Troubleshooting Chimney Problems
Sometimes you need to call a professional and
sometimes you don't. Here are a number of tips to
help resolve common problems with chimneys.
If you can't solve this type of problem, don't
worry ' that's why we're here. Just give us a call
and we can have one of our professional chimney
sweeps out to help diagnose the problem and
Beginning late each fall and
throughout the rainy season we field dozens of
calls from homeowners experiencing a tremendous
amount of water coming in down and around their
chimneys and fireplaces or stoves. We've had
clients in newer homes literally collecting pans
of water in the fireplace or wood stove alcove.
There are a number of things we look at in
diagnosing the source of this annoying and
The first thing we evaluate
is where the water is showing up. This gives us an
indication of where to begin looking for the water
entry point. We examine the flashing, the roof
around the chimney, the chimney cap and of course
the condition of the chimney itself. We can even
examine the resistance to water of the brick and
mortar itself. This type of comprehensive approach
allows us to make intelligent recommendations
rather than just trying to make a quick sale and
be on our way. Our technicians will go over with
you their findings and make appropriate
recommendations based on those findings.
penetration can lead to damage costing hundreds or
even thousands of dollars to repair. Don't let
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Water and Chimney Leaks?
Chimneys are constructed in a variety of ways and with
a variety of materials. Masonry chimneys are generaly
built with brick and mortar but could also include
block, stone or any number of natural or even man made
masonry products. All masonry chimneys absorb some
water but will generally dry out very quickly. The
problem is when chimneys take in an excess amount of
water, through deteriorating or degredation of the
masonry, that water becomes a real problem.