Leaky Chimney? Call Our Experts for a Thorough Evaluation
Do you have a leaking chimney? When we hit the rainy season here in Cincinnati, we field dozens of calls from customers concerned about water coming in around their chimneys, fireplaces, and stoves. We’ve had clients in newer homes literally collecting pans of water in the fireplace or wood stove alcove.
Needless to say, this isn’t a problem you can put on the back burner. Water issues that go unresolved can lead to damage that costs hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars to repair. The sooner you can tackle any water-related chimney issues, the better off you (and your bank account) will be.
We Offer Water Leak Testing
The first thing we do when we get a call for a leaking chimney is evaluate where the water is showing up. There are multiple things that can cause chimney leaks, so finding the root of the issue is essential for solving the problem.
- your flashing
- the roof around the chimney
- the chimney cap
- the condition of your masonry
- the condition of your chimney crown
- how well your brick and mortar resist water
How do we do this? We send a sweep up onto the roof to spray water onto the surface of the chimney system. We then have a tech waiting in the attic with a walkie-talkie to spot exactly where the water is coming in. This type of comprehensive approach allows us to make intelligent recommendations – rather than just offer a quick guess, collect your money, and be on our way.
After we do our examination and find out exactly where and why your system is leaking, we can offer appropriate recommendations based on our findings.
Is Your Chimney Waterproofed?
Chimney waterproofing is one of the most effective ways to protect your masonry from the harmful effects of water. Once the waterproofing products are applied, water will simply bead up and roll off your bricks, rather than be absorbed inside of them. We use ChimneySaver Water Repellent, which will effectively guard your exterior masonry and is guaranteed to last for 10 years.
Don’t Put Off Care
When it comes to water and your chimney, putting off necessary care and preventive maintenance simply isn’t an option. Without protective measures in place, your chimney will eventually break down, making it unsafe for use – and it will lower your home’s value too.