The signs of a chimney leak are usually subtle but silent. We typically can see, feel or smell the signs of water intrusion, but rarely do we ever hear blatant sounds of dripping. Make Northeastern Masonry & Chimney your chimney doctor. Have our experts detect the symptoms — and the causes — of water intrusion that can harm your chimney system and pose health, safety and efficiency problems for you and your home.
This season of snow, ice and rain accentuates this serious problem of moisture intrusion that can result in a leaky chimney. The challenge is to determine if you have a leaky chimney before the problem worsens.
There are observable characteristics of a chimney leak. And you serve yourself best if you turn to experts to evaluate the severity of any chimney leak and the underlying causes for it. Best of all is finding the causes of a chimney leak before a leak even occurs.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney knows how to find chimney-leak symptoms. These might include water in your hearth, crumbling mortar joints, visible water around your flashing, damaged roof shingles, cracked brickwork or odors from mold.
We can spot the symptoms of a chimney leak, but better yet, we are experienced and knowledgeable in determining the cause of a chimney leak. This might be relatively simple and straightforward, or complicated and complex. Either way, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is up to the task.
One of the simplest and most common causes of a chimney leak is improperly installed or damaged flashing, or gaps in the sealant around the flashing. Other potential causes range from a faulty or missing cap allowing rainwater in to aged or worn bricks letting moisture in through cracks. Sometimes an improper or damaged chimney liner or a damaged flue is the cause of moisture intrusion that becomes a chimney leak.
The best first step to prevent or address a chimney leak is a professional chimney inspection. Northeastern Masonry & Chimney has developed a 25-point comprehensive water-entry inspection. Our time-tested techniques of inspection can evaluate what’s going on. Reserve your appointment today with Northeastern Masonry & Chimney to put your mind at ease.
What’s the next step? That depends on what we find. Maybe everything is in fine working condition (most likely because you are diligent about having annual, thorough chimney inspections). On the other hand, perhaps Northeastern Masonry & Chimney experts found one or more areas of concern. We will talk to you in understandable terms and guide you toward the most effective remedy. Whether we suggest sealing, mortar or brick repair, or flashing replacement, we will be direct and honest.
Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315 to ward off a chimney leak before it becomes real. Since 1993, we have delivered quality service with a friendly attitude in the Capital District, western Massachusetts and beyond. Our certified, trained technicians know chimneys, inside and out. Don’t let the silent deterioration of a chimney leak do its damage. Prevention is the best cure.