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Chimney Leak Repair

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Everything in and around your home needs to be maintained properly to avoid potential disasters.  Your chimney and fireplace are no exception.  Having your chimney and fireplace routinely inspected and cleaned will ensure there are no chimney leaks, especially in NJ in the Spring time, the system is functioning properly and the safety of your family and home.  Fire safety and air quality should be at the top of your list.

How often should I get my chimney inspected for leaks in NJ?

Your NJ chimney and fireplace should be inspected by a certified chimney professional at least once a year or after one cord of wood has been burned.   If you just moved into a new home in NJ, this is something you should consider as the chimney may have not been looked at by the previous owners.  In any case, it is always better to be safe than sorry – especially when it comes to the chimney in your home.

Who should I call?

You want to make sure the company you are reaching out to has Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) Certified Technicians on their team.  This is the highest credential a chimney technician can acquire and means you will be getting the highest-level of professional service.

What is the CSIA Certified chimney sweep looking for in the inspection?

When you hire a certified chimney professional, they will inspect and clean your chimney.  When conducting the chimney inspection, we are they are looking for? An inspection is included with every sweep job.  The chimney professional must determine that the system is not blocked and is capable of continued use.  They are also expected to determine the overall cleanliness of the venting system.  This will require opening the damper and using a light, looking up the chimney and into the flue.  If the chimney is dirty, it will require sweeping.  This level of inspection applies to all readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection.

How do leaks form in a chimney?

Over time, outdoor elements such as extreme hot and cold weather, wind and precipitation can wear away at the external portions of the chimney.  This exposure can brick or masonry to crack, spall and fall apart.

How can I tell if my chimney has a leak?

Some signs that may indicate your chimney is leaking:

  • Water or condensation inside the
  • Sound of dripping water in the chimney.
  • Moisture, leaks, or water staining on walls or ceilings around chimney.
  • Musty or dank odors, especially after it rains.
  • Cracked or spalled interior or exterior masonry.

How is a chimney leak repaired?

First, the chimney professional will inspect and evaluate the chimney system.  This normally includes an outdoor visual inspection and scoping the system with a camera to see the interior of the flue, then an inspection of the entire system, including the roof.

Our technicians are trained to find the common areas that pose most risk of leaking, they will determine the condition of each area, then discuss with you their findings and offer professional solutions.

If they see stains on the outside there could be a bigger problem at hand.  Stains on bricks is an indication of corrosion setting in, as it progresses, the brick and mortar will deteriorate and cause spalling. Spalling is the separation and flaking of your chimney structure, the only why to stop this is by waterproofing the chimney.  A popular product that can be used is called FlashSeal.  FlashSeal is a versatile and easy-to-use flashing repair system that, when dry, forms a flexible, waterproof membrane. It is formulated for permanent adhesion to asphalt shingles, metal flashings, brick, and other chimney and roofing materials. Use FlashSeal to solve problem leaks around the base of chimneys, stacks, and vents. It is also great for sealing around skylights.

Apex will do the necessary repairs and will have to wait for a couple of rainy days to ensure the repairs have properly fixed the area in question.

What could happen if the chimney is not regularly inspected?

If your chimney is not regularly inspected and properly maintained, it could become a dangerous fire hazard in your home.  Most of the repairs are needed due to water damage. Water damage takes time to erode.  So, if regular inspections are conducted, this can be avoided.

Taking the proper care in maintaining your chimney is an investment in your home.  It is more cost-effective and safer to properly maintain rather than undergoing an emergency repair.

If you are experiencing issues with your chimney or need a routine inspection, give us a call today 732-257-4590 or visit our website.

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