When you notice water stains on your ceiling, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is that your roof is leaking. However, before you call a roofing company, you should know that your roof leak could possibly be a chimney leak. The chimney area is a very popular spot for water penetration, and most roofers are not certified in repairing chimney leaks. The source of a chimney leak can be hard to find, which is why you should contact us at Ashbusters to take care of your leaky chimney. We know the most common places where these leaks can occur so we can easily get to the source of the problem. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney experts can also properly repair the leak as well as protect your chimney from future water leak problems. To avoid further damage and deterioration to your chimney, you should have a chimney leak repaired as soon as possible. We would like to tell you more about how seriously water penetration can damage your chimney as well as how we can easily solve this issue and protect your home from more expensive and extensive damage.
What kind of damage can a water leak do to my chimney?
Water can do so much damage that the CSIA has called it the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. A water leak can lead to corrosion damage of the metal components like the damper and the liner, rotted wood that is adjacent to the chimney, and stained ceilings and walls, but the worst damage that occurs involves the masonry structure of a chimney. The bricks and mortar of your chimney are naturally porous and suffer from erosion damage over time, but major deterioration can happen quickly during the winter when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Any moisture that is absorbed inside the bricks and mortar will freeze and expand, and as this water thaws out when the weather gets warmer, it can cause the materials to crack and and break apart. After repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, the entire structure of the chimney can deteriorate to the point of becoming unsafe to use. If the damage is severe, the structure could even collapse. This is why it is so crucial to have water leaks and the resulting chimney damage repaired as soon as possible.
How can Ashbusters fix my leaky chimney?
We specialize in chimney leak repair and prevention services, and our years of working on leaky chimneys in the Charleston area have given us the experience and knowledge needed to pinpoint the source of a chimney leak and effectively solve the problem. If you suspect that your chimney is leaking, we can inspect and evaluate your chimney, and if we find a leak, we will give you a written estimate of the repairs needed to fix it. Our CSIA-certified chimney technicians use masonry techniques like tuckpointing to replace the damaged pieces of bricks and mortar with specialized tools, and we use custom-mixed mortar and bricks that match the existing chimney. Once we have repaired the leak, we can then recommend the best water leak preventive methods for your chimney. We provide chimney cap sales and installation services to keep water out of the top of the chimney and customized flashing installation and repair services to protect the vulnerable area where the chimney meets the roof. We also strongly recommend having your chimney waterproofed to create a barrier against water penetration. You can trust us to fix your leaky chimney and protect it from future damage.
If you have seen the signs of water leaks in your home, keep in mind that your chimney could be the problem. Contact us at Ashbusters today to schedule an appointment for a chimney water leak inspection. You can trust us to properly take care of your chimney leak and protect your chimney from the danger of water penetration.