The Importance of Addressing Chimney Leaks
As we’ve stated many times before, water is a chimney’s worst enemy. When water or moisture gets into your chimney, it can cause a wide range of serious problems. Water will bring even the most well-built chimney to its knees, causing cracked mortar, flaking bricks and compromising its structural integrity. When water gets into the creosote inside your chimney liner, it eats into the mortar, accelerating the damage.
There are many possible causes for a chimney leak, including:
Protect Yourself Against Chimney Leaks
There are several ways to protect yourself against chimney leaks:
- Make sure you have a professional-grade chimney cap installed.
- Replace or repair a damaged chimney crown.
- Repair chimney mortar cracks or gaps.
- Inspect and repair any leaky flashing around your chimney.
- Waterproof your chimney!
Don’t let a leaky chimney get out of hand. The CSIA-certified professionals at Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service can inspect your chimney and track down the source of any leaks or water problems.
Your dryer vent system is another potential source of fire hazard, so include regular inspection and cleaning as part of the chimney and vent services provided by Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service.