Is A Leaky Chimney Causing You Distress? We Can Help!
Wherever you live in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, or Prince George’s county, water can be a threat to your chimney system. Every year, the Southern Maryland area averages about 48 inches of rain (which is about 10 more than the U.S. average) and 7 inches of snow. That’s a lot of moisture! Is your chimney system taking a beating?
An unresolved chimney leak can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the chimney and fireplace and the surrounding walls and ceilings. And in many cases, much of this damage occurs before the homeowner even knows they have a leak. That’s one reason why annual inspections are so important. During an inspection, we’ll check for any missing or damaged components that are designed to keep moisture out of the chimney, like a chimney cap and crown, and check for any damage or gaps in the flashing surrounding the chimney. We’ll also inspect the flue and masonry for water damage, cracks, or other possible water entry points. Many times, inspections have led us to identify, pinpoint, and resolve leaks before they go on to cause costly damage to the chimney and home.
Signs Of A Leak
Although inspections can help identify chimney leaks early, there are some things you can be on the lookout for as well:
- Rust or water in your firebox
- Crumbles of mortar or clay in your fireplace
- Rust streaks on the sides of your chimney stack or chase
- A dripping sound
- A damp or wet smell
- Cracking or discolored brick on your chimney or fireplace
Have you noticed signs of a chimney leak? Act now! When it comes to leaks, fast action can be the difference between a minor repair and a major investment – so don’t ever ignore it!
Prevention Is Key
Although our team is experienced and fully capable of resolving chimney leaks and making the necessary repairs to reverse moisture damage, we are major advocates of preventive measures. That’s why we apply professional water repellent products from ChimneySaver. These products were designed specifically for chimney masonry and can keep your chimney dry and protected, no matter how much moisture we get this year. For more information, click here.
Win The Moisture Battle With Chesapeake Chimney & Co.
If you’d like to request an appointment to have your chimney inspected, waterproofed, or repaired, please call us at 410-535-0052! Our team is certified and equipped to provide you with the most professional and exceptional service. Call or click today!
One of our many chimney and venting services is smoking and draft troubleshooting. Call us today so you don’t have to live with a smoky, drafty, smelly chimney any longer!