If you start to notice water around your fireplace in your Colorado home, you may become very concerned. Fireplace leaks, however, are not as uncommon as you may think. Most of the time, the cause of these leaks has to do with a foundation problem. If the fireplace in your home is settling, or the chimney has developed cracks, it may lead to water leaking into the fireplace or into the home around the base of the fireplace. Either way, it is important to seek professional assistance as soon as possible. For help taking care of fireplace leaks in your home, contact Rapid Foundation Repair now.
Fireplace leaks can be the result of various issues in your foundation or in your chimney. If you see any of these signs accompanying the fireplace leaks in your home, contact a repair professional:
These are signs that the chimney may be failing, leading to fireplace leaks. If the foundation around your chimney is settling, it may cause cracks in the chimney. These cracks provide an entry point for water, opening the door for a leaky fireplace in your home. Settlement can also cause the chimney to lean, pulling away from the home and leaving a gap between the home and the chimney that gives water the perfect place to leak into your fireplace.
Chimneys that are wearing down due to age can also lead to fireplace leaks. If the bricks or masonry that make up the chimney start to crumble, fall away, and develop cracks. All of these issues can lead to water leaking into your fireplace.
In addition to these issues, water pooling around the base of your chimney can also cause serious problems. These pools of water may start to seep through the foundation near the chimney or through the mortar that makes up the chimney. Standing water can also weaken the chimney, making it more susceptible to crack formation, which will lead to even more leakage.
The best way to ensure that water does not leak into your fireplace is to make sure the chimney is intact and that water is not allowed to sit around the base and wear away at the chimney. Foundation settlement, the cause of many chimney issues, can be solved using underpinning piers from ECP (Earth Contact Products) to support the weight of the chimney and lift the foundation. This will help close cracks to prevent water leakage into the fireplace.
Removing water that is pooling around your chimney can also help to stop fireplace leaks. this can be done using a basement drainage, or surface drainage system. The main components of this system include the gutters, downspouts, and the slope of the yard around the home, and are designed to stop water pooling in your yard.
For more information about these waterproofing solutions, contact the team at Rapid Foundation Repair in the Denver, Colorado area.
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