Although your fireplace and chimney are the last things on your mind during the summer, you could have damage lurking within your system that could cause you problems in the fall, when you are ready to use your fireplace again. Some of that damage could even get worse over the summer and cause major deterioration that could make your chimney unsafe to use. In order to ensure your fireplace and chimney system are in good shape and will be ready to use on the first cool day of the fall, Owens Chimney Systems can perform your annual chimney inspection now during our offseason. Not only will you know your fireplace will be ready to use when you want because any needed repairs will have been completed, but you will also have a much easier time scheduling your appointment on the date that is the most convenient for you because our calendar is not as packed as it is in the fall and winter. We would like to tell you about the most common type of damage we find, how we fix it, and how we can prevent it from happening in the future.

Leaky Chimney - Charlotte NC - Owens Chimney Systems What is the most common type of damage?

Most often, our chimney sweeps repair leaky chimneys, and water leaks can happen for several reasons. If you have cracked, loose, or missing bricks or mortar joints from the exterior of your chimney, you have spalling damage that occurred over the winter. After repeated freeze/thaw cycles, masonry materials can suffer from serious deterioration, and this damage creates gaps and holes in your chimney that allow water to easily enter the chimney. When water gets into your chimney, it can also damage the metal components of your chimney, like the liner and damper. It can also cause any wood next to the chimney to rot. Luckily, for residents of the Charlotte area, Owens Chimney Systems have been dealing with leaky chimneys since 1989, so you can trust our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) -certified sweeps to fix your problem.

How can Owens Chimney Systems fix leaky chimneys?

We can replace any damaged or missing bricks and mortar joints to restore the soundness of your chimney structure by using masonry techniques, and we also provide water leak preventive options, including chimney cap sales and installation and customized flashing repair and construction services. We work hard to ensure your chimney is safe and protected from water penetration.

How can you prevent water penetration of my chimney?

After your chimney has been repaired, Owens Chimney Services offers waterproofing services that will create a barrier against water penetration of your entire chimney. We only use formulas that are 100% vapor permeable so you will not have to worry about more spalling damage from trapped vapors. Since waterproofing comes with a 10-year guarantee, your chimney will be protected from spalling damage for a decade.

Don’t wait until the fall to have your chimney inspected. Contact us at Owens Chimney Systems to schedule an appointment for your annual inspection today to have all of your necessary chimney repairs taken care of quickly.