Chimneys are more than just brick or stone columns; they’re designed with different components and pieces that make it an essential part of any home. Whether they’re old or new, they should function properly with proper maintenance and care. However, there are times when a chimney will have serious problems that eventually lead to more damage on a roof, and this includes leaks.
Chimney leaks are actually one of the most common causes behind a roof leak. Here are some of the common reasons behind leaks.
Cracked Chimney Crown
The chimney crown is the cement part on top of your chimney. The bricks go up around the tile flue liners, with the chimney crown keeping the rain and snow from falling in around the tiles. While its purpose is to keep rain out, cracks can occur over time due to shifting of the structure or from shrinkage dating back to the first day the crown was installed. And, when your chimney crown has them, water can easily go through and leak into your home.
To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to have it checked by a trusted chimney masonry repair specialist and have the crown repaired or replaced depending on the damage. Otherwise, the cracks will get bigger and lead to further damage on your roof.
These are the watertight strips that seal the seam between your roof and the chimney structure. If your flashing wasn’t installed properly, this could be the cause of your leak. Flashing can also get damaged from deterioration over time and lose its seal, allowing water to easily seep through any gaps. This can cause water damage not only to the roof and chimney, but also to the surrounding ceilings and walls.
Rain Coming in Directly
Chimneys without covers get a lot of rain falling straight down into them, which is why it makes sense for most homeowners to get a chimney cover. Not only does it keep the rain out, but also prevents small animals like birds from making a home out of your chimney. When your chimney gets blocked, you and your family will get sick from breathing in the carbon dioxide. To fix this, have a chimney cover installed by your trusted chimney professional.
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