What is so soothing about sleeping during a rainfall? There’s something so soothing about the gentle pitter-patter of water droplets hitting your window… The cool air mixed with the smell of fresh rain transports you into a whole new level of peace. That is, until you hear it – the drip, drip, drip that indicates something in your home is leaking. And when you realize that something is your chimney – meaning your plans of cozying by the fireplace during this current storm are now impossible – frustration hits hard.

Fortunately, for leaky chimney repair services near Hillsborough, you can count on us. Call Highpoint Chimney now or reach out online – we’d love to hear from you.

Why Is My Chimney Leaking?

There are several reasons why your chimney may be leaking, such as:

  • Damaged chimney crown or chimney cap
  • Cracked or deteriorated chimney masonry
  • Faulty flashing
  • Improperly installed or damaged chimney liner
  • Clogged or damaged chimney flue
  • Poor chimney construction
  • Settling or shifting issues

Whatever your issue is, though, don’t worry – Highpoint Chimney Services is here to help. We can inspect your chimney to determine the cause of the leak then carry out the necessary fireplace repair services. You’ll be set up right in no time.

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How To Prevent Your Chimney From Leaking

You know what they say about preventive maintenance, don’t you? Don’t start today by doing yesterday’s work. There’s a few things we recommend to help prevent chimney leaks so your peaceful rainstorm sleep or relaxation time isn’t interrupted.

  • Schedule Annual Chimney Inspections: The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned at least once a year. The reason is simple: annual chimney inspections help ensure your chimney and all of its components are in good working condition, and that your fireplace is burning efficiently. A thorough inspection can only be done by a certified chimney technician. 
  • Don’t Neglect Masonry Repairs: A masonry chimney is constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions, causing deterioration over time. Because brick and mortar are porous, these materials naturally absorb moisture. The freezing and thawing of that moisture creates gaps that eventually lead to the chimney leak you may be experiencing. If you notice any visible cracks or gaps in your chimney, it’s important to get your chimney repointed by a professional. Repointing is the process of repairing the mortar joints between the bricks to ensure all gaps and cracks are filled.
  • Invest in Masonry Waterproofing: After all necessary chimney repairs have been completed, your chimney technician will likely suggest applying a professional-grade water repellent on your chimney. This waterproofing sealant can last for over a decade – which means, once coated, you can rest assured that you won’t have to worry about spalling brick, mold growth, or brick damage due to the freeze/thaw cycle any time soon.
  • Install a Chimney Cap: Chimney caps serve more than one purpose. They not only enclose your chimney flue from above, directing rain and snow away from the chimney opening, but also protect your chimney from getting clogged by debris, nesting materials, birds, and other critters. It’s a simple fix, but a very important one.
  • Install a Chimney Cricket: If the back of your chimney is especially wide, it will be more prone to water damage because of the pooling of water that flows down your rooftop. A chimney cricket is triangular in shape, and it helps direct water away from your chimney back and into your home’s gutters. Not all chimneys require a chimney cricket, but it would be a good thing for a certified technician to come take a look at it.

Trust us, if you don’t schedule time for maintenance, your fireplace and chimney will schedule it for you eventually.

Why Trust Highpoint Chimney Services?

Chimney leaks are serious! If they aren’t taken care of immediately, it could lead to a myriad of issues such as rusting of chimney parts, deterioration and cracking in the mortar joints and chimney bricks, mold growth, and property damage…just to name a few.

Not only do these types of damages cause a lot of trouble – they can be costly to fix.

If you notice any signs of a chimney leak such as water stains on the ceiling, sounds of water dripping, or a damp odor coming from the firebox, give Highpoint Chimney Services a call today at 908-864-4114 or schedule an appointment online.

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Reach Out Today

Our company has over 20 years of experience in the industry and takes great pride in offering a wide range of services so you can feel confident doing business with us time and time again. In addition, all of our chimney technicians come certified with the CSIA, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not they can be trusted with the wellbeing and safety of your home.

If you have any questions about our services, please let us know – we would love to speak with you!