We were having a leakage issue in our basement that was due to moisture in our chimney. The frigid Chicago weather has caused quite a havoc this winter. Lindemann was able to diagnose the problem and ... - Steve M. (Chicago, IL)
My experience with Lindemann was excellent. They came out and did what no one else could. Mine was a smoke issue. After having a fire the entire house would smell of smoke. I could have hung pork bell... - Frank F. (Mount Prospect, IL)
These guys are great! We had our chimney inspected/cleaned by Jim who was extremely knowledgeable and super nice! Definitely recommend these guys! And free wood with the chimney cleaning! Super! ... - Steve S. (Chicago, IL)
Dealing with a leak in your chimney masonry is never a fun scenario, but catching it as early as possible can save you from several potential headaches. As you start to take a look at the inside and outside of your chimney, here a few major signs to watch out for that will tip you off to the presence of a chimney leak in your home.
An unpleasant odor is a fast way to determine something is wrong before you can see the issue. A damp, mildew, or musty scent near your chimney will let you know that water has somehow found its way within the chimney itself, and that it’s time to locate the source of the moisture. This can often be associated with a dripping sound coming from within the chimney as well.
If moisture makes its way through the masonry in your chimney, it can also find its way into your ceiling. This could result in water spots emerging, generally brown or slightly yellow, staining areas in close proximity to the chimney. This same moisture could also partially soak into wood beams or insulation in the same areas.
Water leaking and dripping onto metal dampers and fireboxes will, over time, erode the outer layers and create rust. Once rust sets into metal pieces within your fireplace, they will need to be properly replaced before the fireplace can once again be safely used.
Moisture seeping into masonry will break down the layers between the stone and brick, causing the stonework to deteriorate structurally. Not only does this hurt the individual pieces, but it can cause the entire chimney to shift or lean. If the chimney has moved enough, this potentially creates the need for the chimney to be rebuilt completely.
Catching issues early-on is a surefire way to avoid costly incidents from masonry leaks, and ensures your fireplace will continue to provide warmth when needed, while preserving its overall longevity. To keep your fireplace in tip-top shape, identify issues before they become problems – and to give your fireplace a fresh cleaning, contact Lindemann Chimney & Fireplace, or schedule your appointment online today.