What You Need to Know About Water Entry

Homeowners should always be aware of water and its affects on their home. Whether it’s how it enters your home or how to resolve the issue before a serious problem occurs, it’s important to keep up with these issues. One of the most common entry points for water is the chimney system—something often overlooked and misdiagnosed. If you have noticed water stains on your ceilings or wall, you might immediately blame upper-story plumbing or a roofing issue. However, you should actually call the chimney professional first, as it most likely is a chimney leak!

Chimney leak repair & waterproofing in New Boston NHCommon Water Entry Points

When you suspect a chimney leak, the first thing the technician check is the flashing. It is the most common point of water penetration because it is often installed incorrectly or becomes dislodged due to time and weather. Your flashing should not have sealant or tar covering it, and it should not have nails or screws exposing.

If you find pieces of flashing in your yard or on your roof, your flashing is likely causing the leak. If it’s not the flashing, the chimney professional will then check the other common water entry points. When you trust our team at Black Moose Chimney & Stove, we will get to the bottom of your problems. Some of the other common entry points with your chimney are the following:

  • Faulty or Missing Cap – If you have an older home, it may not have a chimney cap. Many homeowners who grew up in older generations didn’t see the need for a cap. Chimney science now emphasize that if your chimney isn’t properly capped with a properly-sized chimney cap, it will lead to damage, a drop in efficiency, and dangers. The cap is installed directly onto the flue. It prevents water, weather, and animals from entering.
  • Cracked or Improperly-Constructed Crown – Masonry chimneys should have a masonry slab over the top of the chimney which acts as a ceiling – chimney crown. This crucial piece should be no less than four inches thick at its edge, and it should extend from the flue opening past the chimney edge at a slant. It should also have two inches of overhang to allow water to drip down. At Black Moose, we are experienced at constructing masonry crowns. A poorly-constructed crown can become damaged due to standing water and direct sunlight.
  • Damaged Masonry – Masonry is porous by nature. While it easily allows gases and heat to pass out of the chimney, it can also allow water to enter. Over time, this can allow leaks into your system, which can wreak havoc to the chimney. If you find gaps and cracked masonry, it is time to call the chimney sweep!

You can count on Black Moose Chimney & Stove. Not only do we diagnose the leak and repair the damaged parts, but we also stop the leak at its source to prevent recurrence. If you reside in New Hampshire and suspect a chimney leak, call us today at 603-525-7905!

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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)