The rainy season is upon us and part of preparing for that is checking to see if your chimney has any leaks. Chimney leaks can lead to serious water damage and can cause the structure of your chimney to weaken. Another reason why your chimney needs to be swept at least once a year is to remove the creosote! When leaking water is mixed with creosote it can cause terrible stains. To better prepare and identify chimney leaks, we have put together the most common causes in this blog. For any of your chimney repair needs, call the guys at Oregon Chimney Guys!
Probably the most common cause of a chimney leak is deteriorated mortar. Mortar is the material that is used between bricks to keep them together. Over time the mortar will naturally deteriorate as it’s exposed to weather elements. Any holes or cracks that you can see in the mortar will allow water to enter. The best way to repair deteriorated or cracked mortar is through repointing. Repointing is a process where old degraded mortar is replaced with new mortar, which will strengthen the chimney’s structure and prevent water from getting through. If you think your chimney needs repaired with repointing, schedule an appointment with us today!
No Chimney Cap Installed
If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you will know by now that having a chimney cap installed is very important! Especially in a wet climate like Eugene, Oregon. Chimney caps act like a roof to protect your chimney from rain and debris. If your chimney does not have a chimney cap installed, it means that the inside of your chimney is exposed to a lot of rain and moisture. If you do have a chimney cap it needs to hang at least 2 inches over the side of your chimney to ensure no leakage.
Chimney flashing is usually made up of aluminum and it’s what seals the space between your roof and chimney. Sometimes this flashing is not sealed correctly and causes water to escape through. Often times waterproofing agents are applied to the flashing to help repel water damage. If your chimney flashing has gaps or the water repellent has worn off, it might be time to give your favorite chimney repair team a call!
If you find any of these leaks in your chimney, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Oregon Chimney Guys. We provide Eugene with the best chimney repair services. When you get your next chimney sweep, have us inspect your chimney for any leaks!