Chimney Leaks? Fuggetaboutit! We’ll Keep Water Out With Our Expert Repair & Waterproofing Services
A leaky chimney is more than just an inconvenience or a frustration — it can actually rapidly deteriorate and lead to damage to other parts of your home, not just your chimney.
Unfortunately, leaks aren’t always obvious, and many homeowners don’t know what warning signs to look for. But here at Alpine Chimney Sweeps, we regularly inspect chimney systems, checking for leaks and water damage, and through our inspections, we’re able to quickly identify how water is making its way in so it can be stopped. These are some of the first places we look:
- The chimney cap — The chimney cap is the cover installed at the top of the flue that’s designed to keep water, birds, and small animals out of the chimney. If a chimney is missing a cap or the cap is rusted out or poorly fitted, we can pretty much expect water damage. Is your cap missing or damaged? Our team sells and installs caps in several styles and sizes, including copper caps, stainless steel caps, multi-flue caps, and removable caps for easy cleaning. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll make sure installation is done just so.
- The flashing — The flashing (the sheet metal where the roof and chimney intersect) needs to be perfectly installed so it will provide a tight seal that will keep water out of this vulnerable area. Many flashing leaks are actually mistaken for roof leaks, so if you see water staining on the ceiling near your chimney or rust stains running down your roof or siding, it might be the flashing. Whether the flashing has failed as a result of improper installation, harsh weather, or strong winds, we can repair or replace it so your home has the water protection it needs.
- The crown —The crown or cement slab at the top of your chimney stack is one of the most important parts of the chimney system, as well as one of the areas that takes the biggest beating. Snow, sleet, rain, and ice can cause the crown to crack or crumble, leaving it vulnerable to water penetration and even more damage. If your crown is to blame for your chimney leaks, rest assured, our team can repair or rebuild it for years of leak protection.
- The masonry —You may not have given it much thought, but the brick and mortar that makes up your chimney stack is also vulnerable to water penetration and damage. Naturally, brick absorbs a certain amount of moisture when it rains, snows, or sleets, but over time, moisture can cause the brick and mortar itself to break down, crack, and crumble. Once damaged, the masonry will continue to wick in even more moisture, leading to more damage, and more noticeable chimney leaks. Is your masonry chimney water-damaged and leaky? Let our team repair it and waterproof it so you don’t have to worry about masonry damage and leaks again. Our waterproofing services will keep the brick from falling apart and keep the cement mortar between the bricks from turning to sand. We can also waterproof wooden chases, as well as any area of your home that’s brick, cement, or wood. Just ask!
Ready to schedule an appointment with an expert chimney leak troubleshooter and chimney waterproofer? Call Alpine Chimney Sweeps or fill out our online appointment request form and we’ll send an experienced professional out to your home ASAP. Don’t wait — water acts fast!