The Danger In Chimney Leaks
Here in the Washington D.C. area, we get some strong storms, and even some snow from time to time. The moisture these storms bring can do severe damage to your chimney and fireplace, regardless of whether you have a masonry chimney system or a factory-built system. Metal chimney liners, dampers, and fireboxes can rust and deteriorate; masonry can take on moisture and crack and decay; and the worst part is, you may not even know it’s occurring. When it comes to chimneys, water has a way of causing extensive damage that’s hidden from view. And the longer issues go unresolved, the more time water has to do serious damage. But there are ways to avoid leaks and identify them early on.
Tips For Avoiding Water-Related Chimney Damage
- Check your gutters and downspouts regularly, especially those that may drain down towards the chimney or its base! Remove any leaves or debris, and consider relocating downspouts that direct water towards the chimney.
- If any tree branches are located near your chimney, be sure to cut them back. Otherwise, they could dump water onto or into your chimney.
- Have your flashing checked for leaks and make repairs as needed.
- Make sure your chimney cap is in good condition and properly fitted to your chimney flue.
- Have your chimney crown and the masonry of your chimney checked for cracks or holes. If any are found, schedule repairs ASAP!
- Have your chimney professionally waterproofed by SirVent’s team of professionals.
Of course, you’ll also want to schedule an inspection of your chimney on an annual basis. Many times homeowners call on roofers when they have water damage on their ceilings, walls, or in their firebox. But oftentimes, the problem lies with the chimney.
Schedule An Appointment To Have Your Chimney Inspected – We’ll Find The Source Of The Leak Fast!
If you think you may have a leak, give SirVent a call ASAP! Addressing the problem early could end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs to the chimney, fireplace, and surrounding areas of the home. Call 844-338-9223 today – we’ll find the leak and let you know what can be done to resolve the problem and prevent it from occurring again.
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