Taking care of water leaks from melting snow

Did you know that one of the most harmful environmental hazards to your chimney is melting snow? Temperatures rise as spring arrives, causing snow to melt. This seemingly harmless water then threatens to wreak havoc upon on your masonry investment!

Have your chimney inspected before winter

The water from melting snow ruins chimneys worldwide because it leaks and seeps into cracks, biting away at mortar joints every day. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), masonry chimneys are “adversely affected by direct contact with water or water penetration.” The longer that the water remains within the chimney, the more susceptible the chimney is to deterioration. Trapped moisture expands, resulting in cracks that cause harm in the long-term, rusting metals and destroying the mortar that bonds chimneys together.

Recognizing water-leak damage signs

You may be asking yourself, “I know the danger now, but what can I do about it?” The first step is recognizing the signs of a water leak! Take a hard look at your chimney and check to see if it has one of the following: 1) rust in your firebox or sides of the chimney, 2) pooling water in a concentrated area, 3) water-damaged walls or ceilings near your chimney, or 4) vegetation in or around your chimney.

The preventive step in confronting any water issue is acknowledging it through inspection. If you suspect or aren’t sure whether there may be a problem, it is best that you request a CSIA-certified professional to inspect your chimney. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Having Professional Protection from water-leak damage

If your chimney has not been affected by any water leaks, then consider yourself lucky. In the meantime, why take the risk of leaving your chimney vulnerable to nature? ChimneySaver, a professional waterproofing product, has the ability to protect your masonry investment from the damaging effects of water. By having it professionally applied, you can take the next step in water leak damage prevention.

Addressing Leak Repair Necessities

Sometimes chimney owners find that water leak damage wasn’t caught in time and it has affected their prized possession. These events happen from time to time but can be addressed in calm fashion by the chimney owner and a professional chimney technician. Services offered to repair damaged chimneys include flashing repair and masonry waterproofing. Flashing are metal sheets that are layered to cover space between roof and chimneys, water can sometimes leak in-between, causing water damage. Flashing may be improperly installed or damaged by nature; a technician can always repair or install new flashing. Masonry waterproofing protects mortar from water absorption, which slowly chips away at your chimney system, if left undefended.

Addressing Water-Leak Damage Saves Money

It’s never fun to find out that your chimney has a water-leaking issue caused by melting snow or rain torrents. But trust us, it’s worth taking time out of your schedule to address these issues before costs snowball. Addressing water-leak damage can help your bottom line, don’t delay, beat the water to the punch today!

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)