterproofing products available.

Maybe your chimney leak is caused by improperly installed or poor-quality flashing. Properly installed and maintained flashing is an effective tool for keeping water out of your chimney system. Let Northeastern Masonry & Chimney examine your flashing — and repair it if needed.

If you’re having water problems with your chimney system or would like to take preventive or corrective measures , call us at 518-767-9315.

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney serves the Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Delmar, Poughkeepsie, Pittsfield, MA, Saratoga Springs, and the surrounding Capital District area. We are your local source for masonry and chimney excellence. As local service providers, we understand you and your needs. We proudly support our local economy.

As a result of quality service, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has steadily grown since we began in 1993. By successfully serving more than 17,000 customers over the years, we know that customer satisfaction remains the key to our success — and yours too. We take great pride in our professionalism, with staff members certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

So, no matter how you phrase it, let’s shore up any chimney leaks and properly prepare for a safe, dry, cozy, and warm winter.