Over time, even the best-built chimneys can begin to leak. The key is to find out the exact cause of the leaky chimney and then have the right repair work done.
Ye Olde Brit Chimney Sweep solves leaky chimney issues in San Bernardino CA and surrounding areas, Riverside CA, & Yucaipa CA, as well as Grande Terrace CA, Pomona CA, Ontario CA, Corona CA, Verdemont Heights CA, Norco CA, Jurupa Valley CA, Cajon CA, and more.
Why Is Your Chimney Leaking?
Chimney professionals refer to any situation in which water is getting into your chimney system as a chimney leak. There are many possible causes of a leaky chimney, including:
When we resolve chimney leaks for our customers, our first job is a thorough chimney inspection. This will tell us two important things:
Why the chimney is taking on water
How much damage exists
Once we have these answers, we can make the needed repairs to get your chimney back into tip top shape.
How to Know if You Have a Leaky Chimney
Certain signs tell you that your chimney may be leaking:
- Water dripping into the firebox
- Damp surface areas on the ceiling and walls close to the fireplace
- A strong, musty odor coming from the firebox, attic or crawlspaces
- White staining (efflorescence) on the exterior chimney masonry
Chimney leaks often don’t become apparent until the situation is fairly widespread. For this reason, it’s a good idea for you to keep an eye out for damaged bricks and other damage issues we noted in the bullets above.
If you spot signs of an actual or impending chimney leak, call us immediately so we can get the problem repaired before more damage is done.
Resolving Chimney Leaks
Ye Olde Brit’s leaky chimney services include structural repairs, component repairs, component replacements and masonry damage prevention through chimney waterproofing.
When the masonry is causing the leak, we can replace damaged bricks and perform chimney tuckpointing, a process that scrapes away deteriorated mortar and replaces it with a strong new compound.
After the masonry is properly repaired, we apply an industrial-grade water repellant to the surfaces to prevent water from contacting and harming the masonry in the future.
Components such as chimney caps, flue covers, chase tops, chimney crowns and chimney flashing can be repaired or replaced to put a halt to chimney leaks.