What Causes Fireplace Leaks in Northern Virginia?

There many reasons why you may have a fireplace leak in your Northern Virginia home. Some of these reasons include:

  • Rain going straight through due to not having a cover on your chimney. Not only does a cover prevent rain from entering, but also birds, animals, and debris.
  • Leaking, moldy, and damaged fireplaces in Virginia & MarylandCracks in the chimney crown. The chimney crown is the cement part on top of the chimney. The purpose of the device is to keep the rain out. Cracks occur from shifting of the structure or from shrinkage. When the crown has cracks, water goes right through.
  • Chimneys leaking from the inside out due to condensation. In older homes, the chimneys may not be lined. Gas fumes from the furnace have a lot of moisture in them. These fumes can condensate on the inside of the chimney if it has not been properly lined.
  • Chimney flashing leaks. The flashing is what keeps water from going into the place where the brick structure comes through the roof. If there is a gap between the bricks and the roof, water will pour through if it is not sealed up.
  • Leaks caused by leaking bricks. Bricks and mortar absorb water. With freezing and thawing of the water in the bricks and mortar, it causes the bricks to crack. Water then leaks through.

No matter what the cause of your fireplace leaks, the professionals at Basement Masters Waterproofing have the products and solutions to get these issues repaired.

Solutions for Fireplace Leaks in Northern Virginia

If your fireplace leak is due to cracks or flashing problems, Basement Masters Waterproofing has the solution. For cracks, we use epoxy injections which seal up the cracks and also makes the bricks even stronger so that they won’t crack in the future. This process requires minimal maintenance and you won’t have to worry about leaking in the future. We also have flashing material that will keep water out of the chimney to begin with, preventing fireplace leaks. The more you know about chimney maintenance and repairs, the more likely you are to avoid costly fixes.

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We have over 25 years of experience in foundation repair and waterproofing in the Northern Virginia area. We are locally owned and operated so you will get the personalized attention that you deserve. We have established an outstanding reputation in Northern Virginia and intend to keep it that way.

Fireplace leak repair is not a DIY project. Basement Masters Waterproofing will come and give you a no-cost evaluation to find where the leak is coming from and provide you with a solution. Fireplace leaks can cause mold and mildew which can harm the health of you and your family. Don’t wait, contact Basement Masters Waterproofing today!


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