There’s nothing quite like the crackle of a fire in your fireplace during the cold winter months. The aesthetics and the natural heat just can’t be beaten. Are you noticing water dripping down your chimney and raining on your fire? Is there a constant steady stream that flows inside your chimney when it rains? This is not something you should be seeing and is a very serious issue. The source may not be the easiest to determine. This is why you need a chimney contractor to help. If you are looking to find out what to do if you notice rain dripping down your chimney, then read on!
Finding the source
This can be easier said than done. Chimney repairs are not the type of one-size-fits-all repair. You may have more than one area that is damaged and in need of repair work. Hiring a professional chimney repair company that can conduct a thorough inspection is the ideal choice. Here are a few common areas where chimney leaks can occur.
Chimneys are exposed to the elements 24/7, 365 days a year, for decades. Severe weather can be particularly harsh on your chimney. Snow, heavy rains, and wind can take a toll on your chimney through the years. These extreme conditions can cause the materials used to build your chimney to deteriorate over time, leading to cracks and moisture penetration.
Chimney Crown Issues
The crown of your chimney is the part that acts as a cap at the top and protects it from rain, snow, and ice intrusion. Crowns are slanted to allow water to run off of the chimney and prevent it from finding ways into the flue. When water penetrates the crown and enters the flue, you have problems. If you are seeing water dripping down the interior of your chimney during heavy rain, the crown is usually the culprit.
Chimney lining in older homes was traditionally made of clay flues. The flue is the interior structure of your chimney. Clay flues can become cracked over time, and replacement is necessary. Relining is typically done using inserts made of alloy piping or stainless steel and helps ensure that the chimney is free of leaks and is structurally sound.
Addressing the Problems
Chimney repairs can be something as simple as a bit of caulking in suspect areas or a more complex chimney crown rebuild. You may even encounter structural repairs and adjustments that need to be made. It is important that you address problems you find with your chimney as soon as they arise to ensure more costly damage to your home does not occur.
If you have a leaky chimney or it’s been a while since you had yours inspected, Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. can lend a hand. Give us a call, and let’s discuss your chimney needs!