Do you have water in your firebox? Do you have soft ceiling or walls that surround your fireplace, stained wallpaper and ceilings, or weak floorboards? If you’ve been noticing any of these signs, it’s likely that your have a chimney leak. This is important to keep track of, as leaks can cause further damage the longer you allow them to continue. Other problems caused by a leaky chimney are rusted damper assembly and fireplace accessories, deteriorating central heating system, and an overall weakened chimney structure.
Causes of a Leaky Chimney
Over time, your flashing could shake loose or even damaged. The flashing is the metal strips that protect the the intersection of your chimney and the roof. If there is damage to your flashing, precipitation will be able to come through to the interior of your home through your chimney. Another problem area is the mortar of your chimney. Over time, this area can also wear down to allow precipitation to enter you chimney to cause water problems in your fireplace and home. The biggest problem is if your chimney cap stops working or the lack of a chimney cap.
Purpose of the Chimney Cap
Your chimney cap sits at the top of your chimney, and it is an excellent defense against water damage. It keeps rain or debris out of your chimney while also keeping out animals, birds, leaves, and twigs. Sometimes, if the wind is blowing, it can also cause a downdraft. This cause smoke to be driven back into your house instead of out the chimney. A chimney cap can then come handy to effectively block the downdraft-causing wind.
Not only can a chimney cap keep things out of your chimney, it can also keep things in. If a stray spark or ember were to float out your chimney and onto your roof or dry lawn, it could cause a catastrophic house or yard fire. A chimney cap stops the embers before they can reach your roof or lawn.
If you’ve been noticing signs that your chimney cap might be damaged or if you’ve noticed your fireplace don’t have a chimney cap, our professionals are just a phone call away. At Firesafe Chimney Service, we sell many types of chimney cap, and our experts can help you pick out the perfect one to protect your home. If you are looking for repairs, our technicians can fix it right away. Give our experts a call at 413-436-7946 right now to get started.