How we fix masonry chimney water leaking issues

With all the rain we have been getting and have been getting we get call from folks with water issues with the chimney.

All masonry chimneys, if not addressed, will absorb water every time we get rain, snow and ice events.  In addition, most every brick/ masonry chimney we see has cracks in the crown which allow water to enter the interior of the chimney.

We usually suggest a three prong approach which consist of:

1.) Power wash the chimney, if needed, to remove mold, mildew and in some cases moss growth on the brick.

2.) We apply a product call “Crown Seal” which is an covers and seals the crack in crown caused by years of water damage, freeze thaw cycles and improper construction of chimney.

 

 

 

 

 

3.) After the chimney has a chance to dry some we apply a water repellant product to help prevent water penetration while leaving the brick pores open to allow water vapor to escape the structure. You do not want to seal a chimney as that seals in water within the structure.

 

this service will help preserve the chimney for many more years down the road.  Some signs of water issues are after a long rain event you see a white powered looking stuff on exterior chimney and in some cases it can be inside the home around the chimney and inside the firebox as well.

 

lot of mold and mildew on exterior of this chimney.

 

I you notice you chimney looking like this, especially after a rain event, give us a call to get a quote to help you chimney..  Cleaning the debris off the chimney can help make the home look nicer as well..

Chimneykeepers.com 919-772-8110 Karen in the office will help you..

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  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Well a new year is upon us and during this time in late Jan the temps are running above normal. This will end I hear the middle of Feb with temps coming back to normal and COLD..

    We still get a lot of folks calling to ask for a second opinion where another local company was call and they found a LOT of stuff wrong with your 20 plus year old chimney most of the time with a quote of 4-5K or more.

    A lot of the things they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018/2019 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.

    Chimneys built in the 60 and 70's had different code requirement than a chimney built in 2018/2019.

    Carl

    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" or "this could create a problem" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week
    Carl

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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