Winter is fast approaching in Washington state. By virtually all measures, the winter of 2020 promises to be colder and damper than anything we have seen in years. That’s why it is crucial that your home’s heating and ventilation system is up to scratch and ready to keep you and your family warm and dry in the months ahead.
Much of this starts with the chimney. If you have a chimney leaking water, you could be in for a tough winter.
Water leaking around chimney parts could mean you have serious structural issues that need to be addressed quickly. With that in mind, here is how you can spot a leaky chimney, and what to do about it.
1. Ceiling Stains
An improperly installed chimney can cause water to seep through the roof around the base of the chimney. This will quickly lead to the chimney stack leaking water and will likely cause the appearance of stains around your ceiling.
Look for ceiling stains around where the fireplace is installed in each room. If there are strange puddles of moisture in these spots without any actual water leaking, then you most likely have water leaking through your chimney.
2. Water or Rust in the Firebox
If you have a metal chimney leaking water, the most obvious sign will be the appearance of rust in the firebox. This is a sign that water from rain or snow is seeping through your chimney in potentially dangerous amounts.
After heavy rain or snowfall, check your firebox for droplets or puddles. If you spot these, you have a leak and will need to call a professional chimney maintenance company immediately.
3. Stains Underneath Radiators
Sometimes it is not obvious whether or not your chimney is leaking. You could have a chimney leaking water into the basement and you would likely never suspect that the chimney was the cause.
One way to check is to look beyond the ceiling and chimney itself and examine underneath the radiators in different rooms in the house. If you notice damp patches or water stains beneath your radiators, it is possible that this is the result of the chimney stack leaking water.
4. Exterior of Chimney Discoloration
An easy way to check if your chimney is leaking is to step outside and take a look at the exterior of the chimney itself. Oftentimes, chimney leaks happen when the exterior paintwork and sealing are compromised and begin absorbing water.
If you can see white, black, or green stains on your chimney stack, then the reason is probably that water has built up inside the chimney walls.
5. Chimney Masonry Deterioration
Water is a destructive force of nature, even in small amounts. If your chimney is compromised, rainfall will slowly begin to erode your chimney. Furthermore, if the water freezes during the winter, this can cause a serious structural breakdown.
Check your chimney to see if the masonry itself is chipped, cracked, or simply falling apart. If this is the case, you will need to call a professional quickly, as a fragile chimney can be a serious safety hazard for you and your family.
Is Your Chimney Leaking Water? Call a Professional Now
If you have a chimney leaking water, it is never too soon to act. If you even suspect a chimney leak, you should call our professional team today.
We will be able to determine exactly what the problem is and fix it before it gets out of hand. Winter is coming and you want to ensure that your house is ready for the long months ahead.