Have you ever noticed water dripping down into your fireplace? Are there unpleasant musty smells coming from your fireplace? Are there unsightly stains on your chimney masonry? All of these issues can be traced back to water leaking into your chimney. All the smells and sights associated with a leaky chimney can really put a damper on your home’s fireplace experience. That’s why we here at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney want to help you determine what is causing leaks in your chimney system and what we can do to help.
There is a wide range of problems that could be causing your chimney to leak. One of the main issues that we run across is that the water protection devices designed for your chimney are either missing or defective. These devices include your chimney cap, chimney crown, and chimney flashing. Your chimney cap is a large metal cap that rests above the opening of your chimney. The cap sets on a mesh cage which allows for smoke and other byproducts to still leave your home while still protecting the inside of your chimney. Your chimney crown is a concrete slope that is constructed around the opening of your chimney. This slope directs rainwater away from your chimney opening. Your chimney flashing is a strip of metal that bridges the gap created where your chimney exits your home on your roof. If either one of these chimney components are missing or damaged, it can allow rainwater to run directly into your home, via your chimney.
Your chimney masonry is another source of water issues. Though it may not seem like it, your masonry is very porous, meaning it can absorb water. When water seeps into your brickwork, it can pool inside of it and become stagnant. This can cause unpleasant odors and staining on your masonry. If water pools in your brickwork for too long it will start to erode your brickwork and mortar from the inside out. Furthermore, constant thawing and freezing during colder weather will cause masonry to crack and chip, which further increases the likelihood of leaking.
Fixing Water Issues
We here at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney can help locate and remediate issues causing leaks inside your chimney. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) chimney technicians have seen and fixed about every type of leak that a chimney can have & can replace old chimney caps and flashing. We can repair old and crumbling chimney crowns. If your masonry is too porous, we also offer waterproofing services.
You don’t have to live with a wet, smelly chimney anymore. Call Northeastern Masonry and Chimney today at 518-767-9315 or schedule an appointment online to have one of our chimney experts inspect and repair your chimney. We promise you will be happy with the professional service you receive from Northeastern Masonry and Chimney.