First thing is first- if you have an old school concrete chimney cap we recommend to replace it with metal because metal caps will always be maintenance free and are a lifetime fix. A leak in a chimney structure typically starts at the top and works its way down creating damage to the body of the chimney and undermining the flashing which then creates structural damage within the fireplace structure that could lead to roof damage.
What do I look for?
Telltale signs of a leak in your chimney structure are water stains on the ceiling, weak roof decking near the chimney, cracks throughout brick and mortar on the chimney or rotting wood siding on wood sided chimneys.
What can happen if it’s not fixed?
If left unattended the stain on your ceiling could turn into sheetrock and attic insulation on your floor. Your fireplace structure could cave into your attic and create an even bigger expense than simply calling us to fix the leak.
The goal is to prevent this from ever happening. If you notice a water stain on your ceiling DO NOT IGNORE IT! The problem will not simply go away.
What is the solution?
Call us to find the source of your problem. We will stop the leak from its source and save your home from any further damage.