Is your chimney leaking? Not sure where it’s coming from? There are many reasons a chimney might leak, but here are some common causes.
Since the top of a chimney is open, the top is obviously covered to keep the rain out. But, sometimes, the cover is cracked or damaged in some way and stops doing its job effectively. A roofing contractor should be able to easily spot and fix the problem.
The chimney crown is the top part of the chimney, usually made of concrete. The crown sometimes cracks when a building settles, or it can be eroded by the elements. Water can seep through these cracks and come down your chimney.
How difficult this repair is depends on the extent of the damage. Minor damage can usually be repaired, whereas more extensive damage might require the masonry to be completely removed and redone. A roofing or chimney contractor can assess this for you.
Flashing protects the joint between your chimney and your roof. Flashing takes damage over time, and so it will need to be replaced periodically. If there are cracks or missing flashing, water will leak into your home. Usually this causes leaks around the chimney, rather than leaks inside the chimney.
Chimney and masonry work is difficult and requires expertise. Make sure you hire a qualified professional to assess and repair your leaking chimney.
Lathrop Contracting has over 22 years of experience in roofing and chimneys, and has been serving the Indianapolis area since 2010. We have experience in every area of chimney repair and we are ready to help you with your leaking chimney. Call today to schedule an appointment in the Indianapolis area, or contact us online.