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Watch Out For Leaks In and Around Your Chimney

If you have a ceiling leak, your first suspicion is usually a plumbing or roofing problem. If you have a leak near a window or along a wall, you may assume there is a problem with an eave or window. However, many homeowners don’t realize that the culprit is usually the chimney, and it should be checked first. When you have a leak, instead of calling the handyman or plumber, call a professional chimney sweep. Only a CSIA-certified chimney sweep is able to assess and diagnose a chimney leak properly. Experience and training has taught us what to look for. At Hudson Chimney, we can spot a weak area before a leak occurs, and we’d much rather prevent leaks than repair after them.

Chimney Leaks

Chimney leaks can cause extreme damage to the masonry and chimney system. In fact, water can cause:

  • Rusted parts
  • Deteriorated assemblies and central heating system
  • Water stains and water damage on furniture and home
  • Rotting wood and interior of a home
  • Masonry stains
  • Cracked, deteriorated masonry
  • Collapsed hearth support
  • Chimney settlement

This type of damage caused by water in the chimney can be expensive to repair, and chimney leaks are almost 100 percent preventable. Schedule annual maintenance, including routine chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections. In between these important appointments, there are things that you can do including getting to know your system, using it properly, and paying attention to how it works.

Signs of a Leak

Any staining on the brick indicates a leak. White staining on the masonry exterior means water is passing through the brick and leaving behind minerals on the surface. In the firebox or the interior portions of a chimney may appear darker in color due to prolonged dripping.

Odors of mildew, mold, or must means there is a leak that has been present long enough for bacteria to grow. Additionally, sounds of dripping, even if you cannot see it, means there is a problem. There shouldn’t be water in the chimney!

Any leak in the home where a chimney is present is most likely caused by a chimney leak. Water enters by way of the chimney and then runs through the house inside walls, ceilings, and floors. This leak may occur behind the scenes for days or weeks before it pools in a low area and eventually forms a leak.

Your chimney system may not seem affected during the off season, but a noticeable change in efficiency while the fire is burning is an indication of a problem, possibly a leak. The easiest way to find out is to call a professional and have it inspected. Hudson Chimney diagnoses leaky chimneys and doesn’t just repair the damage, but fixes the problem. This may include installing a new cap, flashing, crown, and waterproofing the masonry.

If you suspect a leaky chimney is the cause of your woes, it’s time to call a professional! Hudson Chimney is a phone call away at 904-282-4159!

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