We Fix Leaky Chimneys in North Reading, Westford & More
Water leaks are one of the biggest and most common chimney complaints we deal with. Often, by the time we’re called in, extensive water damage is done, and homeowners just want to know how water is making its way in and how to stop it. If you have or think you may have a chimney leak, here’s what you need to know:
First things first: you’ll need to have your chimney system inspected. This allows us to get a pretty good look at your entire system and identify any areas where water may be entering.
If you do have a chimney leak, it likely originates from one of the following chimney areas:
- Masonry — When the brick and mortar of your chimney begin to crack or deteriorate, they can allow water to enter the chimney system and home. This only leads to further damage that will worsen over time, which is why it’s imperative that masonry repairs be made promptly and that the masonry be protected against future problems with a quality masonry water repellent.
- Flashing — Flashing is simply the metal that resides at the base of the chimney and the roof where they meet. It’s designed to protect this area from water entry, but when flashing is dented, damaged, or raised, water can easily make its way in through this vulnerable area. If your flashing is damaged or allowing water into your home, you can count on us to repair or replace it and apply a sealant that will guard against future flashing leaks.
- Chimney Crown — The crown, or the horizontal cement slab that closes off your chimney stack, could be to blame for your chimney leak. Because of their placement, crowns can wear thin or develop cracks and gaps, especially if they were designed poorly or made of low-quality materials — but we can help by repairing or rebuilding your crown and applying a protective moisture membrane.
Of course, it’s also possible your chimney cap has come loose or is missing, and that water is making its way into your flue that way. If a new cap is all you need, we can help with that too. Find out more about chimney caps and top-mounted dampers here.
We’ll Put A Stop To That Chimney Leak & Help Prevent Future Leaks
Whatever is to blame for your chimney leak, you can count on the reliable, friendly, and experienced chimney sweeps at Sweepnman to resolve the issue and prevent problems in the future. Give us a call today at 978-664-6642 and request an appointment to have your chimney inspected by a CSIA-certified professional. You can also request an appointment through our website — just fill out this form.