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Suffering From Chimney Leaks? Let Us Help!

The holidays are over and it’s several days into the new year. You’ve got the holiday decorations put away in the storage room, and you’ve finally got a little time to look around the house and see how things are holding up. Maybe you are finally going to start that redecorating project you’ve been putting off, or maybe you like to just take a close look at each room in your house and see what odd jobs need to be done to fix things up. If you take a look into the living area and notice that there are some brown spots on the ceiling around the fireplace, or if the wallboard or trim boards are looking a little soft or soggy, then chances are you have a leaky chimney. This is a real problem, but one that the professionals at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc can help you out with! We are proud to say that we stay on top of all the latest techniques and resources that will keep your chimney leak-free.

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There are several different possible sources of chimney leaks. For instance, take a look at the top of the chimney from the outside of the house. At the very top, there’s a concrete piece that is called the chimney crown. The chimney crown is designed with slanted sides that overhang the edge of the roof by at least two inches so that when precipitation hits, it runs down and away from the place where the chimney meets the roof. If your chimney crown is cracked or chipped, that might not happen. Another thing you might notice sitting on top of the chimney crown is a structure called the chimney cap. A chimney cap is designed with a slanted, solid top and mesh sides. The slanted sides direct the precipitation away from the hole that lets the smoke out and onto the chimney crown. This, unlike the crown, isn’t built on, so not every home has one. If your home doesn’t, that could be another reason that your chimney is leaking.

Another thing that might be causing leaks is loose or ripped flashing. The flashing is the metal strips that cover the juncture of the chimney and the roof. If these strips get torn or ripped, then precipitation could be leaking into your chimney. Or if you’ve noticed that the mortar between the bricks is getting crumbly and loose, then precipitation could be leaking into the home through cracks and crumbles.

It’s plain to see that there are lots of reasons that you might be experiencing chimney leaks. It’s also clear that if your chimney is leaking, there’s one great chimney company to call to get those leaks fixed. That company is Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc. Every sweep that works for Chim Cheroo is CSIA certified, and we take great pride in the work we put in to make sure that your home doesn’t get ruined by nasty chimney leaks. If you notice signs of chimney leaks, give Chim Cheroo Chimney Service Inc a call right away!

By Don Rhine on January 15th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Suffering From Chimney Leaks? Let Us Help!

Spring is the Time to Have Your Chimney Leaks Repaired

When you think of using your fireplace, cold winter nights come to mind. Of course, winter seems like the ideal time to use your fireplace. However, it’s also great to use to get the chill out of the house on autumn nights and spring evenings. Having said that, sometimes your chimney can cause problems. When leaks appear, the best time to fix them is in the spring!

The Problems Water Causes

When the mortar between the bricks or stones breaks down, not only can the exterior of your chimney be damaged, but the interior can be damaged as well. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America website, when your chimney leaks, several things can be damaged. Some of these problems could include a deteriorating central heating system, stained chimney exterior, rusted damper assembly, and stained ceiling and walls. And these are just a few of the problems that might occur.

How Water Causes Problems

Rain, sleet, or snow can cause some big problems for your mortar chimney. Precipitation can wear away at your mortar, but even worse is the freeze/thaw cycle. During this cycle, water will seep into the porous mortar and sit there until the temperature drops to freezing. When water freezes, it expands. This causes cracks to appear where there used to be just pores. When it melts, those cracks fill in with liquid again, and the cycle continues. These cracks can cause big problems.

There are other problems that can make your roof leak as well. It could be the flashing, that sheet metal that keeps the joint where your chimney and roof meet tight. Sometimes the flashing leaks because it wasn’t properly installed, and sometimes it just wears out over time. Whatever the reason, this can cause leaks.

Another possibility if you find out your chimney is leaking could be that your chimney isn’t really leaking. It could actually be your roof! Chimney.com states it like this: “Often the water enters the roof several feet away from the chimney and then collects at the point where the chimney meets the roofing material and appears to be a chimney leak.” The best solution to a roof leak is to have your roof repaired or maybe even replaced.

Warm Weather Fixes

According to Chimney.com, the best time to have your chimney repaired is during the summer. This will give your repair materials the proper temperature to cure the way they’re supposed to. After your leaks are fixed, you might want to think about getting your chimney waterproofed as well.

Who to Call

Whether you need a new chimney or chimney repairs, spring time is a great time to have these repairs done. A great place to call to take care of any work that you need done, whether it’s inspection, cleaning, or repairs, is Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They’ll give the best service you can ask for and make sure that the job is done right!

By Don Rhine on April 26th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Spring is the Time to Have Your Chimney Leaks Repaired