Chimney Leak Resolution & Brick Repair
Have you called a roofer only to be told that your leak originates not from your roof but from your chimney? You’ve come to the right place. If you live in the Houston area and think you might have a leaking chimney, call us. We are experts at finding and fixing chimney leaks. In fact, we have never encountered a leak that we could not solve. Not only do we have closed-circuit cameras that can get a good, close look at any component of your chimney system, but we have a full understanding about what the common culprits are when it comes to leaking chimneys.
Why not just use a roofer to repair your chimney? Just as we would never repair a roof, chimneys should not be left to roofers to repair. By trusting a certified chimney technician to repair or replace your chimney’s leaking components, you will ensure that your chimney will remain waterproof for the long-term. This can save you a whole lot of hassle and headache, as well as a whopper of a home repair bill.
What Causes Chimneys To Leak, And What Can I Do About It?
There are several possible causes for water leakage including:
- Masonry problems: Many people don’t realize how vulnerable bricks and mortar are to rainwater and other elements. However, because bricks and mortar are porous, cracks in the bricks or mortar can allow water to seep right into the chimney. This can cause aesthetic damage like spalling—which is when the face of the brick pops off—and require that you have bricks replaced. However, you may also find that this leaking has caused more serious problems, and compromised the integrity of your chimney liner.
- Flashing problems: Flashing is the metal banding that wraps around the part of your chimney that meets with your roof. It’s designed to keep a watertight seal at this critical joint. But we find that flashing can become faulty for many reasons—perhaps it wasn’t installed by a chimney professional, or perhaps it is just old and outdated. Rusty nail holes in the flashing, in particular, can become places for water to gain entry.
- Cracks in the crown. Your chimney crown is the mortar cap at the very top of your chimney that protects it from water and other offenders. Chimney crowns are designed to wick water down and off of your chimney and onto your roof. A cracked crown may be doing just the opposite.
- Lack of a chimney cap or cover. If your chimney isn’t outfitted with a cap, you may as well be inviting water damage and home repair bills into your life.
Possible Solutions For A Leaking Chimney Include:
One of our certified chimney technicians will be able to determine the best way to keep water out of your chimney in the future. Our recommendation(s) may include:
- Repair or rebuild masonry
- Waterproof porous bricks with a waterproofing solution
- Repair or rebuild flashing
- Repair or replace crown
- Install cap or cover
All chimneys—whether they’re brick, stone, or prefab—require some type of maintenance to keep water out of them. We’re happy to advise you about which waterproofing method(s) are best for you and your home.
Live in the greater Houston area? If your problem has anything to do with a chimney, consider it fixed. Give Lords Chimney a call at 281-497-4000, or use our appointment request form!
Your chimney can’t do its job properly without the right chimney liner. When you consult with our experienced chimney and fireplace service staff, they can talk with you about the best liner for your situation.
My husband and I purchased a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian home in the Heights which was more than just a small weekend project! One of the restoration tasks included completely gutting the old fireplace, chase, and chimney as they were not to code or functioning properly. Lords Chimney worked many hours on our "little" project removing the old brick (a very dirty job!) and retrofitting an entirely new system, even taking care to match the chimney brackets to the original brick color. The original brick was saved and placed in a nice pile for us in the back yard so that we could use it to lay a patio. We are so thrilled with our new fireplace and lovely gas logs. We look forward to hiring Lords Chimney to tackle a second fireplace upstairs. A big thank you to Lords for a terrific job!
~ Amanda S.