Leaks from your chimney can potentially lead to bigger problems down the road. Learn how to spot leaks early and avoid more costly repairs.
Especially during the winter season, chimneys, along with your home fireplace, help keep your home cozy and warm. But if your chimney starts leaking, it can lead to big problems.
What starts as a small leak can lead to major water damage in your home and expensive repairs. And since a chimney and chimney flue help keep fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide where they should be, any damage to it should be taken seriously and fixed as soon as possible.
So whether it’s the middle of winter or summer, what should you look for to catch leakage from your chimney before it becomes a bigger problem?
Let’s start by looking at few things that can make your chimney leak.
Many things can cause chimney leaks, but let us look at four common causes.
Finding chimney leaks can be a real challenge, but here are some things to look for.
Like all other problems, the first step is to fix a leaky chimney is to find the source of the leaks. If you’re comfortable on a roof and have the equipment to inspect your chimney safely, it’s worth it to get a closer look.
Inspect the cap and crown for damage. Is the flashing in good shape and properly sealed? Are there any bricks or mortar joints that are damaged? Do you notice any visible openings that could be the source of the leak?
You may want to inspect your chimney regularly so you can catch problems early on. A well-maintained chimney will seldom have major issues.
The best way to prevent leaks is to get your chimney installed right the first time. Many people opt for cheap solutions, and they suffer in the long run. A chimney project isn’t as simple as it seems and is very important to install correctly.
And while some maintenance can be done by the homeowner, for any project that involves working on the crown, flashing, or structure of the chimney, it’s best to call a professional mason. You’ll save yourself the headache of water damage to your home and more costly repairs in the future.
If you’re in the Garland, Texas area, give us a call at Alexander and Xavier Masonry. All it takes is one quick call to schedule your FREE consultation.
1. What is the cost of repairing a leaking chimney?
Chimney repair can cost anywhere from a few dollars (if you’re a DIYer) to as high as several thousand if a complete rebuild is required. And if the chimney leaking has caused water damage inside your home, it could be even more.
2. Are chimney leaks covered by homeowners insurance?
If the leak happens suddenly (especially due to circumstances like rain), your basic policy may often cover it. The case might be different if it’s due to the slow deterioration of mortar over time or because of negligence. The best thing is to call your insurance provider.