Water damage in your home is not always as obvious as visible puddles of water. The signs are often more subtle. Sometimes, though certainly not always, the origin of water damage in your home is a leaking chimney. Granted, other causes exist, among them apocalyptic floods, burst pipes, roof deterioration or damage, and an array of plumbing woes.
The evidence of water damage in your home from a chimney leak is apt to be visual or tactile. It can even be olfactory if a leak is causing mold to form. At any rate, there are identifiable markers of a chimney leak. Those signs might be on or within the chimney itself or in associated elements within or outside your structure.
From experience, we at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney can share with you several tell-tale signs. These include water in your hearth, crumbling mortar joints, visible water around your flashing, damaged roof shingles, or cracked brickwork.
Chimney leaks result from a variety of causes, some rather simple, others more complex. Let’s go over some of these root causes. You may simply be getting rainwater dripping down because you don’t have a chimney cover or cap. It’s possible you have a chimney leak resulting from leaking bricks that because of age and wear simply need replacing. You may have an improper or damaged chimney liner or a damaged flue. A common cause of chimney leaks is bad flashing or bad sealant around the flashing.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney understands you might have a chimney leak from an exceedingly rare cause we have not yet encountered. (Alien Moisture Infusion Syndrome?!) But that’s not likely.
If you suspect a leaking chimney is causing water damage to your home, get a chimney inspection. Only a chimney masonry professional can accurately discern and identify brick or mortar erosion, flashing damage or other potential breaches.
We offer three levels of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chimney inspections. The assessments range from observing discernible cracks to sophisticated video scanning. In any case, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney is proficient and adept at finding the causes of chimney leaks.
Northeastern Masonry & Chimney will speak to you in plain English to review the best options to remedy any chimney-related water intrusion problems you might have. Whether we are talking proper sealing or new bricks or flashing, we will provide clear and understandable information, which is always a great starting point to assist in any decision making.
Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney today at 518-767-9315 or schedule an appointment online. If aliens are not secretly injecting water into your home through your chimney, then we are confident we can find the cause of your chimney-related water damage — and fix it.