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So You’ve Got A Leaky Chimney

There’s nothing good about a leak, no matter where that leak is. If your tire is leaking, you’re going to have to spend time fixing it before you go where you want to go. If your pipe isLeaky Chimney - Mansfield OH - Chim Cheroo leaking, you’re going to have to fix it, and probably the floor or the ceiling that is affected by that leak, too. If your chimney is leaking, it’s a problem as well. Your chimney is designed to do one thing very well, and that’s directing smoke out into the open air rather than being allowed to be sucked back into your home. There are other purposes, too, of course, such as bringing in air to work as draft to keep your fire burning. If your chimney is leaking, then these things aren’t going to be happening like they should be, and that’s going to cause other problems. So if you suspect you have a leaky chimney, or if you haven’t had your annual chimney inspection yet, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call and let’s get an appointment set up!

Causes of Leaks in Your Chimney

There are several reasons that your chimney might be leaking. First, there’s the freeze-thaw cycle. The mortar that holds the bricks together is a porous material, and so are the bricks. As precipitation falls, it permeates those pores and rests there. When freezing weather comes, that water freezes and expands, expanding the pores are well. This just leaves bigger spaces for the precipitation to fill next time. This process repeats itself, and soon you’ll have cracks and crevices in the structure of the chimney where water can leak right in.

Another place that is susceptible to leaks is at the top of the chimney, at the chimney cap or the chimney crown. The crown, which is the topmost built-on piece of the chimney, is designed in a way to keep the rain away from the area where the roof meets the chimney. It’s made of cement, so it could also be affected by the freeze-thaw cycle. If this happens, it does need to be repaired so that the leaks are stopped before they even start. The chimney cap, which sits on top of the chimney crown, is actually designed as a roof over the actual chimney opening, and it directs precipitation to the sloped edge of the chimney crown. If this gets rusty or damaged, it will allow precipitation to enter into the chimney as well.

Why You Need These Repaired

If your chimney is leaking, it can cause damage to the metal parts of your chimney, such as the dampers or the firebox. It can also cause the chimney lining to break down, and if the mortar has already deteriorated and cracked, that can mean that some of the gases that are released during combustion could be sneaking back into the house, where they can cause health issues for you and your family.

If you suspect that your chimney is leaking, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service a call so we can repair it before it causes further damage!

By Don Rhine on June 14th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Leave a Comment

Reasons to Invest in a Chimney Cap or Chase Cover

The snow is going away but it’s being replaced by rain! There’s something so pleasant about the sound of rain falling on the roof at the end of a long, snowy winter. It washes away all the dirt and grime and leaves things feeling and smelling fresh and clean. Before you know it, there will be a soft green carpet of new grass and little pale green buds on the trees. But sometimes rain doesn’t have such a pleasant effect. Sometimes it brings weathering and wearing down of different structures. It can cause loss of topsoil, flooding of rivers, and wearing away of man-made and natural structures. And it can also cause severe damage to your chimney system. 

What Happens To Your Chimney in the Rain

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), precipitation can damage your chimney in several ways. First, and perhaps most problematic, is that it can cause the mortar to wear away, to weaken and become crumbly. This is a problem because if the mortar wears away, the very structure of the chimney can be weakened. This can also cause cracks to occur, and this means that there can be water leaking down into the chimney and into the firebox. This means that you may have weakened wallboards or ceilings, and, in extreme cases where the damage isn’t detected right away, mold can start to grow. Other problems that a leaky chimney can cause are rusted fireplace accessories and damper system, a deteriorating heating system, and even a collapsed hearth support. 

Causes of Chimney Leaks

There are several causes of chimney leaks, including loose or rusted flashing or a cracked or chipped chimney crown. But when you call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc, one of the first things we’ll check out is your chimney cap or your chase cover, depending on what type of chimney you have. First, what’s the difference? A chimney cap is placed on a brick and mortar chimney, while a chase cover is made for a prefabricated fireplace. A chase cover only goes over the top of the flue opening, but a chimney cap actually sits right on top of the chimney crown and covers the opening of your chimney. It is designed to have a little roof that deflects water away from the opening, and with metal grated sides that let the smoke out while keeping critters out of the chimney. If you don’t have either of these, you should!

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Because precipitation can cause so much damage to your chimney structure, it’s very important that you take the best precautions available to make sure that it doesn’t get in your chimney. What this means is having a chimney cap or a chimney chase cover. Now is the time to give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call, before the rainy season hits in full force. We’ll set you up with a chimney cap or chase cover so you don’t have to worry about rain damage this spring.

By Don Rhine on March 27th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment