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Harky's: Chimney Water Leak Inspections | Texas

Chimney Water Leak Services

Regular chimney maintenance is essential to prevent damage or further deterioration of the chimney and its surroundings. A common problem during heavy rains is chimney and chimney flashing leaks which can lead to costly repairs.

Below is a sample list of chimney water leak symptoms and the importance of having your chimney inspected by a chimney professional as opposed to a roofer: 

  • Missing/Damaged Chimney Cap:

    • A chimney cap works like an umbrella to help block rain from pouring straight down your chimney. A chimney cap is also a great wildlife guard to ensure it keeps birds animals out of your chimney. Having a proper chimney cap installed is one of the best long term investments for your chimney.

  • Cracked Chimney Crowns:

    • Chimney crowns are the cement part on top of your chimney – it is made to help seal the chimney and divert water from resting or entering your brick from the top of the chimney. Unfortunately, a lot of chimneys were built with an inadequate mortar mix and prone to crack, chip or deteriorate over years of weather abuse. Having a proper chimney crown reduces the weathering effect on the chimney increases its longevity.

  • Cracked and Missing Mortar Joints:

    • Mortar joints are the spaces between bricks that are filled with mortar or grout. Over time, weathering and decay can cause voids in the joints and allow an increased amount of water to enter the chimney area. Tuckpointing or repointing the defective mortar joints will help reduce the amount of water entering your chimney area.

  • Cracked or Aged Brick:

    • Similar to mortar joints, brick also weathers and decays over time. Especially in Texas where we have a lot of porous brick, it is more prone to absorb water and cause a break down in the brick and mortar particles over time. Having a water repellant, applied by a chimney professional, which allows the brick to continue to breathe should slow down erosion and meaningfully reduce the amount of water entering your chimney area from the aged or cracked brick.

  • Faulty Flashing:

    • Connection between the roof and chimney is typically made with a watertight metal flashing. Sometimes the flashing was installed improperly and other times it becomes worn or corroded over time. Ensuring the flashing area is sound should stop water leaks coming from the flashing area.

If you believe the chimney or chimney flashing is the source of your water leaks, give Harky’s a call at 855-542-7597 (855-5-HARKYS), or email us at info@harkyschimney.com.

About Harky’s Chimney & Home Services, LLC 
Harky's Chimney & Home Services, LLC ("Harky's") is a chimney sweep and home services company in Texas that utilizes leading technology. We operate under the Harky's Chimney & Home Services primarily for the residential customer and Apartment Chimney Sweeps for multi-family property managers. Professional designations at the firm include the highly-coveted CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep and a CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician. The owner is also a board member (Treasurer of the South Central Hearth, Patio & BBQ Association (SCHPBA) and a member of the National HPBA Govermental Affairs Committee.

Home flooded? Fireplace manufacturers call to replace any fireplace insert or stove that has been exposed to water - whether by flood, hurricane or leak - and should not be used. In addition the fireplace warranty could be void and no longer honored by the manufacturer.

Disclaimer:

Clients should be aware even the most thorough inspection will not reveal all problems or potential issues. Some areas of a chimney simply are not accessible due to construction of the house. The recommended inspection technique will often be based on your comments and concerns; therefore, we encourage you to discuss any specific concerns with your service technician. Our technicians are trained to perform the appropriate level of inspection based upon the use of the chimney and any performance problems or safety concerns using the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211 as our standard.

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