Chimneys play an important role in your home. They allow heat, smoke and flue gases to escape from fireplaces and cooking appliances. Yet, they will sometimes need some TLC to ensure that they continue to work properly.
Unmaintained, chimneys can serve as an entry point for water, which can lead to all sorts of problems. Don’t underestimate the damage even a small amount of chimney moisture can cause your home. This damage includes:
Rusted dampers, firebox assemblies, firebox accessories and glass doors
Stained chimney interior and exterior
Deteriorated mortar joints and flue lining system
These are just some of the possible damages water can do to your home when it enters your chimney.
Here are some signs that indicate that water is entering through your chimney:
Water Stains or Moisture
Look for water stains or the presence of moisture in your chimney. A moist firebox, chimney throat or any other part means water has entered your chimney.
Don’t see any water in your chimney? Listen for dripping sounds as these will indicate the presence of water you can’t see.
Mold grows in dark, moist places. If your chimney smells musty, especially after a downpour, chances are water has penetrated your chimney, and mold is growing in damp areas. Once your chimney becomes moldy, you’ll need an expert chimney company to help you clean it and restore it to perfect condition.
Look at your chimney from outside your home. Check for cracking bricks and moss growing on your chimney’s exterior. See if it appears darker at the top, especially after a rainstorm.
Huge chimney problems require expert chimney repair solutions. Chimney Doctors is a full-service chimney sweep and stove specialist. Schedule an appointment now by calling us at (518) 882-5009 or by filling out our online form. We serve clients in Clifton Park, NY, and neighboring areas.