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Common Questions About Chimney Water Damage

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Common Questions About Chimney Water Damage

Chimney LeakWith the stress of the holidays past us, we commonly think that we have a year before we have any more stress ahead.  However, this can change in a blink when we notice our chimneys leaking water.  You’re problem may not even be that major, but you panic.  Never fear!  The professionals at Magic Sweep can help you with any problems that you may have, related to chimneys of course.

What does water do to the chimney?

Water is so good for us, why is it not beneficial to our chimneys?   The thing is, water can be detrimental to your entire home.  Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours and can be sometimes hard to determine since it is all colors and sizes.  When water gets into your chimney through a crack or flue gap it can begin to mold.  This mold over a period of time can then spread throughout the chimney and into the entire foundation of your home.  When this happens your air quality is also under attack and anyone with breathing problems can begin to feel serious health issues.

How is the water getting in?

Mold can be used using a special cleaner by an experienced professional.  You should not try to remove it yourself because you could miss a portion or harm yourself with the chemicals in the cleaner.  Much of the mold in a chimney is started in a crack from rainwater.  To determine is you have any cracks you can do a controlled water test where you spray portions of a chimney at a time to see what part of the chimney is letting in water and then examine.  Also, damaged flashing can lead to water seeping inside.  A chimney technician cannot only tell if this is the problem, but replace the flashing if it is the case.

How do you prevent water for future problems?

Unfortunately, there is no 100 percent effective method to making sure water cannot enter the chimney.  However, you can do preventative maintenance.  As mentioned, having your chimney cleaned will remove mold but also prepare you for waterproofing.  There should be at least 24 hours of dry time between the cleaning and the actual waterproofing.  It is simple so don’t worry.  A special repellent is applied to the outside of the chimney to create a coating and then as it dries it will create your seal.  Sometimes, multiple coats may be required and you should always pick a dry day as it takes at least 6 hours to dry.