Rain, rain go away… come back some other day… like in the middle of summer when we haven’t had rain in weeks. Seriously! Last time I checked, we live in the DC metro area … not Seattle. Okay, on the bright side, it’s spring and the world is super green. But when you notice your chimney is leaking, you need to make sure that it’s not just the rain. It might be a sign that something is wrong with your chimney.
While the DC metro area is pretty lucky not the have super harsh winters, we still get snow, ice and cold temperatures. These conditions can be rough on your chimney and result in weather damage. If you are experiencing this you should contact a trusted Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep to find and repair leak (like Potomac Services). A small repair today can save you tons of money in the future on replacing a badly damaged chimney.
How does winter weather cause chimney leaks?
Spalling damage happens when water gets absorbed into your brick and mortar, freezes and then expands. In the spring, the thawing process can leave it cracked and breaking apart. If left unrepaired, it can become so week that your chimney could deteriorate and collapse over time.
How can you repair and prevent this type of damage?
It’s best to hire a CSIA certified chimney sweep company like Potomac Services to repair your chimney by replacing any missing bricks and mortar joint to help fill in gaps and holes in your chimney. Once the damage is repaired, we can recommend different types of water penetration prevention methods. This may include chimney caps that prevent water and animals from getting into your chimney, custom flashing systems to protect the area where the chimney meets the roof, or even have your chimney waterproofed.