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Fixing a Leaky Chimney Before the Holidays

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If you suspect you may have a leaky chimney, you should have it inspected as soon as possible. Neglecting a chimney leak can lead to even more damage that can end up being very expensive. You may think that you could wait until the new year to have the leak repaired. However, Atlas Chimney recommends that you go ahead and contact us now. We can take care of your leaky chimney quickly! This way, you can relax and enjoy the holidays without worrying about the leak getting bigger. Why you should be proactive when it comes to a leaky chimney? Atlas Chimney would like to tell you more about the damage caused by chimney leaks. In addition, how we can fix the problem.

Fixing a Leaky Chimney Before the Holidays Image - Austin TX - Atlas ChimneyWhat kind of damage can a chimney leak do?

Water can be so destructive that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has called it the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. Water leaks can lead to rusting of metal chimney components.

These include:

  • the damper and the liner
  • the staining and leaking of walls and ceilings near the chimney
  • the rotting of wood that is adjacent to the chimney

This rusting causes major damage to the structure of your chimney. Most of this structural damage occurs during the winter. Masonry materials like bricks and mortar are naturally porous. Therefore, any water that is absorbed into these materials will freeze and expand whenever the temperature falls below freezing. As this water thaws, it can cause the bricks and mortar joints to crack and break apart. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles accelerate and worsen this damage. Consequently, the damage can lead to the entire chimney structure collapsing.

How can Atlas Chimney fix my chimney leak?

With over 30 years of experience in working on leaky chimneys, we know where the most common areas for leaks are located. Once we have found the source of the leak, we will provide you with a written estimate of the repairs needed to solve the problem. We provide skilled chimney masonry services, including chimney crown repair and construction, as well as tuckpointing. We can also repair and build customized flashing systems that protect one of the most vulnerable areas, which is where the chimney meets the roof.

How can Atlas Chimney protect my chimney from leaks?

We highly recommend that you have your chimney professionally waterproofed to prevent water penetration. We offer waterproofing services that give your chimney the best protection available. Our trained chimney technicians only use waterproofing formulas that are 100% vapor permeable. This is important because it allows vapors to escape the masonry materials, instead of becoming trapped and causing even more damage.

If you suspect you have a chimney leak, contact us at Atlas Chimney today. We can take care of your leaky chimney before the holidays so that you can relax and enjoy this special time of the year!