Winter is the time when your chimney works the most for you. However, it’s not the only time your chimney can be damaged. Your masonry chimney is susceptible to water damage year round. During the frequent showers of spring there may be unprepared winter damage. Any amount of damage from the winter, big or small, can allow water into the chimney that can damage it from the inside out.
By the time you notice water in your chimney, it most likely already caused hidden damage. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to your chimney system. Visually inspect it and properly maintain it through winter, spring, summer, and fall. Here are some signs that your chimney is affected with a leak:
- Dripping sounds in the fireplace or chimney.
- Water leaks near the chimney or even in another area of the house.
- Musty or mildew-like smell emitted from the fireplace or chimney.
- Stains on the masonry.
- An unexplained decrease in efficiency.
What You Can Do
The affects of water on your masonry can be invisible to the untrained eye, which is why it’s important to schedule routine chimney sweeps and annual inspections. It’s at these routine service appointments that a certified professional will get a look at your system, note damage, and create an appropriate repair plan.
Some companies might repair the damage, but fail to find the source of the problem. When you choose Brickliners, one of our experienced technicians will pinpoint the source of the leak right away. First, checking the common points of water penetration, the flashing and chimney cap. Once the damage is repaired, the source of the leak is discovered and repaired.
After repairs are made, your chimney sweep will discuss other preventative steps to guard your masonry chimney against water damage:
- Install, repair, or replace your chimney cap. The chimney cap prevents water from falling into the chimney flue from above.
- Install, repair, or replace your chimney flashing. The flashing is the most common point of water penetration because it’s often installed incorrectly.
- Apply waterproofing sealant to masonry and flashing. Industry professionals have access to sealant which prevents water from penetrating the masonry, while allowing vapors to escape.
These small preventative measures can save you hundreds, possibly even thousands, of dollars in repairs due to water damage. Waterproofing services, like chimney sweeps and inspections, are a worthwhile investment with a small upfront fee to protect your investment in the long run.
If you’d like to discuss waterproofing services, or routine chimney maintenance, contact Brickliners today. One of our technicians is standing by to take your call!