Chimney Leak Repair Services Near Noblesville

Is there a dripping noise coming from your fireplace? Or maybe you’re noticing mold growth or water stains in the walls and ceilings surrounding your system? Whatever the case, you need to get to the bottom of the issue…and fast. With over four decades of expertise, Beck’s has built a strong reputation for top-tier fireplace and chimney leak repair services – count on us.

Our technicians hold a certification with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), and we are committed to continuous training and development to stay on top of industry advancements. Why? Because we believe our customers in Noblesville and Central Indiana deserve the most knowledgeable chimney repair professionals available.

Call today or reach out online to schedule with our experts. We’d love to hear from you.

About Our Leaky Chimney Repair Services

The thing with chimney leaks is that they don’t always have a clear-cut or obvious cause. Water in your firebox could be caused by a number of issues, so you’ll need an expert to troubleshoot your system to find the source – then provide the most appropriate solutions to resolve it. Count on us for the following services.

Chimney Waterproofing

Did you know your bricks are porous like a sponge? It seems odd to compare a hard brick to a soft, squeezable sponge, but it’s true. And, because of this, sealing your brickwork is imperative for keeping water from being absorbed and causing damage.

Chimney waterproofing is the process of applying a protective coating to your exterior masonry surfaces to block out excess water and moisture. This sealant acts as a barrier, repelling water and preventing it from seeping into the porous materials of the chimney structure. Essentially, instead of soaking in, water will simply bead up and roll off.

Our industry-grade chimney waterproofing materials are specifically designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the chimney’s surrounding environment, including exposure to heat, cold, and fluctuating weather patterns. In addition, they’re designed to be vapor permeable, which means any pre-absorbed moisture can still vent out – a big must for avoiding further damage.

The waterproofing process typically involves cleaning the chimney surface, repairing any existing damage or cracks, and then applying the waterproofing product evenly to ensure comprehensive coverage. And it’s definitely a job best left to the pros. Call us out now to get the job done right.

Chimney Crown Repair

Your chimney crown helps prevent water from entering your chimney and your home, and it helps send moisture out and away from the sides of your masonry chimney, as well. Yet, like your brickwork, the cement of your chimney crown is porous, meaning it is susceptible to deterioration and crumbling from all that water exposure.

Taking advantage of our expert chimney crown repair services can save you thousands of dollars down the line by addressing cracks and damage early – before more water damage can occur.

In fact, repairing the chimney crown is important for several reasons.

  • A damaged or deteriorating crown can allow water to seep into the chimney structure, leading to water-related issues such as spalling, efflorescence, and deterioration of the masonry.
  • Water infiltration can cause rust or corrosion to metal components within the chimney, such as dampers and flue liners, compromising their functionality and potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements.
  • If water is exposed to your firebox, it can weaken it significantly, making it unsafe to light fires and putting your household at risk.
  • Water infiltration can weaken the chimney structure over time, potentially leading to structural issues or collapse.
Mortar Crown Before
Mortar Crown After
All in all, by repairing or rebuilding the chimney crown, homeowners can ensure proper water shedding and maintain the structural integrity and safety of the chimney system. Regular inspection and maintenance of the chimney crown are essential to identify any damage or deterioration early on and address it promptly to avoid costly repairs or safety hazards.

Chimney Cap Repair & Replacement

To protect your chimney and fireplace throughout the years, you may have had a chimney cap installed at the top of your chimney. This important device does a lot:

  • keeps water out of your chimney
  • prevents downdrafts
  • serves as a spark guard
  • prevents foreign objects from entering
  • keeps birds and other animals out
  • blocks outside debris and twigs

Over time, chimney caps can deteriorate due to exposure to weather elements, corrosion, or damage from wildlife. As you can tell, when your chimney cap is damaged, it can expose your chimney to a lot of potentially dangerous threats. Replacing a damaged or worn-out chimney cap is crucial for maintaining the efficiency, safety, and longevity of the chimney system.

Regular inspection and replacement of the chimney cap, as needed, are essential aspects of chimney maintenance and help to ensure the safety and efficiency of your fireplace or heating appliance.

Chimney Chase Cover Installation

A chase cover is thought of as a metal chimney crown that is usually installed on top of prefabricated chimneys – although, sometimes they are fitted on masonry ones, as well.

Chimney chase cover installation involves fitting this protective covering over the top of a chimney chase, ensuring it’s sized appropriately and correctly attached. Professional installation is a must, as this cover acts as a shield against rain, snow, debris, and animals.

Our chimney chase covers are made with stainless steel and come with a lifetime warranty.

Like with your other chimney and fireplace parts, regular inspections and ongoing maintenance is crucial for identifying any damage or deterioration early on and addressing it promptly. Schedule your next inspection with us today!

Chimney Chase Cover Installation

When To Call for Chimney Leak Repair

While many necessary repairs can be identified in our annual chimney inspections or chimney sweeping appointments, there are times when your chimney may experience unexpected problems that can’t wait for your yearly maintenance appointment to be addressed.

Luckily, there are often clear warning signs that will indicate when you should call our chimney leak repair contractors for help. Common signs your chimney needs leak repairs include:

  • Water Stains: Interior water stains on the walls or ceilings near the fireplace or chimney typically indicate your chimney is leaking somewhere, likely in the flashing.
  • Dampness or Moisture: Maybe stains haven’t formed yet, but if you notice dampness or moisture around the chimney, especially after a rain or snowfall, it could be a sign of a leak.
  • Efflorescence: Efflorescence, a white, chalky residue, forms on brickwork after water in your masonry evaporates and mineral deposits come out as a result.
  • Cracked or Damaged Mortar: Cracked or damaged mortar joints in the chimney can allow water to seep in, leading to leaks. If you notice any crumbling, call us in for tuckpointing repair services.
  • Rust or Corrosion: Are your metal components (the cap, chase cover, damper, etc.) rusting or showing signs of corrosion? This indicates water infiltration.
  • Deteriorating Brickwork: Deteriorating bricks or stones on the chimney structure are often due to some type of water infiltration. Always give us a call if you notice any type of deterioration.
  • Unpleasant Odors: Water leakage can lead to musty or unpleasant odors emanating from the chimney.
  • Mold or Mildew Growth: The presence of mold or mildew inside the chimney or in adjacent areas can indicate excess moisture due to chimney leaks. This can be hazardous to your family’s health and should be addressed right away.
  • Damaged Crown or Cap: If you notice damage to any chimney components, you should call in a chimney tech right away. That said, cracks or damage to the chimney crown or cap, specifically, often indicate a leak.
  • Visible Water in Firebox: If you notice water pooling or dripping inside the firebox, it’s a clear indication of a chimney leak.

If you notice any of these signs, or if it’s been more than a year since your chimney was serviced, call Beck’s Chimney Sweep and our chimney repair pros will complete an in-depth chimney inspection to identify the problem and develop an efficient solution.

DIY Chimney Leak Prevention Tips

There are several DIY chimney leak prevention tips that homeowners can implement to help protect their chimney from water damage:

  • Keep your gutters clean. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and spill onto the roof, increasing the risk of water damage to the chimney and surrounding areas. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage away from the chimney and roof.
  • Trim overhanging tree branches. Overhanging tree branches can deposit leaves, twigs, and debris onto the roof and chimney, potentially causing blockages and water damage. Trim back any branches that hang over the chimney to prevent buildup and reduce the risk of chimney leaks.
  • Keep an open eye. It’s easy to forget about your chimney, with it being way up there on your roof. That said, be aware of potential warning signs that your system is failing and take a look at your entire fireplace structure from time to time in hopes of spotting obvious defects.
  • Invest in professional chimney maintenance. It’s essential to invest in regular chimney inspections and maintenance. Getting an expert’s eye on the job every year helps to identify any issues early on and address them promptly – saving lots of stress and money in the long run.
  • Ask for an expert’s help. If you’re unsure about any aspect of chimney maintenance or repair, it’s always best to consult with a professional chimney inspector or contractor. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions – we’d love to hear from you!

How Often Should I Have My Chimney Inspected for Leaks?

It’s generally recommended to have your chimney inspected for leaks at least once a year – during your annual inspection. As long as you’re booking this maintenance before your burning season begins, as you should be, you shouldn’t have to worry as much about finding a surprise series of drips in your firebox.

Remember, though… If you use your fireplace or heating appliance frequently, or if you suspect there may be a problem with your chimney, it’s a good idea to have it inspected more frequently. If you suspect a leak outside of your usual inspection time, don’t hesitate to call us in!

Additionally, after severe weather events, such as heavy storms, flooding, tornadoes, etc., it’s wise to have your chimney inspected for any damage that may have occurred.

Leaky Chimneys

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Chimney Leaks?

Eh, it might…it mostly depends on the situation and what caused the leak.

In some cases, homeowner’s insurance will pay for damage caused by sudden and accidental chimney leaks, especially if the leak leads to water damage inside your home. That said, these would have to be triggered by some natural event or disaster, like a hurricane or flood, in order to qualify for coverage.

In this situation, you’ll likely need to prove that you invest in regular maintenance as well, to show that the damage was, in fact, caused by something out of your control.

That said, most chimney leaks are due to neglect – in which case your insurance probably won’t be giving you anything for repair work.

We recommend reviewing your insurance policy and consulting with your insurance provider to understand what is covered – and under what conditions. It’s always worth looking into!

What Is the Freeze/Thaw Cycle?

The freeze/thaw cycle refers to a natural weather phenomenon that occurs in regions with fluctuating temperatures, particularly during colder months. It involves the repeated freezing and thawing of moisture within porous materials such as soil, concrete, asphalt, and masonry.

Here’s how the freeze/thaw cycle typically works:

  • Freezing: When temperatures drop below freezing (32°F or 0°C), any moisture present in porous materials freezes and expands. This expansion can create pressure within the material, causing cracks and fractures to form.
  • Thawing: As temperatures rise above freezing, the frozen moisture within the material begins to thaw. During this phase, the material contracts, but it may not return to its original size and shape due to the damage caused by freezing. This leaves more gaps for water to enter, and the process can weaken the material further.
  • Repeated Cycles: In regions where temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing regularly (sometimes daily) – like here in Central Indiana – the freeze/thaw cycle occurs repeatedly. Each cycle of freezing and thawing exacerbates the damage, leading to progressive deterioration of the material over time.

The freeze/thaw cycle is particularly problematic for masonry structures, such as chimneys, brick walls, and concrete surfaces. Water can penetrate the porous surface of the masonry, and when it freezes, it expands, causing cracks and spalling. Over time, these cracks can allow more water to enter, accelerating the deterioration process.

Invest in leak repair services with us to avoid freeze/thaw-related chimney damage.

Can I Address Chimney Leak Repairs Myself?

We can’t tell what to do or not to do with your own property… That said, as a chimney company that values the safety and well-being of their customers, we strongly advise against any type of DIY fireplace or chimney leak repair.

While some issues may seem minor, it’s important to remember that chimney leaks can have multiple causes – and addressing only the visible symptoms may not solve the underlying problem. Professionals conduct thorough inspections to identify all contributing factors and provide comprehensive solutions that prevent future issues.

In addition, working on a chimney can be hazardous, especially if it involves heights, climbing on rooftops, or using specialized equipment. Professionals are trained in safety protocols and have the proper safety gear to minimize risks and prevent accidents.

One more thing… Hiring a professional chimney company often comes with the assurance of insurance coverage and warranties. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the repair process or if the issue persists after repairs, you have the peace of mind knowing that you’re protected.

Our chimney technicians have the training, experience, and specialized knowledge to accurately diagnose chimney leaks and perform effective repairs. Put all your troubles in our hands…we’ve got it covered.

Book Your Next Fireplace or Chimney Repair Service With Us

At Beck’s, integrity is paramount. We won’t recommend unnecessary services or repairs, and we prioritize being the best – not the biggest. Our track record of customer reviews attests to our quality service.

Additionally, our expertise encompasses a comprehensive range of chimney services, including inspections, sweeping, masonry repairs, damper repair and replacement, and more. Let’s get started – call or schedule online today.

 

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