There are many reasons your chimney may be leaking. But no matter the cause, additional moisture in your chimney can cause irreversible damage. Including structural problems for years to come. Wondering what may be causing your chimney to leak? We will take a look at some of the most common causes in this blog!
Your chimney’s flashing provides a waterproof seal between the chimney and the roof. However, this area is also extremely susceptible to moisture and deterioration over time. Replacing or repairing your chimney’s flashing can help prevent significant structural damage over time.
Missing Chimney Cap
There’s no way around it. Your chimney requires a functional chimney cap in order to prevent debris and unnecessary moisture from entering the chimney. The chimney cap protects against rain, snow, and even little critters that want to make a home in your chimney. Making sure your chimney cap is in good working order, or replacing one that isn’t, can help prevent a leaky chimney.
While chimney mortar has a life expectancy of about twenty years, freezing and thawing cycles can speed up that deterioration process. This is a big problem, as deteriorating mortar can cause a chimney to lean or fail entirely. Tuckpointing or chimney replacement may be the only answer in this situation.
Issues With The Chimney Crown
A cracked crown lets water in between the flue lining and the chimney. Causing issues with the walls and ceilings of your home. An annual chimney inspection will help you find these common issues before they cause extensive – and expensive – damage to your home.
How To Prevent A Leaky Chimney?
Your chimney should undergo an inspection at least twice a year. We recommend scheduling the inspection before the winter months, when the chimney will be in use the most, and again after the winter passes.
You can trust Cummins Restoration to both inspect and repair your chimney. Our family business provides the best masonry and chimney repair in the region. Call us today at (416) 992-7965.