When you see water where it shouldn’t be, it’s always cause for concern. Not only does this mean that there is an area of damage or decay that is letting water in, but if water sits on floors or in walls, mold and rot can set in. If you find water in or around your fireplace, it’s time to call in the professionals from Alpine Chimney Sweeps so we can find the source of the leak and make any needed repairs.
One area that can cause problems is the junction where the chimney meets the roof. It’s hard to make this leak proof, so the solution is to add flashing. You’ll notice when you look at the roof that there are strips of metal covering this junction, and those strips are the flashing. They are designed to direct the water away from the joint and down the roof, into your gutters instead of into the crack. But, time and weathering elements can cause the flashing to deteriorate or crack, and that’s when leaks occur. We’ll check out your flashing to make sure it’s in great shape and recommend replacement if it’s needed.
An important defense against leaks is your chimney cap. A chimney cap sits on top of your chimney and protects it from precipitation getting in. If your chimney cap is damaged, that protection isn’t available. Believe it or not, some homes don’t even have a chimney cap! If this is the case, Alpine Chimney Sweeps can help you find the perfect cap to fit your chimney and keep precipitation out. As an added bonus, a properly fitting chimney cap will also keep animals, birds, and other flying creatures out.
There might also be condensation occurring in or around your chimney. This could be because there is moisture in the air being discharged by your furnace onto your cold chimney walls, and that moisture creeps through the pores in the mortar. This type of ‘leak’ will only occur during colder months, but it is still important to diagnose the source of the leak and repair it.
If you see signs of water leaks, you can be sure that the problem will only get worse. It’s important to take care of leakage issues as soon as possible because it can cause damage to the walls and ceiling of your home as well. As soon as you spot any signs of leakage, call Alpine Chimney Sweeps at 800-809-5023 to set up an appointment so that we can find and take care of the source of the problem before more damage occurs. Whether it’s flashing, chimney cap, or other type of structural damage causing your leaking problem, we have the tools and the experience to be able to stop that leak and fix any damage that occurs. Call now, before cold weather makes repair work more difficult!