Is Your Chimney Leaking?
While Charlotte and surrounding communities in North and South Carolina enjoy a comfortable climate year-round, winters in the Metrolina region are usually cold and wet. In fact, the Queen City averages more than 40 inches of precipitation annually. As a result, chimney leaks are common a common occurrence.
The key is getting the leak fixed before it causes water damage to your chimney system, the attic, roof deck, and the roof. If your chimney is leaking, we can fix it. Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte is owner-certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Our trained and knowledgeable chimney professionals provide expert repairs for leaking chimneys in Wadesboro, NC, Concord NC, Wingate NC, Mecklenburg County, and communities throughout the Metrolina region.
Why Is My Chimney Leaking?
There are many reasons your masonry or manufactured chimney is leaking. Damage from a recent storm, snow accumulation, masonry deterioration, worn flashing, improper repairs, and even neglect are some of the many reasons for water leaking into the chimney. That’s why it is so important to keep up with annual chimney inspections. It is also essential to schedule an inspection immediately after a significant weather event like a tropical storm, tornado, or hurricane.
Finding the Source of a Water Leak
Sometimes a chimney leak is easy to spot like a loose or missing chimney cap. In other cases, it could be more complex when the leak is occurring in a hidden area of the chimney system. Plus, your chimney could be leaking from more than one entry point. Here are some of areas where chimney leaks are common:
- Your chimney is cap is damaged or missing.
- The chimney chase top has rust.
- The chimney crown has cracks or gaping holes.
- The chimney flashing is warping.
- There are gaps in the mortar joints.
- The brickwork is flaking, cracking, or crumbling.
Chimney Leak Repairs
Since chimney leaks can cause extensive water damage to the interior masonry, smoke chamber, damper, flue liner, and other critical components, fixing the leak as soon as possible should be a top priority. Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte is owner-certified by the CSIA. It is your assurance that all chimney repairs are performed per NFPA 211 industry- standards and in compliance with local building, safety, and fire codes.
Preventing Your Chimney from Leaks
Are chimney leaks preventable? While most chimneys will experience a leak at some point, there are some preventable measures homeowners in Statesville, NC and surrounding towns can do to minimize chimney leaks:
- Schedule a chimney inspection every year.
- Make timely chimney repairs.
- Replace a damaged chimney cap or chase cover promptly.
- Consider installing a top-mount damper.
- Ask us about waterproofing your chimney.
We Fix Leaking Chimneys in Greater Charlotte NC
If you have a leaking chimney, we can fix it. Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney is your local leak repair experts serving the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro area, including Mooresville NC, Kings Mountain NC, and Huntersville NC.
Are you seeing signs of a leaky chimney? Give us a call so we can start working towards getting your chimney repaired and safe to use.
Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Charlotte
10806 Reames Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28269