Winter Chimney & Fireplace Leaks

Winter Chimney & Fireplace Leaks

It seems like it’s the never-ending Fall clean-up. Before
it snowed this past weekend, leaves had blown back onto the grass from the
winds. It’s best to keep them off the lawn as leaves rot the grass. Then the
snow came with high winds…again. Now there’s various sized branches all over
the yard and driveway. Now I’m out there again…and a few of the neighbors too.

As we finished our snowy yardwork, a couple of the
neighbors called me over. Issues with their fireplace. Wind and snow, or wind
and rain are great combinations for uncovering leaks. With the threat of more
snow coming this weekend, the leak(s) need to be found.

There are 2 Key Reasons Why Chimney’s Leak in the Winter.

  1. Chimney
    – Do you know if you have a chimney lining? If not, or if
    you are not sure, get your chimney
    right away. If you do have a chimney liner, it may be the
    wrong size or it’s just seen better days. It’s best to have that inspected and
    taken care of.
  2. Chimney Flashing
    Water can sit in the flashing…then freeze…then thaw…then freeze again with the
    melted water making its way under the roof shingles and right into your home.
    Leaks are tricky, as they can show up in a bedroom a good distance away from
    the exterior chimney. Sometimes you find out too late, especially when a
    section of the wall paint begins to peel.

There are a few other reasons for chimney leaks that we’ll
also take a look at. For instance, is there a chimney cap or
did it blow away with the high winds? Has the masonry or mortar
between the bricks deteriorate? Or is there a crack in the chimney crown?

Now that you know why a chimney leak happens, let’s review
how you can identify a leak in your chimney and fireplace. Here are 4 most
frequently identified signs to look for inside of your home.

  1. You
    can hear the sound of dripping water in the fireplace
  2. Better
    yet, you can visibly see a pool of standing water in the fireplace
  3. Water
    stains next to the chimney, near the chimney on the walls
  4. Musty
    smell when you go in the room or near the fireplace, especially after it rains
    or snows

Let’s face it. It is not fun having issues in winter. It’s
better to begin to visit it now and take care of what you can before springs
storms come. Give Superior Chimney a call at 877-244-6349. Let’s start getting you taken care of today.

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