Chances are you haven’t stuck your head up your chimney lately to check out its condition. The real problem is that even if you did, you wouldn’t be able to get an accurate reading of your chimney’s health. The truth is, most chimney problems are hard to pinpoint or identify without proper tools and professional knowledge.
When your chimney is not working safely and efficiently, you can suffer physically and financially. CT Roofcrafters has over 15 years of experience installing, maintaining and repairing chimneys and we can help you figure out what is causing problems. You can trust that CT Roofcrafters will conduct thorough, expert inspections on each visit. Your satisfaction is important to us and we stand behind our service.
Common Chimney and Fireplace Problems
Chimney leaks can be attributed to a number of causes, and should be taken very seriously. These leaks can allow water into the chimney structure, causing decay and structural deterioration. When your chimney is exposed to the elements in this way, its life is significantly reduced and the safety of your family is put at risk. There are many signs that point to chimney leaks, such as spalling, efflorescence and crumbling brick and mortar. We know what to look for and can quickly pinpoint the source of these leaks. We also have the skills and tools to make sure that these leaks are fixed and that future water damage is prevented.
Crown repairs are commonly needed due to age or improper installation and maintenance. The crown is situated at the top of the chimney and is meant to direct water away from the area. When it is improperly sealed or deteriorating, water is able to enter into the chimney, causing it to deteriorate. We will often check the crown first when there are reports of leaks within the chimney as this is a common cause and is inexpensive to replace.
Flashing repair is often necessary for a few reasons. Flashing is a series of layered, metal segments that cover the area where chimney meets roof. Because these metal segments are exposed to the elements, they are often victims of corrosion, wind-damage or animal-damage and can become ineffective over time. When the flashing bends, shifts, or separates from the roof or chimney, water can easily escape into the chimney, leading to serious water damage. It is important to have your flashing checked for damage or gaps, to ensure that your chimney is protected from leaks and their effects.