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We Specialize in Leaky Chimneys

When you suspect a water leak in your chimney, you should always act as soon as you can. This helps to avoid further damage to your chimney and home. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing professional chimney water leak repair and preventive services to the lower Hudson Valley area. Our technicians are trained and certified by the leaders in the industry, including the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). We take great pride in our dedication to keeping water out of chimneys.

If you are dealing with a leaky chimney, you can trust us to find the source of the leak, make necessary repairs, and help prevent future leaks. We would like to answer a couple of the most frequently asked questions about chimney leaks for you.

What are the signs of a chimney leak?

rain with rainbowThe next time you are outside, take a look at the exterior of your chimney. Be on the lookout and check for any cracked, chipped, loose, or missing bricks and mortar joints on your chimney. Not only are damaged masonry materials a sign of water penetration, but the cracks and gaps allow more water to enter your home through the chimney. You will also want to look at the top of the chimney for any white stains. This is known as efflorescence, and these stains are the result of salt rising to the surface of the masonry when water evaporates. You can also look indoors for signs of a chimney leak. You might be experiencing chimney leaks if you have any of the following: stained ceilings and walls, rusted metal chimney components, and musty odors.

How can I prevent chimney leaks?

According to the CSIA, water penetration is the biggest enemy of masonry chimneys. Preventing water leaks is a huge responsibility, and All Seasons Chimney is here to help. We know how to protect your chimney from leaking. We know how to pay close attention to the most vulnerable spots with your chimney.

The CSIA warns that cold winter weather cause accelerated masonry deterioration. However, we can repair any freeze/thaw damage of your chimney. We highly recommend our waterproofing services, as this is the best way to keep water out for good! Are you dealing with a leaky chimney? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for our professional chimney water leak services.

Waterproofing Your Chimney

Winter typically brings lots of snow and ice to the lower Hudson Valley area. This means your chimney needs to be able to be properly protected from all the brutally cold temperatures and the elements. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), chimney masonry damage can quickly become a serious problems over the winter. This means you need to take all the extra precautions when it comes to protecting your masonry chimney against the harsh conditions of winter.

damaged masonry chimneyFor over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been protecting the chimneys with professional chimney water preventive services, and we know what works to keep winter weather to a minimum for your chimney. Waterproofing your chimney save you from expensive repair work in the near future. We would like to answer a couple of frequently asked questions about this chimney maintenance service.

Why does winter weather cause so much damage to masonry chimneys?

The bricks and mortar joints of your chimney are constantly exposed to water. Some of that moisture gets absorbed into the porous masonry. Whenever the cold temperatures of winter drop below freezing, the moisture freezes and expands inside the bricks and mortar joints, which causes cracks and crumbling. As the weather warms back up, the water then seep even further into the masonry, where the process is repeated. An entire winter season of freeze/thaw cycles lead to serious structural issues. This includes missing bricks and possibly even a collapsed chimney. Professional chimney waterproofing helps to avoid these risks by creating a barrier against water penetration.

What can I expect from a waterproofing treatment from All Seasons Chimney?

Before we get started on protecting your chimney from the freeze/thaw cycle, we look for damaged bricks and mortar joints. If we find any problems, we will give you our plan of repair. Once your exterior chimney is clean and in sound shape, we will apply a specialized waterproofing treatment that is made especially for chimneys. After the treatment dries, your chimney is protected from the freeze/thaw cycles for at least a decade. The bricks and mortar joints also will be safe from efflorescence, mildew, fungus, and other stains.

Is your chimney ready for winter? Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney waterproofing services. We are here to help you with all of your chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs this winter.