Don’t Let a Leaky Chimney Ruin Your Home
Did you know rain, snow, and even humidity can wreak havoc on the masonry, causing extensive damage to your home and even rendering your fireplace unusable. A chimney professional will not only find the leak, but fix the damage, and correct the problem. At Brickliners, we have the knowledge and experience to help you protect your chimney from water damage.
Do You Have a Chimney Leak? Check for These Signs
Your chimney might be leaking from the inside or the outside. The most common site of a leak is the flashing that protects the intersection of the roof and chimney. It is so common for the flashing to leak that it will be the first place your chimney sweeps checks when you call about a leak. You should call your chimney sweep if you suspect a leak. Signs include:
- Sounds or visible evidence of dripping
- Discolored bricks, including efflorescence or rust stains
- Spalling masonry
- Rusted parts
- Drop inefficiency
- Mildew or moldy odors
- Leaks in other areas of the house
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Check the Top of Your Chimney
One of the first things to look at when protecting your chimney from water damage is the top of your chimney structure. There are several necessary components that should be at the top of your chimney to protect it from costly water damage:
Chimney Cap – A chimney cap sits at the very top of your chimney and protects it from water, debris, and animal intrusion. This is usually a metal fixture with a grate around it to allow the heat and smoke to escape, without letting water or debris in.
Chase Cover – A chase cover is similar to a chimney cap except it is for prefabricated chimney systems. Prefab chimney systems usually have an exposed metal tube instead of a masonry chimney.
Chimney Crown – A chimney crown is the concrete slab at the top of the masonry structure. This helps direct water away from the base of the chimney and the masonry so that it flows harmlessly off the roof and into the gutter system. We can waterproof your crown for added protection!
Flashing – The flashing is the guard that protects the area where the chimney meets the roofline. This area is extremely susceptible to leaks and requires an extra layer of protection to keep water from seeping into the cracks and getting into your home.
Ready to Book Your Appointment?
We do not share the pricing of our services on our site, because each service has multiple variables including the number of flues, the type of appliance, etc. We can only give you an estimated price until we fully understand your appliance and the time and materials it will take to be serviced. If you have questions about costs, please call our office and our team will be happy to answer any questions. If you are still unsure, please check out our reviews and you can find confidence in our work through our happy customers.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Whether you call us or we call you back after you submit a scheduling form, you can expect our team to ask you a couple of questions.
Have you used us for your appliance before? If so, we have all your past services on file and it speeds up the scheduling process.
Where is your home located? This ensures that you are in our service area.
What kind of appliance are you wanting to be serviced?
How many stories is your home?
What is the exterior of your chimney made out of?
What do you have on your roof? (metal shingles, terra cotta, etc)
*If you don’t know the answers to these questions, no worries! Our team can help you.
When it comes to water damage and your chimney, time only makes things worse. The sooner we can address a problem, the less likely it is to require large-scale repairs. If you suspect you have a leaky chimney, give us a call today or request an appointment online!
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