Leaky Chimney? | Chimney Leak Repair | Atlanta, GA
Chimney Solutions has been providing residents in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Cartersville, Flowery Branch, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Fair Oaks, Brookhaven, Fayetteville, and Smyrna with solutions to their leaky chimney. Don’t get caught in the rain (literally) because of a chimney leak, call us today!
Have you noticed water in your attic, moisture collecting around the base of the chimney, a water puddle in the bottom of your fireplace, or water stains on your walls around your fireplace? If so, you could be experiencing a leaky chimney. There are actually a few different issues that can cause a chimney to leak. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to call our chimney professionals immediately since signs of moisture damage can lead to a number of expensive repairs if not addressed quickly.
Causes of a Chimney Leak
Finding the cause of a chimney leak is generally a process of elimination. Here are a few common culprits:
- No chimney cap– If your chimney is not covered by a chimney cap, rain can enter your flue and fall straight down the chimney, soaking the masonry and brick on the way down.
- Cracked chimney crown– The chimney crown is the cement cover that sits on top of your chimney, covering the flue tiles and liner. If there are any cracks or opening in this cement or mortar, water can soak through and cause moisture damage all throughout your flue system even down into the fireplace and damper.
- Lack of a chimney liner– Your chimney liner is what protects the inside of your flue. It safely contains the combustion products and directs them outside of the home. Since combustion products contain a large amount of moisture, it also protects the masonry material of the chimney from getting soaked from condensation as the temperature inside the chimney cools down. A cracked or missing chimney liner is a sure cause of moisture damage.
- Faulty flashing– Chimney flashing is what keeps rain water from entering the house where the brick structure meets or comes through the roof. If your chimney flashing is old and deteriorating, it can leave a gap in between the roof and your chimney, allowing water and moisture to enter your home.
Contact a Professional Chimney Sweep!
Even if you have determined the cause of your leaky chimney, you need to contact a professional chimney sweep immediately to address the problem. If left unattended, moisture damage can lead to spalling bricks, cracked or missing mortar, rust and liner deterioration, or degradation of the entire chimney structure. Don’t wait if you notice that your chimney has a leak. Water is a main contributor to major property damage that can end up costing thousands of dollars to fix. Our certified chimney sweeps can inspect your chimney to find out the cause of your water issues and quickly find a solution.
Chimney Solutions serves residents in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Marietta, Brookhaven, Fayetteville, Smyrna, Fair Oaks, Cartersville, Cumming, Gainesville, Buford, and a number of other towns in the greater Atlanta area, so call us today.