Do You Have A Leaky Chimney? Call Columbia’s Chimney Leak Repair Experts ASAP!
Chimney leaks bring a whole host of problems and can seem to spring up out of nowhere. But these are some tell-tale signs you can be on the lookout for:
- Black stains, brick discoloration, rust, or mold growing on the exterior of your chimney
- Moldy odors coming from your fireplace
- Dripping sounds in your fireplace
- Water inside of your firebox
- Cracked or crumbling masonry
- Water damage on the ceiling or walls near your chimney
If you notice any of these symptoms or signs, give Chimspector Venting Specialists a call ASAP. Water damage can do a real number on a chimney system, from top to bottom, which is why it’s so important that you have repairs made as soon as an issue is discovered or suspected. Here are the areas of your chimney we’ll check when you suspect a leak:
- Chimney Cap —The chimney cap, shroud, or chimney topper is a metal component that attaches to the top of the flue. It’s your chimney flue’s only defense against moisture, and if the cap comes loose, rusts through, or is just missing altogether, then rain, snow, and outside moisture, as well as animals, birds, and debris, will quickly get to work on your chimney system.
- Chase Cover —Just because prefabricated chimneys are different from masonry chimneys doesn’t mean they need less protection — and that’s where the chase cover comes in. The chase cover is a metal pan that covers the chimney chase and keeps water out, much like a masonry chimney’s crown does. Unfortunately, most original chase covers are made of a low-quality sheet metal that welcomes sagging and can quickly encourage water to gather and rust through the metal.
- Flashing —The sheets of metal at the base of the chimney are designed to keep water out of the area where the chimney exits the roof, but not every flashing installation job is a good one. We often find that flashing fails as a result of a bad installation or wind and weather damage.
- Crown —Like the chase cover of a prefabricated or factory-built chimney, the crown on a masonry chimney seals off the chimney stack and keeps it free of moisture. Unfortunately, not all crowns are built properly, and even high-quality crowns can crack and allow moisture in over time.
- Masonry —As naturally porous materials, the brick and mortar of your chimney can take on rain and moisture, but as masonry ages and deteriorates, it can take on more and more water, leading to leaks and extensive damage.
Do you suspect a chimney leak? Regardless of the source of the leak, you can count on Chimspector Venting Specialists to find, stop, and prevent water problems in your chimney system fast and effectively. Call 803-602-5929 to schedule your leak inspection today!
You can also request an appointment right here on our website!