We Are Chimney Leak Resolution Experts!
A leak within the chimney system can be difficult to locate, but the experts at Lords Chimney are leak resolution professionals. We’ve been locating and fixing chimney leaks for years, and are familiar with all of the signs and common culprits. Unfortunately, many leaks go unnoticed by homeowners until extensive damage is done to the chimney system, the appliance and the home. For this reason, it’s important to have your system regularly inspected by a certified sweep, who will be able to identify the early warning signs of water entry.
Some Signs That You May Have A Water Problem Include:
- Brick discoloration
- The presence of vegetation or mold
- Rust streaks on your chimney cap or chase cover
- A musty smell
- Water damaged walls or ceilings
- Firebox rust or decay
If you’ve noticed any of these things, be sure to call us! Addressing leaks within the chimney system early on can protect you from the expensive repairs and rebuilds that can result from excessive and prolonged water damage.
Extend The Life Of Your Chimney With Professional Waterproofing Services!
Chimneys are constantly exposed to the elements, and if left unprotected are susceptible to structural deterioration and discoloration. Because a leaky chimney can be extremely problematic and damaging, we recommend that our customers take preventative measures to keep water out of their chimney from the get-go. After all, it’s far better to pay the relatively inexpensive cost of a professional waterproofing now rather than pay someone a boatload later to come out and repair your water-damaged walls, ceilings, and floors. One of the easiest ways to let water know it’s not invited inside of your chimney is to have a water repellent professionally applied to the exterior of your chimney. Lords Chimney is proud to use ChimneySaver, which is proven and trusted in the chimney industry to keep water out for the long haul.
5 Great Reasons To Have Your Chimney Waterproofed
1. Block water absorption in your brick and mortar
2. Keep your brick and mortar from cracking, spalling, or gapping
3. Protect your masonry from unsightly discoloration
4. Allow your brick and mortar to “breathe” and release water vapors
5. Prevent damage that normally occurs following a freeze-thaw cycle
About The ChimneySaver Waterproofer We Use
Lords Chimney exclusively uses ChimneySaver to waterproof our customers’ chimneys. This is a breathable waterproofing substance that we spray on to the exterior of the chimney to stop leaks. ChimneySaver is a water repellent that penetrates masonry to protect it from destructive water penetration. ChimneySaver contains patented siloxanes small enough to penetrate most masonry pores, which form strong bonds with the silica in masonry and concrete. Because of this bonding process, one application of ChimneySaver provides up to ten times the water repellent protection of typical sealers. ChimneySaver is 100% breathable and vapor permeable. It’s also a non film-forming water repellent that penetrates and lines masonry pores. Unlike simple sealers, it releases otherwise trapped water vapors and effectively reduces water absorption. This means water vapors escape from the masonry, preventing deterioration, freeze-thaw damage, spalling, scaling, and the need for expensive masonry reconstruction.
What If My Chimney’s Already Leaking?
If your chimney is already leaking, you’ll need to have it repaired prior to the application of ChimneySaver. Signs that your chimney is leaking may include a dripping noise, a wet campfire smell, rusty fireplace components, and rusty parts atop your chimney. Watermarks on the ceiling around your chimney are also a dead giveaway that rainwater has gotten inside of your chimney. We most commonly find that chimney leaks originate from rusting flashing or chimney caps, from cracked chimney crowns, or from deteriorated liners. Read more about chimney leak resolution on our page dedicated to the topic.
Live in the greater Houston area? If you’re interested in preserving the life of your chimney with professional waterproofing services, give us a call at 281-497-4000, or use our appointment request form!
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.