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Why Chimney Leaks Need Immediate Attention

There’s nothing more disheartening to a homeowner than having to place a bucket in the firebox to catch water coming down the chimney. That’s just not the way it’s supposed to work, is it? After all, chimneys are designed for building fires, not for taking on water. A chimney leak can be a dirty and frustrating problem.

Water is definitely a chimney’s worst enemy. The amount of damage that water can do to your chimney cannot be overstated. Leaks can cause damage that can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair.

If you are experiencing a chimney leak, don’t call a roofer; watch the video below to see how Total Chimney Care can fix your water problems.

Chimney leaks can come from a variety of sources, but some of the most common culprits include:

  • Rainwater. Rain may be coming in from the top of chimney due to a damaged or missing chimney cover. This is the most simple cause, so it should be checked out first.
  • Cracks in the chimney crown. The chimney crown is the masonry that covers the top of your chimney. This cover prevents water from getting into the cracks into the masonry below.
  • Chimneys leaking from the inside out due to condensation.
  • Improperly installed or damaged chimney flashing.
  • Leaking bricks. Bricks that are too porous may leak if the flashing is not properly installed around them.

When Water Is The Problem

When water is the problem, obviously the first step is to track down the source of the leak. It sounds simple (and oftentimes it is), but it can sometimes be tricky to trace the problem back to its original source, especially when there may be multiple causes for the leak. The experts at Total Chimney Care deal with chimney leaks every day. They are experienced professionals who will investigate the sources of your leak, then give you a detailed plan of action for stopping the leaks and repairing any damage.


If you are looking for good ways to prevent this from happening, here are a couple:

It may be that all you need for the safe operation of your chimney and fireplace is to have a thorough cleaning, so give us a call to schedule this chimney service.

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I am a first time homeowner and very new to keeping a home. The other day, I received a phone call from a chimney company asking if I needed my chimney cleaned. They gave me a great price of $40, so I figured, why not. My husband and I were looking forward to using our fireplace and at that price how could I go wrong. The company showed up and started to scare me that my chimney could not be cleaned, because if they did, the entire chimney would collapse. They started to scare me, that if I did not do this, my gas furnace would leak carbon monoxide into my home and it would be unsafe for my family. They were really pressuring me into a $2000 repair job. When I said I needed to discuss it with my husband, they got really aggressive and insisted I do it right away. They wanted cash and would do it for half price if I did it now. They finally left after some tense moments. I told a friend about this and she told me to call Total Chimney Care. I did and was greeted by a nice woman on the phone. She seemed to know what I was talking about and understand my fears about having someone else come out. I agreed on an appointment (reluctantly) and waited for them. They arrived, looked at my chimney, and showed me that nothing was wrong. They cleaned my fireplace and even showed me how to use it. They were great, honest, and made me feel comfortable. I would use them again and recommend them to anyone. Thanks for reading. :-)
~ Christine