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

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    Sarah and Will Gilfillan

    Owning and operating Chimney Keepers for 27 years has been a very rewarding experience, and we have enjoyed the relationships we have built with our customers. We are now starting a new chapter and are selling the business to one of our Technicians. Though we will miss the many relationships and friendships we have built over the years, Karen and I are looking forward to traveling full time in our Airstream as we explore the nooks and crannies of North America.

    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Will and Sarah Gilfillan, who will be taking over Chimney Keepers as of March 30, 2020. Rest assured, Will has been well trained (by Carl!) and is very competent, with nearly four years of experience in the gas log/fireplace/ chimney service industry and over ten years as a firefighter. Sarah, the Office Manager/wife is a fast learner, and will do wonders in assisting you with scheduling appointments and answering questions. It was important to us to find a good fit for our customers, and we feel confident that you will find Will and Sarah to be knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.

    Thank you for your business over the years. It was my distinct pleasure to have been of service to you, and I wish you continued success and prosperity in the years to come.

    Sincerely, Karen and Carl Newton

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