How to Avoid Hearing the Dreaded Diagnosis of Water Damage During a Chimney Inspection

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Water damage; it’s something every homeowner fears. Many times we hear it when we’ve had ongoing plumbing problems or chimney leaks that have damaged other areas of the home. We may be looking at serious issues like structural weakness or black mold by the time we even realize there’s a problem. Early detection through preventative maintenance is the best way to combat water damage.

Masonry chimneys that have been affected by water damage will show the signs in a variety of ways. You may notice:

  • Rust from the Damper
  • Rust anywhere in the Fireplace
  • Unpleasant Odors from the Fireplace
  • Drips in the Firebox
  • Water Stains on the Ceiling or Walls
  • Deterioration in the Central Heating System
  • Stained Chimney Exterior
  • Deteriorated Mortar
  • Broken Flue Tiles
  • Cracked Flue Liner
  • Collapsed Chimney or Hearth
  • Settled Chimney

Prevent Water Damage to Your Chimney

A chimney cap is the first defense against water damage on the interior of the chimney. The cap sits atop the chimney and directs water away from the opening of the flue. The crown directs water from the cap away from the opening as well. These two vital parts of the chimney protect the entire chimney from water damage.

The chimney flashing is usually a metal piece that is attached to the chimney and under the shingles or other roofing material. The flashing directs water away from the space where the chimney meets the roof. This prevents water from entering your attic space.

Waterproofing agents are also vitally important to the longevity of your chimney. Brick and mortar are porous, meaning they allow water to penetrate. Water goes into the brick and mortar and becomes trapped there. It does evaporate in time, but not usually before more water has taken its place.

The chimney waterproofing agent we use the most is from ChimneySaver. We appreciate the ease of use, the effective properties of the product, and the infrequency of application. You can treat the chimney in a matter of hours and once the product has cured, it protects for 3-5 years.

Waterproofing the Chimney in Drexel Hill

A water damaged chimney causes several problems for the homeowner. As homeowners ourselves, we completely understand. We provide all types of chimney waterproofing and chimney repair services in Drexel Hill and the surrounding areas.

The chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are CSIA Certified and we have years of experience under our belts. We strive to continue our education as often as possible so we’re always in the position to offer you the best possible chimney services in Drexel Hill and all along the Main Line. Call us at 610-626-2439 to discuss your chimney needs or to schedule an appointment for a chimney cleaning, chimney inspection, or chimney repair.

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