5 Reasons to Fix Your Leaky Chimney
By Doug Hetsch
June 28, 2019
Since 2006, All American Chimney Service has specialized in taking care of leaky chimneys in the Louisville, KY region. We provide quality and professional chimney masonry repair services and water penetration preventive services. Our technicians have been trained and certified by industry leaders like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). You can trust our team to make sure your chimney receives full protection against water.
When you suspect your chimney is leaking, you should contact us as soon as possible. We would like to share with you five reasons to never neglect a leaky chimney.
Prolong the life of your masonry chimney
Your chimney was built to last a lifetime, and it’s supposed to be durable and strong. However, water penetration damage in your masonry chimney can quickly turn into even worse deterioration if it is left unrepaired. To make sure your chimney will give you years of cozy and warm fires, All American Chimney Service recommends that you repair water damage in a timely fashion and professionally maintain it on an annual basis.
Avoid more extensive damage
When the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney are damaged by water penetration, water will continue to leak into your chimney masonry materials until the damage is addressed. During the winter, repeated freeze/thaw cycles can lead to serious structural deterioration.
Keep metal components from rusting
Some of the most important parts of your chimney include the damper and liner. These components are made of metal, and they can suffer from rusting and corrosion damage when exposed to water. When you fix the leak, you prevent these parts from further rust damage.
Prevent dangerous hazards
When the liner has corrosion and rust, it can crack and leave gaps that are very hazardous to your home and family. Not only are you at a higher risk for accidental fires caused by heat transfer, but you are also at a greater danger of carbon monoxide leaks in your home. This toxic gas can lead to serious illnesses including organ failure and even death.
Avoid musty odors
In the summer, All American Chimney Service typically gets calls from customers complaining of unpleasant odors. If water is leaking into your chimney, you might smell musty odors from standing water in the firebox or on the smoke shelf. Our team can get your home to smell fresh and clean again by fixing your leaky chimney.
According to the CSIA, water is the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys, as you can see from these five reasons that you should never neglect water leaks in your system.Contact usat All American Chimney Service as soon as you suspect a leaky chimney to avoid further problems.