Is A Leaky Chimney Cutting Into Your Sleep & Your Budget?
A chimney leak: once you have one, it seems you’ll never be able to enjoy the crackling of the thunder and the sound of the rain beating against the window pane again. In our almost 30 years in the industry, we’ve been called upon to repair and remedy countless chimney leaks, many of which went undetected until major damage had been done. We’ve seen the damage water can do to the chimney and home firsthand, which is why we’re committed to helping our customers throughout Virginia quickly identify leaks and take proper precautions to prevent them altogether.
Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney professionals provide thorough chimney inspections, during which we check some of the most common sources of leaks:
- Chimney Caps – The chimney cap sits at the top of the flue and shields it from moisture. Unfortunately, caps can come loose or become damaged, giving water a direct line into the chimney system.
- Chimney Crowns – The crown or cement slab that closes off the chimney stack is oftentimes built improperly, rendering it ineffective at keeping moisture out. But even well-built crowns can develop cracks and holes over time (especially as the home settles), allowing water down into the chimney stack.
- Flashing – Flashing refers to the metal sheets that are layered at the base of the chimney where it intersects the roofline. These metal sheets are designed to keep water from entering this vulnerable area, but unfortunately, flashing isn’t always effective. Whether it fails due to poor installation or as a result of animal tampering, house settling, or severe weather, flashing is a common area for water to find a way in.
- Masonry – You may not know it, but when your brick starts cracking and your mortar joints start receding, they’re opening up pathways for moisture to enter your chimney system. That’s why it’s imperative that you keep your masonry in great condition, whether that means having joints tuckpointed and brick repaired, or scheduling a professional masonry waterproofing service.
Protect Your Home & Put Your Mind At Ease
Take it from the team that has seen the devastating effects of water on the chimney system and home firsthand – you do not want a chimney leak! If you think you may have a problem or would like to have your chimney inspected and waterproofed to put your mind at ease, give Old Dominion Chimneys a call at 540-434-0888. You can also request an appointment online – click here!