A Southern Idaho winter is meant to be spent around the fireplace. But that roaring fire won’t last long if your chimney is leaking. Chimney leaks are common and it’s important to address minor issues before they grow into big problems. And trust us, chimney leaks can grow into big problems.
Don’t let a leaking chimney dampen your mood this winter. Get to the bottom of what’s causing your chimney leak and call the professionals at Cleanup & Total Restoration.
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How Can I Tell if My Chimney Is Leaking?
A chimney leak is pretty easy to spot—and easy to smell, too. If you notice any dripping water, chimney discoloration, or musty odors coming from your fireplace, then there’s a high chance you have a chimney leak on your hands. The best thing you can do? Get an expert on your property by contacting us at CTR.
5 Common Causes of Chimney Leaks
So, you have a chimney leak. But why? Well, there are a few reasons why your chimney is leaking. Let’s explore some of the most common causes of chimney leaks and what you can do about it. Hint: calling us is a good idea.
1. Missing Cover on Top of Your Chimney
If your chimney is missing a cover, then rain will get into your fireplace. But how does smoke exit out of the chimney, you ask? Your chimney should have a chase, a crown, a cap, or a damper to protect it from rain and snow.
2. Damaged Chimney Crown
If you do have a crown on your chimney, there’s a chance it’s damaged. The concrete of the chimney’s crown may be cracked due to extreme weather conditions, allowing moisture to seep in. Galvanized chase covers can also develop rust and cracks as they age.
3. Leaks Caused by Chimney Flashing
The area of your chimney extruding from your roof is usually covered in flashing. This flashing protects your chimney from moisture and creates a watertight seal between your chimney and roof. As time goes on, the sealant of the flashing may erode.
4. Chimney Condensation
We don’t see chimney condensation cases often, but they do happen. Chimney condensation occurs when moisture builds up inside the chimney after a fireplace has been converted to gas. Without the right kind of chimney lining, condensation can accumulate and lead to leaks.
5. Chimney Leaks Caused by Worn Out Brick- and-Mortar Joints
The brick-and-mortar joints of your chimney can crack and split over time, causing moisture to leak into your home. Problems with your brick-and-mortar joints can lead to some serious issues and can compromise the structural integrity of your chimney. Adjust your brick-and-mortar joints by calling us at CTR.
Will Insurance Cover a Chimney Leak?
It depends on your homeowners’ insurance policy, but generally speaking, yes. Most homeowners’ insurance policies will cover a chimney leak. But your homeowners’ insurance policy will only cover your chimney leak if:
- The damage was caused by something you already knew about, or
- The damage was caused by an issue you knew about and neglected to address.
Be proactive about your chimney and contact a CTR professional. We’ll even work with your insurance company so you don’t have to.
Got Chimney Water Damage? Let’s Fix it
Taking care of your chimney will result in a well-taken care of home. Fix your chimney leak as soon as you notice it and give CTR a call. We’re available 24/7 to handle chimney leaks of all kinds, no matter the time or day.
Get a technician on your property in as little as 60 minutes and contact our team for professional water damage and chimney sweeping services.