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  • How do you know if Your Chimney is Leaking?

    How do you know if Your Chimney is Leaking?

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    One of the number one indications that your chimney needs to be repaired or maintained is chimney leakage. Chimney leakage can lead to a number of problems such as rusting, water damages, damage to the interior of your chimney, and overall chimney deterioration. Additionally, moisture that gets into the walls can cause mold and mildew growth that can affect the health of your household, so you always want to address a leak quickly and effectively. Unfortunately, chimney leaks aren’t always easy to spot. Here are a few things you should look out for.

    Water Dripping Out of the Chimney

    It might seem like a clear indicator, but many people don’t notice when their chimneys are leaking. It’s always best to check your chimney during periods of snowy or rainy weather. Sometimes homeowners don’t find signs of leaks because they don’t know what they’re looking for. If you notice sudden puddles in your fireplace or water droplets coming from the edges, you might need to install or reinstall a chimney cover. Luckily, this is a very easy process, overall.

    Large amounts of water might be harder to deal with, but you want to deal with them quickly. Just place a container below the drip and call a professional to assess the damage. If it’s not a problem with your chimney cover, it could be the result of cracks or damages from age or a previous chimney fire.

    Moisture on the Walls

    Chimney leaks are often not as obvious as we’d hope. Moisture can sneak into your house and appear as watermarks on the walls. If you notice watermarks on your walls, interior or exterior, and they are somewhat near your chimney, the chimney could be the source. Water that enters through the chimney doesn’t always make its way to the fireplace. If it’s caught in other parts of your house before reaching the fireplace, cause just as much damage, if not more, than the direct line.

    Introducing moisture into the walls can have the same effect as moisture inside of your chimney. A cycle of freezing and melting can introduce cracks and structural damages to your home’s walls. Similarly, there are some metals and other materials in your walls that aren’t supposed to be exposed to moisture. When they are, they may rust or deteriorate.

    Unexpected Mold and Mildew

    Have a mold problem but can’t figure out where the moisture is coming from? Check your chimney. Mold is a major problem caused by chimney leakage that homeowners often overlook. Chimney leaks can be so sneaky that you don’t associate them with greater issues affecting your household. You might not see the watermarks, but they might be covered by mold, wallpaper, or paint. Even detecting mold can be difficult because it’s not always easy to see. If you notice changes in health and abnormal allergic reactions, it might be time to look at your home under a magnifying glass.

    Don’t let the fear of chimney leaks stop you from having a lovely winter! Learn about your chimney and be aware of the signs of leaks. If you live in the Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview or other surrounding Chicago areas give us a call for all your chimney needs.

     

     

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