We Put a Stop to Chimney Leaks
Here in North Central Ohio, we’re lucky enough to experience the full range of seasons. This means we get a fair amount of rain dispersed throughout any given year, as well as snow, ice, and sludge during the winter months.
Unfortunately, this moisture can really take a toll on your chimney system, causing extensive damage and making its way into your home. If you’ve noticed water damage surrounding your chimney system or you think you may have a chimney leak, call Chim-Cheroo Chimney Services right away. Neglected leaks not only jeopardize your chimney and fireplace system, but the surrounding areas of your home, too.
Why Is My Chimney Leaking?
The first step in fixing a leaky chimney is to determine the initial point of entry. Chimney leaks can start in a number of places, but two of the most common areas are the flashing and the masonry itself.
- Flashing: The area where your chimney intersects your roof is incredibly vulnerable to water penetration, which is why it should be sealed with sheets of metal flashing. When properly installed and maintained, these metal sheets will protect this juncture with a watertight seal and divert any water away from the joints. Unfortunately, flashing can fail, especially if it’s improperly installed or has begun to deteriorate as a result of strong winds or animal interference.
- Masonry: Another common source of chimney leaks is the masonry of the chimney itself. Moisture can wreak havoc on brickwork – especially if it hasn’t been professionally waterproofed. While brick is durable and strong, it is also very porous, meaning that once water permeates the material, it will only worsen as time goes on. The result is crumbling, cracking, and flaking bricks and mortar joints and a system susceptible to even more damage.
While these are two of the most common issues we find, that doesn’t mean they’re the reason your chimney is leaking. You could also have a damaged chimney crown, a missing chimney cap, or something else. No worries, though – whatever the issue, we’ll get to the bottom of it.
And once things are resolved? Be sure to book professional waterproofing services to keep your system looking good and standing strong for years to come.
Leak Resolution Is Just a Phone Call Away: Book With Us Today
Whatever the cause of your chimney leak, you can count on the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified team here at Chim-Cheroo Chimney Services to fix it up right, the first time. Our 35th year of working in this industry, we possess both the expertise and the experience required to diagnose your leaky chimney and offer a repair solution that will last. We’re just a phone call away. Dial 419-752-2231 or request an appointment online today!