A small leak can seem like a minor issue on the surface. To the eye, it may look like it’s not causing too much of a problem. However, water is insidious. It can cause damage quickly and the costs for repair can skyrocket extremely quickly. The last thing you want to be worrying about while enjoying a crackling fire is sneaky moisture. Let’s take a look at three problems a damp chimney can cause.
A damaged or missing chimney crown is a surefire way to add unwanted moisture damage to your chimney structure. The crown of a chimney is its uppermost protection against the environment. It stands against the elements and directs rainwater and snow away from your chimney to the gutters where it can be disposed of.
Cracks in the crown can’t usually be seen from the ground. This unfortunately means that by the time they’re discovered, they’ve probably contributed to significant damage. If the crown is missing, the damage will occur even faster. Why exactly? Simply put, as nothing is protecting the top of your chimney, water will eventually start to come in.
While the brickwork in your chimney is designed to last long-term (possibly a century or longer), the mortar holding everything together has a much shorter shelf-life. As mortar ages, it can begin to crumble and crack. This, in turn, creates a prime opportunity for moisture to seep in.
Generally speaking, cracks don’t look that bad on the surface. This means many homeowners will see them and move on without prioritizing repair. Then, once it’s created a problem, they call a Chimney Solutions Indiana technician to solve a problem that could have been eliminated before it happened in the first place.
High winds or strong storms can cause the flashing surrounding your chimney to lift and loosen, leading to more leaks and damage. This is another issue that isn’t always easy to see from the ground. This is especially the case if you have a two-story home and cannot see the roof without being up on a ladder.
Flashing creates a seal between your chimney and shingles. Along with being hard to diagnose from the ground, the leaks that are caused by issues with your flashing can lead to serious roof damage. Subsequently, this will lead to problems in other areas of your home.
How can you avoid damage from a damp chimney? Stay on top of regular inspections. Your technician will likely find issues before they’ve had an opportunity to cause large amounts of damage and get them fixed right away.
Moisture damage is not always easy to spot until it has done significant damage. Mitigating these three problems are just some of the ways our team can help.
By scheduling yearly maintenance inspections, our techs can locate, diagnose, and repair areas where moisture is getting in before they cause serious damage to your wallet. Whether you’ve seen the damage and need it fixed asap or you need to schedule your next appointment, we’re here to help.
Do you need to schedule your next sweep and inspection? Then call the team at Chimney Solutions Indiana at 317-757-6979 or visit our website to schedule your next appointment.
Our Service Area
If you live within 20 miles of Marion County, there’s no need to call any other chimney provider! The team here at Chimney Solutions Indiana will be in our marked trucks and clean uniforms and at your door on time! We travel to Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Westfield, Geist, Eagle Creek, Noblesville and all throughout the Indianapolis, IN area.
We believe that education and ongoing training is important, which is why we continuously invest in ourselves and our team to deliver better service to you. We’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) – certified and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so whenever advancements are made within the industry, we’re among the first to know about it. When you work with Chimney Solutions, you can expect the latest information and the most advanced services and techniques. We strive to exceed expectations on every job from a routine chimney sweep and chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration.
We’re committed to providing the best service possible and look forward to serving you and your family, year after year. Call 317-757-6979 to get started! >>