When rainstorms aren’t ruining your plans, they can actually be an underrated part of the summer. Relaxing with a good book or movie as the constant pitter-patter of rain fills your home is a great way to unwind. Of course, your yard or garden could certainly use the extra hydration too.
However, rainstorms are very harmful to parts of your home, especially the chimney. Your chimney is the first line of defense against rain, and this constant exposure to water can eventually lead to a leak. Leaks are very hazardous and there are some clear and obvious signs if one is present in your chimney or home. Luckily, SirVent Chimney & Venting Service is here to help! Read below to learn more about the various signs of chimney leaks, then give us a call today at (859) 900-0402!
Symptoms of Chimney Leaks
Chimney leaks have a variety of symptoms, with some more obvious than others. One of the more clear signs is the sound of dripping or running water. If you hear the constant drip of water but cannot locate the source, it is likely in your chimney. This also means that the water is pooling somewhere, which can lead to even more damage to your home. Another sign of a chimney leak is a damp or musty smell. Chimney leaks lead to the growth of mold and mildew in your home, which is often the source of the musky smell. This is also hazardous to your family’s health, and it must be addressed immediately.
Some chimney components such as the cap, firebox, and crown are made of metal. Over time, continual exposure to water leads to rust. If you notice any rust on metal parts on your chimney, you might have a leak. Constant exposure to the elements wears down the brickwork and masonry of your chimney. Spalling, flaking, crumbling, or deterioration of the brickwork is another sign of a leak. When the masonry is not fully intact, it allows water to enter your chimney and home.
Chimney Leak Repairs and Preventions
If these leaks go unrepaired, then it can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs for your chimney and home. Luckily, SirVent can repair any damage from leaks and help prevent them entirely. Chimney leaks are usually caused by missing, damaged, or faulty components such as the cap, crown, flashing, and masonry. If we notice any issues with these components, our team of technicians can repair or install them with ease!
Another excellent preventative measure is an annual inspection. During an inspection, we thoroughly examine your entire chimney. If we notice any leaks or potential leaks, we will make the necessary repairs. We also offer a variety of waterproofing services and products to protect your chimney from the effects of moisture.
Schedule an Appointment with SirVent Lexington!
If you have noticed any symptoms of a chimney leak, call SirVent Chimney & Venting Service immediately. We have a team of professionally trained and certified technicians ready to help. Our excellent reputation in the Lexington area speaks for itself! Give us a call at (859) 241-1182 or schedule an appointment online today!