A fireplace is a valuable asset in homes and for good reasons. Not only does it add warmth and comfort for the inhabitants, but it also adds to the market value of the home.
Fireplaces do bring care and maintenance along with its cozy warmth. Over time, the fireplace and chimney are bound to require repairs at some point or the other. Luckily, reliable chimney and fireplace services can help you out.
Chimney leaks are common issues that occur in homes and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Here are some reasons for chimney leaks:
Faulty chimney cap
While the chimney cap is an accessory, it performs an important function for the system. The chimney cap prevents rain from entering the chimney which can cause moisture problems and promote the growth of mold too. This cap is located at the top of the flue with a metal mesh that keeps debris, animals, and insects out of the system.
The chimney cap aids the water runoff from the flue opening and also redirects wind. A faulty chimney cap, however, allows water to enter the system. This tends to happen due to faulty installation or excessive wear and tear.
The flashing is made up of numerous thin sheets of metal that form a seal between the roof and the chimney. The flashing is used to protect the most sensitive area of the chimney and while it does wear down over time, in most cases, improper installation tends to be the number one issue we detect. Since the flashing is exposed to the elements, it can rust and develop leaks. Regular chimney inspections can detect such issues and solve them immediately.
Worn out crown
The chimney crown is the cemented area on the top of the chimney. It is designed to meet specific requirements. Well-made crowns are built on a slant that’s at least 4 inches away from the flue and overhangs at least two inches. Improper construction or installation of the crown make them susceptible to damage quicker than others. Cracks develop, allowing precipitation to seep through. Occasionally, even well-made crowns develop cracks, which is why regular inspections are a must.
Have your home’s fireplace and chimney seen to by our experts at Chimney & Dryer Vent Services LLC today! We’re a business based in Cumming that provides dryer vent cleaning as well as fireplace repairs. We are a fully certified, insured, and licensed company that provides services at affordable rates. Call us at (678) 709-6380 to get started!