Beginning late each fall and throughout the rainy season we field dozens of calls from homeowners experiencing a tremendous amount of water coming in down and around their chimneys and fireplaces or stoves. We’ve had clients in newer homes literally collecting pans of water in the fireplace or wood stove alcove. There are a number of things we look at in diagnosing the source of this annoying and damaging phenomena.
The first thing we evaluate is where the water is showing up. This gives us an indication of where to begin looking for the water entry point. We examine the flashing, the roof around the chimney, the chimney cap and of course the condition of the chimney itself. We can even examine the resistance to water of the brick and mortar itself. This type of comprehensive approach allows us to make intelligent recommendations rather than just trying to make a quick sale and be on our way. Our technicians will go over with you their findings and make appropriate recommendations based on those findings.